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Discussing fake news one article at a time. Thoughts and opinions on how to respond to fake news. Combating the changes to our society based on misinformation and propaganda. Spread Jam. Not lies.

Discussing fake news one article at a time. Thoughts and opinions on how to respond to fake news. Combating the changes to our society based on misinformation and propaganda. Spread Jam. Not lies.
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Discussing fake news one article at a time. Thoughts and opinions on how to respond to fake news. Combating the changes to our society based on misinformation and propaganda. Spread Jam. Not lies.




That's a Wrap (Up)

In the final episode of 2018, Beth and Kelly try to leave it on the lighter side by discussing some of the funnier fake news items of 2018. Why do so many fake news stories revolve around guys doing stupid stuff? ​You'll laugh, you'll learn, you'll get some great jams!


It's a Trap!

This week Beth and Kelly talk about the fake news in the run-up to the November 6th election, and a tiny bit of post election fakery. Did Mueller sexually assault a woman in the past? Is the caravan full of criminals and people from the Middle East, as Trump claims? Are we saying goodbye to the 14th Amendment? Did democrats just elect a bunch of racist, anti-semites? Join us and find out!


To the Source

This week Beth and Kelly check in with Vanessa Otero, the creator of Media Bias Chart. The chart is now of version 4.0 and is working it's way to becoming an interactive web version along with an actual data company that will provide analysis of media sources over time. Kelly and Beth also discuss the recent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and why the story is important, despite Breitbart's claims.


How to Steal a District

In this episode Beth and Kelly finish up their election series with a focus on a true threat to our democracy - gerrymandering. To give some context, gerrymandering, is the drawing of the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one party an unfair advantage over its rivals. This practice is one of the most serious ways politicians can rob you of your vote.


We Believe You

In this week’s episode Beth and Kelly decided to delve a little deeper into the subject of sexual assault. Trigger warning for possible discussions of rape and assault. If you need to skip this episode we entirely understand and ask you to do something to take care of yourself at this time. If you want to speak with someone, please contact RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network at 1-800-656-4673.


The Voter Fraud Boogeyman

In this week's episode Beth and Kelly discuss the questions surrounding voter fraud. Is voter fraud really an issue we need to worry about? Why does the GOP constantly remind us to be afraid of it? Why is DJT so invested in the idea, without a single shred of evidence? What could we do, as citizens, to help prevent voter fraud?


A Campaign of Lies

In this week's episode, Beth and Kelly discuss the history of deception in campaign advertising. Political ads are filled with misleading claims, and we wanted to find out why that's not against FCC regulations the way false claims in consumer ads are. Political advertising is meant to persuade the viewer to change their mind or reassure their beliefs in 30 seconds or less. Advertising works by multiple mechanisms, some of which are about conscious decision making, and some which are not....


An Alternate Reality of Delusion Episode 34

In this episode Beth and Elizabeth - who is filling in for Kelly on vacation - talk about something *good* in the land of fake news. Wait. What? Yes - it's true, something good happened, a bridge was crossed... we think. In August 2018 Apple, Facebook, Google and Spotify among others all announced that they would be removing all or most of content created by Alex Jones and his website, Infowars. So are all these sites finally coming around to spread jam, not lies? Take a listen and find...



This week Beth and Kelly celebrate the one year anniversary of the non-repeal of Obamacare (aka, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). There have been many years worth of fake news surrounding the ACA, but it's lack of clarity around certain aspects of Obamacare that continue to put the plan in jeopardy.


Et Tu Radio Episode 32

In this episode Beth and Kelly interview Alex Kaplan from Media Matters for America. Mr. Kaplan is a research coordinator with a focus on far-right media and fake news. Media Matters for America is a Web-based non-profit founded in 2004. They are a progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.


Don't Beck This Up

This week Beth and Kelly discuss the current controversy surrounding the June 28th resignation letter from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Was his hand forced? Did his son lend Trump billions? Were the Russians involved? Do liberals need tin foil hats? We talk about all this and more!


Kids vs. Fake News

This week Beth and Kelly talk about how fake news is affecting kids. The truth is, kids today have less trust for news sources than ever before. What can parents and schools do to help kids figure out who to trust in this topsy-turvy fake news world? Join us as we talk kids, fake news and stick around for some jams.


Unraveling the Yarn

In this episode Bath and Kelly unravel the twisted stories of the missing immigrant minors and the children being separated from their parents at the border. The recent outrage is certainly clear, but it is not clear exactly what happened when, and who ordered it to happen. Join us as we take a closer look at the stories and unravel the ball of yarn.


Let's Do It Ourselves!

This week Beth and Kelly look into the issue of legislating fake news - is it a good idea? Most journalists say no - and so do we. Free speech is a pillar of democracy, and even if someone says something fake - or stupid - we don't believe the government should be making laws against it. This obviously does not include incitement of violence, which is not protected under free speech in America.


The Big Buts of Facebook

To Facebook, or not to Facebook - that is the question. This week Beth and Kelly take a look at the recent stories surrounding the world's largest social media platform and try to decipher the real from the fake.


My Favorite Conspiracy Theory

This week marks one year since I Can't Believe it's Not News began, and boy, oh boy, did we have a wild year! Join us as we have a brief discussion about past episodes, lessons we learned and tip our murderino hats to My Favorite Murder by discussing our favorite conspiracy theories. We joined by none other than Elizabeth, who returned to talk fake news, conspiracy theories and best new TV shows.


Follow the Breadcrumbs with Will Sommer

​In this episode Beth and Kelly interview Will Sommer, campaign editor for The Hill and creator of the newsletter Right Richter. Right Richter (@rightrichter) is a weekly report on conservative news. He reads it all, so we don't have to.


Blinded by Science

In this episode Beth and Kelly dive into SCIENCE! A few weeks ago an article about Astronaut Scott Kelly went viral that inspired us to look further into how fake science is put out as real news. In this case, it was merely a sensational headline that needed further examination to get to the truth, but many times science is used to generate clicks - whether they are based on fear (Scientists Confirm Chocolate Definitely Causes Cancer) or comfort (Scientists Confirm Chocolate Definitely...


Some People Can't Take a Joke

In this episode, Beth and Kelly discuss satire and whether it should be considered fake news. Surprise - it's not! However, you can't just call fake news satire and get away with it either. There's a fine, cringeworthy line you just cannot cross. Good satire can be anything from The Onion to The Daily Show - but bad satire abounds these days, so let's dive right in!


Facts Don't Kill People, Myths Kill People Part 2

And, we're back! In the second part of our very long talk about guns, Kelly and Beth discuss Kelly's List o' Gun Myths that perpetuate in every social media post after the newest shooting. They take on good guys with guns, mental health and even talk about the NRA's first female president and fellow Floridian, Marion Hammer!