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Fake news is a piece of news which has been distributed by a news organisation which contains some form of dishonesty, typically to promote a political agenda. Fake news can be broken down into a number of categories, which are:

Outright lie - The news piece contains a claim which is objectively false.

Lying by omission - the deliberate exclusion of information from the news piece which is critical to properly understanding the situation.

Lying by structure - the deliberate positioning of critical information at the end of a news report, resulting in many people not actually hearing the full story.

Selective outrage - deliberately reporting on a event which supports a particular political narrative, while ignoring similar events which would go against the desired narrative.

Emotive appeal - structuring a news piece in such a way as to attempt to emotionally manipulate the audience instead of focusing on the facts of the situation.

Hidden retraction - a news organisation will make a claim which is false, and then correct their original statement in such a way that fewer people will see the correction than saw the original news piece.
"This news channel is fake news, they are always lying and being dishonest!"
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A term formerly useful for describing websites consisting entirely of intentionally fabricated news stories, but now used to describe virtually anything that does not mesh with one's own views.
Actual real-world examples of how "fake news" has been used:
"Fake news that's being released by some foreign government"
"Fake news was able to spread so easily from sources like InfoWars and Breitbart and TheBlaze"
"the Rolling Stone, which did so much to damage the reputation of journalism with their fake news"
"the New York Times IS fake news"
"Kellyanne Conway is fake news"
"fake news from the CIA"
"the fake news phenomenon is spreading to children's toys"
Source: Vice article entitled "Watch 'fake news' become a meaningless phrase
by DisillusionedPolitico March 06, 2017
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Normally typed in ALL CAPS, It is the only type of news that Mr. Trump loves.
"Despite what you hear in the press, healthcare is coming along great. We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!"
"Don't let the FAKE NEWS tell you that there is big infighting in the Trump Admin. We are getting along great, and getting major things done!"
"Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!"
"FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!"
"Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!"
"Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it."
"The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
"The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great!"
by Loser I guess I don't know March 10, 2017
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Used to defend an illogical position, or a way to avoid using critical thinking skills when a news source does not match a personal or ideological bias.
They are a fakenews source because they attacked the president.
by Calebsmt January 30, 2017
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1) False or otherwise extremely exaggerated news stories used to generate money from ad revenue by using clickbait titles or used to sell tabloids in the grocery check-out line.

2) A term for a news article that doesn't validate one's political opinion.
1) She threw him out! The latest on Jen and Brad's split.

2) Shut your fucking mouth you liberal snowflake with your "fake news" from the BBC telling me that global warming is increasing at a rapid rate. I read on Breitbart that it was all a Chinese hoax.
by Vantius December 21, 2016
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