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For fake’s sake: Assault on real news continues
C-VILLE Weekly Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 a.m.

“What I’m about to show you is keeping me up at night,” said former CBS correspondent and current UVA professor Wyatt Andrews at a February 9 seminar addressing the relationship between President Donald Trump, the media and “fake news.” And what he said might surprise you.

At 1.2 million, the Wall Street Journal has the largest number of print subscribers of any national newspaper. The New York Times has the greatest number of online subscribers—3 million—and the biggest audience of cable news viewers—4.4 million of them—belongs to “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. Lester Holt has the overall largest audience in daily TV news with 9.2 million viewers on “NBC Nightly News”—but none of those can hold a candle to the (mostly untrue) news being consumed on Facebook.

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