How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World | Ali Velshi | TEDxQueensU

As a journalist with extensive experience, Ali has had the opportunity to witness all forms of news. One type in particular poses a threat that has been exacerbated in our digital media society – fake news. Ali discusses the problems of fake news, how we are all affected by it, and how individuals can ensure the news they’re reading is rooted in fact, not fiction.

Ali Velshi is an anchor & correspondent with MSNBC. Most recently, he hosted “Ali Velshi On Target” on Al Jazeera America, covering the Presidential campaign, ISI, the refugee crisis, the Iran deal, Russia/NATO tensions, and Greece’s debt crisis, among other global affairs and economic issues. Before that, Velshi was CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, and authored two finance books.

Velshi has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and he holds a B.A and an honorary Doctorate from Canada’s Queen’s University. Velshi is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Boards of the X-Prize Foundation, Seeds of Peace, and the Chicago History Museum. He volunteers weekly with New York’s homeless outreach program.

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35 thoughts on “How Fake News Grows in a Post-Fact World | Ali Velshi | TEDxQueensU

  1. Erin S. February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Freedom of press is without question a must to protect the people from a possible corrupt government…but who or what protects the people from a possible corrupt press and the networks that are subject to benefit from the content of its broadcasts. Networks are owned or funded by massive corporations, private entities and/or donors who are in the business to make money not lose it. These owners and funders benefit with the right political head elected to office or sensationalizing and underreporting/selective reporting to drive an agenda. What would or could stop anyone of these networks from abusing their trusted position and power to provide credible news. Every network or news broadcast is guilty to some extent (some more than others) and some have been exposed while others with more guilt has got it locked up and threw away the key. What can be done to really protect the public?

  2. b4dabig bang February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Fake News.

  3. JUDITH Raunig-Graham February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    This piece is terrific. Congratulations for a clear explanation that explains the many aspects of "fake news". Thank you!

  4. Stephen Barncard February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Why I watch Ali and colleagues at MSNBC – they work hard to get it right. 
    MSNBC wasn't so great before the election when they thought Trump was fun to report and didn't confront him enough – and you saw what happened.  The "Kenyan born Muslim" part I just discovered and made me love this guy even more. KUDOS, my brother.

  5. Adam Jamal Vlogs February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm


  6. avader5 February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Oh my God he's with MSNBC the head of fake news! Don't you realize all of you mainstream media channels are left speak and don't tell the truth but tell your perception of the truth through a socialistic communistic lens? Denzel Washington said it best when you don't read the mainstream news you are uninformed when you read the mainstream news you are misinformed!

  7. jason henn February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    you can not accurately assess this question with the exclusion of one's world views- and will never be understood correctly in isolation. but will be purported as being assessed fully and understood fully.therein lays the true meaning of fake

  8. Elhadji Amadou Johnson February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I've been following Ali for long time, and he's been always great.

  9. Nick DuBois February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm


  10. Julio February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I'm gonna tell you about Fake news….But I'm just gonna slam conservatives in my examples.. Gee there's no bias there… This is why it's hard to trust any of these guys.

  11. Steven Duke February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    We used to have laws. There used to be rules. This trap was well placed and excecuted with precision. It came from both Republican-Reagans ending of what was known as the "fairness doctrine"; and Democrats-Clintons dismantling of media ownership regulations.

    A few precedents from the Supreme Court. Money is speech. Lies are protected speech etc.

    The internet could have never killed traditional media on its own. Its destruction had already started. Traditional media was already on the butchers block being carved up when the internet showed up.

    Not because anybody envisioned the internet and the disruption it would create-that was simply a cherry on top for those who wanted to remove any barriers to their accumulation of money and power (just look at a graph of income and wealth for the last 40 years, its no a secret, we know who they are–there's a list of 500 published every year.)

    Simply to reverse or remove safeguards that were put in place for our protection. "Undiluted poison" is what Roosevelt called it. Propoganda. Partisan bromide. Just so much more new deal regulation that went by the way side and led us right back to where we were before.

  12. Leesa Michaels February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Perfect!  Thanx Al!

  13. Curtis Brown February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm


  14. Christopher Schuh February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Awesome job as always Ali!!!

  15. Sharon Brown February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I love Ali. He's one of the best reporters on TV.

  16. Russell Doyle February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    There is a Global warming crissis and CNN MSNBC FOX ABC CBS All ignore Paul Becwith Ottowa follow him and other scientist.😇

  17. greatspirited February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    This guy sucks

  18. Rocky Bonnell February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Excellent talk. I wish they would talk more about the need for public broadcasters as the CBC as well as private for profit broadcasters. The "business" because of money and profit does not always hold power accountable. Large advertisers or companies- are they reported on with the same vigour and commitment to bear witness and speak truth to power? Bell media owns CTV and the Globe and Mail. Are negative stories about Bell going to make it into those outlets?

  19. Debra Smith February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Trump did not believe it or he knows it is true and wants his lackeys to believe something that serves his interests? The difference is dangerous to the nation.

  20. Odysseus February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Ali Velshi is an obnoxious establishment presstitute, serving his powerful masters.

  21. Lynn Brown February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm


  22. Heather Jones February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Question… I have Google news feeds that pop up when I use my search bar… what are those?

  23. Heather Jones February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I feel like fox news tries real hard to confuse the facts. The truth is out there. It's all our jobs to seek it. Not just believe in it. It is sad that we cannot take the news for what they say.

  24. Heather Jones February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Amazing. Thank you.

  25. Mare Graphix February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    The irony is that I actually am a Kenyan born Muslim, and he (Barack Obama) wasn't at any of the meetings. Love it. Brilliant.

  26. garykendrasmith February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm


  27. Susan Wegbreit February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Ali is smart & honest. Watch Velshi & Rhule and you will see 2 brave journalists that will #MAGA

  28. Willow Arune February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Blame postmodern thought!

  29. Starbuck Stark February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Fantastic. I love it.
    I mourn for the days when we had conversations like this. I want to feel like ppl who have more intellilect & power than me are in charge, or holding others accountable. thank you

  30. Dan R.R. February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Unfortunately, some mainstream media have moved slightly more to entertainment and ratings rather than actual news. ie CNN
    People now have have to do some research before actually believing in it…

  31. Veritas McManus February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    The speaker works with MSNBC and he is talking about fake news!!! He also worked for CNN and Al Jazeera. The irony is huge.

    MSNBC called the Nice, France attack as "Deadly truck crash" via Twitter and this was after the president stated that it was an attack. See for yourself:

  32. bbbushhh February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    So I should believe those news sources you designate as valid?…….go piss up a rope…..there is no "valid" news source and there is no "fake news"……there is the truth and lies and all of you bastards are dissemblers driven by ideological bias.

  33. ck_ February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    While he touched upon sponsored content, there was no mention of content that is 'sponsored' but not labelled so. It may not be a 'lie' so to speak -twisting words, shaping the headlines and news contents so they leave a certain impression by well recognized journos and news outlets is nothing new nor something that's specific to USA. I believe most readers, at least those who follow multiple sources, see patterns in reporting before they form opinion about certain individual or publication.
    On the other hand, confirming news can be a time like Ali mentioned, especially in hurried life that people lead as it's not always easy as verifying whether someone has passed or not. Add to that the addiction of social media and as a result, people share/RT out of habit, even for a post that has nothing to do with their political or religious beliefs..

  34. Asghar Mehdi February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Journalists are responsible to report true facts and inform the public honestly.They however lust for personal recognition which turns them into celebrities with their own fan base. Often it comes through a job with big media that creates a celebrity( Noah, John Oliver, Maher).Fame is an intoxicant.I take offense at the self serving arrogance of the journalist anointing themselves as "Holding Power to Account". They are news reporters with their own opinions( which are usually subject to the approval of their employers). That is it.The People and their duly elected representatives are the ones who should "hold power to account". Celebrities are entertainers but are now pontificating..

  35. Ticket Attorney February 12, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Oh common Ali, you ARE fake news. I just saw a video of you arguing against free market solutions. I mean what kind of muddied mind do you have up there? But tell me, how is it that you don't see the free market every day? Even when you collect your whore paycheck at CNN, that is the free market. You are the free market. Whatever you buy, that is the free market. Now, there are hundreds of intermediaries that want a piece of the free market, and that's who you work for. The state is a plunder machine, it steals, robs, and cages individuals for their free market earnings.

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