The other day I heard on a local radio program an upcoming discussion about what exactly is journalism, now that there are so many people engaging in it. Can it be impartial? Is it merely a bunch of content creators? etc.
The question itself angered me, because this program was a local NEWS program.
So, after mulling it over for about a day, I have come up with the following distinction between different types of news, using a common and familiar headline:
FACT: Cop Shoots Man.
JOURNALISM: White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Man.
LEFT WING SPIN: White Cop with History of Using Excessive Force Shoots Defenseless Black Man.
RIGHT WING SPIN: Decorated Police Officer Shoots Man with Long Criminal Record.
LEFT WING PROPAGANDA: Cops Out of Control! We must Defund the Police!
RIGHT WING PROPAGANDA: Crime Out of Control! Libs Want to Take Your Guns!
FAKE NEWS: [there is no description here because there is no such thing as Fake News. The term "Fake News" is a rhetorical device used by the Right to impugn Left Wing Spin, Journalism, and even Fact itself]
For me, I would only consider Fact, Journalism, and the Spins as "News"
Propaganda is not "News" - it merely masquerades as news. It probably is the true "Fake News" but I wouldn't want to give that term any more credence than it already has.