Friars Leader Callie Crossley Talks Fake News

March 23, 2017

Callie Crossley

The host of "Under the Radar With Callie Crossley" visited Simmons as part of the Friars Leaders Program series

“There is an old adage in journalism,” said TV and radio commentator Callie Crossley. “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.”

The "Under the Radar With Callie Crossley" host spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, and staff on March 22, 2017 about the importance of good journalism, media literacy, and the ascent of fake news. Crossley’s event, “Unreality Check: Journalism in the Era of Fake News,” was the fourth in the 2016-2017 Friars Leaders speaker series.

Crossley spoke about the differences between content and news, illustrating that there has “never been a greater need for journalists.”

“[We are] in a post-truth, alternative-fact moment. We don't know what is true, what is false, and how to tell the difference,” said Crossley.

Crossley also spoke about how the ways in which people consume information heavily influences their perception of the truth, and the importance of media literacy in the “era of fake news.” She advises taking the extra step to make sure information is verifiable — asking questions and using a “nobody gets a pass” approach.

Crossley ended the event with a Q&A with the room, and encouraged everyone to question their sources, as well as broaden their views. “You have to know every factual perspective out there.”

Anita Diamant

2016/2017 Friars Leaders

This year's leaders include Janaya Khan, Joyce Kulhawik and Anita Diamant.