Fake News Isn’t New: The Great Moon Hoax of 1835 | The Resurgent

Fake news has taken center stage since the election, but it is not a new phenomenon. The National Enquirer and Weekly World News have peddled fake news in supermarket checkout lines for decades. Even mainstream media sources have fallen prey to fake news as far back as the days of Andrew Jackson. In 1835, a series of articles about breakthroughs in astronomy appeared in the New York Sun. The Sun was a major newspaper for over a hundred years before being acquired by the now-defunct New York World Journal Tribune in 1966. The Sun is best remembered for its publication…

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