柯文哲:台灣「假新聞」太多,媒體不該故意黑人家 | Media spreading too many ‘fake news’: Taipei Mayor Ko

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台北市長柯文哲於4月8日持續隨大甲媽祖繞境,對於台灣媒體生態環境,他受訪時有感而發「台灣真的是『假新聞』太多,媒體可以有立場,但不要故意去『黑』人家」。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) expressed concerns about the soaring number of “fake news” and the role of Taiwan media in creating social turmoil on the sidelines of his trip to Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage on April 8.

柯文哲透過臉書表示,有一家媒體在完全沒署名、沒明確消息來源情況下,說他被美方認為是「厭惡者」。這樣的假新聞再被自由時報引用,一樣也是沒人署名,然後再被其他電視媒體拿去堵麥訪問,最後躍上各大主流媒體版面,成為假新聞「弄假成真」的典型範例。

In a Facebook post on the previous day, Ko expressed concerns at media speculations during his recent visit to the United States without providing any further information. The news was further quoted by the Liberty Times and then another TV station which eventually questioned Ko about the same dubious information, leading to the information to be spread all over major media outlets. “This is a typical example of how fake news is formed in Taiwan,” Ko said.

柯文哲說,如果自稱「台派」的媒體,也用假新聞等惡質手段攻擊假想政敵,卻沒有被譴責,那真的是言論自由最大的諷刺。

If the Liberty Times can attack imaginary political enemies through such tricks without being recognized and condemned, this is equally worrisome for Taiwan Freedom of speech, Ko warned.

柯文哲說,我不太喜歡去買廣告,我知道一般政治人物會跟媒體互動,但是老實講,台灣真的是「假新聞」太多,媒體可以有立場,不要故意去「黑」人家,我還是那一句話,平常心,做自己該做的事情就好。

“I don’t really like to use the media to promote myself and I am trying to stay true in terms of who I am and what I do,” Ko further stressed. “I know many politicians will try to interact with the media and hope to create topics for the public to talk about. But I’ve always told my staff that I don’t need to pretend to be someone I am not.”.