The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story

The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story. Full color children's picture book available Fall, 2017 | Mims House

Announcing a children’s color picture book about Fake News.
Available, Fall, 2017

August 7, 1937
Headline in the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror newspaper:

A SEA MONSTER

Bill Manville Says He Saw One Off Nantucket.
Insists He Was Not Dreaming. Hope It
Appears Again to Verify His Story

Read a reproduction of the article here.

It was the beginning of a two-week flurry of excitement about the possibility of a real sea monster, or sea serpent, being sighted on the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. How did this Fake News story get such wide circulation?

Non-Political Fake News Story

During the furor of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, the term “fake news” surfaced. See, for example, articles in the UK Telegraph and in HuffPo, It’s certainly not the first time, nor the last time that reliable news will be a concern in our society. For teachers, though, it’s an opportunity to talk about Freedom of the Press, a crucial section of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The incredible true story of the 1937 Nantucket Sea Monster provides a stirring story, as well as a springboard for discussion of the advantages and pitfalls of a Free Press.

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The Sea Monster of Nantucket: A Fake News Story

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