- Cedric L. Alexander: We have been warned -- fake news can trigger real bullets
- We all have a responsibility to weigh and consider the source before sharing online, he writes
Cedric L. Alexander is a CNN law enforcement analyst and director of public safety at the DeKalb County Police Department in Georgia. He is a former national president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)On the night before Halloween, October 30, 1938, the CBS radio network's Mercury Theatre of the Air broadcast an adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel "The War of the Worlds," about Martians invading the Earth. Directed by a young genius named Orson Welles, the radio drama was presented as actual news coverage of an invasion from outer space. Many listeners across the nation swallowed it whole. Genuinely terrified, they flooded police departments with panicked calls.