This just in: the mainstream news industry has confirmed the existence of “fake news”.
It’s not yet clear exactly what qualifies as “fake news”. Some online political trouble-makers have learned that there is nothing to prevent them from writing stories that are flat-out untrue. Worse, they have learned that lazy mainstream journalists and pundits will often repeat their fabrications without an ounce of verification.
The label “fake news” can apparently be used by a reporter to discount any news that doesn’t support his ideology. It is also acceptable for one to use fake news to plant his own ideology in the minds of the low-information masses.
And there has been, especially in the recent election silly season, a serious epidemic of Facebook and Twitter users (of all political persuasions) sharing and re-posting titillating but bogus information without testing its veracity – or even reading anything more than the title.
Now, I can cut Average Joe and Jane some slack for not knowing journalistic “best practices”. But it’s pretty hard to excuse paid media professionals who engage in fake news. Facebook and Google claim they are going to crack down on fake news. Who can take them seriously after they were caught manipulating search results and “trending” lists to drive viewers toward their left-wing point-of-view?
After all the hand-wringing and accusations about fake news, it is astonishing how left-wing media pundits still have no shame about making their own false or misleading public statements. On last weekend’s Sunday news shows, the “media professionals” strapped on their Pinocchio noses and went to work.
Karine Jean-Pierre dropped this little stool on ABC’s This Week : “Donald Trump does have a vote in Congress to repeal, to take away, health care from many Americans.”
There was no mention of how many people lost their private coverage due to the ACA. In fact, she didn’t mention ObamaCare at all. No elaboration on how Congress’ proposed replacement plans are designed to cover more people rather than fewer. Certainly no reporting on the need to beat back the crushing cost increases taxpayers currently bear (my forced ObamaCare premium is 400% higher than my private insurance was, and is now mostly subsidized by the taxpayers.)
Jean-Pierre just laid out her fake news “fact” that President Trump wants to take your health insurance away. Job done, let’s go get a Starbucks.
During that same show, there was an advertisement paid for by the taxpayers, encouraging viewers to sign up for ObamaCare. The ad’s appeal is that “most people who are enrolled receive ‘financial help’ with their premiums” – specifically, your individual premium might be as high as $650 per month, but you might only pay $50 per month. Fake advertising news alert: it’s not “financial help,”, it’s a taxpayer-funded subsidy.
If ObamaCare is such a good deal for everyone, why do we have to pay for TV advertisements to drum up business?
The left-wing media has become so adept at “fake news” that half of the Democrat party’s sobbing supporters believe Vladimir Putin actually hacked into the voting machines and threw the election for his buddy Donald Trump.
Here’s hoping the incoming administration will discard the corrupt mainstream media like a Hillary Clinton disk drive and take its messages straight to the people by whatever alternative means are available. Because chances are, if it came from the mainstream media, it’s fake!
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
You’re a fake, baby
You can’t conceal it
Know how I know?
‘Cause I can feel it!
You’re a fake, baby
No rhyme or reason
‘Cause in your mind it’s lyin’ season.
Now here’s a funky one! O’Neal on Soul Train, mid 80s.