One of the greatest things to behold over the last year is how the term “Fake News” boomeranged on the left and big media and has since become the bane of their existence.
In the early days after President Trump socked the ill-fated Hillary Clinton right in the kisser there was a clearly coordinated operation to smear conservatives – especially those who supported Trump – for spreading fake news.
That would turn out to be about as disastrous for big media as was Hitler’s brilliant idea to launch an attack on Stalingrad because with the biggest peddlers of lies, disinformation and anonymous leaks from government officials, it was CNN, ABC, the NY Times, the WAPO, CBS, NBC and others who were the ones putting out the fake news.
What it really was, was a sinister attempt to smear independent journalists, bloggers, and alternative media sources are to 2017 what the pamphleteers and essayists were to the war against King Georg during the American revolution.
But it backfired spectacularly when Trump took the term over and began using it back on the media. It was then seized upon by the exact same people who were being falsely smeared by the forces loyal to Obama and Hillary and their media surrogates.
Trump took it to another level this past week when he called for the awarding of a Fake News Trophy.
We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2017
The entrenched corrupt press, however, isn’t going to go silently into the good night, pack up their propagandists and cry uncle.
This is clear as CNN is now pushing for a BAN on the use of the term Fake News. I kid you not, this is how authoritarian that the left has now become now that their inner fascists that have been screaming to get out have been released like the spirits from the arc of the covenant in the Indiana Jones movie.
OPINION: Liberal CNN publishes column asking to ban the term ‘fake news’ https://t.co/TwhinexmRR
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 29, 2017
CNN wants to ban the term “fake news?”
In an opinion piece on the cable news network’s website Sunday, writers Hossein Derakhshan and Claire Wardle called for scrapping the term President Trump has made synonymous with CNN. The duo wrote that use of the term “fake news” is “not only self-defeating, it oversimplifies a very complex problem” and it devalues the expression that has “become meaningless” over the past year.
The phrase is now “used to describe any piece of information that someone else didn’t like” and has been “has become weaponized by politician,” Derakhshan and Wardle wrote, adding the term should be used when referring to clearly false content such as the viral photo of a shark swimming up a Texas highway during Hurricane Harvey (spoiler alert: the photo wasn’t real).
Derakhshan and Wardle recently co-authored a report, “Information Disorder,” which was commissioned by the Council of Europe. They claim the problem exists all over the world, but most Americans likely associate “fake news” with CNN, thanks to President Trump’s relentless branding.
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has implemented an anti-Trump programming strategy at the network that was once known for Ted Turner’s bare bones “just-the-facts” approach to journalism. As a result, Trump refers to CNN as “fake news” on a regular basis and mocked the network on Twitter as recently as Monday.
I excerpt the following from the actual CNN piece “Ban the term ‘fake news’”:
We live in a time when our information streams are polluted and there are many different types of information. They move and shift. Some types are visible; others are harder to spot. Some we would all agree are problematic — manipulated images created during a breaking news event, for example, designed to confuse and to hoax. But what about satirical news websites? What about misleading headlines designed solely to drive traffic?
We need to rethink our vocabulary.
In our recent report, “Information Disorder,” commissioned by the Council of Europe and published by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, we proposed three different terms as a way to think and talk about this issue.
Misinformation is when there is an unintentional mistake, such as the poor use of statistics or quotes, or when an old image resurfaces (for example when people shared the shark photo mentioned above).
Disinformation is when false or manipulated information or imagery is deliberately used to do harm to someone. (The Facebook ads created by Russia and targeted at US voters during the presidential election would be an example of this).
Malinformation is when genuine information is used to cause harm to someone (for example revenge porn).
Rumors, conspiracy theories and fabricated information are nothing new. As Sun Tzu explained 25 centuries ago, “all warfare is based on deception.” False information is a part of our lives, whether it is individuals lying to save face or prevent hurt feelings, politicians making unrealistic promises during election campaigns, corporations using false claims to damage their competitors or the media disseminating misleading stories to gain a wider audience.
However, social media has added an entirely new dimension to the phenomenon, most significantly because the power dynamics have changed. Now anyone in the world can easily create and disseminate false information, and with the help of bots, organized groups, or targeted ads, it is easy to amplify it.
Given how social media have made our information consumption a public performance for our audience, it is now even less likely for most people to swim against the tide and challenge each other. In our increasingly lonely lives, who would want to feel lonelier?
Recent revelations about foreign meddling in the US elections have exposed the fact that we’re targets in an active information war. Previously these types of campaigns were fought via sophisticated and expensive communication technologies, such as short-wave radio or transnational satellite television.
Now significantly less powerful agents can harm large institutions or established individuals with few resources. It is asymmetrical warfare.
The CNN article itself is rife with fake news, especially the part about the Russians manipulating the election and considering that it comes from one of those European think tanks (probably an arm of the George Soros octopus) it is nothing less than a call to nullify the First Amendment of Americans and implement an Orwellian Ministry of Truth. The “asymmetrical warfare” term that the authors invoke can be translated into independent journalists working 24/7 to debunk the lies and get the truth out there because Christ knows, the media is doing exactly the opposite.
We are already on the way there with the ongoing censoring of social media and that CNN is now publishing anti-American horseshit like this and trying to give it intellectual heft shows just how badly that they have lost control of the narrative.
Like the New York Times and Washington Post, CNN is no longer deserving of First Amendment protection because it is now a pure propaganda machine, only legitimate journalism counts which was the intent of the Founding Fathers who would be horrified at how big corporations with chummy relations with government fascists are waging war on the free press and free speech in general.