“90% of news is fake”? I’m gonna need a citation for this. These are the same claims that make Trump sound appealing to someone disenfranchised by corporate America sending “good paying” jobs overseas, at the same time remarking how nice Donald Trump’s, Trump-brand, made-in-China, tie, matches the patriotic flag pin he’s wearing.
It has become increasingly easy for the default response to any news piece people disagree with to be labeled as “fake news”.
Obviously, the media do get stories wrong. (“At this time, CNN is prepared to announce that Clinton has taken Florida.”)
Obviously, the media does exhibit a bias at times. (“This is more proof that Obama hates America” — Fox News)
Obviously, the media is driven by corporate interests and the need to increase ratings.
But these constant claims of how ruinous the “fake news epidemic” is to our society, are greatly over-exaggerated.
It gives people of a particular leaning a quasi-societal “obligation to point out how we are all being led astray”. This works well for people who demonize Fox, and for those that think Huff-Po/MSNBC is left-wing propaganda.
Fox News slams the MSM, despite being the most watched “news” (sorry, entertainment) network. That’s an irony that even Alanis Morissette couldn’t create a lyrical rhyme for. Don’t you think?
But the truth is, we all have multiple avenues to get our news, and anyone who makes their living off reporting (or, Alex Jones’s case — creating and fictionalizing) the news is going to be influenced to portray the news in a light that benefits them.
Is so-called “fake news” a big threat to our country? Or is a President, who instigates controversy by designating any news agency who reports unfavorably on his activities as being “fake news”, the real danger?
President Trump has continued to take a firmer hold of the straw man that is “fake news”, because it undermines the media’s ability to hold him accountable for his actions.
He’s doing the same thing to his government; he calls into question anyone who disagrees with him or his policies. EPA? Who needs them? The Justice Department? Are they really necessary? Attorneys who could stand in his way? Bye bye… “If you stand against me, I will undermine your credibility to the point that my followers won’t trust a word out of your mouth.”
The faux “fake news” controversy is simply the biggest game of distraction we have ever been privy to. The analogy is this:
We are all sitting in a theater. The main act is a magician who has formerly been found guilty of pickpocketing. The front row seats are taken by critics who have seen this show before, and know if his past run-ins with the law. The rest of the house, the cheap seats, is filled by us. There is security, but they all stand facing the doors, because we obviously don’t want freeloaders getting a peak at something we had to pay for… The magician is walking through the aisles of the theater, doing sleight-of-hand tricks on the people in the cheap seats. All the while, the magician is busy stealing jewelry, wallets, and hair pieces from his paying viewers. Someone in the front seats, a critic with a stuttering problem, jumps up and shouts, “He’s st-st-st-stealing from you! Look, he just to-to-to-took your w-w-w-watch!”
That’s when the magician tells the critic, “Shut up, you stuttering fool, no one believes you anymore” and asks his privately owned security force to escort the critic from the theater, and pockets another person’s wallet.