The Reality Of Fake News
Mike Essig
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Fake news would be saying that the Nazis nuked Hiroshima, but the US did Nagasaki as part of a joint plan between Goering and Churchill to get Dewey elected. (OK, that would have made no sense at all prior to 2016.) Or that what happened in Dresden was just a fire, caused by a cow tipping over a lantern, that got out of control and then the Nazis made up a story about an air raid.

Fake news isn’t spin or interpretation. Fake news is just plain false.

I used to believe “everything you know is wrong,” but I was wrong.

Nazis killed 6 million jews is a fact. It is true. I am not wrong about it.

Allied forces firebombed Dresden is a fact. It is true I am not wrong about it.

The United States used nuclear weapons on two cities in Japan. It is a fact. I am not wrong about it.

As I write this, it is day in North America. This is a fact. I am not wrong about it.

The sum of the natural numbers 2 and 3 (as defined by current mainstream mathematicians) is the number 5. This is a fact. I am not wrong about it.

These things remain true no matter what we decide to accept. We can choose to decide which is worse, or who was responsible, or what to feel or do about them, but the facts are the facts.

There are facts and there are opinions. Fake news is about lies presented as fact. Lies, not differences of opinion.

Germany being held accountable and America coming off blameless are opinions. Right or wrong, they are not, and were not, fake news.

Alternative realities abound in fiction and in delusions and in lies. There is also a core reality that is true. It remains true whether we believe it or not, whether we like it or not. Alternatives to that core reality are fiction, delusions, and lies.

The part of that core that we know is only a small fraction of what is true and a small fraction of each person’s personal reality. Alternative personal realities abound. No two people share a complete one. Personal realities rooted in alternatives to the core reality are… sub-optimal. Not suited to understanding or performing complex tasks outside that fiction, delusion, or lie.

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