Worries about “fake news” are all the rage right now. It’s gotten elevated attention lately due to “pizzagate” culminating in some nutjob firing a semi in a Washington DC pizzeria. Pizzagate, for the uninitiated, is a false conspiracy theory stating that Hillary Clinton was running a child trafficking operation out of the basement of a popular DC pizzeria. (From what I’ve heard, said pizzeria has no basement.)
What is striking to me is that no one in the MSM is fessing up to where fake news finds its roots.
“News”: Barack Obama disparages the white working class of America by saying “you didn’t build that”.
“News”: Hillary Clinton tells Pat Smith that her son died because of an offensive video.
“News”: Michael Brown is savagely gunned down by racist Ferguson cop.
“News”: Donald Trump says Mexicans are rapists.
“News”: Trump attacks gold star mother.
“News”: Countless other stories about Donald Trump.
The pattern is clear. Over the past eight years (at least), the MSM has been feeding us incendiary pop fluff (sometimes outright lies) for profit. The boundary between straight news (which utilizes FACTS, not hearsay and innuendo) and opinion/propaganda has become incredibly fuzzy. Thirty years ago you could not tune into a network like MSNBC or Fox News Channel and get four hours of propaganda on a nightly basis.
It was only a matter of time before someone caught onto the idea of pulling stories straight out of his ass and publishing them as news to a public hungry to satisfy confirmation bias. The only shame is how our “legitimate” news sources lack the introspection to realize how they contributed to the current mess.
What do you think? The bar is open.