Friday, December 09, 2016 by JD Heyes
The so-called ‘mainstream media’ is in full panic mode after it was unable to push Hillary Clinton across the finish line against what these Left-wing purveyors of slanted “news” considered a joke of a candidacy in the eventual presidential winner Nov. 8, Donald J. Trump.
Now, fearing a complete loss of power and influence, the managing editors and reporters of the nation’s legacy media outlets—led by The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN—have decided to launch a new campaign: They are out to regain control over the political and social narratives in America after losing it to the alternative media that told the truth about Trump and boldly reported on all of Clinton’s flaws.
To accomplish this, the establishment media and its allies in academia, politics and technology have partnered to create a new boogeyman—“fake news”—that they have collectively vowed to identify and keep out of the public conversation.
How serious is this effort? Over the weekend the Washington Post actually published a story in which it cited an anonymous group of “experts” that did not exist before the Nov. 8 election who published a McCarthyite “list” of some 200 content sites (including Natural News) responsible for collaborating with Moscow in putting out Russian propaganda. The goal? To ‘hijack our democracy’ by dooming Clinton’s candidacy and helping Trump win.
It’s that kind of goofy conspiracy theory that the WaPo and others in the formerly persuasive establishment used to ridicule. Now, they’re spewing their own in a sadistic attempt to retain control and power.
The fact is, the charges made by the shadow group, PropOrNot (“Propaganda or Not”), are not based on any hard evidence, because as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, pointed out recently, such evidence simply does not exist.
There are no documents. No “witnesses.” No scientific research. In fact, in extremely shoddy fashion, the Post’s reporters never even bothered to contact any of the websites listed, to get their comments and observations. Talk about “fake” news.
So bad was the reporting that another reliably Left-wing news site that at least does do investigative reporting (just from one particular political point of view) lambasted the Post for its “shoddy” reporting, among other things.
“[T]he article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics,” wrote the authors. “In his article, the Post’s Timberg did not include a link to PropOrNot’s website. If readers had the opportunity to visit the site, it would have become instantly apparent that this group of ostensible experts far more resembles amateur peddlers of primitive, shallow propagandistic clichés than serious, substantive analysis and expertise; that it has a blatant, demonstrable bias in promoting the interests of western governments; and that it is engaging in extremely dubious McCarthyite tactics.”
The hatemongers on the Left are also using the “fake news” straw man they created as “proof” that social media giants like Facebook and Google must become censors – to filter out anything that essentially does not come from their allies in the discredited establishment press.
It’s all part of a plan to keep the American youth ignorant about the issues. The Left can’t stand or deal with competition, so it tries to destroy it through intimidation, false narratives, bogus ‘issues’ and outright censorship. And as the Post story indicates, when those techniques don’t work, then wild conspiracy theories become the new ‘normal’ for ‘news’ stories.
In fact, it’s a strategy that’s working. A just-released study by a group of researchers at Stanford University found that a staggering 82 percent of today’s middle school, high school and some college youngsters can’t tell the difference between fake news and real news. That’s probably being done intentionally through the Left’s control over academia, but it’s dangerous because they will believe what they are told to believe by their teachers.
In the meantime, the real “real news” – the alternative media – will continue to shine a critical light on the charlatans and phonies in the media.