By this stage, the battle between those who claim to offer the real news, and those who are accused of being fake news providers, has surpassed the ridiculous and has now settled into a period of prolonged & bitter trench warfare.
As ZeroHedge reports today, the state apparatus and their errand boys of misinformation have been doubling down on their attempts to have independent sources that do not share their narrative branded ‘Russian propaganda’ and closed down.
As the “fake news” narrative grows, and The House quietly passes a bill to “counter Russian propoganda” websites, one alleged ‘fake’ news wesbite – as defined by the farcical PropOrNot organization – has struck back. Naked Capitalism’s Yves Smith has threatened The Washington Post with a defamation suit and demanded a retraction.
By this stage, if the propaganda is not embarrassingly transparent & revealing, you need to worry about what long term exposure to state sponsored information has done to your independence of mind.
So what are the fake news sites that the voice of truth speaks of? Well, this all began when the the LA Times provided space for a piece by Assistant Professor of Communications at Merrimack College, Melissa “Mish” Zimdars
Notice that while the list includes numerous conservative news sources like Breitbart, Infowars, Twitchy, The Blaze and Bizpac Review, it excludes the beacon of impartiality known as The Huffington Post.
Then, not to be outdone, or rather, next in line came the Washington Post, a publication so comprehensively without professional credibility, that it makes the NYT look better.
Ironically, and somewhat predictably, fake news sites are the sources that chose to publish the Wikileaks disclosures (also a fake news site btw), whilst CNN were providing blanket coverage to Trump’s Pussygate for a solid week, and the likes of the WaPo & NYT were busy pumping the prescribed narrative into everyone’s lap like the good little propagandists they are.
Not surprisingly, Project Veritas also made the list for their undercover expose of DNC orchestration of violence at Trump rallies and organized voter fraud – another huge revelation.
Here’s a snapshot of just some of the sites listed as fake.
Sites like Info Wars & Zerohedge, who in April 2016, ran Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh’s story about how the Obama administration knew where Bin Laden was all along, and that the Saudi’s had been paying Pakistan in oil to keep him out of the way since 2001. This was a huge story that no major U.S. news network would touch, and so it was left to fake news sites like Info Wars & Zero Hedge to provide the public with what should have been the biggest story of the year.
The list even includes Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire. Anyone who is familiar with Shapiro and the Daily Wire will appreciate how ridiculous that is.
This from Shapiro on the Daily Wire:
The Media Lost The Election
Now the media is exposed in front of the whole world as a Swaggering Potemkin Bully that no longer has the power to sway public opinion, even when they throw absolutely everything they have at one man, and do so with much of the Republican Party on their side.
Not only has the media forever been exposed as brazenly dishonest and laughably out of touch, worse than all that, they are exposed as WEAK, a force no one need ever fear or kowtow to again.
By now, anyone unfamiliar with this ongoing story, should be coming to the realization that the ‘fake’ news sites listed, were ironically, the only sources that could be relied upon for information whilst every one else engaged in an orgy of propaganda.
And the Real news? Well, those would be the CIA / Illuminati sources that Trump invited last week, for what was described as a ‘fucking firing squad’ of a meeting.
The government fed and officially sanctioned news outlets like the NYT; ABC; CNN et al, who attempted to mislead the U.S. population into believing, I mean got it wrong that Hillary was the favourite and maintained this projected reality, until they were forced to face reality with the loss of Florida & Wisconsin.
Propaganda so heavily and carelessly conducted, and so transparently received, that the NYT took the unusual step post-election of throwing itself on the mercy of public and begging for forgiveness.
In a letter from its owner and executive editor, the New York Times, a biased media outlet which together with the rest of the liberal press misreported on the presidential race – whether due to conflicts of interest or due to sheer stupidity – from day one, leading to such idiotic forecasts as an 86% probability for Hillary to win as recently as one week ago, Arthur Sulzberger, the owner and publisher of the NYT, promised that the paper would “reflect” on its coverage of this year’s election, as it “rededicates” itself to reporting on “America and the world” honestly.
The idea that sources such as Zero Hedge are ‘fake news’ when you have the NYT begging for forgiveness after the appalling propaganda the MSM engaged in during the election, speaks more to their fear and utter bankruptcy when it comes to continued operation and credibility.
Gallup, which began recording public trust in the U.S. media back in 1972, reports that, following 2005, the trust in mainstream media dropped into the mid 40% range. It has consistently been below a majority level ever since the 2007 economic decline. However, after the 2016 election and the extreme bias for Hillary, where virtually 99% of mainstream media deliberately tried to manipulate the people to vote for Hillary, the trust factor has collapsed to 32%. When they polled just conservative Republicans, it was 14%. So the 32% level is the average American.
It couldn’t happen happen to more transparent propagandists. Their days are numbered and they’re feeling the fear.