The Making Of Fake News.
The Making Of Fake News.
We hear the yells from both the left and the right, #FAKE NEWS, you hear Trump yell it, the democrats use it, the republicans do as well, you hear this in accusations, sometimes because it is fake news, unfortunately it is also used to deflect from the truth, it has gotten so bad that nowadays any news that the other side has issue with, the first thing you hear is FAKE NEWS, seems both sides of the political spectrum think if you attach a label then you don’t need to provide proof of your accusations.
But how does it start, decided that this would be a good series, show the fake news, see how it started, what it changed to, in many ways you will find this is like the old telephone game, the story seems to change each time it’s told.
We start with the press while Obama was in office
In this article, you first have run where Huffington post says a GOP voter by the name of Bobby Lussier says Michelle doesn’t look like a first lady. They quote the woman as saying:
I just — I don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife. She’s far from the first lady. It’s about time we get the first lady in there that acts like a first lady and looks like a first lady.
Huffington Post then goes on to try to insinuate that all the GOP is saying this. Naturally, they are not able to show any references to back this claim up. This then goes to:
Michelle Obama’s Bare Arms Stir Controversy
Vanessa Jones, Boston Globe
Here they make claims that there is controversy, but they are unable to show any examples of it, instead, try to give innuendoes that it must be that way.
Then almost six years after the articles come out, you have the True Activist:
Here you have reference to the first article, but in that article, they state that one voter, not all of them voiced this feeling, yet Brianna takes the liberty to say:
In two famous interviews with Al Shapiro from NPR at Mitt Romney events in 2012, a Virginia voter Bobbie Lussier summed up how Republicans feel about Mrs. Obama’s image. She stated that “I mean, can you imagine you know, Kennedys or the Bushes or anybody doing pushups on the floor? I mean you know. That’s just not the first lady.” Lussier further said, “They talk about more like her dresses and how she looks and stuff and her arms and whatever. […] You see her walking around in shorts, and you know, just real casual wear.”
Basically, what we have is in the first interview during the campaign for Obama’s second term, an interview ran with a single voter, the link she gives points that out, makes me wonder, did the author even bother to read her links, and if she had, why would she claim they said something they clearly did not?
What we saw in this case, and I will come online and show other cases over time where this is seen, and just not on liberal websites, you see both sides of the political spectrum, the news then runs with this, what starts off as a single voter turns into encompassing the whole Republican party, this is how fake news ends up coming to us, first there is no checking of the story, or if there is then the author is going out of their way to be dishonest.
Can you imagine the outrage if a conservative site ran an article like this, then it was running on other sites until it finally said all the DNC were part of the KKK?
Klan leader claims KKK has given $20K to Clinton campaign
‘For the KKK, Clinton is our choice.’
One must wonder, if any conservative author did this, saw a story of the KKK leader that said he was raising money for Hillary, ran a headline that said she was part of the KKK, which we all know she is not, can you imagine the outrage and yelling that would come from these same people?
It is time to bring integrity back to reporting, while one may be wrong, if you read the article, then report accurately what was stated, you don’t end up looking like a liar, thus losing the trust of the public when you are done.
Things worse under Trump
Under Trump, we have seen not only fake stories coming out, but the press colluding with each other to push the same narrative. The first may come out with their guessing what is being stated, such as Trump’s meeting early in the office with the Russian Ambassador, no one was in the room with him, yet listen to the press they seem to have the whole story down, have reported on it extensively.
The other story, the one that has changed as time has gone on is the Trump Collusion story, most today will not say that there is any proof of Trump colluding with the Russians, that was not the story a year ago. They have since put Mannifort into jail, but listening to the news, you would think this is for colluding, it isn’t, in fact the only thing the feds have on him is something he did long before he worked with the campaign, but that doesn’t prevent them from trying to connect this to collusion.
What this looks like is that the Special Counsel is trying to pressure Mannifort to turn evidence against Trump, but he doesn’t know what that is, exactly as the judge told while in court, “You aren’t looking for evidence to support a crime, you are trying to pressure to find a crime, any crime, that is not the way things work.”
Here is how CBSN is covering this:
Then there is the case of Pink News, they ran a story that transgendered youths were committing suicide off of a tweet that they never bothered to confirm, they later had to retract the story.
There was the case of the New York Magazine running a story that the States of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania’s election machines were hacked, a story that has since been proven false, but they never ran a retraction on the story.
At Politico on December 1, Lorraine Woellert published a shocking essay claiming that Trump’s pick for secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, had overseen a company that “foreclosed on a 90-year-old woman after a 27-cent payment error.” This whole story turned out to be an outright lie, his was retweeted thousands of times, yet this was given a retraction on the end of the next article, the damage was done, that was all they cared about. It ran with Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and New York Daily News, just to name a few.
Time Magazine then wrote a story claiming that due to Trump’s racist views he moved the Martin Luther King Jr’s bust from the Oval Office, but it is still here, so they ran a retraction on the bottom of an article to cover their tracks, but the story had already run in many other outlets and was retweeted hundreds of thousands of times.
Then you had Washington Post’s Josh Rogin run an article that State Departments senior staff all resigned in mass on January 26th, that turned out to be a lie.
This was just leading up to and including Trump’s first month in office, things since have gotten worse, and now there is not even any effort to show unbias, you have people crying on stage that Trump was elected, claims of illegal immigrants children being kept in cages (later found out that was during Obama’s administration, funny how not a peep out of the press then). And let’s not forget the collusion story that has morphed from collusion to aiding, to interfering with an investigation, to Trump now trying to be a dictator.
As I have said before, the press is dead, what we have now are more a bunch of press organizations that are more like National Inquirer then actual news. It is sad how they have forgotten all about journalistic integrity they are willing to create a story to get their narrative out.