Former Secretary of State Labels Fake News and ‘Epidemic’
Hillary Clinton weighed in on the fake news controversy yesterday. In a speech on Capitol Hill where Democrats were meeting to honor retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Ms. Clinton said regarding fake news, “This isn’t about politics or partisanship — lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days, to do their jobs, contribute to their communities.”
Ms. Clinton added “we must stand up for our democraccy [against] the epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year”
Labeling news “fake” or “Russian propaganda” as a tactic has proven ineffective so far in stopping the proliferation of ‘fake news’. Real world consequences need to be attached to the proliferation of fake news to assist in curbing its spread. An attack on a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C. last weekend provided an incident with such consequences. Blaming Ms. Clinton’s failed Presidential bid, which ‘experts’ have argued she may have lost irrespective of negative ‘fake news’ coverage of her campaign (which was offset by main stream media ‘real news’ supporting her campaign) has not engendered much public support or outrage.
An attack on a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C. last weekend provided an incident with real world consequences. A gunman allegedly brandished and shot a firearm at the pizza restaurant that is the center of “PizzaGate”, a theory driven by alternative media that the D.C. pizza restaurant is the center of a child trafficking ring, involving top Democratic officials, staffers and related parties. NPR, BBC, the Washington Post and The New York Times and other main stream media outlets have deemed PizzaGate to be fake news and indeed the most blatant example of it.
Ms. Clinton’s public reappearance seemed to attack ‘fake news’ generally and to provided an impassioned defense of the working families earning a living at the D.C. pizza restaurant disrupted by the fake news epidemic.
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