The MSM War on Fake News

Fake news is real. Fake news is simply news that has no basis in fact. News that is not factual is not news at all. Indeed, it’s fiction. There is no need to ban fake news as there is no need to ban fiction. A fake news story masquerading as real news is easily refuted by facts. Besides, the First Amendment clearly protects fake news and fiction, with very limited exceptions.

The main stream media, however, has deemed to be “fake” any news that contradicts their narrative, raises questions about existing facts or presents a different opinion. Much to the frustration of the main stream media, such examples of MSM deemed fake news are not so easily refuted by facts and therefore need to be dismissed unilaterally.

Not only does the MSM argue that fake news needs to be dismissed, but that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook should either warn their users as to the existence of fake news or eliminate it entirely from their platforms. In addition, MSM outlets like the Washington Post have presented lists of sites, prepared by third party “experts” that supposedly peddle fake news on behalf of Russia. These sites one might infer should also be banned by social media sites.

A recent editorial by Preya Samsundar published by the Hill, argues that the “Hunt for fake news is the new McCarthyism”. Ms. Samsundar argues that the current MSM hysteria over fake news is “an excuse to hunt down conservative competitors to mainstream outlets.”

Indeed, the MSM fake news furor appears to be more about regaining readership and influence than any genuine desire to bring facts back to news reporting.

READ Ms. Samsundar’s Opinion Piece

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The Real Danger of Fake News

Fake news is nothing new. Ever since the printing press was invented, publishers have taken liberties with the truth. The recent outrage over fake news has come from the main stream media. The MSM contends that fake news is responsible for an unjust outcome in the presidential election that denied the ‘over qualified’ Hillary Clinton her rightful and pre-ordained ascension to the Presidency.

As such, the MSM insists “something must be done” and has enlisted Facebook and Google to help eradicate “fake news” by identifying it, demonetizing web sites that publish fake news and removing it from view.

Indeed, it’s not that there is more “fake news” today, it’s that fewer people are reading MSM’s versions of it. This has the MSM firing up its shrinking audience and crying “fake news!” and “Russian Propagana!” much in the same way they have been crying “racist!” and “sexist!” in an attempt to silence political opposition for well over a decade.

The latest MSM ploy has fallen on deaf ears and blind eyes. Many remember the MSM as cheerleaders for Hillary Clinton during the Presidential campaign of 2016 and examples of MSM complicity in fake news stories (Rathergate comes to mind).

What the MSM is really complaining about is declining relevance. To try and regain relevance they have resorted to smearing alternative media sites with a broad brush as they see them as a threat to their very existence.

The Hill, while largely defending it MSM brethren, notes that the REAL issue with fake news is “mainstream news with an agenda.”

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