Closing Thought–01Dec16

As December begins and Trump is putting together his cabinet…one thing jumps out…..Americans will be attacked on many fronts….health care, education, and quote possibly veterans……his appointees do not fill me with optimism…..

On to “Fake News”……

The “news” has been flooded with stories on the “fake” news that was used during the past election….I wrote a piece as a Closing Thought…..

Media distrust and Fake News…… This past election illustrated just how much social media can play in the election of a president…. Take Facebook for instance…..on a personal…

Source: Closing Thought–18Nov16 – In Saner Thought

Since I wrote that op-ed 10 days ago….more news about the fakes has been published….

No one outside of a few obsessed cranks would’ve noticed it if the Washington Post hadn’t given it front page prominence last week: a formerly obscure web site, propornot.com, which purports to identify a “Russian active measures” campaign with some very specific goals in mind As Post “reporter” Craig Timberg put it:

“The flood of ‘fake news’ this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.”

Source: The Witch-Hunters – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

The WaPo is not a site that I use much…..I do not trust them or the NYTimes….too corporate and too much propaganda for the government there.

My friends at the American Conservative have weighed in on this developing story……

“Fake stories” are in the news. The narrative goes something like this: fabricated accounts that misrepresent “the truth” are proliferating on the internet, and once they appear on a social networking site, they are frequently spread far and wide, often doing serious damage along the way to whatever or whomever was the target of the initial posting. Reportedly, Google and Facebook are now alert to the problem and doing their best to monitor and eliminate such material. How exactly that will work is not yet clear, as it would be blatant censorship, and the relative openness of the internet is a major part of its appeal.

Source: The Fake News Fake Story | The American Conservative

In my opinion a lot of the news in the MSM is fake news……and it is just now coming to light….for whatever reason.

There has been a shit storm about the “fake news” around this past election.

There are many opinions on who, what, where and how.

Below is an opinion piece on the situation…..

Consider for a moment the oxymoronic concept of “fake news,” which we have been hearing so much about lately. This isn’t your typical disinformation or misinformation — generated by the government, or foreign adversaries, or corporations — to advance an agenda by confusing the public. It isn’t even the familiar dystopian idea of manipulated fact designed to keep people lobotomized and malleable in some post-human autocracy. Those scenarios assume at least an underlying truth against which nefarious forces can take aim.

Fake news is different. It is an assault on the very principle of truth itself: a way to upend the reference points by which mankind has long operated. You could say, without exaggeration, that fake news is actually an attempt to reverse the Enlightenment. And because a democracy relies on truth — which is why dystopian writers have always described how future oligarchs need to undermine it — fake news is an assault on democracy as well.

Source: Who’s Really to Blame for Fake News? Look in the Mirror, America. | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

That is about enough on this subject….I mean really….NO one cares…now do they?

3 thoughts on “Closing Thought–01Dec16

  1. Care? Yes, and, no…. I care, in the same sense as Bertrand Russell, when he spoke of his “unbearable pity for the suffering of humanity.” Most people, and, by that I mean the greatest proportion of Americans, as well as more than 95% of humanity, simply do not have the capability of determining for themselves what is, or, is not true, even with evidence staring them in the face… So, I care, that they are so inept in understanding of their own nature, they are at the mercy of any unscrupulous liar they meet….

    But, personally, no, I don’t care, because I simply apply the same doubt to EVERY piece of information I take in, until it is clear where the truth is to be found. It’s a simple process, and has mostly been effective. Also, just apply the principle of ‘self-interest’ to each article; who demonstrates the most self-interest in their statements? They are lying, you may be sure….

    Or, follow the money to find the lies…. they’re close by, always….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. Much has been vigorously lamented about the nasty, corrupt, press. After all, all they think about is ratings, profits, and of course, they are at the beckon call to the Clintons. We all know it’s far easier to believe fake news sources. Uh huh.
    But here’s one solution to the “fake news epidemic”…. Try visiting the trusted sources that have been in business for decades; that actually DO worry about making a profit through making sure their content is valid, reputable, credible, in order to gain audience share. Some sources will be the old reliable networks, cable networks.. magazines, newspapers. Forget the sources with political bias’s unless you are capable enough to weigh the issues rather than just believe the first thing you read or hear. Oh.. wait! Aren’t those old traditional sources on the “nasty and corrupt” list? Well, shucks. Hey, as anyone fact checked which sources are indeed nasty and corrupt? More to the point, who would be believed enough to perform that task? Ohh.. I get it! If Trump says it’s so, then it MUST be true! I get it now!

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