Here is another example of distorted truth, “fake news”, coming from a major US media source, CBS News. The Federalist reports that almost nothing in the report is accurate. Continue reading “Fake News: civil forfeiture”
I am keenly interested in Sweden and the cultural shifts taking place there. I’ve watched reports from there long before Donald Trump took office, so I know about the crime, no-go zones, anti-assimilation and more.
Now the New York Times is picking up on the story after President Trump made a comment about the chaos in Sweden. But it seems from a Front Page reporter, that there is denial round and round on both sides of the ocean. Continue reading “LAST NIGHT IN SWEDEN”
We are apparently awash in fake news.
Journalists, media types, reporters, you have two choices: you can fix these problems, or you can watch your profession go down in flames.
….False News! It seems the MAJOR news outlets are getting into the game and bilking the public.
That’s the latest on the Washington Post. When will this stop?
IN THE PAST six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of “fake news,” the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false. Each now bears a humiliating editor’s note grudgingly acknowledging that the core claims of the story were fiction: The first note was posted a full two weeks later to the top of the original article; the other was buried the following day at the bottom.
The second story on the electric grid turned out to be far worse than I realized when I wrote about it on Saturday, when it became clear that there was no “penetration of the U.S. electricity grid” as the Post had claimed. In addition to the editor’s note, the Russia-hacked-our-electric-grid story now has a full-scale retraction in the form of a separate article admitting that “the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility” and there may not even have been malware at all on this laptop.
After spreading the falsehoods far and wide, raising fear levels and manipulating U.S. political discourse in the process (both Russia stories were widely hyped on cable news), journalists who spread the false claims subsequently note the retraction or corrections only in the most muted way possible, and often not at all. As a result, only a tiny fraction of people who were exposed to the original false story end up learning of the retractions.
Just days after criticizing the online proliferation of so-called fake news, President Barack Obama lauded the “great work” of a notorious fake news outlet which was just busted in federal court for peddling news that never actually happened.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, which was found liable by a federal jury earlier this month for malicious defamation for its role in pushing a rape hoax, Obama nonetheless praised the magazine’s “great work”…