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What is Fake News?

Updated on January 12, 2017

“Fake news,” is a newly implemented method of discrediting a media distributor or news outlet, with the hopes of suppressing what they are reporting. This tactic is typically employed by a competing provider, through a campaign of labeling the opposition’s reported material as misinforming and false, while relying on their own surrogates to perpetuate the negative accusations of fabrication. Yeah I know, went right for the jugular and was brutally honest.

This strategy has been increasingly implored as of late by establishment media personalities, whose biased has been outed and their trustworthiness with viewers shattered. As nontraditional outlets continue to obtain a growing foothold via the Internet, and the already damaged brands of the cable networks weaken these propagators of ideology over fact, attempts to discredit their largely successful online challengers will continue.

Who has been accused (I know there are obviously many more) :

  • Breitbart News - Ironically much more accurate at covering the presidential election and reflecting the views of a growing disgruntled and disenfranchised populous than any of the clueless mainstream media networks that were left embarrassed and scratching their heads with the outcome.
  • The Drudge Report - Even Matt Drudge's conservative leaning news site could not escape the onslaught of accusations. Smeared by liberal outlets, such as Huffintonpost, the Drudge Report has also been consistently attacked by the left and labeled as a "fake news" provider.
  • The Blaze - Not my favorite with a certain Cheeto-faced lose cannon running it, but come on. You would think that the left would leave a predominantly never-Trump establishment alone.

Take if from Trump, the establishment will go down kicking and screaming... "appropriate" or not

Who is hilariously and hypocritically truly guilty of “fake news,” actually caught red handed:

  • BuzzFeed
  • CNN


BuzzFeed now stands shamed (probably not in their twisted perspective), after pushing an unsubstantiated story and "secret dossier," allegedly finally tying Trump to Russia. The problem is that, as apparent by Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith's tweet, they ran the story without authenticating it (one that the majority of other media personalities have known about, but dubbed insufficiently credited since July), thus becoming the very thing they accuse other outlets of being, "fake news." They just wanted it to be true so bad...

Is this the gutter that journalism has now deteriorated to (Hannity is right, it's dead...)? As an editor-in-chief, do you lack ethical or quality standards that such a position should obviously entail, as the gate keeper of published materials? I refuse to believe that any such piece would have been put forward by BuzzFeed if it were Hillary Clinton's name on it, as opposed to Donald Trump (and I dare any liberal to say differently). This not only demonstrates that Ben Smith is a hardened ideologue, who puts personal bias above the truth, but also that he has absolutely zero journalistic integrity (again, I challenge anyone to counter).

This clear political stunt left BuzzFeed with egg on their face, as Trump called them out at his first press conference. But they were not alone in the limelight of truth, as CNN also perpetuated the fabrication prior to the press meeting, in a politically motivated attempt at damaging the incoming Trump Administration's credibility. Ironically, although not the source of the story, they received the blunt of the embarrassing smack-down. See more here.

The statement that a panicking CNN released in reaction to the mounting fallout:

CNN's decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this. They are using Buzzfeed's decision to deflect from CNN's reporting, which has been matched by the other major news organizations. (Then why all the back peddling and having your personalities even admit Trump has a reason to be mad)?

We are fully confident in our reporting. (Really? You might be the only ones) It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects....

We made it clear that we were not publishing any of the details of the 35-page document because we have not corroborated the report's allegations... (Really? That's not at all the implications of numerous CNN personalities just a day prior to the Trump press conference)


But CNN, BuzzFeed, and other left-leaning media outlets are not the only ones pushing the assertions of "fake news." In addition to the expected democrats jumping on the trend, Facebook and other social media platforms aim to evaluate and attach labels to articles that they deem phony as, "fake news." Although insisting algorithms will make the determination, previously targeted victims, like those in the conservative movement, are already challenging the network's ability to carry out any such practices without bias.

I suspect by 2018, the phrase, "fake news," will be so worn out that people will be as tired of it as we are of hearing about Donald Trump's ties to Russia and Hillary Clinton's emails...

What do you think?

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    • My Two Pennies profile image

      My Two Pennies 11 months ago from United States

      Funny to see so many still citing them though, as if they have any credibility left....

    • profile image 11 months ago from upstate, NY

      On a whole, I view the entire mainstream media as a fake news outlet! Their brains are so full of politically correct nonsense, they couldn't tell the truth if it bit them in the nose!