Just what is real fake news anyway?

An open culture book on A Field Guide To “fake News” And Other Information Disorders Compiled by Liliana Bounegru, Jonathan Gray, Tommaso Venturini and Michele Mauri claims that “This guide explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online.” This isn’t really Fake News. It’s topic is gossip and human behavior. Fake News ought to be a term reserved for news from established news sources that is fake or false or biased to such an extent as to be propaganda for some cause. Here are a few examples from today’s observations.

Our Radicalized Media: A Clear And Present Danger by Peggy Ryan – “Today, calls to “resist!” echo through Congress as half of the House and Senate stage a mutiny against a duly elected president.”

“Most associate the term “radicalized” with ISIS. But radical movements aren’t limited to a religion. A jihad is a crusade for a principle or belief involving struggle” and “resistance.”

The Washington establishment, the Deep State, and special interests have launched their own jihad, built on a battle cry to “resist.”

“Resist!” is the call to arms from Democrat leaders (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama) and radical activist groups (Black Lives Matter, Antifa).

More than 50 organizations have formed to “resist!” the Trump administration.

How did we get to the place where we witness a coup and tacitly accept it?

In a word, the media, the left’s super-soldiers, brought us to this point.

This is not OK. None of it is OK. It’s a seditious conspiracy.

This is not a free press. It’s a bastardized cabal dressed up as media that is working to defeat the American people and effect a coup d’état. Our free press is gone, eradicated by big money and government charlatans.

This counterfeit media are an enemy of the state, a threat to liberty and democracy, a clear and present danger.

Will the FISA memo turn into Obama’s Watergate? By Sebastian Gorka – “Although Barack Obama is no longer president, the abuses that occurred within the FBI and Justice Department under his watch already have the potential to eclipse the Watergate scandal in their historic significance and damage done to American government.”

Democrats’ Memo Won’t Be Released, Yet by John Hinderaker – “What is most notable about the AP’s story is the pro-Democrat spin it applies to the facts.”

“President Trump declassified the Republican memo after it was revised to meet security objections, as well as objections by the Democrats. The same process is being followed here, at least as far as national security is concerned.

The AP’s account is false. The FBI didn’t suggest that there was anything in the GOP memo that was inaccurate. Rather, it claimed that there were “omissions” from the memo that it would like to see filled in. Those are not doubts about the memo’s “accuracy.” In any event, the Democrats’ memo no doubt will incorporate whatever information Democratic Party officials at the FBI and DOJ want added to the record.

Once again, the AP’s account is spun to help the Democrats. In fact, the FBI didn’t tell the FISA court anything about Steele’s obsessive determination to block Donald Trump from becoming president, nor did the FBI tell the court that Steele’s “research” was funded entirely–not “in part”–by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. In fact, the Obama administration told the FISA court nothing at all about the fact that the Steele “dossier” was entirely the creation of the Democratic Party.

The Associated Press is doing what it can to help the Democratic Party, but its position is pretty hopeless. We will see, when the Democratic memo is made public, whether it adds anything to our knowledge of Obama administration misdeeds.

Resistance Economics by Tom Maguire – “The flailing NY Times has a new feature – Fake News in the lead which is promptly rebutted in the main text and accompanying graphics.”

 

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