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Fake News Is Not The Real Media Threat We Are Facing


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Anyone masochistic enough to tune into Rush Limbaugh regularly will soon recognize a strange pattern in his rants. Limbaugh has an extremely long list of enemies, all of whom he paints as mortal threats to the American republic. But there is one absolutely constant enemy, whom he mentions in every single broadcast, without fail.

 

It is not Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama. It is not the “Democrat party.” It is not even the federal government. It is the mainstream news media, whom he accuses of extreme liberal bias and hatred of America. In every single show, contempt oozing out of his voice, he flagellates mainstream media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, or the major broadcast networks.

 

He collectively labels them “drive-bys,” comparing them to drive-by shooters. And his strategy has been followed by virtually the whole of the conservative media machine, from fellow radio hosts like Mark Levin and Michael Savage, to television personalities like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, to pundits like Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. If some hapless liberal caller to a conservative radio show, or some hapless liberal guest on a Fox News program, dares to support an argument by invoking a story from The New York Times, he or she is likely to be met with contemptuous laughter.

 

In this milieu, the Times has no more credibility than The National Enquirer at a scientific conference on extraterrestrial life. A conservative radio talk-show host, Charlie Sykes, who opposed Trump in the election, puts it this way: “We have spent 20 years demonizing the liberal mainstream media…. At a certain point you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible outlet out there.”

 

What the conservative media machine does, in tandem with its delegitimization of real news, is much more dangerous. Its leaders take any story that, however glancingly or speculatively, throws doubt upon the patriotism, honesty, or competence of public figures they dislike, and immediately cast it as the greatest outrage in American history.

 

They return to it as often as possible, greeting every new revelation, however tiny or questionable, as a smoking gun. Just for the Obama administration alone, the list of such scandals is almost endless: “Operation Fast and Furious”; the IRS auditing scandal; the supposed “ransom” paid to Iran as part of the nuclear deal; the loans made to the Solyndra solar panel company; alleged misdeed involving the Secret Service, the General Services Administration, and the EPA; Benghazi (Benghazi!); and of course Hillary Clinton’s e-mail.

 

Anyone relying on The New York Times for news over the past eight years would have seen little of genuine importance in most of these stories, and little to challenge the conclusion that Barack Obama has presided, by historical standards, over a virtually entirely scandal-free administration.

 

Anyone relying on Rush Limbaugh or Fox News would have seen in them a pattern of corruption and malevolence unmatched in American history, and one which the untrustworthy mainstream media deliberately covered up. This is not “fake news.” It is a blatantly ideological distortion of real news.

 

But, as Charlie Sykes has noted, because of the delegitimization of real news sources, the machine’s audiences simply do not, for the most part, believe it when any mainstream media outlet seeks to correct the distortions.

 

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https://www.thenation.com/article/fake-news-is-not-the-real-media-threat-were-facing/

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Sure thing, public misdirection is always the path to a greater good scenario that everything that has happened historically till now will get better tomorrow if blind allegiance is given today to those commanding the authority to write social policy cradle to grave, no questions asked by the defined by law and literature.

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Anyone relying on The New York Times for news over the past eight years would have seen little of genuine importance in most of these stories, and little to challenge the conclusion that Barack Obama has presided, by historical standards, over a virtually entirely scandal-free administration.

what a fucking lie,, its been nothing but one scandal after another with the nlgger

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Excellent Post Skews....Its what I've been saying for years, and its the ONLY reason the gop still is alive

 

 

Their Propaganda and Hate Machine

 

So explain why the demorrhoid party is NOW nothing more than a REGIONAL PARTY that has NO power, NO HOPE for power and losing elections like they ran pigs for candidates???

 

Oh wait. It's because YOUR party of idiots were REJECTED.

 

And guess who is responsible for that one!!

 

YOUR "sources" of what you call "real news' that turns out to be mouthpieces for your FAIL PARTY OF MORONS!!!!

 

Better figure out a way to get your loser party rebuilt and let the Republicans do what they do there benson or YOU won't have a party to feel your little safe space bullshit.

 

The fact is, you let some half breed totally DESTROY the entire demorrhoid party and YOU cheered it on!!

 

Paybacks suck, don't they benson.

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