“Fake News” is a fake story designed to take out our First Amendment rights. The left is completely and utterly out of power. They have nothing but time on their hands to accomplish long sought-after goals. Destroying free speech is top of their list. Their objective now is to destroy Trump’s presidency and anyone who supports him.
The left still controls the media, academia and the culture (movies media, music), and they mean to wield this club unmercifully. Their enemy? The truth. How to silence the truth? Call it “hate speech,” or now “fake news,” and ban it.
Our history is rich with a cacophony of diverse voices. During the 1800’s, there were thousands of different newspapers and pamphleteers — all raucous and loud. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the consolidation of myriad media companies led to a small handful controlling the flow and framing of news and information.
By 1835, the United States was making newspaper history. Newspapers had freed themselves from government control over content, and there were more newspapers and newspaper readers than in any other country…
The left wants that control back.
There is conspiracy theory and there is conspiracy fact, and what we have on our hands is one mother of a left-wing conspiracy parading as a right-wing conspiracy.
“New York Times CEO Delivers Speech on Eradicating ‘Fake News,'” by Kurt Nimmo, Activist Post, December 14, 2016:
On Monday, Mark Thompson, President and CEO of The New York Times Company, delivered remarks to members of the Detroit Economic Club.
Thompson threw around the idea of government censorship of “fake news.”
What can we do about it? The first thing that springs to some people’s minds is some form of censorship or regulation. I note in my book how the 17th century British political thinker Thomas Hobbes came, at least in part, to blame extremist sermons and tracts – tracts which could be mass-produced and disseminated widely within hours thanks to the still relatively new technology of printing – for England’s descent into civil war. He later argued that the war might never have happened if a few thousand of the extremists had been rounded up and executed.
Now, while I don’t suppose that even the sternest critic of fake news would advocate the death penalty, there are certainly some who favor a kind of functional censorship, with fake news sites identified and taken down, and fake news somehow filtered out of search and social media by human or algorithmic means.
Thompson then admits this is unrealistic. Besides, there is a thing called the First Amendment.
And who said that the public should only be allowed to read the facts anyway? The First Amendment essentially says they should be allowed to write, distribute and read anything they damn well please. If some of them turn out to prefer churning out and eagerly consuming lies and fantasies, so be it.
He then suggests a Ministry of Truth, of sorts, run by corporations, but admits this is worrisome.
If we imagine the tools that might be used to excise fake news from the web and social media – a mighty algorithm combing every sentence, every image for any trace of falsehood, aided perhaps by legions of human scrutineers employed by some of the world’s biggest corporations – they sound suspiciously like the means of control employed by the world’s most repressive regimes. They are probably not practical and, even if they were, they would be worrisome or worse in our free societies.
Thompson then falls back on a solution imposed by the state by using food labeling as an example.
Imagine a supermarket where the products had no nutrition information printed on them, and no one was prepared to vouch for quite where they had come from, and the owners told you they couldn’t really take responsibility for the quality of anything. Would you feed your children food purchased from that supermarket?
Nutrition information on food products was mandated by the FDA in 1994. Is this what Mr. Thompson is advocating? A new government agency—a ministry of truth—that will decide what is fake and what is not fake news?…