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The proliferation of “fake news” in maninstream media (let’s be honest, new media was always full of drek, readers had to engage their own bullshit filter,) many publications and readers have turned to self-styled fact-checker sites like Snopes, FactCheck.org and PolitiFact although the objectivity these sites bring to their verdicts on the reliability of sources has been shown on many occasions to be suspect. Snopes and Politifact have been exposed by conservative commentators as having a covert liberal bias while Factcheck.org was founded by a supporter and political mentor of a certain Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.
This month the Media Research Center unveiled a new project entitled “Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers,” which is designed to “ensure the fact-checkers themselves are reliable and unbiased, or exposed as liberal partisans if they aren’t.”
The Media Research Center explained in its announcement:
“Sometimes you have to check the fact-checkers.”
With more major news outlets running down their news gathering operations and relying on “fact checkers” to, allegedly, ensure that news fed in by ‘anonymous sources’ is factual, and press statements are accurate it is essential that fact checkers be motivated only by a committment to real news and not by private political agendas.
Fact checking groups such as PolitiFact have been observed to routinely present the opinions of their left – leaning ownners as fact while failing to disclose their connections to left-wing and ‘progressive’ political campaigns. Mainstream media, most of which is left of centre, tries to cast these groups as neutral third parties when, in fact, they are part of the liberal echo chamber and offer a soddy service that relies on the discredited Google fact checker algorithm. A 2016 Rasmussen poll found that 62% of American voters think the fact-check-ers are biased.
Many people believe it’s time to turn the tables and give the public the real facts. While Americans attempt to separate truth from propaganda, especially in regards to politics.
“In an era of ‘fake news’ and inaccurate reporting, it is important now more than ever that the fact-checkers themselves are exposed for their biases,” MRC President Brent Bozell said in a statement.
“MRC routinely finds instances when fact-checkers bend the truth or disproportionately target conservatives,” Bozell continued. “We are assigning our own rating to their judgments and will expose the worst offenders. Americans deserve the truth. There must be accountability across the board, and that includes these alleged arbiters of fact and fiction.”
Emmy-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson recently gave a Tedx talk at the University of Nevada, on the subject of the “fake news” narrative that generated tremendous discussion during and following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, saying that “the whole thing smacked of the roll-out of a propaganda campaign.”
While Attkisson admitted that fake news has long existed in various forms, she said tha something different took root within U.S. mainstream media in 2016. Suspecting that the origins of this growing “fake news” narrative which heaped opprobium on Republicans and burbled enthusiatically about the wonderous wonderfulness of anything comnnected to those Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton were less than organic, Attkisson began researching found connections between the origins of this phenomena and a decidedly progressive non-profit organization called “First Draft,” which, she notes, “appears to be the about the first to use ‘fake news’ in its modern context.”…
Upon investigation, Attkisson discovered that one of the main financial backers and movers of First Draft’s anti-fake news coalition was none other than Google, whose parent company, Alphabet, was chaired by major Clinton supporter Eric Schmidt until Dec. 2017. Schmidt “offered himself up as a campaign adviser and became a top multi-million donor to Hillary’s bid for the presidency. His company poured money First Draft around the start of the election cycle,” Attkisson said. “Not surprisingly, Hillary was soon to jump aboard the anti-fake news train and her surrogate, David Brock of Media Matters, privately told donors he was the one who convinced Facebook to join the effort.”
This was apparently a bid to swing the election for the Democrat candidate and secure a continuation of the Obama administration policy which saw Google executives sitting in on cabinet meetings in The Oval Office.
To learn more about the rise of the “fake news” narrative, watch Attkisson’s enlightening TedxTalk below: