So even President Barack Obama has gotten into the act.
He dove ignorantly into the “fake news” fray that has begun pervading the vernacular of Western culture. Obama lectures that “fake news” undermines democracy. For our leaders to presume to know what is “fake” and “real” is asking citizenry to place a fool’s trust in the vilest, least trustworthy class of sharks on the planet. It’s obvious that “fake news” is a governmental ploy to backdoor Orwellian mind control over the collective perceptions of the public. The strategy is obvious. Introduce “fake news” into the currency of today’s language and allow it to stew a while. Plant random snippets about the evil nature of fake news, and the evil nature of those who distribute it. The public becomes acclimated with the phrase and the incremental manner in which the information masters of “society” manipulate the severity of its malice without providing concrete proof whatsoever. Its destructive nature becomes apocryphal in nature. We are to take them for their word. The government alone knows what is “fake.” Our job, as lackey citizens, is to nod agreeably and issue conditioned tsk tsk’s because the political elites have trained us to assume, to know, unquestioningly, that fake news is malevolent and issued by the Russian enemies of the state. The ruling class have constructed a dialogue and designed it in such a way that it trickles into our living rooms and phones in a steady drip of collective hypnotism. We don’t even think of fake news as a novelty any longer. It is an accepted evil, an affront to our cultured and respectable civilities. There is an accepted dialogue; a condoned narrative which the political elites stamp with their mark of approval. We learn not to question; but to accept the common assertion without reason.
The “fake news” movement is in danger of being codified by our leaders and formalized into a policing architecture that will assume a Big Brother role by deciding, for us, what is fake and what is not (in other words, the government will tell us that their bullshit is better than www.fakenews.com’s). What’s fake, what is not…does it matter? Can we ever know or care if the government insists on taking that guesswork out of our hands?
A new ‘anti-Russian propaganda’ bill is to be signed into law which will make it illegal to run an alternative media website in the United States.
Under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda,” the House of Representatives passed the H.R.6393 bill, also known as ‘Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017‘.
The bill is an attempt to counteract “measures by Russia to exert covert influence” in America. Worryingly, the definition of what constitutes “Russian influence” includes references to so-called ‘fake news’ websites and any site deemed anti-establishment.
On November 24, The Washington Post published an article citing “experts” who claim Russian propaganda helped Donald Trump get elected.
“Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem,” the Post reported.
The newspaper cited PropOrNot, an anonymous website that posted a hit list of alternative media websites, including Drudge Report, Zero Hedge, Activist Post, Blacklisted News, and many others.
PropOrNot attempts to make the case the websites are either used directly or covertly by the Russians to spread propaganda.
At this point it is unknown if the bill will work its way through the Senate and become law and if it will be used to shut down or curtail websites anonymously characterized as useful idiots or willing participants in disseminating supposed Russian propaganda.
This strikes me as very shaky ground the government is asking us to live on. They are asking us to implicitly trust that they will fulfill the role of information gatekeepers in a fair-minded and equitable fashion and that they will not abuse this “arbiter of fake news” role by allowing political agendas to affect final verdicts as to what is deemed fake. Anyone who knows the innate fallibility of human governmental institutions is fully aware that agendas steer all positions of power and leadership.
The slow seepage into common use and inbuilt vernacular that the repetition of empty concepts inculcates was apparent in a CNN story dealing with a man armed with a rifle who walked into Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington DC allegedly to “investigate” the many cyber-rumors which posited that a pedophilia ring was operating out of the establishment (one that has ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the dark underbelly of Washington D.C.).
Anyone who has exhaustively read the many layers of research that internet denizens have devoted to unearthing the strange, secret society’s deranged sexual fetishes can tell you, yes, many of the allegations are in fact surreal and bizarre, but that in each case, the evidence is strikingly logical and consistent and bears investigation. That’s all.
Instead, the purveyors of information, the Orwellian masterminds in charge of determining news outlets’ fallaciousness, have shut off further investigation by immediately alluding to the story, and all its suspicious elements, as fake without so much as a raised eyebrow. They have resorted to the story’s utter absurdity as an offensive weapon by muting the alleged events based on this superficial characteristic alone…seemingly not minding that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and letting an unimaginative and cynically ignorant American public absolve them the requirement to address the elemental and bizarre postulations of the Comet Ping Pong pedophilia narrative.
This is the entire text of the online version of today’s gunman story.
I’ve highlighted the presumed fake allusions in red. There is no substantiation as to why these are fake; only because of the fantastic nature of the allegations can they be surmised to be fake, but there is no other reason for us to assume this.
A suspect arrested Sunday with an assault rifle at a Washington, DC pizzeria admitted he had come to investigate an online conspiracy theory, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said Sunday evening in a statement.
Police have identified him as 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina.“During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory),” the police department said in a statement.“Pizza Gate” is a name given to the online false news stories begun last month that charged the Comet Ping Pong restaurant and its owner were involved in a child sex operation. The owner has vehemently denied the charges, but they continued to proliferate online. The owner and employees said they were repeatedly threatened on social media.When Welch entered the restaurant he allegedly pointed the rifle in the direction of an employee who police said was able to flee and notify police. Patrons inside the restaurant had rushed out of the building.
Police said Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.Two firearms were recovered inside the restaurant, and an additional weapon was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle police said.While the motive is not known, the restaurant, Comet Ping Pong’s owner, James Alefantis and some employees of the restaurant were threatened last month after fake news reports — shortly before Election Day — charged Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta were involved in a child sex operation at the restaurant. The fake stories continued to proliferate online as Alefantis kept denying the charges.On Sunday patrons inside the restaurant ran out when the suspect entered.Eyewitness Sharif Silmi was at the restaurant with his wife and three children — ages 7,9 and 12, when the suspect walked in.“He walked right past us holding a shotgun, when we realized what was going on we gathered our young ones and started moving toward the exit,” Silmi told CNN. “It was very swift, quick exit, everybody moved out very smoothly.”Silmi, who lives in Maryland, told CNN he and his family are Muslim and that he blamed those who were spreading “false rumors [about Comet Ping Pong] online. They put our children’s lives in danger today.”Silmi said he did not hear the man speak.The suspect was later apprehended outside the restaurant.The owner Alefantis refused to speak to reporters after leaving the restaurant. But he said, “Everybody’s safe.”
Note there is no journalistic or objective explanation of why the story is false (fake). We are merely assured the rumors are false because the Ministry of Truth decrees. Don’t educate yourself, don’t investigate, don’t entertain doubt or suspicion. Listen to your government. They alone are capable of Truth.
I’m beginning to think that the only “fake” thing, at this moment in national history, is our President.