A couple weeks ago Melissa Zimdars, an of Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Merrimack College, published a list of so-called “fake news sites.” Her list included sites that use “click bait” titles on social media and site that were satirical. Ms. Zimdars, as an exalted, elitist educator, presumed to have the authority to determine which sites were “fake news,” most of which were conservative. And most of them were not in the least “fake news,” but rather news Zimdars disagreed with, articles that Lefty-owned social media could then censor. Read on. TJ
Not surprisingly, soon-to-be-former President Barack Obama has jumped on the fake news bandwagon. The charge of spreading malicious gossip under the guise of news dissemination is as good an explanation as any, in his view, for why any American might believe that his presidency has been an abject failure.
In an interview published yesterday, Obama had a good deal to say about the media, which he claimed played a role in the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
The challenge is people are getting a hundred different visions of the world from a hundred different outlets or a thousand different outlets, and that is ramping up divisions. It’s making people exaggerate or say what’s most controversial or peddling in [sic] the most vicious of insults or lies, because that attracts eyeballs.
The impression he gives isn’t wrong. He couldn’t have won election in 2008 if it weren’t for exaggerations and lies of omission by the mainstream media. But that wasn’t what he had in mind. Reverting almost to his condemnation of “bitter clingers,” he explained:
In this election, [white working class voters]turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country….
But the Fox News Channel, which is what he was actually referring to, isn’t new. It was present in 2008 and when he ran for reelection in 2012, as he himself has acknowledged tediously often…
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