Everyone wants to change the world, but some changes aren’t for the better.
One recent change has resulted in every news story that presents evidence of error in partisan policy being greeted with a chorus of “fake news” by politicians and people who prop them up.
The only thing fake in the news is the attacks on the free press. These attacks are necessary to a group of people who have plenty to hide and hope to kill the messengers before the willfully ignorant realize what they have done.
In an age of ad hominem attacks on the media, Americans now only seek stories that reinforce what they already believe rather than to expand their knowledge. The current administration and the partisan hacks that try to protect it rather than improve it know they can’t leave an information vacuum.
People want information. Americans especially expect news. That’s why you are reading this column in a newspaper or on a newspaper’s website.
In order to complete the attack on the free press, those in power have to establish an alternative reality. Some blame FOX News for being that agent in a conservative regime. It would be easy to point out the work MSNBC and other more liberal outlets played for the past eight years as apologists for an administration with which their views aligned.
But left and right leaning news outlets aren’t the issue. Even the outlets with the highest likelihood of swaying coverage in a favorable direction are still including facts – even if those reports don’t include all of the facts.
The problem with the “fake news” crowd is that they support actual fake news to replace those reports that make them question their worldview.
Everyone knows that President Donald Trump is a personal friend of the owner of the National Enquirer. You don’t have to go to a grocery store very often to see how their coverage of Trump and his perceived enemies has been handled for the past year. If you do a report about Trump firing a campaign and administration official for ties to Russian interests – both of which are facts, not opinion – his supporters fire back quickly and question your motives.
But when the National Enquirer reported a year ago that Hillary Clinton has six months to live, those same people lap it up like a thirsty dog with a pan of antifreeze. If you want to know who Trump doesn’t like, watch the fake headlines fly about them on this fine supermarket tabloid. Did George and Laura Bush really get divorced? No. But the Enquirer had the scoop on the “shocking” details.
I am also pretty sure Ted Cruz’ dad didn’t kill John F. Kennedy and I feel pretty confident that the Texas Senator didn’t have affairs with a hooker, a teacher and other coworkers even though all of those are headlines in the Enquirer in the past year.
Watching Cruz defend Trump after all the President has put him through personally is one of the saddest things I have ever seen in politics. There truly seems to be no lower limit to how far some will stoop to maintain some semblance of power and control.
But many people know the National Enquirer is fraudulent and efforts to normalize them as a news source will never be totally successful. But when the President himself goes out of his way to help an idiot blogger gain fame and interest, the game changes.
Trump granted interviews and now White House media credentials to Alex Jones and his “news” organization Infowars.
Now, Megyn Kelly is using her new NBC platform to grant a Sunday night primetime interview to this kook.
I’m going to say something that sounds harsh. It’s not a problem. I mean it to sound harsh. Doctors use electric shock to restart a heart, maybe being a little harsh will restart a few brains.
When you believe the ramblings of an idiot, it defines you as well. When you repeat a liar, your words are also lies. You can argue your own ignorance, but is that really much better? The only difference between an idiot and a liar is knowledge and motive. The actions and impact are the same.
Alex Jones is not a “good guy” as President Trump proclaimed. I guess if I were in hot water, maybe I would seek refuge in any ice salesman I could find, but Alex Jones is a terrible human being.
In a recent child custody case, his lawyers let a pretty big cat out of a dirty little bag. They told the court that Jones wasn’t really crazy and despicable, he just plays a crazy and despicable role on his news reports.
That’s right, the President has granted interviews to a man who openly admitted to be a performance artist pretending to be a reporter. Tokyo Rose wants her reputation back. When a President has a cadre of comrades who support him no matter what he says and does and hates the media no matter how accurate the reports are, propaganda as performance art becomes the preferred source of news.
According to Kelly’s public relations tweet in support of her new NBC show, “Next Sunday, I sit down with conservative radio host @RealAlexJones to discuss controversies and conspiracies.”
First, Alex Jones is no conservative. He is a court jester.
This man has claimed that the September 11 attacks, the Oklahoma City Bombing and multiple mass shootings are false flag operations or inside jobs. The trash he peddles is offensive to every victim of each of these horrible stories. He revictimizes people in the worst ways – all for his own profit.
Add to that, his frequently spouted views that the government is using chemtrails from airplanes and other chemical means to turn children gay as a means of population control and you can see where Kelly’s credibility is. She cast her lot with a man who plays the part of a conspiracy theorist to try to draw an audience.
She has sparked a social media storm, but I’m not sure this is the kind of notoriety her new show needed.
First a happy sit-down with Vladmir Putin and now this.
The fake news crowd needs to start realizing the path they are walking. When the National Enquirer and Infowars are the watchdogs for your government, your freedom will be at stake.