Fact-Checking the Establishment's 'Fact-Checkers': How the 'Fake News' Story is Fake News
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 31/10/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23053
A look at the introduction of "Fake News" in the US and how is was used by both political parties in the lead-up to the 2016 US election, and moreover how it was propogated by the mainstream media and fact-checked by dubious verification sources.
The introduction of the term "fake news" into the political lexicon has been deliberate and is a desperate attempt by the establishment to maintain its grip on the flow of knowledge. It was strategically re-appropriated by Trump himself, who frequently accuses mainstream media of reporting misinformation. Unfortunately, what he deems "fake news" is merely that which undermines him politically or personally, but there is a truth at the core of his crude attacks on the press. Trump's labeling of mainstream media as "the enemy of the people" was unintentionally accurate only because he was referring to that which undercuts his own power. Nevertheless, it is an appropriate label considering that 90% of mass media - newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, film studios, and internet news content - is owned by just six conglomerates in General Electric, News Corp, CBS, Disney, Viacom and Time Warner. Some like G.E. are contracted by the Pentagon.