Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fake News... It's Not Just For Electing Despots Anymore.


From the WaPo:

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m...


...The restaurant’s owner and employees were threatened on social media in the days before the election after fake news stories circulated claiming that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a child sex ring from the restaurant’s backrooms...

But is it just the low-fo 'ins that don't know the difference between Breitbart and the Grey Lady that swallow and wulitzer this codswallop?

Well, actually, no:

...Even Michael Flynn, a retired general whom President-elect Trump has tapped to advise him on national security, shared stories about another anti-Clinton conspiracy theory involving pedophilia. None of them were true...


At one time you might say that this type of thing is one of those examples of truth being stranger than fiction.

Now, however, I'm not so sure that is even possible anymore.

Which is most definitely not a good thing.



Anonymous said...

what big () are all about....Deliberate plant build cost blowout...Writing off over-inflated build costs, deducting every expense possible, ....Sucker governments spend $billions building infrastructure at the behest of giants, ...write bad economic agreements filled with monetary loopholes (cost overruns etc)

Danneau said...

There is a current of willing ignorance and closed-mindedness abroad that is a fairly constant source of bewilderment and anxiety. A lot of it seems to stem from a lack of comfort in moving from the position of continuing to act as we have for the last century, partly to protect a position of privilege, partly because anything that is unknown, or just new, implies a degree of uncertainty that this group finds unpalatable. This seems particularly prevalent among those most closely associated with the fossil fuel industry and its downstream homologues, the preponderance of whom will not accept that there is so much that can be done with feedstock other than dilbit, that what petro product without which we absolutely can't do (for the time being), ought to be processed at source. The last part is about how this crowd will rise to the defense of KM and their ilk, implying that there is no other way to have well=paid work, neglecting that small detail that they take the benefits of the mining and shipping and squirrel it away in offshore accounts, leaving as little as possible in the pockets of the citizens of the jurisdictions in question, with the exception of the politicians whose careers have been enhanced by their contributions.

Anonymous said...

When a province spends 40 million stakeholders taxpayer dollars with 240 personel
You have to question if it's propaganda compounded by pay to play politicians?
Over budget underperforming-not on time on budget families first.

e.a.f. said...

repeating fake news has simply gone mainstream. we saw it for decades in newsprint magazines at check outs of stores. then it was written only about those in the entertainment industry. No one cared, well now its about any one and everyone. It gives license to people who ought to know better. It has made malicious gossip acceptable. When a General repeats this type of "gossip" he is engaging in character assisinaton. He most likely believes its acceptable because all things in war are fair game or so he believes. Its win at all costs. it doesn't matter that there are lies. /we have seen people and corporations scam income tax all in the belief it was "good business". Repeating fake news is just part of the disease and it will not end well. Once people are into fake news it will be much easier to whip anger against anyone or any group. with these conditions those who control the media will control the narrative and therefore control the people. we need to look no further than B.C.and what passes for news these days.