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Monday, January 30 - 10:45amSanction this postReply
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I keep seeing "Pizzagate" bouncing around the Web as part of the Wikileaks controversy, so I finally took the time today to research it. The most comprehensive page I could find was named, aptly enough, Pizzagate.  I skimmed through it and watched the brief CBS clip.  It still all smells kind of hinky to me.

 

Has anyone else paid this controversy much attention?



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Monday, January 30 - 1:00pmSanction this postReply
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I haven't paid much attention to that particular event.  What I did see is that it became the poster child for the progressives promotion of "Fake News" as an issue to be pursued.

 

They worked hard to get a lot of attention and ended up with many of the social media moguls creating policy that will result in removing "fake news" from their media (like facebook).  At that point it had the feel of "job done" and the intensity faded. 

 

From the progressive's point of view, actions taken to suppress what they deem 'fake news' is akin to exercising calls for political correctness to prevent 'hate speech' or to muzzle climate deniers or to prevent 'trigger words'.... all forms of suppressing opposing viewpoints.



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Wednesday, February 1 - 12:55pmSanction this postReply
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Pretty sure it's fake news, it's traction was due to shock factor more than anything else.  It's a conspiracy theory that tries to make connections through properties and attributes rather than essences.



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Sunday, February 12 - 12:54pmSanction this postReply
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"fake news" is a new 1984 mindgame term invented by the powers-that-be in order to promote censorship of alternative news sources such as zerohedge, especially since Trump won the 2016 presidential election electoral college votes.  I wouldn't suggest using that term.  Instead I woud say "satire" or "gossip", etc where appropriate.



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Sunday, February 12 - 1:55pmSanction this postReply
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Dean is right that "fake news" is a meme that was invented to attack alternative news sources - those that aren't on the left.  And, it is a ploy to encourage self-censorship, like the concepts (or anti-concepts) of "politically correct", "trigger words" and "micro-aggressions" - it is an attempt at controlling speech and shutting down avenues of thought that don't agree with progressive agendas.  Recently, progressives, knowing that many of the heads of social media companies are sympathetic to their cause, invoked "fake news" as a way to encourage the social media company to "filter" out news that they deemed "fake news" (and that would include some news that wasn't fake, just opposition to progressive goals - like any story about faked data in the climate change debate).

 

I think that this focus on "fake news" is still new enough, and non-objective enough, and dishonest enough in its biased use that it can be taken litterally and turned against all attempts to make up stories that favor some political agenda.  Turn it against the left who are in the middle of an orgy of anti-Trump "fake news" attacks.

 

Regardless of who started the "fake news" meme, or what their motivations, it is a useful concept when taken litterally and applied rationally to all who attempt to make up news as opposed to report news.

 

The main stream media has failed to maintain journalistic standards and have become propoganda sources, and at the same time we have the unregulated net (and it SHOULD be unregulated) which has some extremely irresponsible people who make use of anonymnity and any lack of consequences to publish things they know are false.  That is just the way things are now.  With time, cultural and economic structures will arise in the marketplace to provide a way to vet news sources (although that relies on some intelligence among consumers, and in the political realm that's in short supply now.)



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