The latest from The Intercept should interest readers. As reporter Glenn Greenwald says fake news is a means of propaganda spread by those who are most aggressive at disseminating it. The mainstream media is the problem.
The Washington Post recently published the disgusting blacklist of supposedly pro-Russia news outlets by an anonymous source which they later quietly admitted it was bogus.
The Intercept reported on an even more strident example from MSNBC. Clinton campaign officials outright lied, claiming the Wikileaks emails were doctored while presenting no evidence. It was amplified by MSNBC personalities such as Joy Ann Reid and Malcolm Nance, The Atlantic’s David Frum, and Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald.
Saying the Wikileaks emails were doctored was the actual fake news. CNN’s Chris Cuomo actually said we shouldn’t be reading them, suggesting it was illegal to do so.
MSNBC’s intelligence analyst Malcolm Nance tweeted an “Official Warning” that “#PodestaEmails are already proving to be riddled with obvious forgeries & #blackpropaganda not even professionally done.” That tweet was re-tweeted by more than 4,000 people.
An article in something called “The Daily News Bin” with the headline: “MSNBC intelligence expert: WikiLeaks is releasing falsified emails not really from Hillary Clinton.”
The fact is that the Clinton campaign information released through mainstream media is the fake news.
When Nance – MSNBC’s “intelligence analyst” – issued his “Official Warning,” he linked to a tweet that from an anonymous account calling itself “The Omnivore,” which had posted an obviously fake transcript purporting to be a Hillary Clinton speech to Goldman Sachs. Even though that fake document was never published by WikiLeaks, that was the entire basis for the MSNBC-inspired claim that some of the WikiLeaks documents were doctored.
The person that forged the document was a Clinton supporter, not the Russians. When Nance found out the truth, he didn’t care. And when MSNBC knew the truth, they didn’t report it.
The Intercept concluded:
Editor of the Washington Post, who told The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg: “If you have a society where people can’t agree on basic facts, how do you have a functioning democracy?”
Exactly: if you have prominent journalists telling the public to trust an anonymous group with a false McCarthyite blacklist, or telling it to ignore informative documents on the grounds that they are fake when there is zero reason to believe that they are fake, that is a direct threat to democracy. In the case of the Podesta emails, these lies were perpetrated by the very factions that have taken to most loudly victimizing themselves over the spread of Fake News.
The problem is the solutions are coming from the same people disseminating the fake news and their solution is to censor and suppress free speech.