Thursday, January 18, 2018

The 2017 Fake News Awards

I recently watched a great movie about the fantastic journalistic work done by the Boston Globe barely fifteen years ago. Spotlight, the movie, describes how Spotlight, the special investigative team within the Boston Globe, uncovered the corruption of child abuse by the Catholic church in Boston. Taking on Catholicism in a city where more than half of the population are of the same religion was quite heroic to say the least. The Boston Globe risked ruining their business in the process of their investigation. Not only where city officials and police corrupt, but catholic readers could have taken their anger against the newspaper as well. 
To compound things, all relevant documents needed to prove the crimes were either hidden by the court system or fell outside of the Freedom of Information Act. Then there was the issue that statute of limitations were long expired since all children molestations were being reported mostly after the victims became adults. Still, the movie depicts how real reporters had to work; doing exhaustive research to find the truth. That was a time when a single source of information wasn't enough. Newspaper editors demanded at least two credible sources for all news to be printed. 

Compare that to what is happening today. You have The New York Times, formerly the most credible news source in the world, stating that Trump did something wrong and quoting a single source who didn't show the document to the reporter but who read it over the phone instead. And what about a second source to corroborate what is being reported? Well, the media giant no longer cares about such formalities. They are now the gunslingers of the news.
It's incredible to see how far they have strayed away from the truth. It all looks and smells like the last days of an industry that soon will be gone. I have seen this before. I have witnessed the same drums of decay resonating through the air. The clear corruption among the great names of yesterday seems to define the last chapter on the life of such giants. And then there is the fact that the real publishing and investigative work is now being done by non-profits. Just a few years ago, no one had heard of WikileaksProject VeritasJudicial Watch and the American Center for Law and Justice. Yet, they have quickly become our only sources for transparency.  
Honestly, I don't think we'll miss the old names. As soon as they stopped delivering the truth and focused on promoting their so called 'fair' opinion, they became irrelevant to us. Thankfully, we figured it all out quickly enough. We should be grateful towards the free-market that provided us with viable alternatives at the time we needed real information and transparency most.

Just in, the White House announced the 2017 Fake News Awards. To read more about these recognitions, click here to go to the Republican Party's website.

1st Place: The New York Times
The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.
Paul Krugman, 2017 Fake News Winner

2nd Place: ABC 
ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3rd Place: CNN 
CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

4th Place: TIME 
TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5th Place: Washington Post 
Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.

6th Place: CNN 
CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

7th Place: CNN 
CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

8th Place: Newsweek 
Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

9th Place: CNN 
CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.

10th Place: The New York Times
The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.

Honorable Mention: 
And last, but not least: "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!
Russia Collusion Hoax

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