Mike Krieger Rages At The 'Fake News' Debacle: "It's An All Out Media War"

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Before I get into the meat of this article, I want to remind you of a few paragraphs I wrote back in the August post,  Questioning Hillary’s Health is Not Conspiracy Theory:

As I look at the landscape in 2016 to-date, I observe emergent signs that alternative media is finally beginning to take over from the legacy mainstream media when it comes to impact and influence. The mainstream media (unlike with John McCain in 2008), had decided that Hillary Clinton’s health was not an issue and chose not to pursue it. Many in the alternative media world took a different position, and due to mainstream media’s failure to inform the American public for decades, the alternative media drove that issue to the top of the news cycle. That’s power.

 

This is an incredibly big deal, and the mainstream media intuitively knows what it means. It means a total loss of legitimately, prestige and power. All of which is well deserved of course.

 

So here’s the bottom line. 2016 represents the true beginning of what I would call the Media Wars. Alternative media is now capable of driving the news cycle. Mainstream media now has no choice but to fight back, and fight back it will. It will fight back dirty. This is going to get very ugly, but by the time the dust has settled, I think much of the mainstream media will be left as a shell of its former self.

With Hillary’s loss, the mainstream media and its distressed and discredited allies are in a panic like we have never seen before. They understand that alternative voices now influence the public as much, if not more so, than the mainstream press, and they are now out to destroy those voices. The way they are going about this is by placing anti-establishment voices under the blanket umbrella of “fake news,” or in the case of Twitter, they just seem to purge people they don’t like from the platform altogether.

 

The gloves are now completely off following the publication, and wide distribution by legacy media, of a list compiled by Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, of “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.” What you’ll find, is that some of your favorite websites, including Zerohedge are represented in this ridiculous list.

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What do almost all of these sites have in common? They published a lot of anti-Hillary Clinton articles over the course of the election, which collectively helped to swing the contest for Trump. That’s the real transgression committed by these websites.

Interestingly, I didn’t see Slate on this list despite publishing one of the most blatant pieces of fake, pro-Hillary news propaganda of the year just a few days before the election with the following, quickly debunked, monstrosity:

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Even Snopes rapidly dismissed the claim, yet Slate is nowhere to be seen on the “fake news” list. If you are pro-Hillary, you apparently cannot be “fake, misleading, or clickbait-y.”

This whole story hits close to home for me. Zerohedge has been publishing my writing since 2010, years before I had my own website. It has been instrumental in providing an outlet for my own voice, as well as countless others, when legacy media never would. As such, I reached out to Zerohedge for a comment. Here is what they said:

It’s funny and sad at the same time – have they done any actual rigorous analysis on what they determine to be “fake” news, or perhaps the assumption is that the public should just take their word again… like when the NYT assured its readers that Hillary Clinton had a 90% chance of winning? When it comes to “fake vs fact” on Zero Hedge, we have a simple solution: we source everything, and all the data can be replicated by anyone.

 

Ultimately this push will likely boost traffic to the “fake” websites – something the “credible” legacy media, which just had its worst year ever, desperately needs.

 

But what is more troubling is that this sets the framework for “banned media”, especially  when one considers it was the outspoken “liberal” voices within the 4thestate who were in arms that Trump would unleash precisely this kind of media witch hunt. Apparently the objective media does not need a president to prompt it to start its own book burning project.

Moving along, who cares that some assistant professor made a list of sites she doesn’t like and warns people about them? Why should we pay attention?

We should care because it is being promoted heavily by the mainstream media. For example, look at how a writer at New York Magazine promoted the list (seems kinda “clickbait-y” doesn’t it):

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This is as close as you can get to a publication totally endorsing the list. Moreover, the story is currently the #1 most read article on New York Magazine’s website today.

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Naturally, New York Magazine would never resort to the sort of “clickbait-y” tactics perpetrated by these so-called fake news sites. Perhaps I was hallucinating when I saw its recent cover photo:

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Then when you actually click through to the cover story, the following image pops out at you:

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This, you see, is what real news looks like.

It’s not just New York Magazine either. The Los Angeles Times today published an article titled, Want to Keep Fake News Out of Your Newsfeed? College Professor Creates List of Sites to Avoid. Here’s how it begins:

 

During the election, many people fell prey to fake news stories on social media — even the president-elect ended up retweeting fake statistics. A professor of communication has created a list of unreliable news sites to help people do better.

 

Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, put together a publicly available Google doc cataloging “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.” It’s been making the rounds on social media as people seek to cleanse their newsfeeds of misinformation.

The article then ends with the following:

Both Facebook and Google have recently announced they will take steps to block fake news sites from accessing their advertising services.

One has to wonder what sort of criteria Facebook and Google will be using in its determination of “fake news.” If it ends up with anything resembling the above list, we should all be very concerned.

It’s not as if these mainstream media outlets are promoting this list to sow doubts in the sites’ already existing readers; rather, the intent is to keep their own readers away. It’s a nefarious attempt at preventing current readership from being open to alternative information, and we should all hope it backfires spectacularly.

Of course, this is just one battle in the status quo’s attempt to silence alternative voices. Twitter is on its own mission following Hillary Clinton’s election loss. As USA Today reported this morning in its post, Twitter Suspends Alt-Right Accounts:

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech.

 

Among those suspended was Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account on Twitter.

 

The alt-right, a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism, emerged as a counterpoint to mainstream conservatism and has flourished online. Spencer has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the U.S.

 

Heidi Beirich, spokeswoman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told USA TODAY that the center had asked Twitter to remove more than 100 accounts of white supremacists who violated Twitter’s terms of service. She also pointed to two alt-right accounts that had been verified by Twitter, including Spencer’s.

This Spencer character doesn’t appear to be a particularly nice guy, and Twitter can do whatever it wants, but what concerns me is the overall trend. Namely, how information gatekeepers are suddenly panicking to demonize or ban alternative voices following Trump’s election victory.

The message here is simple: It’s Game On. The legacy media has taken the gloves off entirely and we are now engaged in all out media war.

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For prior articles on the topic, see:

Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

Hillary Clinton Enters the Media Wars

The Death of Mainstream Media

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Nekoti's picture

Fuck the MSM. I am so glad I got rid of cable.

Mr Pink's picture

Me thinks MSM loses this war

evoila's picture

Screw the MSM. Hope Trump assigns somebody in the FTC to break them up. And while he's at it, he should break up Google and FB, and then see how the little treasonous shits like it.

Wonder what they'll do once the FTC starts trying to break them up at the same time executive orders come flying down banning lobbying in and around WDC, with a supreme court to shoot down challenges to it based on first amendment.

Now you know why they're hell bent on stirring up riots and revolutions.

Overfed's picture

It's not a real civil war 'til molotovs start flying and IEDs start going off. Beware of false flags.

max2205's picture

Looks to me like the See I A will be putting a lot more alt right presstitutes on the payroll to try to dilute the message

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) max2205 Nov 16, 2016 9:02 PM

Bring it.  They can suck a bag of dicks!

The Saint's picture

The conclusion is obvious.  Never ever get your news from ABC, CBS. NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Google, Twitter or Facebook.  Every one of them is a left wing news and truth manipulator.  There are also many liberal websites such as Huffpo that fall under the umbrella of liberal news agrigators.

All are to be avoided like they have the plague.  And, in a way they do.

boattrash's picture

Most here have probably seen how scripted the news is, even your local news...

If you haven't seen any of these, I urge you to see one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM8L7bdwVaA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kip2w-DceV0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH8dejYGa5A

NvrGivUp's picture

The MSM simply dont understand the more they resist the more it persists. The list will do little other than boost the readership of the sites listed, comical really. They want a captive and obedient audience that buys their BS and they want to tell you what to watch or not.... Good luck w/ that!

Clock Crasher's picture

Micheale Tsarion documented something as good if not better.

He discovered representatives in Australia and another in the US or EU can not remember.  These different people in different countries were reading the same policy during a hearing verbatim word for word...

scored a 10 on the creep-o-meter.

It's on one of his multi hour lectures I'm not going to hunt it down. 

For the record I'm not a Tsarion or Iyke fan-boy. 

boattrash's picture

Thanks for the heads-up, I'll see if I can find it later.

cheka's picture

nyc.media.skype strike back at those debunking their lies

weburke's picture

accidently heard npr today and the usual toady media mouths were behaving scared of funding loss from congress, and were pretending to act inclusive of other vews.

RiverRoad's picture

History will show that the MSM brought the house down on themselves:  It is one thing for a newspaper to endorse a candidate; it is quite another for a newspaper to actively campaign for a candidate.  When they did that they lost all semblance of journalistic integrity and became mere rags.

Notveryamused's picture

They will have a hard time silencing media that was pro-Trump during a Trump presidency. Projects like MaidSafe which aim to decentralise the Internet (after 10 years in development) are finally nearing completion too.
(A good buy at current $34 million valuation.) So it's a battle they should lose.

847328_3527's picture

Ebay should be on the list. I read somewhere that 80% of the stuff on Ebay is either misrepresented or outright fake.

Son of Loki's picture

I'm glad to say NO ONE at my workplace ever quotes or refers to NYT or CNN anymore. They know they would be laughed out fo the room.

unirealist's picture

 

"Ebay should be on the list. I read somewhere that 80% of the stuff on Ebay is either misrepresented or outright fake."

Ha-ha.

You probably read it on one of the sites listed above.

(edited)

Bad Attitude's picture

It really isn't a media war, the mainstream media already lost. The MSM is dead, they just don't know it yet, and stunts like this only hasten their final demise.

Forward (over the cliff)!

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

I will say that the MSM has much better looking anchors than the alternative media.  I mean, that's gotta count for something, right?

PS.  This is not to be interpreted as a confession to finding Wolf Blitzer attractive.

Hurricane Baby's picture

Like most women, they are somewhat plain under all that war paint.

hawk nation's picture

Trump needs to start doing press conferences with only taking questions and providing access to websites similar to zerohedge and ignoring the MSM

auricle's picture

Trump should abandon the traditional news media and get cozy with some alternative media groups and help foster a new paradigm. 

socalbeach's picture

ZeroHedge and other alt media sites need to apply for WH press credentials.  To prevent too many reporters, Trump can revoke the credentials of legacy media propaganda sites like the NYT, WaPo, etc.

Donald Trump Jr often tweets and re-tweets ZH articles.

TerminalLiability's picture

Maybe label the legacy media domestic terrorists.

Automatic Choke's picture

HELP -

I default to Google for search engine.  I know there are tons of others out there.

I'd like to reset my defaults to a useful one that has no bias, no tracking, no agenda.

 

Problem is, I can't really google this, can I?

Advice?

 

847328_3527's picture

I need to make a copy of this list; looks like a couple of really good sites I have been missing.

wildbad's picture

Mish Zimdars of Merrimack Scolds us,
Cuz we're not on the libral school bus.
But her bus took a left
And flew over a cleft
And could not pay the loans that they sold us

Uncertain T's picture

Merrimack.... my Alma mater ....  sheesh

chubbar's picture

duck duck go, check them out

New World Chaos's picture

Should have refreshed comments before suggesting duckduckgo.com... but there it is.

Do you hate Verizon, Comcast, Monsanto, BP, Halliburton, Disney, McDonalds, Microsoft, Bank of America, Citigroup, Facebook, Wellpoint, NY Times, Wackenhut, BillyBob's Bail Bonds, etc, etc?

Go to duckduckgo.com, search for these companies, and click through.  They have to pay DuckDuckGo for building a non-Orwellian search engine.

CaptainObvious's picture

Duck Duck Go

Ixquick.eu (NOT Startpage, which used to be Ixquick.com, because that uses the biased Google search results)

Yandex

DataDigger's picture

DuckDuckGo is great for privacy (https://duckduckgo.com/about)

though I don't know what thier bias or agenda is, except they think Google is the evil empire.

tenpanhandle's picture

...edit...late to the duckduckgo party.

El Vaquero's picture

"Now you know why they're hell bent on stirring up riots and revolutions."

But they're using those who excel at faggotry to do it. I've been around these fucks when they're in mob mode. The last time (protests last week,) it was about 200 of them, and there was very little opposition to them. Without cops, I probably would have been outnumbered something like 25 to 1 when considering who else might have jumped in had they turned on me. I only heard one instance where they started to talk shit about me. A simple glare shut that shit down. The closest that I had to shit talking after that was when a kid in a Guy Fawkes mask came up to me and said "You're the undercover cop, aren't you!" I gave my best sarcastic "Suuuuuuure I am!" Even with the mask, the confusion was apparent.

You're dealing with people who only feel bold when in large groups, but will still back down to the one crazy fuck who is willing to follow them around. They'll push their luck with cops, but cops have rules and they're under heavy scrutiny right now. They know that. I have rules too that will be applied to me whether I like it or not, but I play my cards close and in that kind of situation, I'm always ready to NOT bluff. 200 on 1, plus whomever jumps in on my side? Sounds crazy. Until you realize that I had concealed a pistol, two spare mags, a collapsible baton and pepper spray. That entire crowd would have dispersed and backed off once the pistol started barking. They simply aren't mentally prepared for that kind of confrontation.

What they don't understand is that people who aren't government are watching them now. Or maybe they're starting to understand that, but people like me are still an unknown to them. Unknowns are scary to those who aren't willing to stroll through the woods in the dark.

TerminalLiability's picture

Indeed, these are safe space kids...

Boscovius's picture

Both could be declared monopolized public utilites and busted up like AT&T.

Jim in MN's picture

They are dead and we are alive.

 

Smells like victory to me.

Grave's picture

assmedia is done for, alternatives are rising in popularity,
game over for fascist totalitarian propaganda outlets such as faecebook, shitter, goople, etc
(way to go clowns, not smart at all, alienating half of your userbase)