The Mainstream Media Has Only Itself To Blame For The "Fake News" Epidemic

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Submitted by Stephen Miller via,

The mainstream media continues to freak out over the spread of “fake news” on Facebook and other social media platforms such as Twitter and reddit. Hillary Clinton’s late campaign thinks this is a problem.

The Democrat party seems to think people with Facebook accounts are to blame for Hillary’s decision to ignore crucial swing states in the final weeks of the campaign, that likely cost her the election.

But the media hasn’t bothered to ask why such sites gained traction. Our media has cultivated false news for years. Understandably, people stopped caring about the “journalistic ethics” the media claim to possess.

The CBS morning show, hosted by Charlie Rose, recently ran a segment on the rise of fake news, based on a story posted on BuzzFeed. The website claimed that Facebook users shared more “fake” news stories than “real” news stories by the end of the election.

Was the story true? Timothy Carney from the Washington Examiner found holes in Buzzfeed’s model which thus complicated the narrative BuzzFeed was trying to present. On examination, Buzzfeed had ignored real statistics to present their own version of a narrative, not the facts.

On the same CBS show, Charlie Rose interviewed former “fake news” pundit and left-wing icon Jon Stewart about the election. During his Daily Show years, Stewart styled himself as both a serious pundit and a comedian, allowing him to walk the line between fake news and satire.

The show’s set, and Stewart’s demeanor, mirrored that of a network news program. His cast did on-location interviews, which were often heavily edited to present their own liberal point of view. But long after Stewart’s show ended, he is still being propped up as an important voice in journalism.



Shortly before Stewart filmed his final Daily Show segment in August 2015, the Washington Post published a piece lamenting that “many millennials are about to lose their most-trusted news source.”

CNN’s Brian Stelter has made exposing fake news sites a bit of a pet project. He should start with his own network, along with its mainstream competitors. Stelter himself recently discussed the election with disgraced former CBS New anchor Dan Rather, who was forced to resign after presenting forged documents about George W. Bush’s service in the National Guard as legitimate news.

CNN has run segments suggesting that asteroids cause climate change, and black holes can materialize in Earth’s atmosphere and swallow 747 passenger planes . A CNN panel led by left wing commentator Sally Kohn declared their “hearts are out there marching” with protestors in Ferguson as they all raised their hands to mimic the Black Lives Matter protest mantra — “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” — echoing an alleged gesture during a police shooting that was declared one of the year’s biggest lies (ironically) by the Washington Post.

NBC Nightly News, hosted by Lester Holt, featured a report about “fake news” this past Tuesday, apparently with zero self awareness about how Holt came to host the show. He replaced the disgraced Brian Williams after it was revealed that Williams had fabricated a number of self-aggrandizing anecdotes about his broadcasting career.

How were Williams’ fabrications discovered? Not by NBC’s asleep-at-the-wheel standards executives, and not by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN or even Fox News. They came to light after a soldier on Facebook called Williams out for exaggerating a story about covering the Iraq War. Williams continues to make millions of dollars working for NBC as a late night MSNBC host.

NBC was also caught airing edited audio of a 911 phone call in a way that made Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman come across as a racist, when the full context was far more mundane.

Meanwhile, NBC Universal has invested $2 hundred million in BuzzFeed and Vox. There isn’t enough space to list all of the times Vox failed at delivering “real news.” I will simply let Deadspin explain: 46 Times Vox Totally Fucked Up A Story.”

Rolling Stone continues to put out a magazine despite a verdict of malicious defamation of a UVa administrator related to its publication of, “A Rape on Campus,” a story about a brutal rape that, as it turns out, never happened.

Another such case is Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University rape activist who carried a mattress on her back to protest University administrators for not expelling her alleged rapist. Except the rape never happened. Still, the New York Times ran a piece exulting Sulkowicz titled “The Art of the Political Protest.”

When New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited Sulkowicz to be her guest at the State of the Union address, there were no questions about the validity or truth of her claims. The New York Times has repeatedly pushed the fake campus rape statistic that every one in four women are sexually assaulted on campus. This story was repeatedly cited by both Gillibrand and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Beginning to see the problem yet?

When false narratives and comedians are championed, the public at large stops relying on publications and networks who attempt to pass themselves off as “real news” but who in fact either ignore or simply don’t care about information they put out because of an ideological bias.

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TalkToLind's picture

Sorry, gotta go watch my local 10pm network news.  I need my daily dose of cop, politician, military and sports worship!

zorba THE GREEK's picture

I keep telling my wife, cancel that worthless rag you call a newspaper.
It is just left wing propaganda. At least for now it is still good for cleaning fish on.

WernerHeisenberg's picture

Yes and the "edgy" (or once upon a time edgy) alt rightish websites that have been avoiding #pizzagate as studiously as Larry Silverstein avoided 9/11 truth are also worthless controlled opposition propoganda.  Does Tyler frequent Comet Ping Pong Pizza?  Why no stories about the elite pedo ring on ZeroHedge?

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) WernerHeisenberg Nov 20, 2016 11:24 PM

Tylers are catholic so it would be hypocritical

J S Bach's picture

It's not "real news" that they purvey... it's "real jews" that make up the MSM... and that explains their deceitful fare.

bamawatson's picture

what does mark cubanstein have to say ?

where is eric braverman ?

jaap's picture

and now back to real news....

The No Agenda Show has also turned on John Steward and John Oliver. Direct link to the segment where Adam deconstructs it is here:

beemasters's picture

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

Chupacabra-322's picture

All we have is PsyOp / Psyche Warefare & Ponzi.

The rewording of the Smith Mundt Act a few seconds years back makes it perfectly legal to Propagandandize the American People.

Jim in MN's picture

Everybody.   Just go and read one actual book.  Preferably a classic about political theory, or a biography of someone who lived in a crisis era.

It's so bad that I fear we've lost the ability to reconstruct a civil society from the ground up, should circumstances call for it.

Clicking on screens just isn't going to cut it.

Here are a few ideas.....

The Society of the Spectacle--Guy DeBord

Don Quixote--Cervantes


Common Sense--Thomas Paine

The Federalist Papers

Notes on the State of Virginia--Thomas Jefferson

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail in '72--Hunter S. Thompson

World Population and Human Values--Salk and Salk


CheapBastard's picture

Even the most clueless American learned American media spread Fake News a few years ago when it kept repeating Obama's bull shit of a "robust recovery" while Americans saw thousands of people being fired.

When the entire nation listened to Comey that day when he listed all her crime and then refused to indict, they knew for sure the entire DC system of politicians was corrupt and I saw Americans turn furious. They showed their disdain by propelling Donald Trump to the presidency by a landslide as Wof Bitzer and other MSM shills turned pale.

Yes, Soros can pay all these protesters to riot and try to destroy America which he obviously hates. And Obama can keep trying to tear down even keep encouraging his hate groups like BLM to keep beating people up and shooting people. Hillary can also keep encouraging violence against hard working Americans.

But America has spoken and they better listen up. Because Americans are fed up with DC corruption.

90% of MSM is "Fake News" prepared and paid for by groups with connections to left wing extremists it appears.

StychoKiller's picture

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

Nobodys Home's picture

These guys are involved in an open source investigation into Comet Ping Pong and other interesting connections

Interesting video.....lots of info about this sick shit:

CheapBastard's picture


You mean Obama's robust recovery ain't real like cnn and npr say it is?

U.S. mall investors set to lose billions as retail gloom deepens

BabaLooey's picture

Here's why....IMO

This "story" is taking serious time, effort and sleuthing to uncover.

The perps in this are not stupid; they've covered and coded their tracks in this like a buried Alabama tick.

In the age of "fake news", my take is that ZH is letting others do some serious burrowing (if not doing their own off-line dredging) on it.

I myself have delved into it; it's a time chewer. 


Jim in MN's picture

There's no fucking evidence.  We've been over this a hundred times.

I think it's likely something truly horrible has happened with 'those people'.  But someone has to be brave and sacrifice themselves, if necessary, to help the victims and our entire civil society by telling the truth and revealing the evidence.

It's got nothing to do with guts.  Everything to do with facts.

Mediocritas's picture

I got up to speed on #pizzagate last night. There's some seriously disturbing shit coming out of the woodwork there. Still a bit "out there" to run with though, even on ZH. Give it a little longer to mature into a solid story.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Perhaps speaking to those compromised, Criminal Scum Fuck Fascist Zio / NeoCon's isn't a waste of time as so much it is to tell them & their Global Elite Master's that there's a new Sheriff in town.

This election was about the Lawlessness, Espionge & Intelligence Community has on everyone compromised within a Criminal Corrupt System.

The Criminal Clinton Froundation is key to taking down a massive Global Crime Synicate, Officails & Foreign Governements. Along with the Satanic Child Global Pedo Ring.

Hang them all.

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) WernerHeisenberg Nov 21, 2016 5:03 AM

I'd say most alt-right websites are controlled opposition.

Several have a long history of trying to be "respectable" and serious, but the edgy ones are mostly a joke. Not because they are edgy, but because of the topics they avoid, as you say.

I don't spend a lot of time trying to decide who is real. I just read a lot of different places.

Eeesh's picture

pizza news is festering in the geeky sites right now. i expect that stuff to blow up and knock evrerybody's socks off pretty soon.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

OT, but as it isnt being covered in any article yet by Tyler where else am i gunna mention it?  But hasn't anyone noticed that since trumps victory and the smashdown in gols and silver, the Shanghai exchange has consistently refused to match down in price?

We are talking an arbitrage of $500 000 per ton for gold and $50 000 per ton for silver. That has to be enough to induce some investment behemoths to empty the vaults of the west and ship it to the east

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Squid-puppets a-go-go Nov 20, 2016 11:25 PM


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

India contributes but this arb opened up before the cash ban. China has made some kinda decision

GUS100CORRINA's picture

MSM organizations consist mostly of DESPOTS with REPROBATE MINDS who are acting like WHORES selling their BODIES to the highest bidders.

GOD of the Bible was proved right when He said: "The HUMAN HEART is DECEITFUL above all else and DESPARATELY WICKED."

The more I understand about MSM corrupt practices, the more sickening it gets.


superluminalwill's picture

Sent to POTUS and Malloy press secretaries 11/17/16

Media Analyst Sues MSM for $1 Trillion for Sandy Hook Made-for-TV Massacre - Update:

BabaLooey's picture

That some schmuck that was in a jewvie titled "Death to Smoochy" is taken seriously is proof positive that the left is seriously fucked up.

Stewart's a sniggering asstard.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Nov 20, 2016 11:10 PM

If oyu watch msn you are a simple drug fucked imbecile

TrustbutVerify's picture

The mainstream media is the fake news.

big-data's picture

Lighten up a little, ZeroHedgers. Here is a satire on the election. Enjoy a jolly laugh for a change!

VWAndy's picture

  If they really knew what was best you would think they might be able to answer any and all good questions? 

    One of the reasons i dont give a shit about spelling. The truth dont need a coat of paint.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) VWAndy Nov 20, 2016 11:50 PM

Or a dulux recoat

Genby's picture

I still read such fake news as "another hospital in Aleppo bombed" even in conservative newspapers.

According to them, pre-war Aleppo was a Shining City With 10000 Children Hospitals.

Joebloinvestor's picture

Did you read the part about babies blown out of incubators?


They haven't worn out that one yet.


Arnie Fife's picture

None of the Main Stream News Media is believable any longer.

Fox News has shown its true colors at displaying false narratives as well.

All these panderors are cheap hoo...oars.

Scrubbing Bubblez's picture
Scrubbing Bubblez (not verified) Nov 20, 2016 11:52 PM

Fake news?!? It's pretty much all fake news since the Jews control it. The only news they cover is what fits their Satanic agenda! And of course, the Jew bastards want to clamp down on the internet!

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Scrubbing Bubblez Nov 21, 2016 5:08 AM

Jews are incompatible with Christians, because they have one set of ethics for themselves and another for everyone else.

That necessitates that they are a detriment to Christian nations.

Islam is similar, except they are interested in conquest, not exploitation.

Arnie Fife's picture

If you ask Obama to spell one of his cluster Bucks for posterity...

He'll just Spell A.L.L.E.P.P.O........................

His crowning achievement on humanity.

Nobodys Home's picture

I bet he can name all 57 states too!

inosent's picture

"Pompeo, who’s from Kansas, typifies the evangelical Zionist movement and Trump’s appointment of him personifies his brand of Kosher nationalism."

I think the jews are front running the populist movement and using their chameleon powers morphing into 'nationalists'.

I expect the jews to co-opt 'alt-right'. jews already have a claw into breitbart, alex jones, etc. They'll eventually get to them all, MSM will start moving to the 'right' side of the political spectrum.

Not that it matters to me. Trump never misrepresented who he was. The only thing I cared about was deleting the obummer care mandate. I had thought 'Make America Great Again' and 'Make America First' really meant that, but I was always aware of his jew linkage, and now (no surprise) the jew kushner is said to be Trump's closest adviser.

The truth is what he was really saying was 'Make America Great Again' and 'Make America First' for the jews and israhell. America was in decline so they need to fix it so the goose laying the golden eggs, the servant of the jew masters, America, can keep supporting the petty jew state in palestine.

I can't accuse Trump to be a fraud, because from day 1 Trump said plainly, literally shouted from the mountaintop he was sold out to israhell, just like  they all are.

Trump is a jew serving puppet. Nothing changes. So long as the jews get what they want, Trump will be allowed to 'succeed'. But to cut the cord and send jews packing in terms of banking, foreign and domestic policy, media, and education, all things zionist and israhell, that will never change.

I also see a ramped up police state infrastructure, the 2nd amendment might survive, but the 4th one will disappear.

Since the real threat to the jews has been on the American 'right' (not the fake one), they come in with their boy to shut down the voices speaking the facts about the zionist insurgency, voices that are not on the left, and never have been.

Kosher nationalism is on the menu.



Drop out's picture

I tried to participate in discussions on the Huffington Post, but, they appeared to be having memory/storage issues because my posts all disappeared. Maybe they did not like my spelling and grammar because it made them look dum and dupid like me? I think I said the right things.


TalkToLind's picture

They'll fix that glitch replacing their comments engine with FaceBook.

Drop out's picture

News outlets report on the history of the current truth as it happens. What could possibly go wrong?

Joebloinvestor's picture

There is no difference between fake and agenda driven news.

Now there is even fake fact checking.


Golden Showers's picture

I tell my friends, hey, you know, if there comes a time that I can't wipe my own ass, then I want you to help me shoot myself in the fucking head. And I'll add to this now; If I ever go and get cable and run MSM through the Crookes Tube ( all day, then I want you to take me out to pasture like Goodfellas or whatever the fuck.

The goddamn television puts you in a fucking trance. The fucking Movie theatres put you in a fucking trance. The music on the radio puts you in a fucking trance. Look at 440 Hz vs. 432 Hz.

Magazines, News papers, put you in a trance. Going to the mall puts you in a trance. Going to Vegas puts you in a trance.

Fuck Fake NEWS (North East West South). What about FAKE FUCKING REALITY?

Fake News, Fake History, Fake Music, Fake Culture, Fake People, Fake Money, Fake. Phoney. Phoney.

Now I really need to get a copy of Catcher in the Rye. I mean BAD!

Byte Me's picture

Chill Out and watch They Live.

BarnacleBill's picture

I think they (the journalists writing for the mainstream media, and reading for the TV stations) just don't care about honest reporting - and haven't cared for quite some years. Hey, it's a job, and a well-paying one. They are the establishment's bodyguards - and bodyguards are employed on the understanding that they will protect their paymasters without waiting to see if they (the paymasters) are good guys or bad guys. The classic example of this mindless loyalty is the story from three years ago reporting on a Korean plane that accidentally hit a fence at LAX airport. The TV reporter solemnly read out the names of the crew from the screen in front of her: Captain SUM TING WONG, navigator WI TU LO, and so on. I blogged about it at the time, and the mindless vacancy of the reader staggers the imagination.