Mainstream Media Is Now Whining About The "Fake News" Hysteria It Created

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

After coming under attack, the alternative media successfully appropriated and reassigned the now ubiquitous term “fake news” to a variety of disingenuous mainstream media outlets. The corporate media is not too happy about this, and it’s doing what it does best (aside from cheerleading for war); it’s whining about it to its readers.

Nothing more perfectly highlights the mainstream media’s instinctual response to complain than an article published on Christmas Day in The New York Times, which reinvents history by claiming alternative media is to blame for turning “fake news” into an overly expansive and thus meaningless term. Here are a few excerpts:

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the White House may all agree that Russia was behind the hacking that interfered with the election. But that was of no import to the website Breitbart News, which dismissed reports on the intelligence assessment as “left-wing fake news.”


Rush Limbaugh has diagnosed a more fundamental problem. “The fake news is the everyday news” in the mainstream media, he said on his radio show recently. “They just make it up.”


Some supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump have also taken up the call. As reporters were walking out of a Trump rally this month in Orlando, Fla., a man heckled them with shouts of “Fake news!”


Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online. But conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself, incredulous about suggestions that fake stories may have helped swing the election, have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda.

The line highlighted above is a complete fabrication, and is either the result of extreme ignorance or intentional deceit. Either way, The New York Times should be ashamed of itself.

“Fake news was a term specifically about people who purposely fabricated stories for clicks and revenue,” said David Mikkelson, the founder of Snopes, the myth-busting website. “Now it includes bad reporting, slanted journalism and outright propaganda. And I think we’re doing a disservice to lump all those things together.”

As someone who followed the fluid and rapid progression of the “fake news” meme very closely, I can tell you that it didn’t happen the way The New York Times claims. First, let’s discuss what the term “fake news” should mean. I think the Snopes definition above is fine: people who purposely fabricated stories for clicks and revenue.” If mainstream media had held to this standard following the election, there wouldn’t have been a problem. Nobody in alternative media would’ve cared, but that’s not what happened.

Rather, ensconced in an election-loss driven hysteria, various mainstream media outlets intentionally starting blurring the definition of fake news in order to slander the competition. This really got started with the promotion of a ridiculous list of websites to avoid compiled by a loony professor at Merrimack college. I covered the story barely a week after the election in the post, Zerohedge Included in What NY Magazine Calls ‘Extremely Helpful List of Fake and Misleading News Sites.’ Here’s some of what I observed.

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):


That article ended up being the most popular piece published on New York Magazine’s website that day. I never would’ve highlighted the professor’s ridiculous list if mainstream media wasn’t promoting it, and NY Mag wasn’t the only one. As I also noted:

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, in which it noted:


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.

In its headline, the Los Angeles Times explicitly promotes this list as a helpful tool to avoid “fake news.” Alternative media, Trump supporters and conservatives didn’t bastardized the term, mainstream media did.

Of course, that was just the beginning. What really enraged everyone, including myself, was when The Washington Post dropped all journalistic standards to promote a “fake news” list created by the unknown, anonymous and obviously clownish organization PropOrNot. You all know what happened next, but if you want to revisit my thoughts on the topic, see:

Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of “Russian Propaganda” Websites

Additional Thoughts on “Fake News,” The Washington Post, and the Absence of Real Journalism

After all that, alternative media rightly appropriated the term, and accusations of “fake news” are now more often directed at billionaire-owned mainstream media than independent media. The response? Corporate media is crying foul and reinventing history by claiming that it was alt media barbarians who twisted the term “fake news” for propaganda purposes, when the exact opposite happened. Monumentally pathetic.

To conclude, I’d like to remind everyone of the following:

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doctor10's picture they themselves suddenly realize they are the fakest of the fake news out there. Blowback is a bitch!!

localsavage's picture

people who purposely fabricated stories for clicks and revenue.”    


Since when?  It started as a purposeful plan to marginalize sites like Breibart, zerohedge etc and was in fact started by a fake news site that the POS WaPo ran with.

J S Bach's picture

Death throes are normally not something any compassionate person likes to witness, but in the case of the mainstream-media, it is a continuous delight to behold.

beemasters's picture

The fake news media becoming the authority to decide who's peddling fake news?

What's next? The US becoming a "global policeman" for financial crimes? Oh wait,

gladih8r's picture

Who the hell "consumes" MSM bullshit any more?  I mean, it's had its day in the sun, it started to get rancid and even flies won't orbit it any longer.  Kind of like George Soros.

archon's picture

Karma's a bitch, ain't it, MSM?  LMAO! 

The first time I heard the term "fake news", I actually thought it was referring to the MSM, but only after reading further did I see they were talking about "alternative" media.  My next thought was like, wtf, this is like being called ugly by a toad!  Is there really nobody in the MSM who could have seen this one coming right back at them?  That makes this blowback even more delicious!

Arnold's picture

This is not 'in the last several months' stuff.

Roots of influence go back thousands, hundreds, decades and tens of years.

Handful of Dust's picture

npr and cnn l;ead the pack of "fake news" media. nyt and wapo follow closely behind.


Someone needs to establish the "Fake News Pullitzer" for the best all around fake news in MSM.

True Blue's picture

Someone needs to establish the "Fake News Pullitzer"

They already have one, and it is simply called "the Pulitzer" -brought to you by the Columbia School of Journalism, home to the Frankfurt School for the Destruction of Western Civilization since 1933.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

how do you do a whole news story about what is and isnt Fake News without mentioning the very catalyst for the recent 'concern' of Fake News, being  #PIZZAGATE

Hillary Clinton Trafficks Children, John Podesta's a Child Molesta

the tug of war cover up and revelation of this scandal is and will change history, cause kinetic wars, stop other kinetic wars, see lives and careers altered, and cause a shift to puritan conservatism for 50 years. It is the utter death of political correctness and libertarian drive, and in 5 years you will see no-one doing licentious video clips on MTV as it will be perceived to be a gateway to depravity 



phaedrus1952's picture

The recent Megyn Kelly interview with Alefantis may provide a way to tangibly move the Pizzagate exposure forward.


At the 1:15. mark, Kelly brings up the horrific picture of the little girl taped to the restaurant's table.

POS Alefantis dismisses it as 'her sister did the taping with parents present".


Close inspection of the taping seems to show big differences between right and left arms, with right sleeve rolled up.

Almost seems like two different people did taping with girl's torso pressed up against table ensuring immobility.

15 strips - at least - of tape are visible.


You mean to say a young sibling taped this girl to a table while their parents watched?


Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

i see your point but i dont think its the most incriminating pic. Calling an infant a hotard - that is demonstrative of utterly perverse system of values.

But the most intereting one for me is his avatar being the 13 yr old lover of Roman Emperor Hadrian.

.... just how did this Washington DC schoolboy grow up to come to identify with such a controversial historical figure??

And which president was it?


And - the Bitcoin RIP story is actually for reelz. 

Nobody wants to participate in the FED digital money pilot program being front runned by the CIA, right ? 

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 6:47 PM

The CIA already putting in work.

Hulk's picture

The mainstream media is about as relevant as Obomanation Both of them aren't worth worrying about anymore. Let them both pass into obscurity...

mountain99889's picture
mountain99889 (not verified) Dec 29, 2016 6:49 PM

Amazon is toast - no more Amazon purchases ever from you, Bezos you Jew xenophobe

crakerman's picture

Everything the MSM does backfires on them. Now, more people are aware of fake news sites than before. Great job lefties !

TalkToLind's picture

News it not "news". It is not information. It is behavior modification. And it is only fake when the behavior modification comes from the wrong source. 

DarkPurpleHaze's picture

If Hillary won the whole concept of fake news wouldn't even be brought up.

It's her/their excuse blanket.

philipat's picture

Together with Russia. Don't forget Russia....The good thing, of course, is that the Dems will not get their act together until they accept the reality that they lost because they fielded a deeply flawed candidate and were out-manoevered by a smarter campaign. Falling for their own BS will just prolong the agony.

zhandax's picture

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"

Allow the 'progressives' to prolong the agony until it destroys them if they will.

Fuck being right. Destruction of the enemy is paramount, and this is the enemy within. Give them all the room they need to self-destruct.

Rehab Willie's picture

MSM + leaked emails = crickets

BabaLooey's picture

It's one of the first questions I ask anyone I encounter in real life;

"Where do you get your news information from?"

Depending on their answer, I govern myself accordingly.

If it is from ANY of the alphabets, Google "News", Facebook, the NYT, WaPoo, Yahoo, AOL, HuffPoo - I usually dis-engage. 

Distance myself from them. 

The shit that spews from people out there these days is sad, sickening and laughable.

The BEST moniker for the TeeVee: THE IDIOT BOX.


buttmint's picture

good take BabaLooey..and tip of the cap to Mike Krieger for a fine article to update all on the Fake News of CNN, et al

I am Jonesing for another WikiLeaks release.....maybe prior to the Magic Knee-Grow's exit to have him STFU?

One can dream....

secretonfire's picture

Asking their favorite fake news sources elicits some interesting answers, too

roadhazard's picture

I didn't know bloggers were part of main stream America.

Thebighouse's picture


The worst liars have agendas...not lying to protect yourself...but rather lying to foster an agenda....that is propaganda at its core.

You never forget that you've been lied to.

People that do propoganda BELONG IN PRISON.



HOW ABOUT SOME HONESTY.  Truth.  It always comes out.  

Ecclesia Militans's picture

Reporters used to wait for the police sirens to direct them to a story, and then they would reiterate facts.

Journalists now craft entertainment.  Poorly, I might add.

GRDguy's picture

We should really see Gannett and others like them broken up.  

Newspapers, radio and TV stations should all be independently locally owned,

and survive or not via their community business. 


besnook's picture

this is so funny. when the msm are called on their fake news they post more fake news because they cannot back off their fake news position because any concession would be an admission of guilt for posting fake news. so they attack any good, factual proof of their mendacity with the usual tools we see used here all the time by the same likely subjects. first a blizzard of fake but real sounding facts followed by a predetermined(in a branding attempt) ad hominen attack on any person who rebutts the assertions with more facts.

lakecity55's picture

Great post!

Their fake news creates more and more fake news!

Soon, it will be like "Trump is an alien from the sitar galaxy!"

"Water is not Wet!"

"Trump has stolen all the Earth's oxygen!"

"Bath House has an astounding IQ of 476!"

Atomizer's picture
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past

Citizen_x's picture


          Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950) who used the pen name George Orwell

It's seems his wisdom was foretelling and foreboding.

There probably has never been a time in history when the masses were so gifted at spotting false flag narratives.

nmewn's picture


“Fake news was a term specifically about people who purposely fabricated stories for clicks and revenue,” said David Mikkelson, the founder of Snopes, the myth-busting website. “Now it includes bad reporting, slanted journalism and outright propaganda. And I think we’re doing a disservice to lump all those things together.”

David Mikkelson, David where have I heard that name before?

Ahhh yes...the accused embezzler and formal John/pimp/husband (whatthefuckever) of aspiring cheap escort for hire one Elyssa Young...

...well, birds of a feather and whatnot ;-)


Whoop! Making money from clicks on fabricated stories you say...

DP: How do you make money from this?

DM: Just from the advertising on the pages. People do send us donations from time to time, but they’re fairly small.

...well now...and 240k a year wasn't enough? Went on a trip to India to get the lay of the land and paid for your "co-worker" to fly down to Brazil, expensed out to Snopes did you?

Fortunately the IRS "recycles" their hard drives instead of looking too deeply into certain leftwing thingys...LMAO!!!

YourAverageJoe's picture

Wonder what Dan Rather is up to these days?

buttmint's picture

YourAverage Joe...+1,000 for that one...made me spew out my hot tea!

Salsa Verde's picture

Stones and glass houses, so simple to understand; so of course the morons are completely oblivious.

One of We's picture

If it wasn't for CIA funding fake news, unlike STD's and rodent infestations, would go away if we ignored it.

Clara Tardis's picture

See here's the disconnect: millions of people are jumping up and down screaming HRC is guilty of treason (highlighted in magnificent detail in this vid) and the msmwhores are worried about pussies and contrived propaganda..
The genie is outta the bottle, can't stuff your bs back in.

One of We's picture

You can skip forward to day 67.  George does a pretty good recap at the start of every Where is Eric Braverman?

Clara Tardis's picture

Oneof: I've been scattering Georges' vids around everywhere I can, some at Day 60, some at Day 67 (that has 3 parts). The thinking is is it's like a damn spy novel and I've subsequently watched them all so start early!
he does the work of both journalist and prosecuting attorney, wish more people would watch and spread.

NotBuyingIt's picture

Damn that 's good stuff! Talk about a rabbit hole. In fact, I'm going to jump back in now. Was looking for something to watch as I relax in the bedroom for a while. Where is EB will work just fine.

dsty's picture

very good analysis and charting. Now there is a good reporter doing honest insightful research

Ban KKiller's picture

Thanks for the rabbit hole. Fuckin' hell! Great vid, got me hooked. 

prmths2's picture

When the NY Times crows about hiring Glenn Thrush, what do they expect?

Bill Melater's picture
"Fake News"? "Fake" ...maybe. "News" ... certainly not.