Bill Maher: The US Media Manufactures More "Fake News" Than Russia Ever Could

Every once in a while, Bill Maher reminds us that he's the only liberal pundit on TV who will call "the tolerant" left on its BS. In his latest weekly show, Maher released a helpful summary of "rules for identifying fake news" - which everybody who posts on social media about the campaign-era predations of shadowy Russian trolls and the mechanics of "internalized misogyny" would do well to watch: "Fake News" isn't some made-up phenomenon concocted by pro-Trump bloggers. It's a very real and disturbing trend that goes much further in tearing at the social fabric of American society than $100,000 of spending on Facebook ads ever could.

In his monologue "explainer" on how to spot fake news, Maher admits that Trump voters have good reasons to be suspicious of the mainstream media and its tendency toward hyperbole and exaggeration that often leads CNN, the Huffington Post, Slate and their peers to manufacture controversies out of thing air. Or, as he puts it, just because a few people on Twitter with no followers and no real-life influence are angry, doesn't mean the rest of America feels that way...

"Since so much of what passes for today's journalism is anything about some rules for identifying actual news.

"If anybody is demanding an apology...unless they have hostages, that's not news.

"And when the offended group are identified as the internet, twitter or people - it's nobody. I guarantee when you click on the story the internet is three losers with a combined twitter following of their mom."

"I used to think something was news if a journalist reported it. But really I live in a world where its news if Mariah Carey's tit flops out because Twitter will respond and then a journalist reports on the controversy. If a boob flops in the forest and nothing is heard about it doesn't make a sound. But if three jackasses tweet about it, it's news."

Maher gives several examples of what passes as news, including the "controversy surrounding Jennifer Lawrence's performance in the movie "Red Sparrow". The mainstream press reported that a shot of Lawrence with a group of men was unforgivably sexist...because Lawrence wasn't wearing a coat (while the men in the shot were).

Maher threw up all over the "story" which just happened to be reported in dozens of "serious" media outlets, despite having zero social import or even any grounding in reality.

Here's the headline from Elle online and a hundred other sites: 'Jennifer Lawrence's latest red sparrow protocol has twitter calling out gender inequality. See because the men are wearing coats but she's not. And even though that was her choice, somebody with 11 followers didn't like it so the the story was reported in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Post, Fox News..."

"Now all these esteemed news organizations aren't saying they think it's a big deal because they're serious journalists. They'd rather be writing about Syria or the oceans dying but oh the humanity, Jennifer Lawrence didn't have a coat. Wrap her up, wrap her up!"

Such "clickbait" stories like this aren't rare, in fact as Maher admits they have become the norm, to an extent that most consumers of news hardly recognize how ridiculous they sound.

"This is not an outlier, this is a constant and prominent part of today's journalism. Creating some bullshit non-issue that a few trolls will go apeshit over, then reporting on those tweets like all of America's talking about nothing else."

Justin Timberlake used a protection of Prince for his Superbowl halftime show and people are furious...nope nobody cared.

People are really mad that Sean White dragged the American flag after he won the gold...nope not even a little you fucking liars.""Weight Watchers is targeting teens and twitter is outraged. No it isn't, it's the same three people. And it's not hard to find three people who are mad at anything. I could say good morning and three people on twitter would object: 'Good in your privileged world, Bill Maher'."

Yet considering the mainstream media's obsession with these types of stories, it is no surprise that a sizable chunk of the US population has lost its faith in the validity and and motivations of news organizations like CNN. What is surprising is that people like Maher are finally admitting what is really going on...

"No wonder fake news resonates so much with Trump fans - because so much of it is fake! Just nonsense made to keep you perpetually offended with an endless stream of controversy that aren't controversial. And outrages that aren't outrageous.

And what is really going on is that as Maher admits, what the US media is doing is no different than the alleged "discord-sowing" misinformation campaign that Mueller recently accused 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies of perpetrating on the US population?

"Because places like the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed and Salon - they make their money based on how many clicks they get. Yes, the people who see themselves as morally superior are actually ignoring their sacred job of informing citizens of what's important and instead creating divisions to pursue their own selfish ends. Wait isn't that what Russia was doing to us? Yes it is.

And we need to stop both of them from using us as the cocks in their cock fights. And so I saw to the people who were unable to go on after seeing Kendal Jenner tweet the wrong colored emoji A bit of advice: If you didn't like what Kendal did with a brown fist...then don't watch her sister's sex tape."

So, next time you're reading about the epidemic of teenagers eating Tide Pods, or rushing to be the first to know all about the latest Kardashian clickbait du jour, don't: not only will it stop rewarding hollow headlines designed for clicks, it will force the US media to once again focus on news that truly matters. The real news.

And no, it's not easy: in fact, as the media's current business model shows, clickbait works, which is why it is easier to just blame someone else for creating it and "sowing discord", when the real culprit is America's endless superficial, scandal-seeking obsession, always eager to to click on the next catchy, if idiotic news story, and then cover up its guilt by blaming, why who else, Russia.


DillyDilly TeethVillage88s Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

Hey (((MAHER))) ~ we don't care!




"There's no point in asking
You'll get no reply
Oh just remember I don't decide

& yeah we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant
Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty

Don't ask us to attend
Cause we're not all there
Oh don't pretend 'cause I don't care
I don't believe illusions 'cause too much is real
So stop your cheap comment
Cause we know what we feel

Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty
We're vacant
Oh we're so pretty
Oh so pretty


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Scar Bro Give_me_liberty_or Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:27 Permalink

Once jewish plans are uncovered jews start jumping on the bandwagon and make out like they're in it like the rest of us. Same shit happens with the anti-white agenda/gender bullshit. Jews like Lauren Southern are oh so concerned about our plight, yet their only purpose is to deflect from the tribe.

"Oh look (fake news creating) jews are against fake news... they must be ALL RIGHT... they share our fucking VALUES"

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dasein211 stizazz Sat, 03/03/2018 - 21:24 Permalink

He’s right more than you love me to accept. He doesn’t think Muslims should be able to go wherever they want and promote Shi’a or Sunni law. Neither do I. Or do most people. No that doesn’t mean we want to kill them. And if they try to kill us then fuck yes we’ll fight back. But I’m against most religions trying to reign supreme over others. Or races. Or politics. Most of us just want to live raise our children and let live. It’s crazy racist, political, religious zealots who want this shit. Let them bury their own children. 

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NumberNone DownWithYogaPants Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

He’s not doing anything but getting upset over the hyper #metoo movement. He’s grabbed a few pussies in his day and knows it’s only a matter of time before it comes for him.  He could give a shit about fake news against conservatives, he’s just trying to get Libs to cool their shit and back off the man-hate because it’s cramping his style. 

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Zero Point Bes Sun, 03/04/2018 - 05:37 Permalink

Lol, need a safe space space to complain about us wanting a safe space dipshit? Post what you like, but if you think you're not going to get called a fuckhead, when you're clearly a fuckhead, you came to the wrong place.

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flaunt Scar Bro Sun, 03/04/2018 - 15:14 Permalink

Reminds me of this fake "new right" movement which is a bunch of Jews circling wagons around a couple of goys to make sure they don't become "real right."  The gatekeeping has to stop now, and people have to start being suspicious of any Jew trying to lead a movement.  Participation is one thing, but leading is out of the question, if we actually want to change things for the better.

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Endgame Napoleon Give_me_liberty_or Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:46 Permalink

They could talk about boring topics that are not good for PR or advertising, including issues like the mass underemployment of US citizens, the highest number of working-aged citizens out of the workforce in 40 years, the fact that rent consumes more than half of the monthly pay of citizens who are single and not eligible for pay-per-birth monthly welfare and child-tax-credit welfare.

They could talk about how Uniparty decisions to fatten the wallets of the Swampsters and their donors, like NAFTA and shifting over 2 million breadwinner jobs to Asia, have destroyed widespread prosperity for younger generations of American citizens, while depriving the SS retirement fund of contributors right before the mass-scale retirement of the Baby Boomers.

They could talk about how assortative mating has concentrated two of the decent or high-paying jobs with benefits under one roof, halving the size of the college-educated middle class, while—despite these aristocratic dual-high-earner couples in the top 20%—marriage rates have plummeted overall.

They could talk about how the government props up independent households for single moms who work part time to stay below the earned-income limit for a multitude of monthly welfare programs and a refundable child tax credit that, at the $6,444 max for super-womb-productivity, equals 3 months of full-time wages for the many, many non-welfare-eligible citizens in the many, many states where per-capita income is between $18k — $20k.

They could talk about how this corrupt, partially socialized system drives down wages and hours for the many citizens living on earned-only income, not just for the childless, single, non-welfare-eligible women who compete with the government-supported mom-gang workers in the many discriminatory, low-wage, absenteeism-friendly, family-friendly jobs “voted best for moms,” but for non-welfare-eligible, single men, competing with a never-ending deluge of illegal alien workers in the male-dominated fields.

They could talk about how underemployed, American males, too, compete with a welfare-fueled workforce. They don’t have to compete with the back-watching and frequently absentee mom gangs who dominate many of the low-wage office jobs in safer, posher areas—i.e. the moms working part time to add keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ money to an ample spousal income. 

They could talk about how American males, like many childless women, compete with hordes of people who can afford to work for rock-bottom pay due to ever-more-extensive streams of unearned income from government for sex and reproduction that enables them to work for low pay.

They could talk about how illegal aliens get their layers of unearned income from government via US-born kids and a sole, male breadwinner, staying below the earned-income limit for welfare and refundable child tax credits by keeping their traceable income low.

They could talk about how this anti-US-citizen, anti-hard-work, rigged system is depleting both the SS trust fund and the tax revenue base, leaving America more vulnerable to economic collapse all the time, as our pandering legislators rack up more and more debt, trying to prop up the ponzi mostly for the top 20% of earners, but with an enormous amount of welfare and child-tax-credit welfare for the womb-productive citizens and non-citizen serfs who have sex, reproduce and work part time.

They could talk about how the Uniparty Establishment is rigging the system more and more against the majority of working-aged citizens who are not in the opportunistic top 20% of assortative mates, doubling up on decent-paying jobs with benefits, with the working parents able to keep high-paying, crony-parent jobs through massive amounts of excused absenteeism beyond PTO and pregnancy leaves———excused absenteeism working parents are getting away with due to cronyism, but also due to computer programs that do more and more of their work.

They could talk about how the majority of underemployed citizens are, likewise, not in the equally absentee, pay-per-birth monthly welfare / tax-welfare-aided crowd, with their rent, groceries and other major monthly households bills covered by taxpayers in increasing amounts per kid produced to compete with robots for future jobs, not to mention their up-to $6,444 in refundable child-tax-credit pocket money for having more kids than they can afford.

They won’t talk about any of that or anything else that is not a good ratings booster for the Fake News Media. On both sides of the Uniparty Media, on all of the important topics, they cover only what they think will keep the media in the top 20% of earners at the pinnacle of the ponzi pyramid.

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Keystone LadyAtZero Sun, 03/04/2018 - 08:53 Permalink

Exactly. He lays out a small amount of intellectual honesty on the irrelevant pop-culture nonsense, but completely ignores the lies, propaganda, fear mongering, and mind-control that the corporate media whores bombard us with on a daily basis.


Will Bill Maher talk about the crisis actor staged event school shootings? Or how about the phony threat of nuclear annihilation from the country that can't even keep its lights on at night? Of course not. That's not what gate keepers do.

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nmewn Theta_Burn Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

Somebody must have tapped him on the shoulder and said:

"Pssst, hey Bill. Those rubes out there in flyover country aren't going along with the program. Try to be moar agreeable with their terms. Apologize for talking shit about Bristol Palin and throw down some crap about #MeToo, Mariah Carey & Jennifer Lawrence that they can lap up. Ratings, ya know." 

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PT Theta_Burn Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Old strategy.  It does not pay to be the first to shout, "The Emperor has no clothes".  It also does not pay to be the last to admit it.  Somewhere along the line comes the tipping point from "deny deny" to "admit admit" in the vain hope of maintaining credibility ... "maintaining credibility" in their own minds, anyway.

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PT Theta_Burn Sun, 03/04/2018 - 10:05 Permalink

Old strategy.  It does not pay to be the first to shout, "The Emperor has no clothes".  It also does not pay to be the last to admit it.  Somewhere along the line comes the tipping point from "deny deny" to "admit admit" in the vain hope of maintaining credibility ... "maintaining credibility" in their own minds, anyway.

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BabaLooey loveyajimbo Sat, 03/03/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Bill Maher

A steaming pile a dog shit

..the same exact thing.

Maher is a joke himself.  No longer "funny" his shit-show has devolved into a cesspool of yakkers, deflectors, and asinine dialogue, meant to sooth the libtards, and give them something to guffaw about - albeit very little.

Fuck Bill Maher.



















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wisefool Sat, 03/03/2018 - 19:02 Permalink

Bill Maher is to George Carlin

... as ...

Elon Musk is to Nikola Tesla


Vladimir Putin is to Baba yega

... as ...

 WAIT !!! : Hillary is not POTUS.

Logic has failed us. It is now time to melt steel beams with jet fuel for the rest of our tax slave lives in Trump's trade wars.