One of the reasons I learn languages is that it’s hard for me to watch any type of contrived media, which includes both mainstream media, and the newly labeled “Alt-Right” media. Both, to me, are equally fake. The link takes you to a survey conducted in 2014, which would be interesting to repeat, now that Americans have been exposed to the past two years of polarizing political reporting.
In my opinion, the larger MSM serves the interests of their advertisers, the political party controlling the nation’s capital, and various others (lobbyists, donors, political action committees, etc.) who use the government for growth and profit. The current Alt-Right media serves their own interests, and sponsors , with many smaller outlets offering “click bait” to establish a channel on YouTube, and maybe cash in on a trend. Both groups wag their fingers at each other and make the same exact accusations. What may be unknown to many, especially those living outside of the US, is that “fake news” is legal in the US, and I hope this video helps explain just when this seminal event occurred.
Summary of Video: On August 18, 2000, journalist Jane Akre won $425,000 in a court ruling where she claimed that her bosses at Fox News forced her to rewrite an investigative piece, and effectively lie. As a journalist, her integrity was paramount, and her management and their lawyers, forced her to air what she knew was false information concerning milk. Her investigation into milk, found that cows in Florida (and elsewhere) were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to make cows produce milk – and, according to FDA-redacted studies, unintentionally cause human beings to elevate their probability of cancer.
The drug is banned in Europe, but lobbying efforts in the US, by the Monsanto Corporation (who produced RBGH) made it legal in the US. Her bosses at Fox News told her repeatedly to rewrite her investigative story (over 80 times) to make it compatible with Monsanto’s requests. She and her husband, journalist Steve Wilson, refused to air the edited segment and were terminated. They sued the station. They won….until February 2003, when Fox appealed the decision and an appellate court overturned the verdict.
In the appeal, the lawyers for Fox news used a new argument. They claimed that it was their first amendment right to report false information. I’m not kidding. They were classified as an Entertainment Corporation, and therefore not required to provide Information.
In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.” This case opened the door for news channels to overtly lie about EVERYTHING with no fear of being sued by those that rely on the truth. News broadcasts, with suit and tied anchors and reporters, slick graphics, holding microphones and asking questions, are as real as wrestling.
And that’s why I never believe anything I see on the news anymore. Despite the fact that they have become nothing more than paid-for propagandists, they still get involved in scandals:
and that is really only the start….as it gets worse every day, I could link to one fake story after another….case in point:
and the subsequent truth:
and the long list of journalists who have become famous for straying from standards, until they are finally caught….
- Mitch Albom, columnist for Detroit Free Press
- Mike Barnicle, former columnist for Boston Globe
- Christine Bersola-Babao, Filipino broadcast journalist
- Jayson Blair, former journalist for The New York Times
- Rick Bragg, former journalist for The New York Times
- Joan Juliet Buck, former journalist for Vogue
- Janet Cooke, former journalist for The Washington Post
- Mike Daisey, contributor to Public Radio International‘s This American Life
- Ben Domenech, former blogger for The Washington Post
- Walter Duranty, foreign correspondent for New York Times
- Sabrina Erdely, reporter for Rolling Stone
- Michael Finkel, former reporter for New York Times
- Michael Gallagher, former Cincinnati Enquirer journalist
- Michael Gartner, former president of NBC News
- Stephen Glass, former journalist for The New Republic
- Adnan Hajj photographs controversy
- Neil Harman, journalist for Times of London
- Johann Hari, former columnist for The Independent
- Jack Kelley, former journalist for USA Today
- Tom Kummer, Swiss journalist
- Jonah Lehrer, former journalist for The New Yorker
- Lara Logan, 60 Minutes reporter
- Lilia Luciano, former NBC News correspondent
- Mary Mapes, former 60 Minutes producer
- Judith Miller, former journalist for The New York Times
- Chris Mortensen, ESPN reporter
- Christopher Newton, former Washington, D.C. bureau reporter for the Associated Press
- Gerald Posner, former chief investigative reporter for The Daily Beast
- Dan Rather, former CBS Evening News anchor and 60 Minutes II contributor
- Ruth Shalit, former journalist for The New Republic
- Patricia Smith, former Boston Globe journalist
- Juan Thompson, former reporter for website The Intercept
- Takashi Uesugi, Japanese journalist
- Gary Webb, former reporter for San Jose Mercury News
- Margaret Wente, journalist for Toronto Globe and Mail
- Brian Williams, former NBC Nightly News anchor
- Fareed Zakaria, former editor of Foreign Affairs
In summary, it seems most of what I am exposed to is either fabricated or false, and the lie is repeated and debated, over and over.
Update: Four days later, Mark Dice runs through his top 10 Fake news stories of 2016….