Since before the american election last year, we have been hearing more and more about “fake news”, so much to the extent that the term has become part of the general vernacular of most people, and even those who don’t understand what the Fake News War is about, but will readily defend their favorite news agency. So this is the break down on what exactly is fake news and why this is so important in the way it breaks down the public trust in the mainstream media outlets.
Lies by Omission.
Let’s face it all media outlets lie by omission, and there are some who at least try to be fully honest, however, there is some media outlets that stand out in doing this. I will refer the most blatant one, the one that everyone loves to defend but has been proven time and time again to lie to the public.
What I mean by lies by omission is presenting the news but leaving out things to skew the perspective in favor of whatever agenda you wish to push. For example, the election and Hilary Clinton.
CNN was blatant in this and to this day, as I write this, they are still lying to the public about Trump.
Here is how they do it.
1. Cherry picking. They will present only certain parts of the story. That can be video footage of a crying “victim” or picking or choosing a specific sentence in a speech, which taken out of the context of the paragraph being said sounds damning. CNN did this and still to this day does it.
I will use the famous “Grab her by the pussy” comment that they used from a 20 year old recording of Donald Trump that they recorded while he was chatting with a reporter off record during his Time on the apprentice and when he was funding the Miss America Pageant.
The context they conveniently left out when you hear the entire conversation was that he was talking about groupies. Groupies are people who are enamored with someone of celebrity status. What Trump was discussing was how these people, in particular the women. And as well when it came to that sentence in particular, he was talking about one experience in particular about his encounter with a groupie , who “WOULD have let him grab her by the pussy”, if he had wanted to.
This is a very big difference from the mainstream narrative of “Grab her by the pussy”. This narrative makes it sound like he DID grab her by the pussy and he was bragging. This lie by omission was done by remove key words to change the context of the conversation. In other words, one is about how groupies act, and the other is how he acted. All with that simple change.
All you have to do is listen to the entire recording to hear the context of the conversation to understand this was just a casual conversation about how women act around him.
2. Faking News Reports using Green Screens.
CNN is admittedly the one news organization who gets caught on this. The oldest I found was back at least 20 years ago where a reporter faked the news report and the footage is very clear on this.
Here is the oldest I found….
There are other examples, one that comes to mind is the Boston bombing, where they tried to fake the locations of an interview.
There is a multitude of green screen news reports that reduce the legitimacy of the news story and erodes the public trust from CNN. Here is a video which highlights the most blatant ones.
What to look for? The pixelation of the person on the green-screen. The disappearance of body parts, or other objects being held by the reporter.
3. Pushing an agenda.
All networks are notorious for this. Fox seems to be the ONLY one who leans to the right. The others are all part of the left. This was obvious during the election coverage when we heard basically almost all good things from the left wing media outlets and all bad things about Trump. This was done using the above methods. Omitting certain facts, taking sentences Trump said out of context etc.
This is pretty bad because this is ultimately lying. And this is why CNN now is being called fake news. Gate-keeping is when they tell you only the facts or information THEY want you to hear. For example, they will hold those live debates with a panel of people. Usually 3 who follow their agenda and 1 who doesn’t. Then when the person who is against their agenda speaks and starts speaking about facts that are provable, the other three with try shouting over the person, including the host, and if that doesn’t work they cut the feed in some way. Most of the time citing they “lost the feed”. Don Lemon, doesn’t even try anymore. If he encounters someone he interviews who brings out verifiable facts, he just shuts down the interview.
5. Rinse and Repeat.
Do you notice CNN is still harboring the “Russian Hack” story over and over? That is because a lie repeated can sometimes be believed if repeated long enough by enough people. This is what they are trying to do with this whole Russian Hack story. They claim to have proof but yet the FBI and CIA both have stated that while there was a hack by the Russian’s there was no evidence to show that it had influenced the election in any way. And yet, over and over again they still talk about it and how they magically have proof but never present it. They expect us the audience to eventually believe it because if it is reported enough then it must be true!
Now as a side note, most people think “fake news” are things like the National Enquirer etc, “Aliens ate my baby!” sort of stories. Or the Onion etc. And yes, they are correct. Those are fake news stories. Meant to be comedic in nature. However, when Trump or commentators, or pundits call a news organization fake news, it is due to the above ways they have manipulated their audiences. It is the reason why many news anchors of the past have left their media outlets and started their own news outlets online.
So please, the easiest way to see if a news outlet is lying is go to the source of what they are reporting. Trump it’s pretty easy. He posts on Facebook what he says and usually includes videos if he is doing a press conference or a news interview. So you can hear directly what he had said in it’s proper context.