The left is quite certain that “fake news” cost Hillary the election. Since this brouhaha started I have been trying to think of an election since I earned the right to vote where one side or the other didn’t accuse their opponent of making “false claims.” For the life of me I can’t think of a single one.
However, the liberal left media is hell-bent on “solving” the problem! Progressives will do anything to avoid confronting the realities of why Hillary Clinton lost the election. It makes them “feel bad.” Boo hoo!
[Sources; Facebook’s Fake Fix for Fake News. Liberal fact-checkers are not the way to ensure a more informed public. WSJ Editorial Board; Asking PolitiFact to Police ‘Fake News’ on Facebook is a Terrible Idea, by Mark Hemingway]
Facebook announced their intention to “weed out fake news” stories. They intend to “deputize” fact-checkers to determine the article’s credibility. What could go wrong?
Who are these stalwarts of news honesty, ask you? Well, answer I, more left-wing news organizations: ABC News, PolitiFact, Politico and others. To the uninitiated, these may seem like reputable news organizations. Au contraire mon ami!
If these high priests declare a story to be “fake,” it will be denounced as “Disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers!” Ouch!
An example of the fake news that influenced voters would be, “The Pope Endorsed Donald Trump.” That definitely cost Hillary the election! Every American voter was waiting with bated breath to hear the Pope’s choice for the President.
More than 80% of Americans told Pew Research in a recent poll that they can spot fake news. Despite the liberal uproar it turns out that American voters were already aware that fakery and exaggeration exist on the web. However, Hillary described it as a democracy-killing “epidemic!” Of course, Hillary understands that Democrat voters can’t tell the difference between a lie and the truth. How else did Barack Obama beat her in the 2008 primary?!?!
Here is a good example of why Facebook chose PolitiFact. This organization is convinced they are “even-handed.”
[From the WSJ editorial] In 2008 PolitiFact helped bless ObamaCare with a “true” rating for candidate Barack Obama’s claim that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.” (And, by the by, they rated it as true SIX TIMES – RF!) In 2009 the website demoted the remark to “half true,” adding the non-insight that ObamaCare would “surely change the current health system.” (Well, they certainly got that right, but the comment was made FAVORABLY – RF!) By 2013, as Americans lost their insurance, PolitiFact changed its judgment and called Mr. Obama’s line the “lie of the year.”
That certainly sounds like the organization we want to be our news censor! The entire media fact-checking enterprise is suspect.
[From the Hemingway article] In sum, it’s basically a way for a bunch of reporters with no particular expertise to render pseudo-scientific judgments on statements from public figures that are obviously argumentative or otherwise unverifiable. Then there’s the matter of them weighing in with thundering certitude—pants on fire!—on complex policy debates they frequently misunderstand.
And thanks to HP for sending this to me.