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Fake News Media: Why The Masses Do Not Trust The Media



Fake News Is Not A New Term

The term “fake news” has been tossed around a lot during these past two years. Many people believe it was first coined by the President himself although, according to Merriam-Webster, it was used in the 1890s. Whoever first started it, the term itself is self-explanatory.

President Trump labeled some of the mainstream news media as fake news during the Fusion GPS dossier debacle where both CNN and Buzzfeed spread the most libelous of apparent fiction to the public. Even though the 35 pages of the dossier are arguably false, and further reports state it was funded by Hillary Clinton, neither news agency has recalled or corrected their claims.

Alternative News Sources

After President Trump’s labeling of certain agencies as fake news, a firestorm of mistrust aimed at legacy media like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and even the sports channel ESPN became targets of scrutiny. Public opinion of the mainstream media hit an all-time low as the general public deems these outlets as untrustworthy.

Thankfully, the Information Age is paving the way for alternative media sources to be available and used for the people to actually see the unbiased truth. On the ground reporting from smartphones and digital single lens reflex cameras have increased with the likes of Youtubers such as Tim Pool and Fleccas. Both of whom report and “film” events as they happen. An event filmed is then uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo within 24 hours.

Silencing Opposing Views

Silicon Valley giants have now hijacked the phrase, twisting it for their own malicious purposes. Twitter, Facebook,  and Google/Youtube are using the term to censor conservatives, republicans, libertarians, general right-wing pages, personalities, groups, and outlets from their sites by labelling them as fake news or fake news sources merely because they are sharing opposing views -- not because the shared item has been proven false.

This poses quite the problem that these technocratic giants refuse to answer. It is causing a stir in the world as people are questioning the power that these tech companies are garnering. Legacy mainstream media continues to spout fake news on a 16-hour news cycle, yet the social media platforms are not countering or reining in these stories when proven to be false or inaccurate.

Fake News in the Eye of the Storm

It seems like the news agencies believe the general public needs hype instead of just the facts. Here is a perfect example: There is a picture of Anderson Cooper waist deep in water to report “flooding.” It has now been proven that he was standing in a ditch to make the water depth appear more dire. The sensationalism behind and the fact that it was captured and posted on the internet continues to make CNN one of the worst purveyors of “truth” seen in years. The details are here.

As hurricane Florence continued to release her fury upon the East Coast, the unnecessary hype continued. During the first 24-48 hours, pictures arose that many are finding to be quite comedic and also supporting the public’s distrust of the media.

It is only right to poke fun at the sensationalism of the mainstream media. Here is another hyped up story example: People captured a report from the Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel who is seemingly bracing himself and fighting from being blown over as he is reporting when suddenly two passersby calmy go across in the background.

The simple truth is that a horrendous weather event was bearing down upon the Eastern shores. It was hitting and tearing up the Carolinas and Virginia. Lives were at stake. Embellishment was not wanted nor warranted.

Public Demands News Reporting Not Tabloid Fodder

Instagrammers, Youtubers, and the general masses of social media users bring up the question: If this is how the mainstream news media behave when reporting on events, is it any wonder why people distrust the media as a viable source for truth? It is because of Anderson Cooper’s actions and other stories like it, that continue to make CNN less than trustworthy. The President calling out news agencies is not what squashes those agencies. It is their choices and behavior that puts their organization’s credibility into question.

This inquiry must be raised, repeated, exposed, and the volume on it turned up a bit louder. That way, even Jim Acosta and company in the back of any room or auditorium can understand what the chanting of “CNN sucks” is all about.

John Lee / Senior Contributor
I am a conservative, Christian Asian who loves God, country, and music. I am proud to be American and want to MAGA!
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