I spent Christmas playing cards with Santa.
Now I reply.
I begin with what he said.
“Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online. But conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself, incredulous about suggestions that fake stories may have helped swing the election, have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda,” Peters wrote.
“In defining Fake News so broadly and seeking to dilute its meaning, they are capitalizing on the declining credibility of all purveyors of information, one product of the country’s increasing political polarization. And conservatives, seeing an opening to undermine the mainstream media, a longtime foe, are more than happy to dig the hole deeper.”
His column was Fake News. While he was entitled to his opinion, he was not entitled to his facts, as Senator Daniel Pat Moynihan said. Peters falsely framed the conservative take on Fake News.
Conservatives could take bad news, as evidenced by their acceptance of Obama’s win without the riots, protests, and demands for recounts that the left had following the election of Trump. The conservative objection was to news stories that told only one side, or got basic facts wrong.
Conservatives did not limit Fake News to a few oddball sites, but rather to all sites because an error-ridden stories by the Times did far more damage than a satirical piece taken serious. In the age of the Internet, a front-page headline followed a week later by a Page 14-A correction no longer was acceptable.
It never should gave been acceptable.
Until reporters are fired for Fake News, expect more of it.
On November 8, 2016, the American people said, "Trump the Establishment!"
Now read the book that explains how and why the press missed this historic the election.
It is available on Kindle, and in paperback.
And then read the original, "Trump the Press," which chronicled and mocked how the media missed Trump's nomination.
It is available on Kindle, and in paperback
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