Trump at a press conference to a CNN “reporter”:
“I am not going to give you a question. You are fake news.”
And applause breaks out when he says this.
How did the professional liars of the Old Media not see that the meme “fake news” would backfire on them? They of all people know that they’re constantly spewing lies. How could they have failed to predict that the “fake news” phrase would devastatingly be turned against them?
Trying to come with a hypothesis as if media leftists are within shouting distance of sane, I came up with this:
They thought they would do the same thing they always do, accuse the other side of committing the sins which they themselves commit. Vox Day’s Third Rule of SJWs: They always project.
The left does this constantly. They commit electoral fraud… and they accuse the right of committing electoral fraud. They advocate totalitarianism… and they say libertarianism is the “ideology of power.” They demand that you give them a dollar because their great great great grandfather was a slave… and they accuse white men of having an entitlement mentality. And on and on.
So, being inveterate liars, they accused the other side of lying. Presumably they assumed that people not really paying attention would just see two sides each accusing the other of dishonesty, and the mutual accusations would cancel out.
The media’s problem is that their dishonesty is pervasive, constant, and inescapable. It has to be; that’s the entire point of propaganda. You can do secret electoral fraud; you can’t do secret propaganda.
Since the whole point of propaganda is to spew it all over the place constantly, the examples available to us to prove their mendacity are numerous and readily available: just open up today’s copy of the New York Times, etc. This particular sin is simply too easy to document. Boy, have they been losing that fight!
And so only a few weeks after they started pushing the “fake news” meme, the Old Media is desperately attempting a climb-down. Here’s the panic-stricken Washington Post a couple of days ago:
It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’
…As Jeremy Peters wrote in the New York Times: “Conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself … have appropriated the term…”
So, here’s a modest proposal… Let’s get out the hook and pull that baby off stage. Yes: Simply stop using it.
…“Fake news” has had its 15 minutes of fame. Let’s put this tainted term out of its misery.
(Via Vox Popoli.)
Heh. Hard though it is to believe, some of these people really do not seem to have absorbed that the Internet is, like, a thing. And so they petard auto-hoisted. “Wile E. Coyote: Suuuuuper genius! Hey, wait, I’m standing on the train tracks! Ohhhhhh, sh–”