Before we talked about “fake news,” the blood-gargling NRA was creating it

635982302167612911-751496920_gun-violenceThis could probably be said of several organizations, but read this, from The Trace. It includes:

The National Rifle Association has long benefited from and contributed to…conspiracy theories — and with them has helped to erode faith in American institutions like the government and the mainstream media. You can’t trust the agents of those institutions to tell you the truth, much less to have your welfare at heart, the NRA argues.

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7 responses to “Before we talked about “fake news,” the blood-gargling NRA was creating it

  1. Attacking “the legitimacy of mainstream journalism” has become a necessary function of any critical evaluation of correspondence to known facts. Weinstein should read more Chomsky.

    And just because the NRA says “You can’t trust the agents of those institutions to tell you the truth, much less to have your welfare at heart,” doesn’t prove that’s a falsehood. Again, Weinstein should read more Chomsky.

    I can understand why a career MSM operative would be upset with the NRA’s public relations victories on gun rights. But if what the NRA is selling is being bought by more folks than what the MSM is selling, maybe Weinstein should deploy his considerable critical evaluation skills on why that’s happening. Something more substantive than pointing fingers and calling names and raising Red Scare Specters to convince people that his particular brand of manipulation is preferable to the NRA’s. There might be a good reason people don’t trust the MSM anymore. Maybe it’s because the MSM is more like the NRA than not when it comes to what’s “fake” and what’s “news.”

    It’s obvious Weinstein prefers Zuckerberg or Bezos…or some algorithm…defining what’s “fake” and what’s “news.” Which is precisely the reason he…or they…shouldn’t be trusted any more than the NRA to deliver the goods.

    • Now that raises some interesting questions, some I’ve been thinking about seriously in the last few weeks. Who decides what’s fake? I would like that job.

      • First? Define “fake news.”

        • News that has little-to-no basis in fact/data.

          • “…little-to-no basis in fact/data…”
            By what standard?
            Who…or what…defines standards of veracity for fact/data? It might be easy to label the “Pizzagate” scandal as “fake news” because of its lack of any connection to reality. However, we see in the MSM the extension of the label “fake news” to any publisher or writer that inhabits a position regarded as contrary to MSM contrived standards. The WaPo legitimization of PropOrNot and the resulting blacklist, libel, that included many highly respected websites and writers…naked capitalism, Truthout, Truthdig, just to name a few…is a perfect example.

            “Fake news,” like “alt-right,” is essentially a term whose definition is completely dependent on whoever employs it at the time.
            In the case of “fake news” and the MSM, it is unfair allegations and investigations unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence meant restrict dissent or criticism. Especially political dissent and criticism. Which just happens to be the definition of McCarthyism.

            If you’re looking for various ways to categorize bullshit, try here. But “fake news” is just another Orwellian shitstain propagated and promulgated by people more concerned with manipulation than veracity.

            • Alright. Your turn. Give me a definition of fake news.

              • I just did…
                “Unfair allegations and investigations unsupported by proof or based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence meant restrict dissent or criticism. Especially political dissent and criticism.”

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