The biggest fake news this year that is repeated the most is this whole bollocks story about fake news. It’s one last giant masturbation orgy of the media to feel good about themselves. They, the reporters of hard facts (like 3% or so on actual politics in this election campaign), of solid truths that we can believe (they totally have WMDs you guys! Let’s start a war that will fuck the world for the next 15 years.), of really speaking of the issues that concern us (what, who won’t be able to afford housing because they are born too late? Let’s talk about why Millenials play Pokemon or some shit).
Those assholes are now trying to somehow blame Russian trolls, communists, and the bogeyman. All this fake nonsense could never have spread if the media we used to trust hadn’t pissed away every little bit of faith anyone had in them long ago and with amazing effort.
The fake news story itself? Based on utter shit they have had to distance themselves from by now. Reporting fake news on fake-news is so meta it needs someone way more witty than me to mock it right.
That the whole basis if the blame on Russia comes from the same agency that has lied over and over and over and over before doesn’t even seem to matter. What about that interview Julian Assange gave that was ripped to shreds and Frankensteined back together to support their shit narrative?
You should really be reading that article instead of this here. But just in case I’m gonna rant on because being unqualified to speak on world events seems to not stop anyone anymore. I expect a job offer from CNN any minute now.
Democrats believe Russians hacked their voting machines. Republicans believe Russian communists control the liberal media. The conspiracy theories even share the same bogeyman.
Republicans believe Clinton runs a child porn ring out of a pizza joint’s basement. Democrats call Julian Assange a pedophile. Notice something? Everyone just attaches the ugliest thing they can think of to the people they despise and just believes it. And why not? We are used to having nothing but lies served to us all day ever day. Now newspapers publish self-righteous articles about how people believe things based on feelings instead of facts because they are overwhelmed with information. Man if only there was a whole industry who’s job it is to sort and present this information for more accessibility.
Here’s the thing. We know they lie. A decent quality lie is based on some truth. They won’t just invent numbers (mostly), they won’t just invent quotes (mostly) but they’ll still spin and twist them until they are on message. And while not everyone out there can put it in words almost all of us know something is off. We know being leftwing should mean we should not be guilt-pressured into voting for a warmonger. Parents know that their kids dying in some dessert doesn’t really protect anyone. Millenials know that there are no jobs waiting for them and that no amount of weird articles about them will change the fact that it is not their fault. Blue collar workers know production jobs are not coming back. We know that our politicians are making politics for someone and that someone is not us.
Now since it’s not the job of every schmuck like me to know all this stuff all we got to fall back on is our own limited knowledge and our social media echo chambers. So I think they do it for Blackrock and their ilk. Someone else for “Wall Street” some other asshole for “The Jews”.
We see the world slipping away, corruption and incompetence on levels that are just breathtaking and we just know the shit we are told is not quite right. Because we’re not doing well no matter how many times we are told differently. Our sick friends may act brave but we know they don’t get the treatment they’d need. We’re two months behind on the rent for our moldy apartment that is slowly killing us and we know we will never have a decent job or be able to afford even a decent quality of cat food then we get old.
People are not the “losers” of globalization. They are the victims of it. And yet every news outlet out there acts like these things just happen. So we know something is wrong even if we don’t quite know what. And without anyone to inform them, people fall back to conspiracy theories, easy racist answers, whatever else helps. Because if you can’t believe anyone then you can at least buy into a comfortable lie. And if you truly are arrogant enough to think that is not how Trump won and that these people were just idiots then god help you because it is hard to feel smug once they start to drag us into camps.
It doesn’t matter what “side of the fence” you’re on. From the idiot conservative who thinks global warming is a hoax to the asshole liberal who bitches that his backwater relatives would rather burn down everything than accept some gay dude has a nice house and they don’t (what do you expect? That they just cut their phone line, sit down in their basements and silently die?) we are all on the same side of the fence. Getting herded along by politicians and reporters to the interests of the chosen few. That doesn’t excuse that some of us are racists, bigots, and assholes but that is not the cause of this problem. The problem is that the news we consume has been anything but the truth for so long that every cheap lie seems just as valid by now.
No wonder this story gets so much traction. After this utter disaster of an election campaign and an insane amount of free advertising for the orange racist Boglin there’s nothing nicer for our news than having someone else to blame.