If you think Infowars going dark is only the ‘tip of a bigger iceberg’ … you’re right. But are you sure you know what that ‘bigger iceberg’ REALLY is?
With most big issues, there’s a difference between ‘the story of the day’ and the bigger issue at hand. And not just the question of “who’s next”, either?
Even though that’s a question that SOMEBODY should be asking. That’s for another day.
I’m more interested in taking a step back and looking at the ‘wide angle’ view here.
For example, when the Parkland story first blew up, there were obviously imminent questions about what went wrong, and what should be done about it.
But those of us who took that ‘step back’ would also start asking the question ‘how did this crisis organize itself into a coordinated nation-wide movement even before they’d finished notifying all the next of kin?‘
It isn’t a question our ‘Free Press’ took any interest in asking. But some of us in the ‘new media’ found it newsworthy.
We’re seeing the same sort of thing with the Infowars story that’s tucked into that broader narrative of ‘fake news’ and ‘hate speech’.
With everyone so focused on the Micro issue of Private Company Rights vs Free Speech, is it possible we’re missing a Macro picture here, too?
Even that binary choice in the Micro — as Ted Cruz pointed out in his questions to Zuckerberg — misses the REAL point. The real question here should be “are you a platform or are you a publisher”? Because publishers and open platforms play by different legal rules, and so far, they’ve been having their cake, and eating it too.
So, if we’ve been largely missing THAT point, what ‘macro question’ are we missing while we all talk about Infowars, social media and fake news in this ‘Great Fake News Crisis’?
The Great Fake News Crisis
Posted by The Republicanuck on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
I would argue that we’re missing out on the moral lessons we should have learned from Soviet Russia’s experiment with Pravda.
And, I would add, how little Jim Acosta’s wounded bird act doesn’t hide his complicity in serving America’s version of Pravda.
It doesn’t hide just how many dangerous and SPECIFIC similarities exist — since CNN and their Media(D) friends LOVE talking about Russia — between Western Media’s own behavior and that of Soviet Russia’s infamous Propaganda machine.
The video covers all of that.
And if you’re wondering who the hell I’m talking about when I mention Sharyl Attkisson… we’ve covered her story here:
For more detail, she’s written about it — and the unmasking probe — on ‘The Hill’.
If the gutless ‘news’ services aren’t willing to ask the real questions. Then it’s up to the rest of us, isn’t it?
Wes Walker is the Author of A Blueprint For Government That Doesn’t Suck
First, you’d need to wrap your head around what government might look like if it weren’t so dysfunctional. Only then would you have a sense of what needs fixing.
In A Blueprint for Government that Doesn’t Suck, Wes Walker takes you through seven deceptively simple questions in the ultimate experiment of thought.
What are the competing ideologies and why are they so diametrically opposed to one another? What do YOU believe? Can you defend your views? If you read this basic primer on government with courage and with honesty, even a teen will undoubtedly come out the other side as a better, more thoughtful and well-informed citizen.
What Jim Acosta, Rachel Maddow and the Rest of The Media (D) STILL haven’t figured out yet is why we call them ‘Fake News’.
Let’s spell it out for them. In a shirt.
Because you know they won’t be able to figure it out on their own.
There’s a ladies’ version…
And a men’s version…
The problem isn’t just the lies they tell…
It’s the truth they DON’T tell…
And the opinions laced right through them.
And the best part? This shirt is made in the USA, printed in the USA, on an American-Made t-shirt press!
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