Since we no longer bother to find the truth in the news, we now live at the mercy of politicians, bureaucrats and partisan outlets who twist the news for us everyday for their gain.
The dangerous reality of fake news became apparent on December 4, 2016 when Edgar Maddison Welch shot a AR-15 assault rifle multiple times at a Washington D.C. pizzeria in the United State. Authorities reported that Welch’s actions were in response to a fake news article claiming a child sex-trafficking ring led by Hillary Clinton was hidden in the pizzeria.
Thankfully no one was injured, but this incident gives rise to the question, in a situation like this who is responsible? Welch is now facing federal charges but should the person who wrote the fake news article be held accountable?
The Bigger Danger
The bigger danger is that the fake news now call the real news “fake news.” At a joint news conference in Berlin on November 17, 2016, President Obama said
“If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not…if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems.”
The King of Fake News
Not only is there real danger behind fake news but real money as well. A team track down a popular fake news story titled “FBI Agents Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide,” which reportedly got 1.6 million views in 10 days.
The story was originally published on the Denver Guardian, a fake news site. Jestin Coler was identified as the owner. Planet Money interviewed Coler, he did admit it was around $10,000 to $30,000 profit a month. The money is made through advertisements that are featured on his site.
Fake news and misinformation had a bigger impact on US election than anyone could have imagined. Since the election, Jestin has called himself a recovery fake news publisher, he closed down all his sites and now advocate against fake news and partisan publishing, though he is still nick named The King of Fake News.
While we are still battling fake news, a new variation is in circulation, it can be liken to a newer version of it, though its success rate has not been measured, its danger and goals are the same as that of fake new sites.
Twisted News Example
The Vancouver report with a title “New Westminster removes statue of Judge Begbie.” A conservatives use the news to rally his base like this:
Disgusting. Left wing radicals are destroying this country. https://t.co/K1tPesy3K9
— Aaron Gunn (@AaronGunn) July 6, 2019
Meanwhile, the true news is that of Justice Matthew Begbie, B.C.’s first chief justice, who sentenced six Indigenous leaders to death in 1864. The execution of the six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs was used as a threat to all Indigenous people attempting to defend their land. And due to his participation in the history, his statue is being taken down.
Twisting the news was meant to blindside the wrong doing of the judge and weaponise the removal of his statue as a wrongful deed by the liberals.The big goal is to misinformed the public.
This method has been highly successful because we the citizens made it successful, we no longer bother to read the news but rather wait to cheer-on every 140-characters which resonant with us that cross our screens, true or not. We come across twisted news everyday, more especially from conservatives media outlets.
If truth is important to you, and I believe it should, you should be bothered and you should do more to find the truth in the news before you share it on your social platforms or speak about it with your friends.