John Dietrich at The American Thinker brings us this article on “Fake News” and the left’s attempt to both define it and to silence it. The massive failure of the left in the election should be an opportunity for the Democrats to stop, take stock of their position, and to exercise some critically needed self-evaluation in the face of what was an overwhelming repudiation. Of course, they are doing no such thing and seem clinically unable and unwilling to even try to consider that their views and policies are repellent to the majority of American voters. And so they turn to their old playbook in which one does not debate with the right but simply tries to shut them up.
In response to the recent election fiasco, progressives are increasing their efforts to control the internet. They are targeting “fake news.” Since no one is in favor of “fake news”, this should be a clear winning strategy. Progressives can portray themselves as the defenders of democracy and free speech. At the same time, they will be able to eliminate some troublesome competitors who might question their own reliability.
The criticism of “fake news” on the internet makes no mention of “fake news” in the mainstream media. The extensive bias in the media is one of the reasons for the attack on the internet. It would require several volumes to list all the examples of “fake news” disseminated by the main-stream media. A recent example is the New York Times’ criticism of Senator Ben Sasse. The Times reported that Sasse, “tweeted about people who have been paid to riot against Mr. Trump — an idea propagated by fake news stories.” In the Washington Post, Paul Horner remarked that Trump’s, “supporters were under the belief that people were getting paid to protest at their rallies, and that’s just insane.” Perhaps the Washington Post and New York Times were unaware that two top Democratic strategists were on video discussing voter fraud and planting paid agitators at campaign events for Donald Trump.