He peeked into a rabbit hole and found something that's bringing our nation "close to the precipice"
November 20, 2017
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(NATIONAL) -- The best definition of Fake News we've seen to date comes from Michael Tomasky who writes, "Fake news is a perfect marriage of corrupt capitalism (make-a-buck pranksters) and corrupt constitutionalism (people who lie under protection of the First Amendment.)"
He coins that description in a new piece for the Daily Beast in which he says he went to the website Snopes.com recently, a site he hasn't visited in a while.
"In my memory, Snopes was called upon to settle, if such was possible, the occasional political debate; but more often it declaimed on questions of the “is the moon really made of green cheese?” variety," he writes.
"What I saw staggered me—and somehow made it starkly plain to me how close to the precipice we are as a nation."
What he had seen is this, as he scanned the Snopes home page:
"I was flabbergasted by what a high percentage of Snopes articles now are devoted to debunking fake news. And I don’t mean CNN. I mean, if I may use the phrase, real fake news. Garbage. And more specifically, right-wing garbage. Some stuff that’s in the actual news, though completely distorted, and other stuff that’s just totally made up, that who-knows-how-many thousands, or millions, of people are out there believing."
Then he gives example after example of some of the crazy, not-close-to-lucid, full bore nut-case rabid nonsense that Americans are being exposed to as "news" and, in many cases buying into as "real" news.
And yes he admits it's funny and ridiculous, but also that it is something much worse because there is a dark, dark side to this stuff.
"Who knows how many of these things are out there, and who knows how many people are believing them and posting them on Facebook and talking about them at church and the workplace? And then, when someone tells them politely, “Well, you know, that probably isn’t true,” dismissing them as having sold their souls to the liberal media?"
But the major point is this, he says. Another five or ten years of this trash, "And we’ll have a class of millions of citizens who get “news” only from fake sources. Some of those fake sources are and will be ideologically committed actors who’ll believe that any tactic is defensible as long as it destroys the secular establishment, and other sources will be pranksters playing these idiots for rubes and making money off of it."
And what all that means bottom line is this: institutions and customs that were supposed to sustain our young (very young) democracy "forever" are in real danger of sending us all "down the tubes."
Required reading here .
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