The Fake News Megathread

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member

Maybe he will pull a 2nd Megyn by reinventing himself as an edgy boomer-right podcaster when this fails.



There are lots of threads about the fake news, but no catch-all thread. Will make an index later.
 

Maybe he will pull a 2nd Megyn by reinventing himself as an edgy boomer-right podcaster when this fails.


There are lots of threads about the fake news, but no catch-all thread. Will make an index later.

Have not seen his show. Has he completely sold out? Or is he trying to be middle of the road on a leftist outlet?
 

Pendleton

Kingfisher
I thought this article on the English language version of NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, provided a good example of how warped the English language media is in foreign countries and why foreign countries have an anti-American bias. I am not a follower of Q and don't consider it credible but even I thought this article by NHK's LA-based, Berkeley grad reporter was way over the top. Even much of the MSM in the US would blush to print something like this.


A dangerous far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon is steadily moving into mainstream US politics — with the president himself doing very little to stop its rise.

QAnon emerged in 2017 with a series of posts on the internet forum 4chan, known for hosting neo-Nazis and violent misogynists. They were written under the moniker Q Clearance Patriot.

QAnon posits that critics of US President Donald Trump — from Democratic lawmakers and Hollywood celebrities, to journalists and athletes — are part of a massive Satanic child-trafficking ring that dominates global culture and politics. Adherents claim the president's adversaries eat children in order to stay healthy and maintain monopolistic control over almost all forms of media — their aim being to brainwash the public into also opposing the president.

The FBI warns that QAnon has the potential to be a domestic terrorist threat, and that its theory has motivated people to commit serious crimes. They include an armed takeover of the Hoover Dam, kidnappings, a bomb plot, and at least two murders. QAnon is undeniably anti-Semitic, singling out prominent Jews such as billionaire financier George Soros as leaders of the alleged cabal. It also echoes the false centuries-old "blood libel" claim about Jews supposedly killing children.

Travis View, a journalist who specializes in covering QAnon, says it is hard to tell how many Americans believe the conspiracy theory, but they likely run into the millions.

"There is one poll that revealed that seven percent of Americans have a favorable view of QAnon, so it is quite substantial," he said. "There is evidence to suggest that the QAnon community is growing, especially as a consequence of the pandemic, because the pandemic caused people to spend a lot more time indoors reading these posts."

At the same time, QAnon conspiracy theorists have endeavored to disguise their true beliefs, partially in response to a string of social-media restrictions and bans on its content. In recent months, many "QAnoners" have rebranded under slogans such as "Save the Children" or "Save Our Children." They claim to represent the anti-sex-trafficking cause — a move that has caused considerable difficulties for legitimate groups.

The organizer of a series of large QAnon/Save Our Children rallies in Hollywood, who identified himself only as "Scotty the Kid," claimed to be agnostic toward QAnon while also admitting to believing in a bizarre conspiracy theory about Netflix and other major Hollywood studios.
"If they have it their way, in 10 years, the Constitution will be rewritten and a 12-year-old can legally have sex," he said.

QAnon is gaining increasing prominence inside the Republican Party. A Yahoo/YouGov poll released on 19 October found that a staggering 50 percent of Trump's supports believe in the conspiracy theory. Media Matters for America, an NPO research and information center, says at least 27 candidates for Congress and the Senate have also professed their belief in QAnon.

Its rise within the Republican Party and among the American public is unquestionably being helped by the president himself. Trump has twice praised QAnon on national television, and also retweeted related content hundreds of times.

He has also partly built his reelection campaign on conspiracy theories, for example claiming his opponent Joe Biden is controlled by "people who are in the dark shadows," and accusing the Bidens of being an "organized crime family."

View says QAnon followers "believe that there is a secret plan to essentially change the world and make all the revolutionary changes that they want to happen."

He also points to the potential for post-election violence. Trump has repeatedly attempted to undermine his supporters' confidence in the upcoming vote, and recently called on right-wing extremists to "stand by" in case of instability.

"The danger there is that, what happens when QAnon followers stop trusting the plan? If they stopped trusting the plan, there is a risk that they might take matters into their own hands," View warns.



 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
BLM likely has in excess of 300 deaths as a result of its conspiracy theories. How many people have died because of QAnon? Yet I am to believe this amorphous, invisible movement is about to cause mayhem at any moment.

I've noticed a similar trend in other English-language foreign media, in which they will use Western political correctness/leftisim to bash The West, but for their own country they resort to in-group preference and all sorts of things the Western left would consider far-right. Conversely the Western media use PC/leftism to bash their own culture, while giving others a clean bill of health.

As an example the Western media will treat examples of barbarity, tribalism and all manner of things they consider far-right to be nothing more than humanitarian concerns. For example female genital mutilation is just bad - there is no religion or ethnicity to be blamed for it. It's just something bad that happens. But if say, a survey finds 70% of Republican men seek to influence their daughters 'reproductive rights' this is a sign of a vicious white patriarchy that is days away from establishing its theocratic tyranny via the diktats of The Orange Man.

The foreign English-language press conversely (Pakistan in this example), spend huge amounts of column inches using Western leftist models to bash The West's Islamaphobaism. Then if you look for their coverage of all their domestic problems of the sorts of things that you would thing Western leftism would be against and you'll typically find nothing, e.g. persecution of Christians. Or they treat the problems as humanitarian issues that have no bearing on the character of the nation.

The entire MSM is the conspiracy media.
 

Pendleton

Kingfisher
BLM likely has in excess of 300 deaths as a result of its conspiracy theories. How many people have died because of QAnon? Yet I am to believe this amorphous, invisible movement is about to cause mayhem at any moment.

I've noticed a similar trend in other English-language foreign media, in which they will use Western political correctness/leftisim to bash The West, but for their own country they resort to in-group preference and all sorts of things the Western left would consider far-right. Conversely the Western media use PC/leftism to bash their own culture, while giving others a clean bill of health.

As an example the Western media will treat examples of barbarity, tribalism and all manner of things they consider far-right to be nothing more than humanitarian concerns. For example female genital mutilation is just bad - there is no religion or ethnicity to be blamed for it. It's just something bad that happens. But if say, a survey finds 70% of Republican men seek to influence their daughters 'reproductive rights' this is a sign of a vicious white patriarchy that is days away from establishing its theocratic tyranny via the diktats of The Orange Man.

The foreign English-language press conversely (Pakistan in this example), spend huge amounts of column inches using Western leftist models to bash The West's Islamaphobaism. Then if you look for their coverage of all their domestic problems of the sorts of things that you would thing Western leftism would be against and you'll typically find nothing, e.g. persecution of Christians. Or they treat the problems as humanitarian issues that have no bearing on the character of the nation.

The entire MSM is the conspiracy media.

I'm not sure what the dynamic is in Pakistan. In Japan, the English language press is primarily produced by Americans (well, "Americans") and is part of the global left wing propaganda machine. They have no problem also criticizing Japan when it strays from the leftist line. The Japan Times is the largest English language paper in Japan and its print edition consists of the New York Times Intl Edition.
 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
$10 on the rat d'Arcy.


Background: GG left The Intercept, which he was an owner of, due to censorship. Now writing on Substack.
 

username

Ostrich
Gold Member
en.wikipedia(.)org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines

Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."

One of the media's common tools. Write a damning headline, throw a question mark at the end to have plausible deniability, and don't have anything to back up such claim in the article. Powerful because most people just will read the headline.
 

gework

Ostrich
Gold Member
en.wikipedia(.)org/wiki/Betteridge%27s_law_of_headlines

I think similar with any titles begining with 'no'.

No, Donald Trump is not going to win a second term. His second scoop was his undoing.

No, soylent is not turning men into women. Here's why the far right is wrong, again.
 
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