Right back atcha, kid

Without a media monopoly, the old days are over;
and we eagerly look forward to more of this kind of thing.
[wrings hands in maniacal glee, curls mustache ends]

The Narrative™
as the acme [*snick*] of Proginess

The Newspeak term “fake news” has backfired on the Progistanis, big time.
The WaPo is trying to change the terminology, again, as well as to deflect the blame and discredit the term that they, themselves, tried to popularize.
When The Narrative™ fails, Progs alter The Template™ (rules, definitions, viewpoint, history, physics, etc.).

Fake news has a real meaning — deliberately constructed lies, in the form of news articles, meant to mislead the public. …

But though the term hasn’t been around long, its meaning already is lost. Faster than you could say “Pizzagate,” the label has been co-opted to mean any number of completely different things: Liberal claptrap. Or opinion from left-of-center. Or simply anything in the realm of news that the observer doesn’t like to hear.

“The speed with which the term became polarized and in fact a rhetorical weapon illustrates how efficient the conservative media machine has become,” said George Washington University professor Nikki Usher.

…“Conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself . . . have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda.”

So, here’s a modest proposal for the truth-based community. Let’s get out the hook and pull that baby off stage. Yes: Simply stop using it. Instead, call a lie a lie. Call a hoax a hoax. Call a conspiracy theory by its rightful name. After all, “fake news” is an imprecise expression to begin with. [story]

Come. frikkin’. onnnn, you limivorous hacks.
Now you’re insulting your own side, too, especially those you urged to act as fake-news arbiters.
How stupid and gullible do you thi…
Ahhh, nevermind. I could add a lot more words and graphics, but I don’t wanna use up my annual schadenfreude allowance too soon — it’s gonna be a looong year.

☟ Just in case you were wondering what happened to Wiley… ☟ »
Personal note: back in the days of dead-tree dictionaries, I used to assess an edition simply by whether or not it contained the word “limivorous.”


  1. jlw
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:26 pm |

    back in the days of dead tree journals and books i used to judge them by how many times they caused me to look up a word. my go to dictionary, the 9 lb., Webster’s unabridged New Twentieth Century Dictionary (2nd edition) does contain “limivorous”.

    but you made me look it up.

  2. Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm |

    They don’t like it when we fight back and kick their ass. Memo to George Washington University “professor” nikki usher: More to come. Get used to it.

  3. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:57 pm |

    I gotta wonder just what said GWU perfesser Nikki Usher professes to teach. Bet it ain’t a STEM course.

    And that vaunted “conservative media machine” the Bezos Blog worries about? It’s called “ordinary people” – who have decided to use your own weapons against you.

    (Man, the good guys are just SO inside their OODA loop…)

  4. DougM (2016 the year The Left™ went mad)
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm |

    ^ A-firm on the OODA-loop.
    (Wish I’d'a thunk’a that.)

    jlw ^1
    Then my job, here, is done.

  5. Fawkes News
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm |

    ^ Not really, because Progs don’t really do OODA loops. They only observe that which they want to see, they’re pre-oriented, and they’ve pre-decided (IOW, they’re prejudiced). It’s a monument to the unimaginative fecklessness of the Gee Oh Pee that it took a small time orange con artist to lead them to victory.

  6. DougM (2016 the year The Left™ went mad)
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm |

    ^ Yeah, but if you can change the seeker heads on their ordnance…

  7. Dave
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm |

    I’m getting a bumper sticker that says ‘I Heart Fake News’

  8. logdogsmith
    Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:25 pm |

    Never heard of limivorous, but it sounds dirty.