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]
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.
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.”