I thought all the brouhaha was a liberal attempt to smear non-MSM news, but it seems fake news sites are very real … and very lucrative. So let’s all be careful what we post here. If I goof, shoot me a slap on the wrist and I’ll fix whatever it is. Promise!
This is via Life News:
Have you heard the shocking news? President Obama has signed an executive order mandating a full recount of all votes cast in the election. He’s also ordered a “special election” to be held on Dec. 19. Donald Trump is furious, and denounced Obama’s decision as proof that “the system was rigged all along.” “President Obama doesn’t care about what the American people want,” he said, according to abcnews.com.co.
None of that’s true, of course. Abcnews.com.co is a “news” site in the same way that a bowl of glass shards is a balanced meal. It’s but one example of the rapidly metastasizing stage 4 cancer of the Internet – fake news sites – which are flooding our social media feeds with misinformation, often designed to dupe even the well-informed into clicking “share” by confirming as authentic the most extreme versions of our personal prejudices.
The above-mentioned example, and all the quotations in it, are 100% fabricated. But for site owner and professional Internet troll Paul Horner, none of that matters. All that matters to him is that the fake news article has been “liked” and “shared” on Facebook a staggering 251,000+ times, likely generating millions of pageviews for his site, and putting thousands of dollars in advertising revenue in his pocket.
If the Buzzfeeds, Washington Posts, and New York Times of the world spent half the energy they’re now expending on preening themselves on how “real” and “legitimate” they are on brutally honest post-Clinton self-analsyis, they might be surprised to discover to what degree they are responsible for generating the climate in which fake news flourishes.