LIONEL PODCAST: Before #FakeNews There Was the #ConspiracyTheory


Fake News and Alt-Right are the latest incantations of the attempt to reroute discussion and illumination of fraud and governmental deceit. Before them was the granddaddy of deflection: the conspiracy theory. 

  • In 2004, CBS’ 60 Minutes produced documents critical of President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73. Despite heavily pushing the story, the documents turned out to be complete forgeries and the scandal was so embarrassing that it forced veteran news anchor Dan Rather to resign months later.
  • CBS News also dutifully spread the fake news before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein had mobile biological weapons labs, a story that turned out to be a completely contrived claim from a notoriously unreliable source. CBS helped sell a war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thousands of U.S. troops, and they somehow escaped the fake news label.
  • CNN ran an entire segment that REPORTED when Donald Trump becomes the president next month he will begin a program of rounding up Muslim-Americans and placing them in internment camps.
  • CNN also ran clips of former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter Carl Higbie, taking comments he made about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII completely out of context to suggest he is in favour of such a scenario. As the Media Research Center notes, CNN failed to inform viewers that Higbie’s comments from the November 16 broadcast of The Kelly File on Fox News also contained Higbie dismissing any notion that he would ever advocate interment for Muslims. That portion of the interview was conveniently omitted from CNN’s report.
  • Lieutenant General Flynn specifically referred to “radical Islam” as a cancer during different speeches he made several weeks ago. Yet the CNN has repeatedly edited out this term, instead insinuating that Flynn called all Muslims a cancer.
  • #Pizzagate is a perfect diversion from serious crimes that have now been dismissed altogether by a sheeple faux left who’ve researched not a lick of the story or the WikiLeaks references that have chronicled far more serious concerns for a sentient world. 
  • NBC reported that an Internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000 members — thought to be the world’s largest —has been uncovered by police. Sadly, the usual suspects who have taken the headline of pedophile ring and dismissed is as part of “fake news” prove precisely the mission accomplished goal of the new meme, trope and conflation.
  • The impuissant media run the other way after receiving marching orders to ditch these references as to Hollywood pedophile rings. Had it involved the Catholic Church, you’d have another Oscar-worthy film highlighting he investigation.
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