posted on Jul, 25 2014 @ 02:00 PM
You won't find any mention of it on the Drudge Report now, but the conservative "news" aggregating mega site linked an article from EAGnews that was
itself content from satire site, Dailyleak.org
. Within hours this disinformation had been spread all over the
Internet, including ATS.
The original satire piece:
Michelle Obama teaming up with Monsanto to
promote children’s food
EAGnews.org is currently down. My guess is that the site has been linked to so many times since being on the front page of DR that it's unable to keep
up with the requests. So how does this crap not get filtered out by DR? Turns out EAGnews is held in some esteem by some among the right wing, from
Founded by Kyle Olson in 2007, the organization has produced several documentary exposés, including “A Tale of Two Missions” with Juan
Williams, a book titled “Indoctrination,” and a ground-breaking report on union-affiliated health insurance in Wisconsin.
Most recently, we released “RE-CREATING AMERICA: Cultural Sensitivity in Wisconsin Schools.”
Olson has made numerous appearances on the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, The Blaze, NPR and MSNBC. EAG’s work has been cited by the Drudge
Report, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
In addition to our regular writing, EAG publishes a daily email newsletter – the Ed Reform RADAR – and a weekly email newsletter, the Wisconsin
School Reformer. Sign up to receive them free of charge at EAGnews.org.
Of course, the link has been removed from DR but notice a complete lack of acknowledgement for their mistake. Fortunately, the sites that feed at the
DR trough and others have identified the source:
The Drudge Report on Friday focused on an article about first lady Michelle Obama allegedly partnering with Monsanto to provide “healthy’
genetically modified food to children,” a report says.
The report was posted on EAGnews.org, a site run by the Education Action Group Foundation, which is described as a non-partisan and non-profit from
Michigan. However, the website was down after Drudge made it the front-page story, likely due to the massive amount of Web traffic. It, however, can
be accessed via a Google cache.
I admit I'm a gambler. But this is just easy money.
The Drudge Report this morning (Friday) posted this story about First Lady Michelle Obama "partnering" with the Monsanto Corp. to "promote nutritional
foods for kids."
According to the news-like report at the DailyLeak.org, the agro-chemical company "will spend $50 million over five years on a campaign to market
'healthy' genetically modified food to children," something that Ms. Obama supposedly believes will "improve how we make and sell food in this
There are real-life journalism reasons why this story is a fake.
I'm not disparaging anyone who bought into this, thousands, maybe millions of people were buzzing about it today. My point is simply to expose and
document how disinformation is spread through networks of linked content, how quickly it can go viral and to point out how even the seemingly more
mainstream sources are easily duped. We're quick to jump all over disinformation in the MSM but we need to be even more critical of the
(dis)information flowing through the network of "alternative news" sites.
edit on 2014-7-25 by theantediluvian because: (no reason