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During the last three months before the election, most “news” passed along in Facebook was completely fabricated by groups who profit by passing along ads attached to fiction.
This isn’t a matter of biased sites like Fox, or even stories generated through lopsided editing, as is common on Breitbart. These are completely fictional stories that originate at sites made up to look like legitimate television or newspaper sources.
NPR took the time to track down the man behind one of these sites, and found that he’s actually at the hub of a “news network,” where every single story is 100% fiction.
Coler's company, Disinfomedia, owns many faux news sites — he won't say how many. ...
At any given time, Coler says, he has between 20 and 25 writers. And it was one of them who wrote the story in the Denver Guardian that an FBI agent who leaked Clinton emails was killed. Coler says that over 10 days the site got 1.6 million views. He says stories like this work because they fit into existing right-wing conspiracy theories.
It’s proven easy to create stories that reinforce right-wing memes and generate huge numbers by playing to existing assumptions, but it’s not exactly a both-sides-do-it situation.
“We've tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You'll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.”
Coler and his cohorts show that if anything Fox, O’Keefe and company simply think too much of their audience.
There’s no need to work that hard. There’s no need to ground “alt right” arguments in any reality.
The audience is already so convinced of their inherent superiority that you can feed them anything, so long as it agrees with their pre-existing hatred.
[Coler] was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
Yet another thread painting yourself as intellectually superior, a martyr, and right all at once. Why debate actual points when you can just say the source is fake and dismiss it outright? Only one set of "facts" matter, and that's the one you're pushing.
This whole "fake news" thing is really a godsend for the liberals right now, isn't it?
Now if you could just do away with that pesky electoral college, eh?
originally posted by: denybedoomed
It's all such a farce. Both sides gobble up the garbage and we all become more divided because of it.
The world is insane. Left/right. It's all the same. Control.
Consume, sleep . . . sleep . . .
I hate to say this, but I'm really, honestly, trying to fish this site out of the putrid muck of the peat bog called "media"....to restore to it some sanity. Hopefully the owner will recognize that even though he is making a living off of this site, which I have no problem at all with ---- it is sad that it does it by allowing DISINFORMATION in the gate at all. MOST of the stories that have been published about politics since this summer are LIES.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: Shamrock6
Read the article. If you still don't want to believe it, then don't.