Yes fake news is a real thing. It's rather indisputable. But what is fake news?
Fake news is...well, news that is fake. But what does that mean? It means that when you fact check it, the information contained within the news
story turns out to be false or depicts events which never happened at all.
For this demonstration, I'll be referring to this ATS post:
And I will also be using this article:
Which sources THIS article:
From the "Red State" article:
Step 1. Frame your story using a real event.
As we’ve posted, a number of federal agencies are officially triggered by the Trump transition asking them what in the hell they are doing with
taxpayer money. Now the Secretary of Labor, the dim-bulbish Tom Perez, has weighed in by declaring the inquiry letters sent by the transition teams to
Note: this step is sometimes skipped. However, the most believable fake news always uses this step. In our article above (2), the real event is that
Donald Trump sent letters to several agencies requesting information pertaining to “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding". (3)
Step 2. Misrepresent the story and insert conjecture as though it is a fact.
In the article, this whole conflict is misrepresented as:
"What is actually going on here, of course, has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with Perez trying to burnish his personal
credentials as a Democrat hack for the upcoming fight with Keith Ellison to be the leader of the DNC."
This entire sentence here is conjured from the author's imagination. However, because the premise AND conclusion are both false, the reader assumes
that this is true based on false evidence. To give another example, if I tell you that all pens in the world in 1776 used black ink and that's why
the ink in the Declaration of Independence is black, you would be inclined to believe this. False premise, false conclusion. Seems true.
Step 3. Do everything you can to obfuscate the real story.
The article begins with a big lie by saying that Trump wanted to know what the department was doing with "taxpayer money". However, the article
never QUOTES what Trumps letters ACTUALLY said. Instead, the article (2) elaborates on a completely fabricated story and attempts to avoid facts at
all costs. The article avoids using quotes as much as possible. When quotes ARE used, they are taken out of context so that they can easily be lied
about. Additionally, the article avoids the point that what Trump really did MAY actually be illegal or at least, inappropriate.
If Donald Trump has sent letters to government agencies looking for gender-related information regarding government staff, this may be a crime. Firing
someone because they do not meet a certain criteria (straight, gay, black, white, male, female) is a discrimination. Whether it's a crime or not is
up to the court to decide, however the article goes to great lengths to avoid even putting the idea into the reader's head. This is important.
Furthermore, Trump's transition team has NOT denied this event. This event occurred. However, they have also come out and said that this should NOT
have happened. So even Trump's team agrees that this was an inappropriate act.
Step 4. Lie. Lie. Lie. And if that doesn't work, use insults.
When the article isn't generally lying or ignoring facts, it is certain to use insults and negative terms to further demonize the opposition (Mr.
Perez). Here's a list:
The best part is where the author ends the article with a scathing and unrelated attack on Brett Ellison:
"I’m rooting for Ellison because I can’t imagine a better face for the DNC than a raging racialist bigot and anti-semite with close personal ties
to terrorist sponsoring organizations." Not a word of which can be substantiated by facts, of course.
Step 5. Post your article wherever it is sure to reach the largest number of uneducated people. This ensures maximum parroting.
This article, because it has an obvious right slant was posted to a website called "Red State". Where it is highly likely to be read by a vast
number of republicans. Those who are educated or can form coherent thoughts will certainly scoff at it. But you will more than likely reach a large
audience of droolers as well who will believe whatever you say. Likewise, if you have written an article with a decidely left-leaning slant, you
should post it to a Leftist website like Huffington Post.
Which of course brings us to the ATS post (1). This article was posted on ATS where many people - like myself - said, "Hey... that doesn't make
sense. Why would it be illegal for the President-elect to request tax information about a department?" Because, dear friends, it's not. You were
bamboozled. You were hoodwinked. You were tricked. Lied to. Had the wool pulled over your eyes. And more!
While this post uses a Republican-slanted article as an example of fake news, It should be clear by now that both US parties release propaganda at an
extraordinary rate. If you just want to argue about who does it "more-er" or whose lies are "biggerest" then kindly take your d**k measuring
If you are doubting the veracity of any of the claims made here, or are thinking to yourself, "Well what if The Hill article is the fake news?"
Well, don't forget that the RedState article SOURCES The Hill article. And is - by extension - ALSO fake news.
I wish you all good luck in the future and I hope this guide helps you to both construct AND deconstruct fake news.