Don't Fall for the Fake News Narrative

Blog Post - Don't Fall for the Fake News Narrative

There has been a lot of talk in recent days about so called "fake news".

While there is no doubt that there is a lot of false or misleading content floating around the internet, is it really worth worrying about?

To start, I think it helps to take a step back and realize that this is not a new phenomenon, it's just a new platform. Before social media, false or misleading news spread by email chain letters. Before the internet, it spread through the mail in magazines, tabloids, and pamphlets. In fact, you can trace "fake news" back to town criers before the advent of the printing press.

Yet, in recent days fake news is all the rage. Why the sudden hysteria? The answer to that question is clear when you realize where the complaining is coming from. The sudden concern over fake news is driven by Democrats and the media because they failed to win this election for Hillary Clinton.

What is doubtful, however, is that these people are actually legitimately concerned about misleading information. They are more likely just concerned about information that doesn't benefit their agenda. After all, some of the leading sources of misleading information during this election were from "reputable" news organizations like CNN and the New York Times.

What is most concerning about all of this is that social media giants like Twitter and Facebook seem to be throwing their support behind combating this so called problem. It's not hard to imagine what side social media companies might be more lenient towards when it comes to determining what is fake news and what isn't. Remember, Facebook already created controversy for filtering out conservative news from their "trending topics" section. It's no secret which side of the political spectrum most Silicon Valley elites fall on.

Progressives have a history of attempting to shut down free speech. From limiting political donations, to safe spaces, to banning conservative speakers on campus, and pushing political correctness, the American left is downright hostile to free speech. And now they are using free speech as an excuse for losing an election. This is dangerous when they have the major companies that serve as the platforms for speech and connectivity in their corner.

The best way to to spread good ideas is to allow the marketplace of ideas to flourish. Once again, liberals believe we are simply too stupid to decipher what is real and what is not. Now, they want people like Mark Zuckerberg to to determine what news is fit for us to see, and that is something we should all resist.

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