So what is the difference between “Fake News,” opinion and spin?
When you ponder that thought a while, the first thing that pops out at you is the term “Fake News.” The take away the left wants you to believe is that Fake is the same as False. So why not use the term “False News?”
And are we really talking about news at all?
No. We are talking about opinion and sometimes spin that the left does not agree with.
For example, if I reported that the Dow Jones stands at 19,883.06, that is news. It is a fact as of this minute. However, if I add that the Dow is rising because of the “Trump Bump” then I have just added my opinion. Because there is no absolute proof the rise in the market is directly related to the election of Donald Trump. And if the self appointed fact checkers reviewed the statement I made, they would say it is false. Or mostly false.
So would it become “Fake News” on Facebook or other places that plan to censor what they consider fake news? Probably. But the truth is, it would not be fake or false news. It would be a fact and my opinion as to why the market is rising. So the news part would be true by any measure. What would be labeled false is the opinion portion.
More than likely the fact checkers would concentrate on my claim that Trump was responsible for the bull market and they would lay out their own “facts” as to why that is either not true or simply unknowable. Now had the claim been made that Obama was responsible for the rise in the market after the election I have no doubt that the fact checkers would toss in some blurb about Obama’s monetary policy and banking regulations and rate the claim as true.
But what this campaign to “out” fake news is really about is quashing opinions that the left does not agree with. And any opinion that disagrees with their spin is going to be called fake news.
But opinion is not news. The left has labeled Fox News as nothing but lies. To them, any opinion they disagree with is a lie. But the competitive world of 24 hour news has become nothing but opinion with a bit of hard news to spur discussions and then they all give their opinions.
Instead of using this fake news cover to censor opinions it would be more intellectually honest to label stories as News, Opinion or both. I wish I could say that the public was smart enough to know the difference, but that would be fact checked as false.
What the fact checkers are really doing is using their own spin and their own facts to discredit the spin and facts of those on the right. And all of the fact checkers are left wingers. The bias is easy to see. At Fact check dot Org, a group that has stayed busy analyzing every word out of Trump’s mouth for the last year and a half and finding creative ways to call him a liar, almost everything they write is dripping with bias, and their own opinion.
They recently wrote an article they called “Groundhog Friday” that is supposed to call out the lies Trump repeats over and over.
The December 9, 2016 article begins “On his so-called “victory tour,” President-elect Donald Trump has been repeating some inaccurate talking points that we’ve flagged before.”
The first 6 words betray the disdain and vitriol they hold for Trump. They write “so-called “victory tour,” that sets the tone for the entire piece. It is obvious the writer is no fan of Trump. This was actually and truly a victory tour. Trump won. It was not “so-called” and why was victory tour placed in quotes? Obviously the writer and the publication believe Trump’s victory is not legitimate.
So with the first 6 words in the article, we can see that this is an opinion piece written by someone opposed to Trump. And they call the talking points in question “inaccurate” rather than false. And some of the inaccuracies are because Trump “rounded up” numbers.
But the left uses these fact checkers and they run with the spin as if the source were non biased and completely accurate. When all they are doing is substituting a perspective they disagree with with their own left wing perspective.
So “outing” fake news is nothing more than censorship and a left wing spin.