Monday, March 20, 2017

The Facts are True, the News is Fake

From Incerto:
It is impossible for anyone to write a perfectly rationally argued document without a segment that, out of context, can be transformed by some dishonest copywriter to appear totally absurd and lend itself to sensationalization, so politicians, charlatans and, more disturbingly, journalists hunt for these segments. “Give me a few lines written by any man and I will find enough to get him hung” goes the saying attributed to Richelieu, Voltaire, Talleyrand, a vicious censor during the French revolution phase of terror, and a few others. As Donald Trump said “The facts are true, the news is fake” –ironically at a press conference in which he suffered the same selective reporting as my RSA event. (Read more.)


julygirl said...

And, currently, with high tech expertise they can parse his statements, cut and paste to create something that is not a real statement. During the campaign I would run into people who claimed Trump had made statements declaring this or that....I would challenge them on it but they insisted they heard it coming right from his mouth. It was then I realized it had been a cut and paste fake news item. This sort of thing has caused actual fear in people who have been made to believe Trump is going to take actions against them based on some twisted news release.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, press is following the blueprint mapped out by the Robespierre, and later by Hitler, Lenin, Stalin and Mao.