April Fools’ Day is a time-honored tradition that has existed
for… well, no one really knows. Why April 1st has achieved its
notoriety has long been debated. However, it is wise to consider that
the following quotation is appropriate while attempting to discern
the way forward and is useful in critical thinking.
However, today we see some newspapers, magazines, and other
published media report fake stories, which are usually explained the
next day or below the news section in small letters not only on
April 1st but throughout the news cycle ... all in the effort to
undermine and/or politicize some policy or person with whom they
share a difference.
In general, the mainstream news (MSM) organizations has often
sought to undermine stories which have made it into the alternate
news hemisphere by labeling their stories as fake news. Likewise,
when alternate news breaks stories which the liberal and/or
progressive editors find conflict with their agenda, the easiest way
to discredit those stories is to either label them fake news or to
ignore them entirely.
There are many instances where the alternate news organizations
and/or blogs initiated coverage such as the Barack Obama passport
issue, the Obama college transcript and/ financial aid issue and the
question about his birth place. Was Barack Obama born in Kenya or in
Hawaii? There continues to be questions about the authenticity of his birth
certificate by various forensic experts which cause concern by many
in the U.S. Barack Obama refused to grant access to his college
transcripts and financial aid applications.
The question about whether Obama was legally a citizen of the
U.S. after having been adopted by his Muslim step-father shall haunt
his Presidency for many years. The fact that the Democratic Party
and liberal and/or progressive journalists did not properly vet
Barack Obama suggests to many that they are willing to bend the rule
of law to achieve their agenda.
Even today after eight
years of the Obama administration, the fact that there remains a
question about the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency is a stain on
the rule of law.
The United States of America is a constitutional republic and one of
the fundamental tenets is that the rule of law serves every person
equally and with justice.
There are many citizens who still wonder whether the Obama
administration was lawful according to the Constitution. However,
the editors and journalists who inhabit the mainstream press
including newspapers, magazines, radio and TV were not interested in
really finding the answers to the above questions because of the
narrative which they had created around Barack Obama.
Fake News ... or is it just biased?
Since the election of Pres. Donald Trump, there has been a great
deal of discussion over what constitutes "fake news."
In today's political environment it is obvious that the majority
of so-called journalists and reporters have been trained by
journalism schools with a decided emphasis on liberal and/or
As a result, it should be no surprise that the bias of the
reporting and the selection of stories to be run along with their
headlines are largely tilted towards the liberal and/or progressive
The bias can not be denied.
A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans,
and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually
donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential
candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they
deal with the press according to a report in the Washington Times in
When questions to be asked in a Presidential debate are given to
one candidate in advance, there should be no doubt that bias exists.
So, is it "fake news"? Or is it "disinformation" as George Orwell
suggested in 1984.
In either case, truth is the victim.
But then - 'Tis Only My Opinion!
April 1, 2017
Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. [The
more corrupt a republic, the more laws.] -- Tacitus, Annals III 27
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