The Godfather of fake news can’t fool the Left – but, it’s red meat for Trump Chumps

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❝ A lot of fake and misleading news stories were shared across social media during the election. One that got a lot of traffic had this headline: “FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide.” The story is completely false, but it was shared on Facebook over half a million times.

We wondered who was behind that story and why it was written. It appeared on a site that had the look and feel of a local newspaper. Denverguardian.com even had the local weather. But it had only one news story — the fake one.

We tried to look up who owned it and hit a wall. The site was registered anonymously. So we brought in some professional help…

From the geek side of the question, the track-down is interesting.

❝ Jestin Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a wife and two kids. He says he got into fake news around 2013 to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right…

He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot.

“What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food stamps to buy marijuana based on something that had just never happened…”

❝ During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. “It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they’re about to get served,” Coler says. “It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake accounts on Facebook exploded during the Trump election.”

❝ Coler says his writers have tried to write fake news for liberals — but they just never take the bait.

Coler said that Lefties reading fake news generally debunk the story by the 2nd comment. Har.

RTFA. It’s a cautionary tale. Too bad the incompetents so often working as let’s-pretend journalists for the news-as-entertainment media don’t get it. Nor do the creeps in Fox Noise copycats. If fake news fits their ideology it doesn’t require fact-checking.

5 thoughts on “The Godfather of fake news can’t fool the Left – but, it’s red meat for Trump Chumps

  1. Reality✓ says:

    (11/25/16) In possibly the most forehead-smacking evidence yet of “fake news” permeating newsrooms and editorial efforts U.S. broadcast media fell for a fake story about CNN airing 30 minutes of hardcore porn Thursday night after a girl in Boston faked a few Tweets. http://www.mediaite.com/online/did-the-media-fall-for-a-fake-story-about-cnn-airing-30-minutes-of-hardcore-porn-last-night/ UPDATE: 4:25 p.m. EST: A CNN spokesperson stated: “Despite media reports to the contrary, RCN assures us that there was no interruption of CNN’s programming in the Boston area last night.”
    Meanwhile: “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” (Washington Post 11/25/16) https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effort-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election-experts-say/2016/11/24/793903b6-8a40-4ca9-b712-716af66098fe_story.html “The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.
    Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia.”

  2. Rumor mongers says:

    “One woman has been killed and some 40 people were arrested in a Peruvian shantytown after an angry mob tried to lynch two pollsters whom residents believed were butchering local children to take their organs, authorities said Friday. False rumors on social media claiming dead children had been found with their organs missing fanned mass hysteria in the shantytown Huaycan on the outskirts of Lima, prompting residents to target two employees of a polling company who had been conducting door-to-door marketing surveys, said Police General Hugo Begazo.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-clashes-idUSKBN13R21Z?il=0
    Video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3im6uAGKVw
    “How to Stop Rumors” http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Rumors

  3. Candyman says:

    “Rollout of Fake News Traced to Money-Hungry Teens in Macedonia Town” http://www.allgov.com/news/us-and-the-world/rollout-of-fake-news-traced-to-money-hungry-teens-in-macedonia-town-161205?news=859868 “On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. Real news gets reported everywhere, he argued. Made-up stories are unique. “The fake news is the good news,” the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist. “A fake news article is way more opened than any other.” …He then flipped over to Google Analytics, an audience tracking tool, to show that he’d managed to gather more than 685,000 page views a week. The teen said his monthly revenue was in the four figures, a considerable sum in a country where the average monthly pay is 360 euros ($383). …Using the web intelligence service Domain Tools, the AP confirmed that the teen is behind more than a dozen different websites, including knockoffs of well-known U.S. media outlets.
    The Macedonian teenager says he’s indifferent to politics. He sees it all as a money-making scheme, as well as a preparation for his career after high school, where he has been studying marketing and politics. Shrugging off the handwringing over the ethics of fake news, he said the onus was on readers. “They can read it if they want to,” he said. “I’m not the one pushing them to click on the article.”

  4. Update says:

    “Behind Fox News’ Baseless Seth Rich Story: The Untold Tale” (NPR Aug 1, 2017) http://www.npr.org/2017/08/01/540783715/lawsuit-alleges-fox-news-and-trump-supporter-created-fake-news-story
    “The Fox News Channel and a wealthy supporter of President Trump worked in concert under the watchful eye of the White House to concoct a story about the death of a young Democratic National Committee aide, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
    The explosive claim is part of a lawsuit filed against Fox News by Rod Wheeler, a longtime paid commentator for the news network. The suit was obtained exclusively by NPR.
    Wheeler alleges Fox News and the Trump supporter intended to deflect public attention from growing concern about the administration’s ties to the Russian government. His suit charges that a Fox News reporter created quotations out of thin air and attributed them to him to propel her story.”

  5. F4Fake says:

    “A Viral Fox News Video Featured A Pro-Trump “Navy SEAL” Who Turned Out To Be A Phony”
    https://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/fox-news-fake-vietnam-seal
    “The network issued a correction about John Garofalo’s falsified military record, 11 days after it first aired the segment. Fox News had been alerted to Garofalo’s bogus claims the very next day after the segment aired, according to Don Shipley, a retired SEAL who exposes fake Navy SEALs. Shipley — who has appeared on Fox News himself — said he found it “appalling” that the network did not immediately retract the report, and suggested it may have been because the video “was hugely popular and had a million and half views on Facebook alone.”
    Flashback (2004): “The aide [Karl Rove] said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore.” He continued “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Ron Suskind (2004-10-17). Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush. The New York Times Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/faith-certainty-and-the-presidency-of-george-w-bush.html

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