5 thoughts on “Ali Velshi: How Fake News Grows

  1. Can't happen here says:

    “How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down : At the height of the 2016 election, exaggerated reports of a juvenile sex crime brought a media maelstrom to Twin Falls — one the Idaho city still hasn’t recovered from.” (NYT Magazine 9/26/17) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/26/magazine/how-fake-news-turned-a-small-town-upside-down.html
    “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices – to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill – and suspicion can destroy – and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own – for the children – and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is – that these things cannot be confined – to the Twilight Zone.”
    Epilogue, “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street”, episode 22 in the first season of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. The episode was written by Rod Serling, the creator-narrator of the series and originally aired on March 4, 1960 on CBS. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monsters_Are_Due_on_Maple_Street
    Footnote: “Falsely accused of satanic horrors, a Texas couple spent 21 years in prison. Now they’re owed millions.” http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/25/dan-fran-keller-satanic-rituals-sexual-abuse-children-falsely-accused/ “Long before the age of the Internet and the fleeting spasms of mass hysteria that came with it (Remember Jade Helm? Pizzagate?), and going back to the late 20th century, when irrational fears moved slower and lasted longer, there was Satan.”

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