Sharyl Attkisson is one of the best journalists working today. During a recent lecture, she talked about the meaning of fake news and its origin. We tend to think of the term as fairly new because it was used so much during the 2016 election, but as Attkisson explains, this has been going on for a long time.
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Sharyl Attkisson Explains the Origins of the 2016 ‘Fake News’ Narrative in TedX Talk
Attkisson pointed out that “fake news” in the form of tabloid journalism and false media narratives has always been around under different names.
But she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus America’s attention on the idea of “fake news” in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called “First Draft,” which, she said, “appears to be the about the first to use ‘fake news’ in its modern context.”…
Attkisson, who has studied the manipulative moneyed interests behind the media industry, said that “few themes arise in our environment organically.” She noted that she always found it helpful to “follow the money.”
“What if the whole anti-fake news campaign was an effort on somebody’s part to keep us from seeing or believing certain websites and stories by controversializing them or labeling them as fake news?” Attkisson posited.
Watch the video below: