Hasbara Club News – Google News has helped alternative facts and fake news proliferate throughout the Internet for a number of years not but no one seems able to hold Google accountable. Yet, it does call into question that ‘do no harm’ meme the company supposedly holds dear.
The list of fake news and #alternatefacts is growing on Google News. Breitbart is of course, one of the most egregious offenders, Algemeiner another, Israel Hayom yet another, American Thinker yet another, Daily Caller, The Hill, The Jewish Press, Powerline, Jerusalem Post, CAMERA, Newsbusters, Front Page Mag… – the list goes on.
Because of self-selection bias, many people latch onto news that suits their own inherent bias so they do not see actual facts, show to be factual by data, empirical studies, historical documents and the rule of law not too mention UN Security Council resolutions.
The new American administration headed by the orange buffoon of doom (OBOD) has already shown that it is not going to be worried about pesky things like facts, or hard data, no it appears that they are going to be doing the alternative fact meme. The biggest thing was Kellyanne Conway starting the newest and likely most long-lasting meme for the OBOD presidency (may it be exceedingly short):
“…crowd size experts told the New York Times they estimated Trump’s audience at fewer than 200,000 people, and widely distributed side-by-side photographs showed the stark contrast between the comparatively sparse crowd for Trump’s inauguration and the record-setting crowd for Obama’s first.
Asked on ‘Meet the Press‘ why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back.
‘You’re saying it’s a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that,’ she told NBC’s Chuck Todd.”
And a new meme, #alternativefacts is born.