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Opinion: 2016, the year fake news became a thing!

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“A wise man told me don’t argue with fools. Cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.”

Jay-Z

Not that it is news that it’s has existed fake-news. Fake stories and dubious tales to change the outcome and change the demeanour of a nation to swing them to a cause, if it is war, to annex a state or change internal policies; this been done through propaganda, done through blasting tunes on the radio and spreading ill-will on the air. This is well-known methods to sway public opinion.

You begin with altering the truth, making something unbelievable believable, because of former pattern and also history of certain actors that is known. Just as the American Government under George W. Bush, with Dick Cheney and others used all kind of tricks and foul play to target the regime under Saddam Hussain in Iraq; this done with the lie of massive loads of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), that we’re stockpiled and also imported from various sources even inside Niger and Chad. The Iraqi culprits couldn’t even find the nations on map if their lives depended on it. Still, the people behind spreading this news has walked proud-cock for decades and not asked for their favour to humanity. It isn’t just Tony Blair and George W. Bush who worked for an illegal war, also the men and woman who forced the news of ill-intent in Iraq; which wasn’t true.

“Duelfer portrays the United States as a lumbering superpower whose top policymakers, particularly in the White House and the Defense Department, lacked any basic understanding of Iraq’s history, motives and leaders. But he says Iraq also routinely misread American intentions and overestimated the capability of U.S. intelligence. He says that according to an Iraqi government account, Hussein once asked his top commanders if Iraq had any hidden weapons he didn’t know about” (…) “Duelfer describes numerous requests from senior Iraqi officials to start a dialogue with the United States to improve relations. “Each time I passed on such entreaties to Washington, there was never an answer,” he said. “If nothing else, they were missed opportunities for Washington to gain more knowledge.” (Lynch, 2009).

This is just proof of old history where the media together with government(s) are misleading the citizens to sway them for a war or conflict. As much as this can be countered with facts, the ones that swallow it with feelings will not change opinions with facts. Therefore with the current American election, certain stories has run and been eaten up, while not being true.

“The left has been hysterically pushing a new meme, “fake news.” While ostensibly neutral in practice it is subliminally weaponized as another lame vector — along with attacks on the electoral college and so forth — to undermine the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump. Love Trump or hate him, he won” (…) “The real “fake news” scandal, of course, lies in the mass hallucination by the mainstream media that Hillary Clinton had a near lock on the general election. The overconfident reports of this reportedly led the Clinton campaign to make some unforced errors which just might (or might not) have cost her the election” (Benko, 2016).

Though other lies during the campaign we’re lizards inside Hillary Clinton’s body, that they had killed a dozen of people and we’re part of grand conspiracy, which apparently is bit funny in hindsight as the Trump Administration is more establishment than ever before, with more businessmen and close tightknit Wall-Street that Clinton was a hired puppet for. So the concern of these reports, the news that we’re created to cater the Trump supporters should be worrying as these conservative news and pages are spread like wildfire.

The third person effect involves more, however, than simply a psychological tendency to assume that others are more easily influenced than oneself; this hypothesis also suggests that people may take significant actions based on these perceptions. It is these actions that ultimately comprise the ‘effect’ brought about by third person perceptions. For this component of the third person hypothesis evidence is again indirect, but suggestive. Some evidence of third person effects is documented in studies of candidate viability. Bartels (1988), for example, suggests that media coverage emphasizing ‘horse race’ aspects of presidential primaries affects perceptions of various candidates’ chances of winning. The perceived viability of candidates in turn influences the attitudes and behaviors of primary voters in choosing among presidential hopefuls. In this case, as in the third person effect, the influence of mass media is brought about indirectly through impersonal impact on how people think others are thinking. The ultimate effect in this case is a vote choice, but other changes in attitudes or behaviors may also result from third person processes. For example, perceptions of viability also have been found to influence reporters’ allotment of news coverage to various candidates (see Goldenberg and Traugott, 1984)” (Muntz, 1989).

This isn’t just pizza-gate, or Bruno Mars dancing on Mars. This is the rational reality that gets naïve men and woman sucked into these stories. They have been spread on Facebook, Twitter and other places to tell our friends and family of the articles from credible sources. Some stories are click-bait to get more people to read on the newspapers and other sites. These are so common that the articles you read after is looking credible, but apparently your scepticism should be true, because when it looks to real and beautiful the deal is fake. The same is also with the well written and articulated stories, that doesn’t have bound with reality and doesn’t seem to be legit.

That people would question this page, I understand, as I am not in writing in my own name. Still, most of the time, I use sources and reports to clarify my own understanding and what sway my opinion. Still, people should scrutinize me too, as much as I pick up wrong sources myself. There are some out there that want to change public opinion and want to bring some people down and get other to rule, or get silence over the acts of evil that is occurring as we speak.

Coler a fake-news writer:

“At any given time, Coler says, he has between 20 and 25 writers. And it was one of them who wrote the story in the “Denver Guardian” that an FBI agent who leaked Clinton emails was killed. Coler says that over 10 days the site got 1.6 million views. He says stories like this work because they fit into existing right-wing conspiracy theories” (…)”The people wanted to hear this,” he says. “So all it took was to write that story. Everything about it was fictional: the town, the people, the sheriff, the FBI guy. And then … our social media guys kind of go out and do a little dropping it throughout Trump groups and Trump forums and boy it spread like wildfire.” (Sydell, 2016).

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It’s fake, but looks grand, right?

When you know that these stories hit a certain well-known perspective, a well-known agenda to be spread and to be fitted into believed atmosphere than you know that the Trump supporters would share it and believe it, even if Coler knew it all was just a lie. The lies that we’re to hurt the Clinton Presidential Campaign; this should worry and concern that major parts of the populations are following conspiracies over reality.

“But the incentives to create and distribute fake news are not only financial, and All-Star Macedonia Crying Eagle Number-One News and Views Very Good is not the only kind of fake-news website undermining the media infrastructure necessary for a functioning democracy. Trump’s nominee for national security adviser, a Jack D. Ripper type named Michael Flynn, has a particular fondness for publishing fake news to his Twitter account, as does Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conaway. Even nominally anti-Trump Republicans like Nebraska senator Ben Sasse have gotten into the fake-news business, entertaining ideas of “paid protesters” on the same day one of the most prolific fabricators of fake news admitted that the most widely shared account of paid protesters was wholly made up” (…) “This is, uhh, extremely weird, at best. Traditional news organizations, to state the obvious, are not built to survive an economy like that. You know who is, though? Politicians. The scary thing about “fake news” isn’t just that it’s financially incentivized by our new platform-gods, it’s that it’s socially and ideologically incentivized by them in ways that can’t be fixed without dismantling their entire operation. And, further, that the people best primed to benefit from “fake news” aren’t Macedonian teenagers hoping to buy guitars but leaders willing to untether themselves from truth in exchange for the powerful organizing capabilities of a passionate online audience” (Read, 2016).

We as citizens should let these fake news being spread on social media, neither on blogs nor on other platforms. The reality is that just like Ponzi-schemes, when it seems too real to be true, it most like is. The same can be said about Fake-News that is to cater one part of the population and to shelf the real ones. The time spent on fake-news should concern the media houses and newspapers as their legitimacy is under question, the main-stream media that has been under attack. It still is, and will be for a while as the people want the spread the fake ones.

The deception, this is the real danger, it is democratic that fake stories spread and that the population are involved in the reason for the existence. As long as facts doesn’t matter and the ignorance is growing of fact-checking is dying, this is a pre-existing state that will not die down, because as long as the clicks and spreading of these fake stories happens. They will continue to write them and spread them, as long as the Republican Establishment uses them and take them as real. The Main-Stream media will discuss it and put it into the spotlight.

We can do what we can and question our use of media houses and of what we find online. We should read with caution and question the sources. We should be critical too it and not take it for granted the articles, the news and that the reports has the time or the effort to look through the feed, the agencies input or even what the editor sees as important.

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Media bias:

“However, it must also be acknowledged that the myth surrounding the existence of perceptible media bias is not without some small modicum of truth. Advocates of the existence of said bias commonly cite a number of professional patterns and standards of conduct historically employed by journalists (though are not exclusive to “liberal” journalists) in an effort to manipulate the depiction and depth of information presented each day to the American public. Such techniques discussed included six main types or styles of biases, including; gatekeeping information (i.e. purposefully selecting ideologically reaffirming stories for syndication), employing partisan source selection, omission of (potentially contradictory) facts, manipulating the degree of attention and calculable time devoted to a given issue, and finally, openly displaying narrative, subjective contempt for objective facts” (Quackenbush, 2013).

With this in mind, the third person effect, also the media bias. Together with this we can see why the effects of distrust to the media, as it itself created. Fake News will continue to flourish as long as the public cater to it and are in disbelief of the corporate media as much as mass media trying to control the belief of the public. Something they have lost control with all the platforms, as they are not just following Fox News, CNBC or the other main-stay TV Station and Radio, reading the one newspaper, but following digital media that can come from whatever source. This shows the current state and the state of the media in our time, as the fake news can be easily spread and change the opinions of the third persons.

These all are factors and we should question our own use of media, how we perceive the news and how we question the facts… we cannot stop the propaganda, neither fake news, we just have to clear the way and show the opposite waves and counter with productive arguments that can show the reality to those that eats into the fake, the not real and not believable news. Peace.  

Reference:

Benko, Ralph – ‘’Clinton Beats Trump’ Is The Real ‘Fake News’ Scandal’ (12.12.2016) link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/12/clinton-beats-trump-is-the-real-fake-news-scandal/#69090a3529e6

Muntz, Diana C. – ‘THE INFLUENCE OF PERCEPTIONS OF MEDIA INFLUENCE: THIRD PERSON EFFECTS AND THE PUBLIC EXPRESSION OF OPINIONS*’ (1989)

Lynch, Colum – ‘Ex-CIA Investigator’s Book Describes Hunt for Weapons in Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s Final Days’ (31.01.2009) link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/30/AR2009013003430.html

Read, Max – ‘Donald Trump Isn’t Just Benefitting From ‘Fake News’ Websites — He Is One’ (18.11.2016) link: http://nymag.com/selectall/2016/11/trump-doesnt-just-benefit-from-fake-news-sites-he-is-one.html

Sydell, Laura – ‘We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here’s What We Learned’ (23.11.2016) link: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs

Quackenbush, David – ‘Public Perceptions of Media Bias: A Meta-Analysis of American Media Outlets During the 2012 Presidential Election’ (2013).

New Leaks proves the Cozy Relationship between Clinton and the Media Part II

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Another day, another E-Mail leak from the inside of the Hillary Clinton for President 2016. This is mails leaked from the John Podesta files of WikiLeaks. This proves again their relationship with the corporate media that shows what they belief in and who they believe in. This here is just a taste of the leaks, as there are so many dropped every-day that there surely more stories that could been told.

Here today, we can see how the HRC campaign banter about New York Times stories, how they asked for quotes to Politico and also the Hill and Time Magazine. They are asking it differently. Still, showing

Story for Time Magazine:

“I am a reporter for TIME Magazine, and am working on a story about why Donald Trump bowed out of the 2012 presidential race. Would you, or any spokesperson for the Hilary campaign, be willing to be interviewed for the story? Let me know – there will of course be complete anonymity.  Best, Aditya to John Podesta” (Aditya Agrewa – ‘Subject: Interview for TIME Magazine’ (27.03.2015).

Wanting a fight with New York Times:

“They tried but could not confirm the politico story and then by day’s end yesterday, ODNI issued a statement saying the review was not done yet. Did I miss something or did they completely ignore the clapper matter and instead focus on another Grassley lead of an innocuous Teneo letter? I feel like a another public editor screed should be in the offing”. (Brian Fallon – ‘Subject: Re: We haven’t had a good war with NYT in awhile’ (07.11.2015).

Colum in the Hill:

“You should like it. I make a brief reference to her campaign going too negative in NH, hinting briefly it came from consultants, but otherwise it is 95% positive, mentions the WJC three minute video and her “imagine” speech as how she should proceed, says she has big dreams too and should tell America about them…. I did see a brief snippet on CNN that an unnamed aide is telling CNN that she is going to more aggressively negative against Bernie. I ignored that in my column but obviously believe that would be a big big mistake” (Brent Budowsky – ‘Subject: Re: Hillary column tomorrow’ 10.02.2016).

Getting Quotes to Politico:

“Hi John. Very nice talking to you the other day. A small request. Andrew Restuccia is writing about my departure for Monday, day of the announcement. He’d take a quote from you if you were able to email him something. If you’ve got time to do, his email address is ARestuccia@politico.com mailto:ARestuccia@politico.com Many thanks. Great day on Tuesday. Congrats. Talk soon” (SternTD sent mail to John Podesta: ‘Subject: quote for a story’ 18.03.2016).

This we’re what was from the Media, here was one important advice giving Hillary Clinton if she wanted to win this election:

The Clintons too often use language that is for Washington insiders and not for the rest of us out here in America. With Trump attacking Pres. Clinton for allegations of infidelity, she should not respond with “he can make personal attacks” or suggest that this is what Republicans have always done. Instead, she should make this a VERY PERSONAL MOMENT. She is failing to connect with voters – in large part, I believe, because she uses Washington speak. She should not just be connecting with women voters in a better way, they should be energized in a big way. She’s failing in this regard. Dump the Washington political speak immediately – including partisan language. Replace it with words that average voters understand. When she talks about Trump or Cruz or other Republicans, she should attack them for their policies – not even mention that they are Republicans. I also believe she’s making a mistake by attacking Sanders in a personal way. People grew tired of this from the Clintons. It’s not what they want to see. GET A PERSONAL CONNECTION”  (Steve Hildebrand to Joel Beneson – ‘Subject: *Some unsolicited advice’ 16.01.2016).

In this election that is the grandest advice anyone could have given her. Steve Hildebrand gave her a good one and hope she sticks to it.

These leaks are not a good look, but compared to sexist and chauvinistic leaks of Trump, these are more tolerable and understandable, as Clinton tries to use the system in her advantage, though not ethical correct as she then turns into a prop in the Media instead of being scrutinized as the Politician she is and with the luggage she carries. Peace.

Nation Media Group closes QTV, QFM and Nation FM (Youtube-Clip)

“The Nation Media Group has announced the rationalisation of its broadcasting division, in a move aimed at implementing the company’s new strategic direction. The rationalisation will involve the scaling down of the radio divisions in Kenya and Rwanda, as well as the consolidation of the television business in Kenya” (Daily Nation, 2016).

President Museveni – Quote of the day: His view of the Quality of the Newspapers in Uganda

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President Musveni with his quote of the Day:

” “I do not read Uganda Newspapers because they have no substance. I only open them to see pictures.” – This words was uttered out on while he had an nterview this morning on CBS Buganda Radio on the 09.02.2016. Wonderful isn’t it? Peace.

Uganda – Yoweri isn’t playing for Parley (Aid to Uganda – The fake bailout way).

For a very long time, I am sure before I was born. There has been giving money to the government of Uganda. I am sure the 71 ministers of the country was sure of the issues of offending their western partners could end up in this tricky situation. Those of them who thought otherwise haven’t had a rain check in while. So here we are in the crossroads. The Netherlands, Norway and Denmark have cut their aid to Uganda. The White House also have a plan B we’re just waiting for it and seeing how it might end up!

I have addressed the media former this week. Because it’s all nonsense and Invalid the way the western media is attacking the issue. The gay law might be a son of bitch. The governments react this way, well for public reasons in their own country the government need support for their aid and foreign policy. So that this happens shouldn’t be anybody’s surprise, if you haven’t lived under a stone and haven’t seen any episodes of West Wing, naughty News on the CNN. You have even reading an article that had a bigger picture then the actual text about politics in the last year. So here we are with the Uganda’s new gay law.

Aid: not a gift, but a parental or should I say a gesture of kindness. That supposed to be delivered so the country can develop something new and better. So here we are in a position where Uganda has been offered not only Chinese money and companies to development in the country. Russia has also over time become a friend of Uganda. So if the west is also getting far away from the government of Kampala. The way from Entebbe airport to the rest of the world might not be long, but it can feel like it. Uganda seems to missing some monies over this. Not that Kampala is crying because of the new alliances is securing them. That the western countries that are bailing out are faking. This barging chip tries to change Uganda’s laws. That is like nurturing it like a dog. Because of the barking at Uganda for rational reasons doesn’t solve crap. Crapping all over the place doesn’t fix the issues. Not acting like a villian in a tantrum doesn’t give the initiator any reason to go back to square one. Haven’t the leaders of the so called free-world – the western free world learned anything in their history lessons? This is like putting a kid in the corner after doing some violent to Joey. After 2 minutes in the corner it’s supposed to change behavior and becoming a temporary saint. So here we are putting Uganda in the corner. The issue is… They have found oil in Lake Albert. Tullow and other companies are drilling it up! Secondly Uganda’s new ties with first Russia and second China. So who knows there are might a mystical door that leads the west to heaven, but do you know the way? Third is issue is that USA won’t attack Uganda too hard on its policy. Its an ally against terrorism. Uganda has been major in fighting and securing a relative peace in Somalia as a part of AMISOM. Also with the situation with Kenya that went into Somalia without questions and secured a massive area, hasn’t given the African Horn the US a rubber stamp on it. So here we are with the pickle. The gay law has made countries stingy and also playing their cards and closing their wallets putting Uganda in the corner.

Why I am writing like this, first Uganda’s government is playing on the sentiment in its own population. The other issue is that the western countries doing the same inside its own border. So if you’re pointing fingers at Uganda and using your tools! What if Norway had done something malleus and vicious like corruption through State Companies abroad, should Uganda punish Norway for that? Is this a bad thought?

We all in all countries has done some mad or about to. In any condition Netherlands and Denmark has sure done something crazy. Norway has sure some dry bad fish hanging. As does Denmark and Netherlands. The gay law has started a freak show. Also made the western media blind and now also its governments, it’s an easy way to argue and attack it to gain the upper hand. Therefore we should also watch our actions. There is a lot of ways in this issue. That is better and wiser. To jump the gun! Shot! Try to hit the spot! It’s not sure your aim is solving and killing the target. Only ending up with a stray shot and not hitting anything then thin air.

Be proud or vicious. Have honor and some pride. Uganda has sure a special that makes countries act like this. Sure now we’re making a fuzz about the country not for any good reason. The friends or the country will support it nevertheless what the west are doing. Just as ever. Russia and China doesn’t involve themselves with internal laws. Like USA and Western countries need to back up and see their approach in a different way. They can’t expect that President Museveni treat him and nurture him like a dog. He has been at the seat since 1986. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni … doesn’t enjoy this and also proves his power towards the foreign forces plus gives him an edge inside his own borders which isn’t a bad thing. What Norway, Denmark and Netherlands and other donors do, can’t change much about the law that’s been in the making since 2009. They should have seen it. When Barrack Obama attacking the law days before the law was got passed. President Museveni showed his force and that he will not be nurtured. It’s healthy… Even though the thought of making a device and making a difference in this issue. This is already passing into a mockery and making everybody look like little watering turn into more money from the cash crops in your herb garden. Therefore step your game up! Yoweri isn’t playing for a parley! He is grown and that is also Uganda. Maybe not rich, but I think they knew the actions that was coming. Wise up your western front and act as men. Their ton of issues that should come before Gay Law that should be discussed and made official, but that wouldn’t happen. Real actions cost a lot, not only taking the monies but also allies who act righteous and fair. Knowledge is a bitch and also endeavors through nonsense. Man up, West! Uganda, continue to be free. Last but not least also be brave enough to address issues like grown ass men and not as children. Peace.

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