The Truth About Fake News

By Victor Fuentes

The common theme in the Main Stream Media today is the notion of “Fake News”. We hear the term time and time again, used in a vain attempt to discredit right-wing sources such as Infowars, Breitbart, Drudge, and the like. We are constantly told that these sources routinely espouse false narratives. We are told that they are dangerous. We are told that they should be shut down.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech”. The hallmark of any society that is truly free and open is this very principle. The founders entrusted us with these rights partly because a free, unbiased press should hold the government accountable. In the past, this was the case. The American people entrusted their press to give them reports on the facts, and allow them to make their own decisions. Unfortunately, that is not the case today. Today our media reports on THEIR opinions, without giving us all the facts. This has become more evident in the recent past and, coupled with the rise of the internet, has given voice to millions of alternative media sources. The previously mentioned sources have grown exponentially in the past twenty years. Their popularity threatens to shaken the liberal media bias that we have had for the past half-century.

While “Fake News” exists, both sides of the political divide are guilty of it. While all speech that does not call for direct harm to people is protected under the First Amendment, we only see the Hillarys and Obamas of the world calling for the silencing of Infowars founder Alex Jones. Today Slate, a left-wing website, published an article comparing Donald Trump to Dylan Roof. Yes, the Dylan Roof who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C. church last year. The cover photo featured a side-by-side of Roof and Trump, implying that they are on some level, equals. The article states that Trump’s campaign announcement speech and Roof’s manifesto, published on his own website, “offer a duet in racial grievance”. 

Slate compared Donald Trump saying that we need to reform our immigration system to a man who massacred nine people, yet nothing will be said about this by any anchor or host on CNN, MSNBC, or other liberal news giants. This is, without a doubt, an example of “Fake News”, regardless of whether or not it is an opinion piece.

We hear repeated claims from the left that “Fake News” is dangerous. They often cite the incident at Comet Ping Pong (the alleged location of the "Pizzagate" scandal) - despite the fact that it resulted in no injuries to anyone, and that the man was an actor, we hear that this was somehow the fault of Alex Jones or Breitbart. What the Mainstream Media neglects to mention, however, is that they bear almost all responsibility for the formation of Black Lives Matter. Their “Hands up don’t shoot” narrative incited riots and civil unrest, despite the fact that this is a false claim (Michael Brown, the man shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, punched and grabbed Officer Darren Wilson and tried to grab his gun). Michael Brown did not have his hands up. The media, and the president, repeatedly justified the riots and hateful rhetoric that soon began being espoused by Black Lives Matter. Calls for “dead cops” were met with silence. It is our media that pushes the false narrative of racial bias in police departments, which led to the shooting of 5 Dallas Police Officers as “payback”.

This is evidence of the left’s utter hypocrisy regarding “Fake News”. When they are the ones guilty of it we hear nothing. The only cries we hear are for the silencing of sources with different viewpoints than the mainstream media. Our Constitution is under attack. This should outrage every American.

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