Trump’s Fake News Awards

I can hardly wait for this. The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018 I have my guesses about the Losers.  

Bob Corker– “fake news”

I am on the distribution for Senator Corker’s e-mail newsletter.   This Tuesday, his newsletter included the item below, which I am copying in its entirety, since it is just a short piece out of the longer message. I thought it was interesting to see Senator Corker react after he had received shabby treatment by the Lamestream Media. In an interview with host Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends”, Senator Corker pushed back against false reports about why he supported tax reform. Corker is not a member of the tax-writing committee and had no involvement in crafting the legislation. He requested no specific tax provisions throughout the months-long debate and had no knowledge of the pass-through provision in question. Corker said he supported the legislation because our country will… Continue reading

Fake News Manual

I just finished reading Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero, his last book, which was published in 2015. If his name is not familiar you may remember hearing about his first novel, The Name of the Rose, which was made into a movie of the same name starring Sean Connery. The book is a historical novel and not Eco’s best work. The point of interest here is Chapter 5, in which the narrator (a fake newspaper editor) explains to his editorial staff “… how it’s possible to respect, or appear to respect, one fundamental principle of democratic journalism, which is separating fact from opinion.” He goes on to explain that, by quoting someone else the journalist can introduce opinion into an article: These statements, once put in quotes, become facts — in other words, it’s a fact… Continue reading