Exactly, Schnippet

The moral panic about “fake news” is far more cynical than he suggests (and would be allowed to suggest in a corporate media outlet like the Guardian). It is at worst being engineered, at best being exploited, by the corporate media to maintain their own dominant, fake news narrative – a narrative that keeps voters uninformed and docile in the face of the corporations’ ever-more entrenched hold on power in supposedly democratic western states.

Jonathan Coo

This piece by Prof Cas Mudde on the supposed “fake news” problem is the best I have come across in the corporate media. I agree with all the points the author makes. But he neglects to mention two vitally important additional concerns.

1. The moral panic about “fake news” is far more cynical than he suggests (and would be allowed to suggest in a corporate media outlet like the Guardian). It is at worst being engineered, at best being exploited, by the corporate media to maintain their own dominant, fake news narrative – a narrative that keeps voters uninformed and docile in the face of the corporations’ ever-more entrenched hold on power in supposedly democratic western states.

2. The problem of “fake news” in social media (as opposed to the corporate media) is, as the author suggests, predominantly a feature of far-right sites. But the hysteria about “fake news” is being chiefly weaponised to damage leftwing and dissident sites, not far-right ones. That is why western political and media elites are so ready to conflate “fake news” with Kremlin-bots and Russiagate. This is about manufacturing a consensus that the progressive left in the west is a modern incarnation of the “fellow traveller” and the “Red under the bed” – a scare story so that the coming crackdown on “fake news” can be used to silence us.

This piece by Prof Cas Mudde on the supposed "fake news" problem is the best I have come across in the corporate media….

Posted by Jonathan Cook, journalist on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Well leave us your words of wisdom, oh wise one!

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