Blowback: CNN Pushes Effort to “Ban the Term ‘Fake News'”

by | Nov 28, 2017 | Headline News | 39 comments

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    CNN is now pushing an effort to “ban the term fake news” after the slogan became synonymous with CNN itself thanks to President Donald Trump.

    In a CNN opinion piece written by Hossein Derakhshan and Claire Wardle, who are affiliated with the globalist Council of Europe, the authors argue that the term “fake news” has “become meaningless” and lost its power because politicians (primarily Donald Trump) have hijacked it as a way to “undermine” the media establishment.

    The authors decry the fact that many people now believe the mainstream media peddles “fabricated stories” and that information monopolies are being challenged by the ability for “anyone in the world” to have a platform.

    Complaining that “less powerful agents can harm large institutions or established individuals,” Derakhshan and Wardle warn that trust in institutions is declining and that only through intervention at the level of “public education” (ie indoctrination) can this be reversed.

    Of course, the real reason media elites want to clamp down on the term “fake news” is because its original intention, to smear and discredit opponents of Hillary Clinton, right of center media outlets, and people who distrust the mainstream media, has completely backfired.

    This was illustrated yet again by Donald Trump’s tweet earlier today when he suggested that a “fake news trophy” should be awarded to the network that has been responsible for the most inaccurate reporting.

    “Fake news” was one of many excuses trotted out after November last year to push the narrative that President Trump’s election was somehow illegitimate.

    In reality, a major Stanford University study found that “even the most widely circulated fake news stories were seen by only a small fraction of Americans,” and that the most widely believed fake news stories were those that benefited Hillary Clinton.

    Fake news had virtually no impact on the election, but the establishment media weaponized the term as part of an agenda to silence and censor voices of dissent, including media platforms, that had opposed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

    In addition, mainstream media news coverage in the weeks leading up to the election was 91% negative towards Trump, according to a study by the Media Research Center.

    The Podesta emails also revealed how mainstream journalists were completely in bed with the Clinton campaign and even ran stories by them before publication.

    The “fake news” narrative has completely backfired on the political establishment and the media because it has acted as a boomerang, showing the mainstream media to be the most consistently dishonest entity of all.

    Is it any wonder therefore that the political class is now so keen to retire the term altogether?

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      1. How is CNN still on the air? Who is funding it? Don’t have many viewers and complete idiots managing plus “bots” covering the fake news.

        • Who is funding it?


          • And the CIA, read the JFK files just released.

        • I don’t watch CNN for the same reason I don’t eat out of the toilet

        • The only people that I know who watch CNN are those friends of mine who travel through airports often. There, one is forced to look at the CNN fools 24 hours a day.

      2. Who the f#$% is CNN or anyone else in the MSM to tell me what to say or what to think? CNN and all of the MSM can go f#$% themselves! They piss and moan because every day the alternative media is calling BS on their propaganda and giving people the truth. Breitbart News is a good source I go to every day.

        • I’m going to scream and holler and hold my breath until you quit calling me a little brat! That should work out well.

        • they will ban “term” but not the fake news.

          • They can change the term “fake news” to “narrative supported news”

          • They are attempting to force us to rebrand the truth like they rebrand the lies. It us harder to beat “Fake news”!!

        • Once you realize that the MSM & CNN in particular are owned & populated by people who have no problem lying to us to further their globalist agenda.

          Lying is a means to their end. When the light of truth shines on THEM they dont like it & want to make telling the truth a crime.

          • It is only a lie you don’t believe it.


        • They use the Goebbels strategy of repetition of a lie. Unfortunately the majority of the public doesn’t know who Goebbels is let alone what he said. Whatever is known is generally proportional with age. The millennials are especially ignorant of history.

          • Unfortunately the majority of the public doesn’t know who Goebbels is let alone what he said.

            more truth in that statement than you realize.

          • I was talking with my neighbor the other day – a recently retired VERY senior IL. state trooper, who is a conservative/libertarian as anyone on his site. He said neighbor down the road (I don’t know him) had his parents escape from East Germany just before their collapse, and he was a kid. This guy is a socialist, and even worse, had ZERO idea what Nazi (NSDAP) stood for (National SOCIALIST German Workers’ Party, which adopted explicitly socialist planks at it first convention, Munich, Feb. 1920.

            I get it that the millennials are clueless Bernie Sanders supporters, but REALLY!! For this guy to be that clueless is both at once staggering, yet completely understandable (and thus even MORE staggering) given old Herr Goebbels approach (or for that matter, Edward Bernays (Freud’s nephew, 1891–1995), who was a major leader in US propaganda, and stated

            ““The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” —Edward Bernays, Propaganda

   says he “pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he famously dubbed “engineering of consent.” During World War I, he was an integral part of the U.S. Committee on Public Information (CPI), a powerful propaganda apparatus that was mobilized to package, advertise and sell the war to the American people as one that would “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” The CPI would become the blueprint in which marketing strategies for future wars would be based upon.”

        • Braveheart, I only take exception to your use of the term ‘NEWS’. “nauseating”, “nefarious”, “nasty”, “negligent”, “nonsense”, “neglectful”, “neurotic”….;but, NOT news.

      4. The war for the minds of the people uses disinformation and discredits reality. Often entertainment has more reality than official news. Movies feature significant truth which because of its venue intentionally marginalizes its content. The public says, “Oh you seen that in a movie” thus relegating its content to fantasy. The movies “Enemy Of The State” and “JFK” are two examples. TPTB depend upon an ignorant, complacent public easily swayed because they have no bedrock knowledge base to intelligently challenge the official narrative.

        • Conversely the opposite is true too as “Zero Dark 30” came out while the ink was still wet on the “official” story of OBL.

      5. CNN is funny, MUCH better than the old Pravda from the 1960s, and even MAD Magazine from that era.

      6. Typical leftist “leader”: Sex, drugs and corruption IN the halls of Congress. How nice.

        Congressman Has Sex With Staffer, Sues Her
        November 27, 2017/by Luke Rosiak
        Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green had sex with a staffer who he said was a drug addict and then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims she suffered a hostile work environment, saying he “will not be extorted or blackmailed.”

        Lucinda Daniels, his onetime district director, claimed she suffered a hostile work environment, claimed sexual harassment and demanded $1.8 million. Green sued her, saying she was using their sexual relationship to shake him down at the behest of other unnamed conspirators.

        “Daniels has threatened to go public with her complaints if the Congressman does not per her money. Green has done nothing wrong and refuses to pay ‘hush money’ just for political expediency. Green will not be extorted or blackmailed by Daniels. He will not be the victim of a shakedown by Daniels and her agents. Green demands vindication of his actions and now sues Daniels for declaratory judgment relief relating to her workplace allegations and her quest for money,” documents Green filed in federal court in 2008 say.

        Daniels also unknowingly dialed the congressman while she was allegedly buying cocaine. Green submitted the voicemail, now sealed, as evidence in the case…. (more filth in full article)

        Cited from

      7. Well, CNN was one of the worst to call Mr. Trump a “clown”.

        When he was elected, he got back at them and I thought that turn about was more than fair play on Trumps part.

        CNN got what they deserved.

        • +1 on that Grandee,, MSM started the war, Trumpster is more than willing to end it by throwing them under the buss

        • The only clowns are the ones from CNN, seeing the one staring back at them in the mirror. Only they are too stupid to know that it is generally the same person when looking into a mirror.

      8. I find modern mainstream media to be a complete waste of my time, it is biased to the core and not objective at all. The fact that all they have done is 24/7 bashing of the duly elected president tells of the character of those who run the networks and those who supposedly diseminate the news,
        I have stopped paying any attention at all to mainstream media, can no longer rely on it for truthful objective reporting, and never will again. Total waste of time and quite frankly is irritating beyond anything short of a noismaker toy some retarded relative gave your kid for their 3rd birthday,,,
        Trump wasnt elected because he was the best, he was elected because he was a giant middle finger to the establishment

        • In the mid 1990s Bill Clinton (who else) signed into law an act that in effect allowed a de-facto monopoly of the media. Previously the government learned from Vietnam and severely restricted news from combat zones. Fortunately the Internet was coming into common use negating much of the censorship potential they were facilitating.

        • Nailbanger, MSM along with the tribe that controls it need to be eliminated.

      9. In Marx’ manifesto, the 6th plank of communism involved centralization of the means of communication. We’ve had that, for nearly 100yrs, already.

        There is no conventional explanation, allowing subversives to exist, within fixed standards, unless they are controlled opposition, useful idiots, or rear guard.

        • Good posts, Beau and Kev, as always! Of course, the internet is sure a fly in the communist evil ointment, isn’t it!

      10. Fake News
        Fake News
        Fake News

      11. The problem is the tools that actually watch CNN.

      12. CNN who is that????? LOL.

      13. Clinton news network

      14. Piss on CNN and their bunch of fake new queers, liberals and overall vile rats that they are.

      15. Classic CNN

        It is illegal for you to go to wikileaks and read those things… only “We” are aloud to do that and will tell you what it says.

        You will have to vote on it to see what is in it.

        OF COURSE “fake news’ Should be banned… your 1st amendment rights are null and void.. only WE can decide what is real or should be made up.

      16. Jim, I thought they were the COMMUNIST NEWS NETWORK.

      17. In Teddy Roosevelts day, it was called “yellow” journalism. I suppose this term would be racist these days, as everything seems to be.

        Look it up. Ol’ Teddy really nailed it. What’s old is new again.

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