The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions
a book by Mark Dice
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that Is fake news being spread through social media as part of an information war? Are political operatives publishing disinformation to smear the opposition and help their own agendas? Who creates fake news, how does it spread, and can it be stopped?
What are the real world effects of fake news stories that go viral? Did it affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election? Or is ‘fake news’ a fake problem, designed to justify tighter control over the mechanisms of sharing information online to drive audiences back to brand name media outlets because their audiences and influence are dwindling?
Media analyst Mark Dice takes a close look at the fake news phenomenon and the implications of mega-corporations like Facebook, Google, and Twitter becoming the ultimate gatekeepers and distributors of news and information.
You will see the powerful and deceptive methods of manipulation that affect us all, as numerous organizations and political activists cunningly plot to have their stories seen, heard, and believed by as many people as possible.
The depths of lies, distortions, and omissions from traditional mainstream media will shock you; and now they’re colluding with the top tech companies trying to maintain their information monopolies. This is The True Story of Fake News.
Media analyst Mark Dice takes a close look at the fake news phenomenon and the implications of mega-corporations like Facebook, Google, and Twitter becoming the ultimate gatekeepers and distributors of news and information
YouTube, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, in their efforts to undermine fake news, often ended up throwing out the baby with the bathwater
According to Dice, "YouTube began demonetizing (removing advertisements from) videos covering certain topics they deemed 'not advertiser-friendly,' thus preventing 'YouTubers’ like myself from making money off them, which for many people is a part-time or full-time job and how we pay our bills. This was just the beginning of a censorship tsunami that was heading our way. Liberals would begin going after the advertisers on conservative websites and TV shows to pressure them to pull their sponsorships. Google began scrutinizing websites and YouTube channels which use their Ad Sense system to generate revenue. Anti-feminist videos, videos criticizing radical LGBT activists, or ones calling to stop illegal immigration or the massive influx of Muslim refugees were now being stripped of advertisers in droves."
So Dice says that the big G and Facebook were trying to stop fake news by removing the monetary incentive for publishing controversial videos, blogs, posts, or articles. In his opinion, conservative voices were being censored by this tactic. Perhaps he wasn't aware of a similar type of censorship happening to liberals and progressives:
"Google's Threat to Democracy Hits AlterNet Hard. In late June, Google introduced a new algorithm aimed to fight fake news. It sounded like a good idea—until it became clear that Google was targeting progressive news sites fighting racism and fake news. Many progressive sites were hit, but none more than AlterNet, which lost 2.4 million readers this summer, compared with the past two-and-a-half years. That's a lot of lost impact." Please DONATE to this wonderful site before democracy, freedom, freedom of the press, privacy, and rights all go the way of the dodo bird (an extinct flightless bird).
It would help a lot if Google knew that Alternet.org has the realest news in the U.S. and that fake news most often comes from the mainstream media or actual fake news sites from poor countries (e.g., Macedonia) to exploit Google for money, and not progressive sites like AlterNet.org
It would help a lot if Google got letters and calls explaining that Alternet.org has the realest news in the U.S. and that fake news most often comes from the mainstream media or actual fake news sites built in Second or Third World countries (e.g., Macedonia) to exploit Google for money, and not progressive sites like AlterNet.org. Tell them that opinions unpopular with the mainstream media are MORE likely to be real news than those expressed on the mainstream media, which consistently sells out to untrue establishment propaganda generated by greedy, misguided neocons. Alternet.org news is as real and worthy as it gets, and the people at Google need to readjust their algorithm on an emergency basis! Alternet.org does more to protect our democracy, freedom, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, privacy, and rights than all the mainstream media sites put together.
94% of citizens do NOT have a lot of confidence in the media—people are looking for balance and transparency
"Earlier this month, Google altered its algorithm – allegedly in an attempt to address the ‘fake news’ problem – and in doing so, a broad array of anti-establishment news organisations, whistleblower, civil-rights and anti-war websites were censored from its search listings. [Google’s chief search engineer, Ben Gomez] revealed that Google had recruited more than 10,000 'evaluators' hired to judge the quality of various websites, 'real people who assess the quality of Google’s search results—give us feedback on our experiments,' though the chief search engineer did not identify the 'evaluators' or explain the criteria against which websites are judged. The ultimate irony: Google has seemingly allowed its evaluators to exercise their own biases when assessing the truth, accuracy and validity of these websites, and in doing so, are censoring essential information inconvenient to the narrative of the Washington establishment. . . . Google is deciding what is an acceptable story, and what is unacceptable, whose views and voices are preferenced, and whose are silenced. There is no transparency and accountability." (Source: The Truth Will Not Be Googled, Tyler Durden, zerohedge)
While Google’s Information Age dominance has long been recognized to have some unsavory consequences, the massive technology corporation has, in recent months, taken to directly censoring content and traffic to a variety of independent media outlets across the political spectrum
"While Google’s Information Age dominance has long been recognized to have some unsavory consequences, the massive technology corporation has, in recent months, taken to directly censoring content and traffic to a variety of independent media outlets across the political spectrum — essentially muting the voices of any site or author who does not toe the establishment line." (Source: Your up-to-date guide to avoiding internet censorship, Eds., mronline)
Now that we have added balance to Dice's one-sided complaints, let's get back to The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions: As you can easily see, the social media censorship is hardly confined to liberal or conservative sites. Dice can take the point of view that one side is being unfairly targeted, but—news flash!—both sides are. There is no way that thousands of human monitors are going to be able to recognize fake news. A study has shown that Google's plan is doomed, since it was determined they will not succeed even marginally. See Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds, described the results as "dismaying," "bleak" and "[a] threat to democracy."
According to Dice, the mainstream media's monopoly on viewers is diminishing, and Facebook and Twitter users are gaining relative to news viewing. He is right. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) get at least some news on social media. Much of the news content on social media comes from traditional news outlets, such as NBC News or the Washington Post or Fox News. The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News Channel are all News Corporation owned, and all reflect conservative views. Fox News is the No. 1 cable news network and Rush Limbaugh is the No. 1 talk radio show, so Dice needn't worry about underrepresentation of conservative views!
Dice says liberal voices are being highlighted while conservative voices are being censored online, but we say both wings have ample representation on TV and online. There are a ton of reasons why we might want to leave rightwing or leftwing mainstream media behind and ONLY visit rightwing sites or leftwing sites, as you'll learn here: Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion because mainstream media often lie and are often wrong and often push propaganda. It is good that mainstream media liars are being shunned, but it means most people are picking a side and staying with it, seeing only the left or right side of issues, so their news consumption is biased and unbalanced. Our news consumption will eventually get as politicized and polarized as our country.
Most people are picking a side and staying with it, seeing only the left or right side of issues, so their news consumption is biased and unbalanced—our news consumption will get as politicized and polarized as our country
The author sees Google and Wikipedia as a couple of the cogs in the Orwellian machine of censorship and media manipulation. The author warns us about the absolutely true and proven and documented CIA assets placed in mainstream media outlets in the 1970s (actually it was 1917 when elites gained control, but the CIA was not involved until the 1970s). The mainstream media became controlled by a shadow government that could use its assets to kill stories that do not toe the party line and perpetuate propaganda to its heart's content. This is definitely a reason to seek balance by visiting both left and right sites, although it is clear that Dice believes the right path is always the best path. But if you are on this website, you've probably already learned that neither political party comes even close to having the right answer.
The author sees Google and Wikipedia as a couple of the cogs in the Orwellian machine of censorship and media manipulation
"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media."—William Colby, former CIA Director
- Media Control, Second Edition: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda
- Propaganda and the Public Mind
- Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
- The Propaganda Project
- Media Sexploitation
- Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies (CBC Massey Lecture)
- Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness
Propaganda keeps us obedient, distracted, consuming, but never questioning the CW, the media, the authorities
The book reveals the real power the mainstream media has to shape our culture, our fears, and our tastes, and how it keeps us mesmerized by an endless stream of distractions and mindless drivel. They do not want us to think so we might detect the lies, the scams and the ripoffs they perpetrate. Instead, they want us to all be out chasing shiny objects. And Noam Chomsky says Mainstream Media Is 'Basically a Joke' Now — And Fox News Is 'State Media'. As usual, this brilliant sage is right on the money.
The mainstream media do not want us to think so we might detect the lies, the scams and the ripoffs they perpetrate—instead, they want us to all be out chasing shiny objects
NTMY News had the headline After Colonoscopy Reveals Brain Tumor, Donald Trump Drops from Race, which was supposed to be satire about Trump having his head up his butt. Satire isn't legitimate fake news, says Dice. But CBS thought it was, apparently. We say it cannot be true or he'd change from the Orange Oligarch to the Brown Bully. Which he has not.
After Colonoscopy Reveals Brain Tumor, Donald Trump Drops from Race, which was supposed to be satire about Trump having his head up his butt. Satire isn't legitimate fake news, says Dice
What is way more serious than the silliness above is when legitimate mainstream media websites report fake news stories, says Dice, because they often get believed. After predicting a Trump loss and then being shown to be shockingly wrong, it is said that the biggest loser in the 2016 election was not Hillary but the reputations and credibility of the mainstream media.
A lot of people don’t know history and how much the media has been involved with the CIA and FBI and the rest of our federal agencies to manufacture stories and manipulate events
The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions is very revealing for people who don’t realize how much our media and government manipulate us. A lot of people don’t know their U.S. history and how much the media has been involved with the CIA and FBI and the rest of our federal agencies to manufacture stories and manipulate events. You can believe it because it is a part of history and there is plenty of evidence at the National Archives and Library of Congress and in history books, etc. about how the CIA has used the media (with their consent) to manipulate the citizens of the USA and the world.
There is plenty of evidence at the National Archives and Library of Congress and in the Congressional Record, etc. about how the CIA has used the media to manipulate the citizens of the USA and the world
In the year 1917, Congressman Oscar Callaway revealed the global elitists' plans to acquire control of the media, inserting the following statement in the Congressional Record:
"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers." Check the Congressional Record yourself—this devious plan is right there for anyone to see. Worse yet, it's still in effect!
Any authors who questioned the propaganda of the elite's bought-and-paid-for press were blacklisted, censored and smeared, thereby rendering them nonentities whose truths no longer were read.
Veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson is an expert on fake news:
So, what is really behind the mainstream media’s war on fake news?
"I think the anti-fake news movement itself is a campaign for a narrative-driven propaganda campaign that started about September," reflected Attkisson.
And what’s the purpose of the anti-fake news movement?
"I think there’s an agenda to censor the news as opposed to actually trying to eliminate fake news," she said.
Attkisson thinks there’s an agenda to censor the news as opposed to actually trying to eliminate fake news—which is merely the cover story
Years ago, Attkisson noticed the emergence of what is now called fake news, only she called such stories by their traditional name: a smear. The reporter began researching the topic in earnest, and the result is her book The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote.
She explained, "I’ve just been intrigued in the last few years about the manipulation I see going on, on the news and online, including social media, whether it’s fake Twitter accounts, fake Facebook accounts, propaganda efforts that are started this way and then picked up by what you might consider secondary news outlets, and then are picked up by the mainstream news." See Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion.
She sees fake Twitter accounts, fake Facebook accounts, propaganda efforts that are started this way and then picked up by secondary news outlets, and then are picked up by the mainstream news
Ace reporter Attkisson said it’s "fascinating to watch that process formalize and to dig into its origins," especially because, "I was subject to some of that when I was at CBS News, the efforts to try to stop certain stories I was reporting that were controversial, because they want to make the subject matter go away."
Fake news is ANYTHING but new: In 1835, The New York Sun ran a six-part series, 'Great Astronomical Discoveries Lately Made,' which detailed the supposed discovery of life on the Moon. It's funny how the 1969-1972 Apollo Missions all missed this stuff. Perhaps the moon creatures were hiding.
In 1835, The New York Sun ran a six-part series, 'Great Astronomical Discoveries Lately Made,' which detailed the supposed discovery of life on the Moon. It's funny how the 1969-1972 Apollo Missions all missed this stuff. Perhaps the moon creatures were hiding.
Paul Levinson's Fake News in Real Context is a concise, informative, and timely exploration of the recent emergence of Fake News as a cultural phenomenon. Charting the distinctions between professional journalism, citizen journalism, and state propaganda, Levinson neatly places fake news in its current cultural context. Moreover, he warns of the dangers that fake news undoubtedly poses for a democratic, or even just a culturally literate, state.
Fake news is far from being a new phenomenon; this illustration is from 1894
Dice has been accused of being alt-right and white supremacist, but he claims he is neither—he's just conservative. Whenever the media dares to call Dice alt-right or white supremacist, he sends a cease and desist letter, threatening to sue them for defamation, so they print retractions. According to Dice, the Establishment was furious that conservatives like Dice were getting huge followings on social media platforms, so they "tried to take us down" by "smearing us as racists."
Columbia Journal Review conducted a study and found that "The fake news audience is real, but it's also really small." They went on that the fake news audience does not exist in a filter bubble. Visitors to fake news sites also visited real news sites. (Or watched TV news, which most people have by now learned are a combination of real and fake news.)
The Filter Bubble: Compare the amount of info available to the amount YOU get to see—do you really want Big Brother censors deciding what you should see and what should be hidden from you??!!
Dice says ". . . unfortunately we are up against a well-funded, ruthless, and massive media machine which, like an alien parasite in a science fiction film, is dead set on taking over the minds of as many people as possible. As you most likely know because you chose to pick up and read this book, much of the general public have been so dumbed down that they’re entertained by almost anything that allows them to turn off their brain and mindlessly sit and stare at the magical moving pictures on their TV, tablet, or smartphone. Millions binge daily on what is the equivalent of junk food for the mind. The fact that Maury Povich has done virtually the same show conducting DNA tests to find out who the father is of some trailer trash tramp’s baby five days a week for 20 years shows the low level of standards the average TV viewer has."
Much of the general public have been so dumbed down that they’re entertained by almost anything that allows them to turn off their brain and mindlessly sit and stare
Like an alien parasite in a science fiction film, the massive media machine is dead set on taking over the minds of as many people as possible
The end result of all these mind take-overs is that the viewers turn into mindless TV zombies
Dice notes that in Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, he says things started going south for our culture when people transformed from newspaper and book readers to TV watchers. Or as we like to say, "We used to read and think. Now we just stuff our faces with junk as we stuff our minds with junk as we emit an occasional giggle or guffaw or fart, never noticing that we have become mindless sheep seeking the next sensationalistic visual cream puff to baaaa over."
Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible shadow government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of
Dice quotes Edward Bernays, the master of manipulation via propaganda, saying that when we look into Bernays’ methods it becomes stunningly clear just how powerful the methods are, and how candid he was about this power in his book, Propaganda. Bernays wrote, “Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of...in almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”
Orwell shares [Winston and Julia's] joyful relationship in their secret haven to remind readers what has been lost in the rest of this suffocating conformist society
George Orwell was warning of the incredible strength of propaganda power in his classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four when he wrote, “All the beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived.” See Big Brother: The Orwellian Nightmare Come True.
In the Orwellian nightmare in 1984, there were the equivalent of thought police, but in 2018, the technology for mind reading is being pursued vigorously—our future is looking dark
We're being turned into consumer junkies—zombies going for a fix; government and Big Data collude in this horrific enterprise