What is Fake News?

What is Fake News?

You’ve probably heard a lot of people recently
screaming and yelling about Fake News. Charges fly from all points on the political
spectrum: this story is mistaken — it’s Fake News; that statement is incorrect — it’s
Fake News. But to my mind, these arguments miss the point. Mainstream American news is ALL fake because
the major news outlets are so consistently biased toward the left that whether any given
story they report is factual or not, their overall reportage is essentially leftist propaganda. You can complain about the right-wing slant
of Fox News all you want, but left-wing ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN have, combined, almost
ten times the viewers. Look, the chief journalist at ABC is former
Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos; the president of CBS News is David Rhodes, the
brother of a former senior Obama staffer. Comcast, which owns NBC, is run by a major
Democrat donor. Same for the leadership at CBS and Time Warner,
which owns CNN. Only seven percent of American journalists
identify as Republican. And while a lot of news outlets forbid their
reporters to donate to candidates, 96 percent of those who did donate last time out gave
to Hillary Clinton. These journalists claim that despite the fact
they’re all Democrats, they can be objective. It just ain’t so. Psychologists have shown that when people
associate almost exclusively with those who agree with them, they suffer from groupthink
and confirmation bias and lose their ability to see events clearly. Now, it’s not that these journalists are
liars, exactly – it’s that their bias skews their reporting in very specific ways. Let me give you Andrew Klavan’s Three Rules
of Mainstream Media Journalism. These can transform any story, whether it’s
true or not, into Fake News. Rule Number One:
Whenever left-wing prejudices are confirmed by a single event, that event is treated as
representative. But whenever left-wing prejudices are contradicted
by a single event, that event is treated as an isolated incident – and if you treat
it as representative, you are deemed to be hateful. So, for instance, a white cop shoots a black
suspect. The mainstream media treats that story as
representative of general police racism even though studies show cops don’t use deadly
force more often on blacks than on whites. On the other hand, if a Muslim commits an
act of terrorism, and someone is bold enough to point out that the terrorist act is, in
fact, representative of the daily acts of Muslim terror around the world, this is considered
Islamophobic. The leftist media cherry-picks when an event
illustrates a larger narrative. That’s Fake News. Rule Number Two:
When a scandal breaks on the right, the news is the scandal. When a scandal breaks on the left, the news
is: who wrongfully disclosed that scandalous information? Thus, when the media wanted to raise suspicions
that Donald Trump was somehow in league with the Russians, they freely quoted illegally
leaked information from intelligence sources. But when Congressman Devin Nunes announced
he had information that the Obama administration might have misused intelligence against Donald
Trump’s transition team, the story became: How did Nunes get that information? And did he do it legally? The scandal meter is heavily weighted to fall
to the right. Fake News. Rule Number Three:
Individual extremists on the right are highlighted, but the overall extremism of the left is ignored. In one of the fakest Fake News stories in
recent history, the mainstream media rose up as one to tar conservative Tea Party members
as racist, when all they really wanted were lower taxes and less government spending. Reporters gave the Tea Party disparaging nicknames;
represented their almost universally peaceful gatherings as “ugly” and “violent”;
and whenever an individual Tea Partier said something wrong, it was cited as evidence
that the movement itself was tainted. Meanwhile, the continually violent, vandalizing,
anti-Semitic socialist movement that went by the name of Occupy Wall Street was hailed
by journalists as an important social development right up to the moment it vanished without
a trace (except for the piles of litter its protesters left behind). Peaceful Tea Partiers wanted the small government
prescribed by the Constitution, so they were radicals; violent Occupiers wanted the widespread
government intrusion of socialism, so they were heroes. Very Fake News. Newsweek Editor Evan Thomas was once criticized
when his magazine essentially convicted some white Duke University lacrosse players of
raping a black woman — a rape, it turns out, they did not commit – because it didn’t
happen. Thomas defended himself, saying, “The narrative
was right, but the facts were wrong.” The mainstream media almost always get their
left-wing narrative right, whether the facts support it or not. That’s called confirming your own prejudices. It’s called bias. It’s called Fake News. I’m Andrew Klavan for Prager University.

100 thoughts on “What is Fake News?

  1. in the Philippines, fake news has gotten too mainstream that it can be seen on major news providers like abs-cbn, gma, cnn, to name but a few. everything that the guy told above simply applies to them and I can attest their genuineness for that.

  2. The problem is: pretty much all media outlets that are either right or left are all fake news.

    For the right you have: Fox News, infowars, OAN, BrettBart News, the daily caller, the blaze, and the next news network. All of which serve as a propaganda machine for the republican and conservative parties.

    Meanwhile on the left you have: the Young Turks, Vox, Vice, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, MediaMatters, NowThisNews, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC. All of which serve as a propaganda machine for the Liberal, Progressive, and democrat parties.

    They are giving there audience want they want to hear, not what they need to hear. And they don’t care as long as they are getting money out of it.

  3. PragerU talking about fake news. What kind of paradox? Sure CNN and Fox are terrible, but PragerU really has no place to talk considering who is syndicating them to spread one sourced and often opinionated material.

  4. Imagine how FUTURE generations, who will watch hours of video of today's Leftwingers, will judge them. Imagine how future generations will wonder how ANY sane person could NOT see the Left-wing bias of the Media, and the brainwashing they gave to their viewers. History will not be merciful.

  5. Twitter is great for calling out biased and exaggeration journos. All news channels use twitter so if they post a report that's dodgy reply on twitter how biased their reporting is.

  6. Hey can anyone help me get some points on why being transgender doesn't make sense. I got in trouble today with the principle because my friend said that being transgender doesn't make sense by a biological standpoint and i supported it. I would like to debate the principal again and this time I would like to get her stumped

  7. The first rule of the left: Logic is the enemy and truth is a menace.

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    Legalize All Drugs
    Legalize Prostitution
    End Welfare Now

  8. But… You do this also, just you blame the left. Example, a white cop shoots a black man, that, is a isolated incident, and not at all big, but when a muslem kills someone in a attack, now THAT, is bad. You also downplay the fact that you are a right winger, so therefore, according to your own logic, YOU are fake news

  9. The issue isn't that the media don't acknowledge that a single terrorist attack is indicative of Islamic terrorism. The issue is that people like you on the Right believe that an individual terrorist attack is indicative of Muslims as a whole, which is inexcusable. This is why, as much as I agree with some conservative ideas, I could never be one.

  10. This just makes me take a closer look at myself to check when I'm honest or not with myself; if not, I need to make adjustments. I'm never fully left or right but always just a bit uncomfortably in the middle trying to learn (and proceed) from both sides towards the most equitable (for all involved) goal. But, alas, even this approach can be misinterpreted by some if not many. Nonetheless, I wish I could belong to a Frank Capra-type " Meet 'John Doe Society' " The Movie, "Meet John Doe", is on YouTube and makes a most convincing statement about politics, greed, deception and the human spirit. An excellent movie by the way with a brilliant cast from when they made them like they should have made them. 2/2019

  11. This video is so biased and potentially dangerous that it's ridiculous. There is plenty of biased reporting on both sides of the spectrum but this blanket statement about left-wing media is not only false but anti-democratic. Democrats and Republicans have agreed to disagree on issues in the past but shared the same love of country. Now one side is saying you can never trust the other side or believe anything they say. This is fake news designed to divide people. Don't be the one who's manipulated by a political agenda!

  12. I'd say any news with ANY political bias is "fake news". It doesn't matter if they have a left or right bias, it's still a bias.

  13. I like the part when this jewish slime says "it's not that journalists are liars" then he explain how they lie to you.

    All journos need to be shot, they will never learn to code and they add nothing to society, produce no value and are unable to do any good

  14. Isn't it funny that the leftist MSM isn't talking about Obama's IRS now having to PAY RESTITUTION to Conservative groups (mainly Tea Party) that were deliberately and systematically TARGETED by Obama's IRS? Where's the "news" on that! Guess it's in the same mysterious place Anthony Wiener's lap top is.

  15. This needs updated with the Covington High School kids, Jussie Smollett, and the 7 yr old in Houston who was killed by 2 BM but the world was looking for a WM

  16. 2 years MSM pushed a Russian conspiracy. Give one speculation of Obama doing something wrong the MSM sounds off in unison "without evidence". F'ing surreal!

  17. Like let's say…stating in a youtube video that most European countries have already taken measures to hold back the refugee waves to support the wall?

  18. Hold up a sec. Yes, CNN, ABC, and NBC are all biased, so is Fox, so is Breitbart, so is ALL news. All of it is biased. PRAGER is biased. If you actually agree with everything they have to say, then I'm sorry, but you don't have all the facts. Not everything they say is correct.

  19. Excuse me, but how can you talk about objectivity when you are solely made to share political views. Is everyone forgetting that they get funded millions of dollars by the Wilkes brothers, two oil billionaires.

  20. Note according to the MEDIA BIAS FACT CHECK website, CNN has failed multiple fact checks due to misinformation. I therefore do not recognize CNN as a reliable source of information.

    Spread the word that CNN is fake news.

  21. So it's okay for the Right to do it because they're a minority? What?

    Here's an idea: Why aren't we in the west getting rid of organizations like these and creating ones that are MANDATED to be as neutral as possible? Have an even mix of journalists, and have laws in place so that lobbyists can't run them.

    My real problem with the term "Fake News" isn't just the fact that good news out lets are hard to find, or the fact that it is clearly dividing western countries politically when we're all supposed to be on the same side….It's the fact that Trump clearly coined the term to garner himself political power over his followers. Since he was free to coin the term, he is free to define it as he sees fit.

    Hence why any time something shows up in the news about the Russia scandal it's "fake news", even if it is damning to his case.

  22. If you want to thwart left-wing fake journalists, stop funding them. Don't ever view porn. Don't buy or go to movies or watch TV shows with any amount of sex scenes or innuendo. Kick your coke habit. Don't use drugs. Our addiction to immorality is how they get rich. The leftist media has become so powerful because the American public is funding them through our supposedly "private" media and other consumption choices, and the result is damning.

  23. CNN, Huffington Post, Vox, BBC, CBS, MSNBC, and vice. I just saved you 5 minutes of your lives. Thank me later.

  24. I came up with a possible solution for this. It sounds weird but I'm mostly serious. Limit the use of adjectives and adverbs. Off top of my head for every 8 to 12 sentence paragraph they can use one adjective and one adverb. The stories will be more concise direct and to the point. And extremely difficult to editorialize.

  25. All media is biased. It's impossible to be completely objective. What conservatives like to ignore is that FOX News and PragerU is just as biased as the mainstream media, because they confirm their beliefs.

  26. Could you do one talking about yourself? I believe you, but i see a whole bunch of people that say your credibility Is low, probably because you defend not popular ideas (I mean the Channel as itself, not the one talking)

  27. well actually Terrorists ( Isis, al-Queda, etc. ) are not Muslims, what are they you may ask? well, what do you call someone who robs a bank? ( A criminal) that your answer. Btw I am against the left just wanted to point that out.

  28. 1:20 I all the left wing news was fake(biased) with 10x more viewers, then how the hell did trump win.

  29. Implying all of these news sources aren't all funded by billionaires and all part of bourgeois class oppression in their own way. Neoliberal propaganda takes different faces.

  30. Hmm… Why do I feel like the NY Times is also increasingly left-ist? Does anyone else think high caliber news such as the NY Times, WSJ, and The Atlantic are all left-leaning?

  31. CNN has repeatedly ruined people's lives with their false news stories. Yet they hardly ever pay their dues. It isn't right that well meaning Americans have their names slandered like that.

  32. Liberals love slaughtered babies, racism, oppression, corruption, hipocracy, lies, and soooooo much more garbage. Prove me wrong.

  33. Maybe because logic tends to lean left…
    Or maybe because news and media is written to sell, NOT to tell the truth.

  34. Late term abortions, completely made up by FOX News.
    Name one liberal who agrees with it. Just one.
    I'll wait.

  35. We The People Have A Lot Of Work To Do! DemocRats Are The Evil In America! And It'll Be Broken In Due Time!

  36. Yes CNN and MBCSN are biased, but FOX is worse. C’’mon on now! https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.businessinsider.com/most-and-least-biased-news-outlets-in-america-2018-6

  37. More recent examples of lame street media fake news:

    Sandmann: they totally misrepresented his encounter with the drum beating Indian.

    Trump: the "good people on both sides" was referring to people opposed to the statues on racial grounds and the people who wanted to preserve them for historical reasons. It was never meant to apply to the KKK or ANTIFA, yet the media continually twists it.

  38. Fake news? Try the mother of fake news the BBC. Basically the voice of radical socialism and islam……..CNN, MSNBC etc are latecomers to the party, obvious in their biases and only half as slick as the BBC…..which has subtle propaganda down to an art form…….the most dangerous information organisation since Josef Goebbels propaganda machine, with a global reach

  39. Apparently few have listened to your ranting videos showing you own glaring bias and lack of depth. But hey this video got you exactly what the response you were hoping for. Some of us, both liberal and conservative can see right through you, Klavan.

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