Why Believe Fake News?
Trump calls the mainstream press “fake.” And the press reports it.
Meanwhile Trump informs us:
- He had the biggest inaugural crowd ever
- He won the electoral college by the biggest margin
- What he believes can change from minute to minute
I feel like I’ve fallen into an Orwellian 1984.
Why do people want to believe fake news?
Populism, bought and paid for
The Women’s March was bought and paid for? So who paid me and all of my friends?
Town Hall protests are bought and paid for? Even the Wall Street Journal says no.
It’s so hard to believe that:
- Many of us are terrified that we, or our friends and families will lose healthcare?
- That our air and water will be poisoned so that oil and coal companies can make bigger profits?
- That our planet will keep warming — creating more severe weather like droughts or flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes…
- … And we will pay the costs — so that oil and coal companies can make bigger profits?
- That more women will die when Planned Parenthood is defunded and can no longer offer cancer screenings?
- Or die when birth control and abortion are illegal and desperate women and girls try to do it themselves?
Divide and conquer working people
Fake news has often been used to divide and conquer working people.
Many white working-class folks believe that their taxes support lazy black and brown people, which increases racism.
Meanwhile, racism and sexism on the right alienates women, black and brown people from many of their white working-class counterparts.
We lose and the elite win.
The crime rate is soaring and so is unemployment. NOT
Affordable care is a terrible thing
In a twist on fake news, a Republican Congress repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) about 50 times.
Why don’t they repeal it now that they hold power in all branches of government?
T’was all an act — to generate the fake news that affordable care was a bad thing.
The ACA was never perfect — as Bill Clinton declared during in the 2016 race. Most likely it will be tweaked and rebranded Trumpcare.
If they believe you, you can fail and still win
You can fail yet still win if you can get people to believe your story over the truth.
It’s a great way to manipulate the masses.
And it’s a sign of dictators who censor the press and reign in the Judiciary (two things Trump has attempted).
Sean Spicer once admitted that banning the media is what dictatorships do.
That (a free press) is what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.
And if you can’t legally ban the press you can get people to ban it personally — create distrust so that no one reads it.
Why do so many of us allow ourselves to be manipulated instead of doing everything we can to learn the truth…
…and then push our representatives to serve the people?
Posted on March 3, 2017, in politics/class inequality and tagged Donald Trump, fake news, inaugural crowd, Manipulation, Orwell 1984, Town Hall protests are bought and paid for, women's march. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.