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The War on ‘Fake News’

In response to the recent election fiasco, progressives are increasing their efforts to control the internet. They are targeting “fake news.” Since no one is in favor of “fake news”, this should be a clear winning strategy. Progressives can portray themselves as the defenders of democracy and free speech. At the same time they will be able to eliminate some troublesome competitors who might question their own reliability.

The forces arrayed against the powers of falsehood are formidable. They include heads of state, internet providers, major news organizations, and a myriad of private groups. President Obama proclaimed, “There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.” This is a curious statement since truthiness is defined as ”the quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like.” Angela Merkel told the German Bundestag, “Opinions aren’t formed the way they were 25 years ago. We must confront this phenomenon and if necessary, regulate it.” – READ MORE