CNN calls for the banning of the term “fake news”, claiming that it has been “weaponized by politicians”.
Following the leftist traditions CNN is now calling for the banning of words. While the failing news network was among the main proponents of the term “fake news” in late 2016, things have not fared well for them since, with a lot of “fake news” published by CNN having backfired on them in a grand fashion. So what would leftists do in such a situation? Ban everything, obviously.
Much like crying Social Justice Warriors, the former news giant not only fails to take responsibility for their actions, but also blames others for their own shortcomings.
Increasingly the term has become weaponized by politicians who use it to undermine independent journalism in an effort to reach the public directly through their own channels.
In a hilarious attempt to save face, the authors of the piece mentioned the use of the term “fake news” as an attack on “independent journalism”. What they failed to specify however, is how a mainstream corporatized media channel is related to independent journalism.
Recent revelations about foreign meddling in the US elections have exposed the fact that we’re targets in an active information war. Previously these types of campaigns were fought via sophisticated and expensive communication technologies, such as short-wave radio or transnational satellite television.
Now significantly less powerful agents can harm large institutions or established individuals with few resources. It is asymmetrical warfare.
It truly must hurt, when individual people – oftentimes with limited resources – can join the ranks of the alternative media and provide real news in the field. It is the alternative media which has exposed the lies, the hypocrisy and outright bias of the mainstream media. That is not to say that all of alternative news channels are to be fully trusted nor that they are completely without bias themselves, but I gather you get the point. Instead of taking any criticism, CNN has resorted to the use of fancy words, such as “asymmetrical warfare”, and I admit, many of its loyal followers (mostly 60+ people – sorry, old people reading this) might even agree with their assessment. After all, they use fancy words, so they must have some substance behind them, right?
Claire Wardle, the co-author of the Op-Ed also appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday to discuss “fake news”, saying; “It’s been labelled for things they don’t like, and it’s being used against as a weapon against organizations like CNN. It’s damaging to the industry, the free press is what we stand for.” While naming a show “Reliable Sources” might indeed sound reliable for some of their more ignorant audience, it does raise questions about all their other shows. If one show is called “Reliable Sources”, then what about everything else? Is it not one the foundations of a free and independent media to be “reliable”? But then again, we are speaking of CNN here. Not news, not independent, not reliable. Big brother would be proud, however.
Author: Sander Laanemaa
Sander Laanemaa was born in Estonia in 1984. In 2011 he graduated from the Estonian Maritime Academy as a deck officer. During his studies he took an interest in history, philosophy, psychology, and the occult. His research guided him deep into the rabbit hole, which ultimately led to the creation of Culture Wars.
Sander is fluent in English, Swedish, Finnish, and Estonian.
He has given a number of lectures on various topics on maritime affairs, and also on ancient history and the faults of contemporary social movements.