- - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Why has the subject of “fake news” just now arisen in the mainstream media? It’s because online media outlets made false comments regarding a Washington pizzeria, and these comments allegedly drove a man to take a weapon into that pizzeria and fire it. There has been much fake news reported by the mainstream media, but only now is it making a big stink.

What about Dan Rather’s fake news story on President Bush and his National Guard service? Or Brian Williams’ fake news story about his involvement with U.S. troops in Iraq, a discovery that led to other fake news he had reported and resulted in his firing? Now The New York Times is hung up on running the fake news story of the CIA saying that Russia is behind voting fraud in the last presidential election.

There is nothing new about fake news stories. Even Hillary Clinton has had fake-news charges levied against her at least eight times. Her landing-under-sniper-fire in Afghanistan tale and the Benghazi YouTube video are just two of her highlighted fake news stories.

Why is the mainstream media so hung up on keeping this pizzeria story front and center in its broadcasts? Could it be that they are making themselves out to be legitimate when we all know that fake news is almost always aired on mainstream-media channels? When it is discovered, they go into damage-control mode and look for a scapegoat, which they hope is outside their own studios. When it is, it becomes big news.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard, Wash.

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