By Bill Bonner – Bill Bonner’s Diary (USA) –
In January of this year, the Empire Herald reported that a “meth-addled couple” had eaten a homeless man in New York City’s Central Park.
Later, Now8News reported that a can of cookie dough had “exploded in a woman’s vagina”; the woman was alleged to be shoplifting.
Yesterday’s big news: Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed. The assailant looked a lot like a 21st-century version of Gavrilo Princip, who lit the fuse for World War I by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, in Bosnia.
By the time it was over, 16 million people were dead…
We are writing a series on things that people think they know but ain’t so… popular ideas that are wrong, dumb, or misconstrued… which is practically all of them.
In the press lately, for example, is the idea of “fake news.”
Supposedly, there is true news, filtered, approved, and administered by the elite media establishment. And there is fake news, such as the deliberately faked stories about cookie dough and meth-addled couples at the beginning of this Diary. And there is also news provided by Russian manipulators that supposedly cost Hillary Clinton the White House.
Separating fake from authentic is what we try to do here at the Diary. But we are overwhelmed.
Half the news is fake, including many of the biggest stories you get from the major media outlets… and reports of fake news! The other half is just mistaken and/or misleading.
In the run-up to America’s entry into World War I, for example, the English cut the cable that gave the U.S. direct access to news from Germany. Henceforth, most of the “news” read by Americans about the war came via England, where it was heavily redacted.
The English spun tall tales of German perfidy and German atrocities – including nuns who had been mass raped and children whose arms had been cruelly cut off by the barbarous Huns. None of it was true.
But it did its work; in 1917, gullible Americans rushed troops to join the war… on the side of the English.