The “fake news” accusations by the liberal establishment against conservative sites is really nothing more than projection. The purpose of the national media is to give their viewers, listeners, and readers the “correct” opinion. They do so by twisting words, taking quotes out of context, blowing things out of proportion, leaving out key details, or by just old-fashion lying. That’s a pretty good definition of ‘fake news.’ When you boil it down, they’re not trying to objectively tell their viewers the current events. They’re trying to give their viewers an extremely biased opinion and pass it off as “fact.”
Of course, that’s what they say we’re doing, because that’s what they’re doing.
We try to fill in the details that they intentionally leave out. We try to provide the context that they feel isn’t needed. We try to present the facts that they deliberately distort. We try to take the stories that they’ve over-sensationalized and bring them down to boring reality. And conversely, we take the stories that they’ve buried and bring them to the forefront.
Does the conservative media always get it right? Of course not. No one always gets it right. But I think I can say without fear of contradiction that if anything, we provide balance to the flow of information that is so heavily weighted to the left. Sometimes it requires a loud voice to get people’s attention.
A recent example of actual fake news from the national media is their insistence that Senator Jeff Sessions is a racist. I know, we’ve never heard that one before. Sessions, as you know, was tapped by President-elect Trump to be Attorney General.
CNN reported that thirty years ago when then-President Ronald Reagan had nominated Sessions for U.S. District Judge, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimonies from people who had worked with Sessions and accused him of making racist remarks. One such racist remark was a joke about how he thought the Ku Klux Klan were “OK, until [he] found out they smoked pot.” Later, Sessions said the remark wasn’t serious (one notable characteristic of jokes) but apologized anyway.
(The joke reminds me of another one: Why don’t Baptists make love standing up? Because people might think they’re dancing.)
Another remark allegedly uttered by Sessions – a U.S. attorney at the time – was that the ACLU and the NAACP were “un-American” organizations. (Not sure how that constitutes racism, but everything is racist these days if it disagrees with the left.)
Also, a black assistant U.S. attorney Thomas Figures claimed that Sessions called him “boy,” which Sessions denied. Another assistant attorney claimed that Sessions said that a particular white lawyer representing black clients was a “disgrace to his race.”
(Of note, Figures was indicted in 1992 of bribing a convicted drug dealer. Figures had offered to pay him $50,000 to not testify against one of his clients. Figures claimed that this indictment was retaliation for blocking Sessions’s confirmation.)
So far, we have a mixture of hearsay and jokes. Has Jeff Sessions actually done anything that was racist? The Weekly Standard laid out part of his record on race and dealing with the KKK in Alabama (the brunt of one of his “racist” jokes):
Sessions’s actual track record certainly doesn’t suggest he’s a racist. Quite the opposite, in fact. As a U.S. Attorney he filed several cases to desegregate schools in Alabama. And he also prosecuted Klansman Henry Francis Hays, son of Alabama Klan leader Bennie Hays, for abducting and killing Michael Donald, a black teenager selected at random. Sessions insisted on the death penalty for Hays. When he was later elected the state Attorney General, Sessions followed through and made sure Hays was executed. The successful prosecution of Hays also led to a $7 million civil judgment against the Klan, effectively breaking the back of the KKK in Alabama.
Again, this isn’t real news that the media is peddling about Jeff Sessions. They’re rehashing the same 3-decades-old accusations from Thomas Figures in an attempt to block his confirmation.
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