Even the liberal media has to discuss and warn against Leftist fake news because it is so embarrassing.
Leftist fake news is obvious and obviously hurts Leftist credibility. So, we should expect Leftists to make a show of dealing with it in order to enhance their plausibility. But when they do so, don’t expect them to call out CNN or any other mainstream media source. No, the public will be assured that the problem only exists on the twitter feeds and podcasts and Facebook pages.
Thus, the Atlantic posted under the provocative headline, “How the Left Lost Its Mind.”
Over the past two decades, an immense amount of journalistic energy was spent exploring the right-wing media ecosystem—from talk radio, to Fox News, to Breitbart and beyond—and documenting its growing influence on mainstream GOP politics. This turned out to be a worthy and prescient pursuit, and if any doubt remains about that, I’d present “President Donald Trump” as Exhibit A. While serious Republicans in the political class spent years scoffing at the “entertainers” and “provocateurs” on the supposedly powerless fringe, the denizens of the fever swamp were busy taking over the party.
It’s a prospect that deserves more serious attention and debate than it’s gotten this year. The Trump era has given rise to a vast alternative left-wing media infrastructure that operates largely out of the view of casual news consumers, but commands a massive audience and growing influence in liberal America. There are polemical podcasters and partisan click farms; wild-eyed conspiracists and cynical fabulists. Some traffic heavily in rumor and wage campaigns of misinformation; others are merely aggregators and commentators who have carved out a corner of the web for themselves. But taken together, they form a media universe where partisan hysteria is too easily stoked, and fake news can travel at the speed of light.
But the article insists the problem is worse on the right. It also treats the mainstream media as above reproach even though the first anecdote about fake news involves an interview on CNN!
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