How Google and MSM Use “Fact Checkers” to Flood Us with Fake Claims, by Leo Goldstein. The latest trends in PC propaganda:
The Left implemented a novel technique of the Big Lie that I will call a Flooding Fake here. This technique was especially widely used by climate alarmism. This is what it looks like:
- An important figure or organization on the Left is caught doing something wrong, saying something outrageous, or blatantly lying.
- The Left injects into public discourse an absolutely fake, but believable, account of this action and immediately “debunks” this account.
- The fake narrative is accepted by the public as truth because the public knows that something similar has happened. The immediate debunking is rejected as a cover-up attempt.
- Later, when people accuse the original wrongdoer they use elements of the fake narrative. This is when “fact checkers” jump on them. Fake news networks accuse honest statesmen and commentators of spreading fake news. The liberals’ conviction that the conservatives are stupid and uninformed gets deeper. Google buries honest pieces far from public sight. Facebook tries to prevent their sharing.
Examples at the link. I’ve personally seen this at work a few times, the Internet flooded with easily debunked or faulty fakes in order to hide the original truth. Easier to do if you have Google and Facebook on side.
And don’t trust Snopes, except to run the PC line:
Snopes had its history erased from archive.org.
Archive.org (that calls itself the Wayback Machine) is an Amazon-owned service that stores copies of web pages and sites for posterity. Some pages and sites are not stored because they are not popular, are forbidden to crawlers, or are hard to save.
But Snopes.com “has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.” Snopes.com is the first website I encounter that has been excluded. That means it has forbidden archive.org to crawl its site and demanded to take down already saved data.
That makes sense. Snopes is a fact checker – it checks facts to ensure they match the party line. In such cases, the party line is usually thin and changes frequently, so Snopes does not want 3rd parties to keep the history of changes. Think Orwell, 1984.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific