Am I the only one who finds it odd that two of the biggest folks pushing the whole “Fake News” agenda are Hillary Clinton and Brian Williams? Are these two the poster children for “Fake News” or what?
Brian Williams, one of the highest-profile, highest-paid “broadcasters” at any network lost his job at NBC for making up, reporting, getting caught reporting – then having to admit he peddled “Fake News.” Do we remember that? I mean, it was in all the (not fake news) papers…
And Hillary Clinton – where to begin with the Fake News? Benghazi was caused by a YouTube Video? I took on enemy fire in Bosnia? I have no idea how those confidential FBI files ended up in my sitting room? I champion the rights of women unless my husband assaults them?
I could go on, but the Washington Times beat me to it and printed the “Top 10 ‘real’ news stories that turned out to be fake”: See if you agree… (some of the wise-cracks are mine)
1. If you like your (doctor, or) health care plan, you can keep it
In selling his health care overhaul, on at least 37 separate occasions, President Barack Obama pledged that Americans would be allowed to keep the plans they liked. In 2013, about 4 million Americans got cancellation letters, and PolitiFact labeled the statement the lie of the year.
… I had the same insurance for over 12 years – along came ObamaCare, BOOM – it was gone. You know how I found out? I got a letter from my insurance company that said; “Dear Mr. Conover: As of the first of next month, you will no longer like your plan…” That was weird.
2. Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
“Hands up, don’t shoot” didn’t happen in Ferguson, Missouri, but that didn’t stop the “narrative” (that’s what the kids are calling it?) from spreading throughout the news media and in #BlackLivesMatter protests. Phony witness accounts spread the rumor that Michael Brown had his hands raised in surrender, and mouthed the words “don’t shoot” before being shot by cop Darren Wilson.
A grand jury couldn’t confirm the narrative, and neither could the Department of Justice in its own investigation of the shooting. They did find that Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun.
.. #BlackLiesMatter.. know what I’m saying?
3. The Iran deal was negotiated with moderate Iranians, not the radical mullahs
This was the narrative in the mainstream media while the deal was being made. It was not until an insightful New York Times Magazine piece did we see how the Obama administration snowballed the press with its lies.
“All these newspapers used to have foreign bureaus,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told The Times in May. “Now they don’t. They call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo. Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old… They literally know nothing,” he said.
In the NY Times article, Mr. Rhodes admits the administration was just selling the deal to a gullible press in order to further his boss’s legacy…
… Yeah, but how do we know THAT wasn’t fakey news? huh? huh? .. shut up.
4. Bowe Bergdahl exchange was hard-fought/negotiated
In 2014, the Obama administration allowed five detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be transferred to Qatar in exchange for the release of Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl. The press reported Obama’s words as truth:
“Sergeant Bergdahl has missed birthdays, and holidays and simple moments with family and friends which all of us take for granted. But while Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten” — not by his family or his hometown in Idaho or the military, Mr. Obama said.
It was later revealed Mr. Bergdahl deserted his unit, and that’s why he was captured by the Taliban. He’s been ordered to face a general court martial on two charges, which could impose a lifetime sentence. Mr. Bergdahl has requested a pardon from Mr. Obama.
… Hillary Clinton said; “Line starts here Taliban boy!”
5. Benghazi attack inspired by online viral video
According to the Benghazi Report released this year by Congress, the Obama administration knew almost immediately after the attack on the American consulate it was one of terrorism, but were unwilling to admit it to the American public. The media was all too willing to swallow the administration’s weak lie the attack — which happened on Sept. 11 — was a spontaneous event spurred by protests of an online video that was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.
… At least they didn’t say it was cat videos?
6. Climate change will produce more storms like Hurricane Katrina
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the media and liberals like Al Gore were predicting more storms in our future because of the rapid pace of climate change.
In 2006 CBS’s Hannah Storm predicted Katrina-like storms would happen “all along our Atlantic and Gulf coastlines,” and CBS anchor Russ Mitchell said there was “no end in sight” for big hurricanes a month after Katrina hit landfall.
On Sept. 18, 2005, NBC Nightly News anchor John Seigenthaler said, “scientists studying the earth’s climate say we are experiencing stronger hurricanes in this century, a trend that’s likely to continue.”
Guess what? The U.S. hasn’t experienced a storm like Katrina since it hit more than a decade ago.
… Reporting on hurricanes: … Hannah “Storm”.. he he
7. Cuba has great health care; murderous dictator Fidel Castro was good
After the death of Fidel Castro this month, the mainstream media went out of its way to romanticize the leadership of the murderous dictator — saying although the country was communist, he was a great orator who inspired his people and healthcare and literacy improved under his watch.
“How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth a Cost,” an Atlantic headline read on Nov. 29, four days after Mr. Castro’s death. “Lessons of physical prosperity in a despotic regime.” The Los Angeles Times wrote in an opinion piece: “Fidel Castro, human rights violator that he was, did plenty of good for Cuba.”
Oh really? Mr. Castro oppressed his people for 59 years, torturing and killing an estimated 15,000 of his own citizens who opposed him. His reign was so idyllic, over an eighth of the island’s population chose to go into exile, with about 700,000 coming into the U.S. prior to 1980.
… I know you want to see all ten, but you really should consult the source – you’ll especially love #10:
BUT FIRST: TheFunniest Fake News of all-time has to go to these guys though:
The Flipside with Michael Loftus interviews Joseph Clancy, the head of the secret service. This is one of the funniest skits I have ever seen. With Barack Obama heading out the door, maybe the Secret Service will finally get their act together! If not, Donald Trump will have to say, “You’re Fired!”