A Rambling Post About Fake News

Like a lot of people, I suppose, I developed the habit of going to the Drudge Report as a one stop shopping experience for political news. His penchant for sprinkling in some news of the weird helped keep it interesting, even when I was bored with politics. He also has an obsession with extreme weather which I find amusing for some reason. The result is that it has been my first stop for general news going back to the Clinton years. Most mornings, it is my first stop just to see if anything important blew up while I was off-line.

The thing that always worked for Drudge is that he simply linked to the news stories in the mainstream press. He was not trying to compete as a news gathering organization. He was competing more as a senior editor and headline writer. The New York Times may have decided to put something on page three below the fold, but Drudge would make it front page and give it a spicy headline. As these organizations became more dependent on web traffic, they became more Drudge friendly. That was true of writers as well.

Drudge was also the first to notice that the foreign press was often better at reporting on America than our local press. Many Americans now regularly read the British tabs because they were introduced to them through Drudge. While probably not intentional, it has opened the eyes of many Americans about the realty of the main stream media in the United States. When the Guardian is doing a better job covering your hometown than your hometown news site, you notice it and you begin to wonder why.

That’s the main reason the Left has always claimed Drudge is a right-wing fanatic, even though his site is just links to Progressive publications. It’s the editorial discretion. The people running the New York Times know they are shaping the news. They have always lied about it, but at some level they knew they were advocates for the Left. That was reflected in their choice of stories to cover and how hard they promoted those stories on their front pages. Drudge used that against them by re-prioritizing their stories.

The important thing though, is Drudge has always existed like an oxpecker. His site sits atop the mainstream media, plucking from it the stories that should be hyped. In return for this service, the mainstream media gets lots of traffic from Drudge. They could live without him, but it would be less pleasant. On the other hand, he can’t live without them. His existence depends on their existence. Drudge can thrive as long as most people think the news is largely true, but mostly biased to the Left.

What happens when the news is not true, but instead is mostly false and often just propaganda? How can Drudge work in the age of fake news? That keeps coming to mind every time I visit the Drudge Report lately. Yesterday he had a headline that read, “Dem Dream: Take Back House” and another, “Support Surges.” Both linked to stories that are entirely made up. The claim that there is a wave of support for Democrats right now is so ridiculous is should be in the Onion. That’s obviously fake news

That’s the reality of the Drudge Report now. He’s working hard to add a tabloid gloss to the news, but the news is already well past being a tabloid. We are in the era of fake news, where political sites just make stuff up, claiming “anonymous sources.” Mike Cernovich has figured this out and he now has an army of anonymous sources of his own. On occasion, some of them have been right, which puts him ahead of the so-called journalists, who work Washington politics. Drudge is now a fake news portal.

That’s not the fault of Matt Drudge or whoever he now has maintaining his site. My recollection is that he hires people to help maintain the site, but he may be completely hands off now. It’s that his business model is built upon the assumption that the news, to a great degree, is true. He then takes their news stories and adjusts out their bias by filtering and ranking them to highlight that which is often hidden by the mainstream press. If the news is fake, then he is doing what he set out to avoid, which is peddle bias.

This post is too long already, but there are two points that arise from this that are worth considering. One is that the fake news and its impact on sites like Drudge will have further collateral damage. Just as Drudge relies on the news being true, but biased, so does the controlled opposition like the Buckley Cons. The hysterical pearl clutching at National Review looks even more ridiculous when it is clear they are reacting to made up stories with no basis in fact. In other words, fake news further reveals their complicity.

Another issue is that the prevailing orthodoxy is built around a superstructure composed of things like the mass media. Our Progressive masters get to sway the public by filling the air with approved messages. The advertising model assumes people think the ads are there to sell product. If the public begins to see them as agit-prop, then all of those ads on TV peddling miscegenation take on a different color, so to speak. Having a mixed race couple peddling camping gear then looks like an ad for race mixing, not camping gear.

In other words, a lot of other efforts depend upon the public accepting that the mass media is on the level, at least in terms of intentions. If people start assuming the news is fake, they are not going to be fooled by the ad men peddling the one true faith, dressed as product promotions. It is a short trip from there to questioning all of the other arrangements. Like the kids game Jenga, removing one key peg can cause a whole bunch of other things to come tumbling down as well.

Again, this is way to long, but the point is this. You don’t have to red pill your honky friends on everything, just whatever their¹ they’re ready for at the moment. The mass red pilling on the media is leading a lot of people to question all sorts of things that are only tangentially related. As the number of people aware of fake news grows, the number of people doubting the ad men and the intentions of corporate America grow as well. It means more people turning against the controlled opposition and their wealthy patrons.

Doubt is on our side.

¹Damn you to hell Galaxy autocorrect

This post has already been linked to 2959 times!

Leave a Reply

89 Comments on "A Rambling Post About Fake News"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Member

Take a look at Breitbart. They look to pick fights with the progs and everyday there seems to be some celebrity meltdown or over reaction. Half of what they post is just provocation which no serious person wanting news would even read.
It gives an aura of importance or relevance that is just not there.

I mostly read comments now.

Glenfilthie
Guest

Correct, David.

Although I will say this about that: from what I’ve seen as a new follower of this blog – the author’s content is as good as the comments…

BTampa
Guest

I have several sites I visit mainly for the comments. That’s where most of the meat is.

National Review drove in its last coffin nails first by deleting any comments that didn’t agree with the Hebrew Neocon Orthodoxy on how best to destroy America. Finally, seeing that wasn’t sufficient they eliminated the comment section entirely, leaving no reason to visit at all.

Recusant
Guest

Timworstall.com is a classic for that. The comments are the best.

Tim
Guest

The comments here were good….until the antisemites showed up….

Obergruppenfuhrer WolfCastle
Guest
Obergruppenfuhrer WolfCastle

Poor, poor Timmy. Boo boo. No one cares.

Sam J.
Guest
I don’t think you can give a coherent reason why Whites shouldn’t be anti-Semites or ,against Jewish evil, as I would say. It’s in Whites best interest to be against the Jews. Really the only reason you have is, it’s not nice but why should we be nice to them? Are they nice to us? 24 hour a day demoralizing propaganda from the Jews attacking us, yet we should be civil? Concerted action to destroy our civilization on all the fronts they can fund? Attacking us on 09-11. Looting the Treasury in the banking crisis. Uncivil races shouldn’t expect civility… Read more »
Pimpkin\\\'s nephew
Guest
Agreed. The big boys and girls on “our team” just beat a drum now, exposing publicity-seekers on the Left by giving them… more publicity. I know what the airheads on CNN and MSNBC are “thinking”: thanks to Limbaugh. Here’s the thing: My life is improved in part by not knowing, or thinking about, the lucubrations of complete fools. Rush Limbaugh makes his millions nowadays by “exposing” on a daily basis all the rubbish that we know is out there and want to avoid. We learn nothing from this course in “advanced conservative studies”, except that Rush ought to hang it… Read more »
Member

Doubt is indeed on our side. It will create a vacuum. The question is what will fill this space. That is still very much up for grabs and potentially by something we haven’t even thought of yet.

Exciting times, Chinese curses and all.

Pericles
Guest

That creation of doubt fits into Army insurgency warfare doctrine. I would suggest to the readers that is our destination. We will conduct an insurgency based war to restore Western Civilization.

james wilson
Guest

Why would you restore the same vehicle that just caused it’s own ruination? It is very much like going back to the American principles of 1789. What happened will only happen again, except faster. Take a step forward or take a step back, but don’t restore this thing.

Pericles
Guest

Next time we could try using the enforcement mechanism that was abandoned in 1903 – an armed an organized population capable of enforcing their rights. One thing the founders of the US and Mao would agree – political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The disagreement is on who should be holding that gun.

Calsdad
Guest
The whole race mixing thing in advertising really picked up steam maybe 4 or 5 years ago. It was very apparent if you were a person who paid attention. There was always some of it around – but it struck me that somewhere along the line , somebody flipped a switch and the prevalence of it really increased – almost exponentially. It started showing up in places where there was really no reason for it – and it didn’t even make sense. If you watch enough of this stuff – you do notice these things. It was mostly “mix the… Read more »
BTampa
Guest

Saw exactly the same thing.

Rev.Hoagie
Guest
You noticed that too, Carlsdad? I am mostly stuck at home awaiting a transplant so my TV is always on as is my laptop. I thought I was imagining things when I began to notice a proliferation of mixed race couples on ads from diapers to dining. I’ve also noticed an almost painful attempt to make all TV doctors and judges black. If not black then Asian but if they are Asian they are all women. Like there is no such thing as an Asian male doctor. I’ve also noticed that every 115lb, 5’2″ chick is capable of beating the… Read more »
drowningpuppies
Guest

You’re missed over at the Cove.
Hope things go well for you.
DP

Member

To me, this is part of why the Democrats and the media believed their own hype that the country was minority-majority and Trump’s election victory was so shocking! I mean, everything they see on TV is mixed race this, and gender fluid and smart! They USA they see depicted on TV and movies and in ads…( the USA they force-feed everyone ) is not what is actually out there. Cognitive dissonance … explains the refusal to accept the election too…. everything they thought they knew… thrown upon the rocks of reality.

BTampa
Guest

I used the Drudge Report exactly the same way for just as long. Without really thinking about it, I believe I noticed the same trend as you did and I modified my use of the page.

First thing in the morning, yes. Once or twice more throughout the day to see if there’s anything new, yes. But that’s about it. More importantly the number of headlines I actually click on has dropped from “most of them” to about 2 or 3 per day.

Fake News is off-putting even when you aren’t consciously trying to avoid it.

Trent Denton
Guest

Man you guys need to get out of your bubble. NO ONE THINKS LIKE YOU DO.

Read Leonard Pitts. Read verysmartbrothas.

You guys have no connection with reality and Trump will be impeached within the year. Did you Jim Acosta DESTROY Stephen Miller yesterday? Did you know how popular Stephen Colbert is? Do you understand that most children are of Color.

Listen carefully: IT IS OVER FOR YOU GUYS. Only time will tell

Anonymous White Male
Guest

Look who’s back! Thanks for the comedy relief!

Member

I think you’re probably right, Trent. It’s just about over for us white guys. Read Spengler. (The real one, not the Jew that lives in Hong Kong or where-ever.) No culture lasts forever.
But when we go down, we take civilization down with us. And I don’t think you’ll like what happens then.

Anna
Guest

The Jewish “Spengler” lives in NYC. One of the most sophisticated people on the planet.
One of his essays claims that women try to marry victors of the wars (think Germany 1945 or end of Cold War Russian women).
Unfortunately a lot of white western women have same tendency. You could see a lot of blond French women with mixed race kids even 15 yrs ago. Must be much worse by now.

Calsdad
Guest
Not sure which color you are – or think you are , but you probably better start doing a little more reading. With a name like Trent Denton – I’m guessing you identify with the darker side of the color palette. From what I’ve seen over 5 decades – that’s going to be a real problem for you if the lighter side of the “color” palette starts to take over. Because the brownies don’t like the darkies any more than the whiteys do, and in fact – since they actually have to deal with them in REALITY (instead of in… Read more »
james wilson
Guest

Trent is a white prog troll or a gay mulatto. Mulattoes can dream of ruling because they often do wherever there are large black populations around, and all concerned accept that as perfectly natural. Which it is.

Member

Back on that crack pipe, I see.

Anonymous White Male
Guest

I never followed Drudge, although I did see him on TV a few times. His webpage looks like he spent a minimal effort on it at all. Given the amount of money he has made, he should be able to make it look more professional instead of text based. I’m not talking about looking like Breitbart, which is pretty much devolved to mainstream media levels of eye candy to distract the easily manipulated. Plus, Drudge is jewish, so there’s that.

Member

Drudge intentionally keeps his page that way.
Word is he is gay.

cerulean
Guest
” … the point is this. You don’t have to red pill your honky friends on everything, just whatever their¹ they’re ready for at the moment.” Use the idea of “fairness,” which the Left has exploited so successfully. The easiest thing to start with is this: No person should be made to feel ashamed of his skin color. Your honky friends are ready to hear this put into words. The term “white pride” will probably scare them away. This won’t. Use it to combat the “white privilege” crap. Push it for all it’s worth. Anyone can see that “white privilege”… Read more »
merrell denison
Guest

I don’t accept “White Privilege”. All I see is black deficiency.

Jackson
Guest
The race mixing thing has changed. It used to always be black-guy, white-chick. Now they are doing more white-guy, black-chick, and throwing the occasional zipperhead into the mix. Weird. Another little trick they do a lot, that I read about and now notice, is use children who are implausibly light-skinned for the couple in question. The black husband and wife have (some how) miraculously produced little mulattoes, while the race-mixed couple have produced octoroons. The propaganda message to whites is “you can even have kids who look a lot like you”. The truth is: not so much. Heidi Klum and… Read more »
Rod1963
Guest

Yep the kids never look even remotely like the white parent. That’s why in reality you don’t see very many white men/black female pairings with kids. Most men do know the offspring will never identify with or look like them in the least.

Look at the NY mayor’s kid. Big dumb looking black guy where black side is totally dominant.

Even Obama doesn’t look half-white. He looks like a 3rd world black with Indonesian blood lines.

james wilson
Guest

He looks half white to me, part black, all red, and uncannily like his CIA stringer grandfather.

Torquaymada
Guest

Should point out that the UK Guardian is right up there with BUT and WaPo!

Torquaymada
Guest

Should point out that the UK Guardian is right up there with NYT, WaPo and CNN!

Matt
Guest

You might want to give Grammarly a try. https://grammarly.com/

The Walkin\' Dude
Guest

One thing about whites…
When we get fed up, continents burn, plus we’re pretty darn good at genocide. I don’t see a problem, only a mutt child poking a polar bear with a stick.

Matt
Guest

The SJWs at Google have created an API called Perspective which will rank content based on perceived *Toxicity”.

It would be entertaining to apply the API to various sites to see what Google considers toxic. The API will call out a phrase like:

“illegal immigration is a problem” and report 44% likely to be perceived as toxic.

OR

“radical islam” and report 83% likely to be perceived as toxic.

https://www.perspectiveapi.com/

http://fortune.com/2017/02/23/alphabet-jigsaw-perspective-comment-moderator/

SO MESSED UP

Dr. Mabuse
Guest
I think many of us are like Lot’s wife. One minute we’re talking about how everything has changed, the elites have been exposed, the Dirt People have taken the red pill… and the next we complain that the media are all against us, and the LIV will march like zombies to the polling booths to put us all back into the matrix again. I think the election of Trump was itself proof that things had changed. Everyone knew that the media was trying to pull Hillary over the finish line. The important thing is that they failed. And 8 months… Read more »
Alzaebo
Guest

A growing portion get theirs from Univision y Telemundo- and Carlos Slim owns the NYT.

Severian
Guest
The problem for journalism has always been that “journalist,” if done right and on the level, is a job no sane person with anything on the ball would ever take. You spend most of your days as a stenographer for city council meetings, and arrange the squibs coming in over the wire services. Look at old-timey papers, before the eggheads got ahold of it and started issuing credentials — page one is about some new city ordinance; a tiny box down in the corner reads “Hitler wins Election” or “Famine in the Punjab; Thousands Dead.” If propaganda is straight prostitution,… Read more »
Saml Adams
Guest
You nailed it in the last sentence. Happen to live in a place chock full of the NY media crowd. What is interesting is that most aspire to be in the “in” crowd, but economically are not. So seem almost “ornamental” since they do appear on CNBC or write for the NYT so are always a good conversation piece to have at the party, but are never going to own the house next to yours in the Hamptons. And you can almost reach out and touch the seething resentment. The other feature is, that with a few exceptions, they are… Read more »
Ryan T
Guest

Breitbart is unreadable, the popup, side scrolling ads are unbearable and up there with the worst clickbait sites

Al from da Nort
Guest
Very interesting observations. This line of attack on the Prog media has, as Z Man points out, excellent potential to collapse a main pillar of the Prog edifice (another being their taxpayer provided interlocking slush funds). That the proposition can be demonstrated using another analytical framework should enhance its plausibility. So it is particularly interesting to examine this situation from a ‘military strategy as applied to politics’ point of view. How this can work as an analytical framework is: – One concise definition of the essence of military strategy is to make a surprise attack on the enemy’s center of… Read more »
Eclectic Esoteric
Guest

What allows “autocorrect” to elide the correct spelling of a word with nonsensical tripe?

A-Bax
Guest

I’ve been annoyed too, recently, by Drudge linking to WaPo articles, etc. There’s some scary headline, you click the link, and then it’s “oh, this is the NY Times, forget it”.

I guess it’s not his fault, like Z Man says, but I’ve now added CNN, the Bezos Post, and the Carlos Slim blog to the outlets that I Will Not Read. (Like MSNBC, HuffPo, or the big 3 network blogs).

Would be great if Drudge began refusing to link to certain outlets. CNN at a minimum, let’s say. Freeze them out of his web traffic.

Member
Good oh Zman. Agree with ya. I check Drudge daily.. and have noticed.. whoever does the links… they link to WAPO daily. Multiple stories. NYT too. It couldn’t be more partisan. Then throw in some Politico hit piece or another fake poll to influence the folks.. It’s weird. Where are the stories from LA Times or other big city papers that still have writers? The Drudge has turned into churning the fake news cycle and is blatantly hyping stupid fake stuff. It is remarkable and I came to the same thinking as you. At what point is Drudge a going… Read more »
Andy Texan
Guest

Drudge is losing it. All the headline links to hit pieces are discouraging. I much prefer Free Republic.

Karl Hungus
Guest

i very rarely click through on drudge. and the site is often stale. there has definitely been a change in tone since the coronation…

Eclectic Esoteric
Guest

Some of the fake news has an interesting twist. It was bait set out by intelligence to track leakers.

MKR
Guest

For some reason, your conclusion regarding “redpilling” reminds me of my joking realization following the successful home-schooling of my three daughters that “home-schooling is a gateway drug for all sorts of anti-social behavior.”

Pimpkin\\\'s nephew
Guest

No one wants to grow old. That said, there are times when age is sweet. I remind the young people in my little world that they’re in control now: And they get very upset. They’re scared and confused, as they should be. They face issues so grave, with an education so feeble, a moral foundation so useless, that all they can do is cling to each other on Facebook and hope that nameless adults will make everything well.

To paraphrase Vico: the twilight of society is peopled by “base savages masked under tender words and embraces.”

Member

I have thought for a while now that if all you knew about the US was from TV, you would think most couples are interracial and every family has at least one gay member.

sirlancelot
Guest
+1 for the Drudge Report ! Wife and I always skip the story and go straight to the comments. Very handy for finding out what race the perpetrator was , details on terrorist attacks, etc. Yahoo is constantly pumping out fake news about the president. Yet most comments are Pro President Trump ! There may be hope for us yet. Have noticed the black male white female agenda for quite some time. Are we all supposed to breed into one giant mongrel race ruled by the elites ? Mention this to family and friends and just get the eye roll.… Read more »
Xennady
Guest
When Antonin Scalia died I was shocked when people I knew simply assumed he was murdered. When I pointed out that he was quite elderly one of them rather crankily asserted that of course he was murdered, with me a fool to imagine otherwise. Well. This sort of thing reminds of what I used to read about the Soviet Union, in that everyone assumed what they saw from the state media was a lie, and they attempted to figure out the reality from that. When I see the Honkies- or some fraction of them, those I know- automatically concluding that… Read more »
Karl Hungus
Guest

lots of people fall asleep with a pillow over their faces.

Bill Robbins
Guest

In the advertising business, being viewed as conventional is death. Therefore, all the ad agencies move in lock-step to be unconventional.

jbspry
Guest

Belief makes blessed; doubt makes wise.

Whiskey
Guest
In my current gig, the end customers are all White women and the advertising and promotional materials all feature non-White women. So there’s that. Apparently that sells. For commercials, the real audience is the media buyers, all young women in New York, mostly White, with massive resentments against most White dudes for not being Alpha enough; leaving them to fight over the few Alpha dudes who become available. Or hook up with the local bike messenger / part time dealer with five other girls on the side. Yeah of course White Women/ Black male sells to this group; and from… Read more »
George Orwell
Guest

“Having a mixed race couple peddling camping gear then looks like an ad for race mixing, not camping gear.”

Being involved in advertising, I can assure you this is the plan. Because ad men and advertisers have been convinced pushing SJW pieties is good for business as well as The Right Thing To Do.

TLeaBoomer
Guest

Noticed the ads ages ago. It even shows up in places one wouldn’t expect. Take a comic for kids (and kid-like people), Archie comics. There was a storyline where Archie married the black Josie and they had a black red-headed daughter. And just to drive the point home, in case you missed it, blonde-haired Betty, usually hopelessly in love with Archive, fell for Josie’s brother – also black.

On TV, blacks are way over-represented according to their actual numbers, which should be 1-2 in 10 at most. It’s even worse with gays.

walt reed
Guest

The British press has outperformed the US version for a long time. There is obvious bias on the other side of the pond but, they seem to delight in spearing all sides of the welfare supported government class.

LetsPlay
Member

Just my two cents but my go-to source is The Conservative Treehouse. I find the Drudge Report more and more like the National Enquirer offering up a bunch of sleeze and hyped up trash from all sorts of worthless sources that have been thoroughly discredited as FAKE News. Beyond politics, I go to Breitbart.

As for random news, always consider the source.

wpDiscuz