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Labelling Dissenting Media As ‘Fake News’ Is The Same As Telling Us That Our Grievances Are Imaginary

by Caitlin Johnstone

The political establishment’s attempt to regain control of the narrative by tarring all dissenting media as ‘fake news’ is the largest gaslighting attempt in American history.

I’d like to tell you a story, dear reader. It’s a very naughty story, one we’re not meant to tell. This is an Officially Unapproved Story, so don’t tell the people in charge, okay? Let me fluff your pillow. Are you comfy? Good.

Up until very recently, the politicians of the U.S. government were the sole custodians of which stories get told to the American people, and which don’t. They’re in charge of what gets printed in textbooks and taught in schools, and the media consolidation made possible by 1996’s Telecommunications Act means that 90% of U.S. media is controlled by just six corporations, making the pervasive collusion and cronyism between political parties and members of the press as revealed by WikiLeaks exponentially easier to pull off.

Then people started getting internet access, and started sharing different stories. Unapproved stories. The political establishment didn’t even know how to talk about it at first; George W. Bush famously referred to rumors being circulated on “the internets” about what was happening with the Iraq war.

By 2016, “the internets” became so widely accessed that they determined the outcome of the election for the most powerful political office on planet Earth. A self-proclaimed democratic socialist nearly overthrew the candidacy of the anointed heir to the Clinton dynasty whom the establishment had already agreed it was going to forcibly install to the throne. They were able to beat him back using every dirty, underhanded trick in the book, but it was hard, and they got sloppy. And they got caught.

And those darn internets struck again. WikiLeaks began releasing material showing how the heir to the Clinton dynasty was being propped up by insanely corrupt forces, and how the will of the American people was being intentionally subverted and manipulated by the political establishment and its collaboration with those six powerful media giants, who in typical neoliberal fashion have been enjoying an abundance of tax breaks, deregulations and legislative loopholes in return for their collaboration. Those leaked documents began circulating on the internets, and people began connecting bits of information and noticing other major plot holes in the Officially Approved Story about what exactly is happening in America in 2016. By the time election day rolled around, there were too many people telling naughty, unapproved stories for the anointed queen to take the throne. She lost.

But 2016 also brought an answer to the question of how to deal with this perplexing problem of the internets. Russian hackers were blamed for the WikiLeaks releases, and Russian-made propaganda was blamed for Clinton’s loss. When people started pointing to signs that a child sex trafficking ring may be operating under the supervision of these same unfathomably corrupt, lying politicians, this was cited as more evidence that this whole internets thing has gotten completely out of control. And thus all Unapproved Stories were officially labeled “fake news”.

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