Skip to comments.The Left is Busily Planting Fake Red-Meat Conservative News Sites
Posted on 09/01/2016 9:04:58 AM PDT by CedarDave
Almost all of us have been a victim of accidentally spreading fake news at one time. A trusted friend emails you a link to an article that is red meat for the conservative base; it sounds legitimate, and the name of the site even sounds official. You forward the article and post it on Facebook and Twitter and then the backlash is embarrassing. Multiple people point out youre wrong, and you feel like an idiot. But how were you to know, especially in this information overload, social media era? It has become normal to quickly skim articles and headlines. And why would you suspect your most trusted, intelligent friends would be sending you false news?
By posting these outlandish tales, the sites attract many page views, which allows them to make money from advertisers. Even more nefarious, some are run by Democrats in order to make conservatives look like radical extremists. The strategy, an insider told me, is to fool so many conservatives into spreading a ridiculous, fake article that finally a prominent elected official falls for it. Then the left pounces on the official and makes them look foolish and/or an extremist.
As Ive written previously, putting out heroic stories about Donald Trump that turn out to be false doesnt help Trump when people discover they are false.
Some of the worst offenders are sites that rip off names from legitimate conservative news sites. World News Daily Report is a typical example. It sounds very similar to the conservative site WorldNetDaily, which recently renamed itself to WND. The disclaimer on the site says nothing about the news being fake; instead, it disingenuously states that the site is not responsible for inaccurate information.
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They create these fake conservative sites, load them with outlandish claims, and then post “quotes” from them on facebook as an example of what the right believes. Pure Mobys.
One reason why I don't do Faceplant.
The Onion is fake? Oh, no.
What am I going to tell the dog?
I fact check anything I read on the net. It’s simpler that way.
Well some little paid idiots in their parents basement have been busy. Guess it keeps them off the streets.
It used to be The Onion was the only satire news site. And the site makes it very clear its news is satire. But within the last year, multiple sites (there is a list compiled here) have sprung up that do not make it clear they are satire, if at all. They brazenly post fake news that isnt even funny, like The Onion, but sounds like legitimate news.
[I fact check anything I read on the net. Its simpler that way.]
Yup. If I read something suspect, I do a search to see if any other legitiate media source is carrying the same story. If not, I don’t bother opening it.
If you did not know that The Onion was a fake site, you really should not be allowed to vote.
You missed one
The People’s Cube is not ‘fake news’.
It is a satirical site and always has been.
You left off CNN, RedState, National Review, The Blaze, and all polling companies and people who report their results like diligent little robots. All false.
I suspect your list of crap “news sites” is incomplete. Add to that the trolls who spam legitimate news sites and you have internet Marxism courtesy of George Soros and his pawns.
This will be very helpful. Also, is there a conservative alternative to Snopes? You have probably heard by now that we can’t trust Snopes on anything involving politics, though they are still reliable regarding chain letters, urban legends, etc.
Anyone who thinks the Onion isn’t funny has no appreciation for comedy writing.
“Almost all of us have been a victim of accidentally spreading fake news at one time.”
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