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Tue Dec 27, 2016, 01:32 AM

Fascism 101.

WASHINGTON — The C.I.A., the F.B.I. and the White House may all agree that Russia was behind the hacking that interfered with the election. But that was of no import to the website Breitbart News, which dismissed reports on the intelligence assessment as “left-wing fake news.”

Rush Limbaugh has diagnosed a more fundamental problem. “The fake news is the everyday news” in the mainstream media, he said on his radio show recently. “They just make it up.”

Some supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump have also taken up the call. As reporters were walking out of a Trump rally this month in Orlando, Fla., a man heckled them with shouts of “Fake news!”

Until now, that term had been widely understood to refer to fabricated news accounts that are meant to spread virally online. But conservative cable and radio personalities, top Republicans and even Mr. Trump himself, incredulous about suggestions that fake stories may have helped swing the election, have appropriated the term and turned it against any news they see as hostile to their agenda.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/25/us/politics/fake-news-claims-conservatives-mainstream-media-.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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Robert Reich

What’s the truth? Conservative talk-show hosts, right-wing media, and Trump himself are on a campaign to discredit traditional sources of facts and analysis – scientists, economists, criminologists, government data, and mainstream media -- and substitute their preferred reality.

For example:

1. The CIA and FBI say Russia interfered with the election to benefit Trump. But Trump disagrees. And Breitbart News (until recently under the watch of Trump’s strategic advisor Steven Bennan) dismisses the CIA report as “left-wing fake news.”

2. Almost all scientists agree climate change is real and is caused by humans. But Trump disagrees. And so does Scott Pruitt, his nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

3. The F.B.I. and virtually all criminologists agree that the rate of homicides in the U.S. has plummeted in recent years. But Trump says it’s soared. So does Fox News.

4. Most health policy analysts agree that Medicare’s costs are rising both because the costs of health care are rising and the American population is aging. But Paul Ryan and many Republicans in Congress say Medicare itself is to blame.

5. Government data show the rate of illegal immigration has declined sharply over the last ten years, and that undocumented immigrants commit proportionately fewer crimes than native-born Americans. But Trump claims the opposite is true, and both Breitbart and Fox News agree with Trump.

6. Most economists and policy analysts don’t think that tax cuts to the rich result in better wages for most people. But Trump’s economic advisers contend otherwise.

On almost every major issue to be addressed over the next few years, Trump and the rightwing media are already feeding Americans big lies, and trying to discredit traditional sources of truth. This poses one of the greatest threats to our democracy.

What do you think?

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Shit is getting real and it ain't even January

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2016, 01:40 AM

1. Good.

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2016, 01:53 AM

2. So many are in facist step already . Celebrating a foreign country hacking a US presidential

candidate and spreading false inflamatory information . Fascists will go after opposition journalist and intellectuals

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Response to lunasun (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 27, 2016, 02:04 AM

3. Unfortunately , this can happen...

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2016, 03:28 AM

4. Yes tRump is already abusing power and the propaganda has been flowing for years

Welcome to Fascism America

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Response to pbmus (Original post)

Tue Dec 27, 2016, 04:29 AM

5. Bush II was proto-fascist; Trump has erased the "proto-"

All the earmarks are there. The next four years will be a test-- all Americans are now in uncharted waters.

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