"Fake News" moral panic to be weaponized against resistance to abusive government programs
Here is a sneak preview for everyone : North Dakota Governor Dalrymple claims "fake news" like documenting spraying water protectors with fire hoses in 20 degree weather led them to defeat on social media (video from drones banned by the FAA showed fires were not the target). Every time people stand up to abuses authorities will claim it's "fake news":
North Dakota governor says pipeline company ‘abdicated’ role in defending project: (Dec 9, Forum News Service)
State officials have been busy maintaining public safety in the face of a sophisticated public relations operation involving paid protesters, strategic advice from public relations professionals and an “army” of activists posting often misleading information, including “fake news,” that has shaped national media coverage, Dalrymple said.
“National media is killing us,” the governor said.
“There’s a new paradigm,” he said, referring to the influence of social media in molding public opinion. “I try to do what I can, but I’m no match for that organization. That’s a long-term challenge. That may be going on well after the pipeline is laid.”....
Some protesters also repeatedly provoked law enforcement officers to try to goad them into a response that would make law enforcement look bad on video that would be widely shared on social media sites, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said.
One notable example came Nov. 20, he said, when protesters refused to back away from a bridge and set fires. When responders used fire hoses to douse the flames, protesters could easily have moved back away from the spray, but didn’t, creating a misleading visual representation of the confrontation, Wrigley said.
Wrigley said he and Dalrymple, joined by Col. Michael Gerhart, superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, and Al Dohrmann, adjutant general of the state National Guard, as well as Ron Rauschenberger, Dalrymple’s chief of staff, watched a live video feed of the confrontation.
“The Native Americans are being used, absolutely being used, by these outside agitators,” Wrigley said. “The state of North Dakota is not in conflict with the Standing Rock tribe.”
[Also note "outside agitators" is a phrase from the 1950s, showing how dated their ideology is]
Many of the outlets named by the Washington Post "fake news" piece are speaking out and Yves Smith from Nakedcapitalism.com has prepared action for libel.
Hard line politicians like Dalrymple will keep naming organizations highlighting their misconduct as "fake news". So this is how the fake news moral panic will be weaponized for crackdowns.
Also the North Dakota theatre gave many examples where local police routinely lied up to politicians and feds. There's not an internal way to really process their deception level except videos - that is one of few levers available for deterring police deception in internal vertical information flows within the government (and of course politicians are generally happy to accept the deceptions unless their hand is forced by public videos).
Hillary naturally is complaining about fake news (rather than, say, Trump's intense attacks on organized labor) even though she purveyed plenty of fake news to help achieve the political goal of invading Iraq.
[hat tip @xodanix3]
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