What Facebook said to Newsbusters and What I heard

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What Facebook said to Newsbusters and What I heard

Trust but verify

Ronald Rea­gan

When I read this response from Mark Zuker­berg to Brent Bozell’s wor­ries about Face­book label­ing news as fake:

I expressed grave con­cern with this deci­sion and the lib­eral ‘fact-​checking’ orga­ni­za­tions Face­book has cho­sen. Mr. Zucker­berg assured me that his express aim is to elim­i­nate only patently false news sto­ries from Face­book. He under­scored he has instructed these orga­ni­za­tions to focus only on truly fake news and noth­ing of a polit­i­cal nature.

and saw this tweet:

My mind instantly heard

This is the last ter­ri­to­r­ial demand I have to make in Europe, but it is a demand on which I will not yield. I am thank­ful to Mr. Cham­ber­lain for all his trou­ble and I assured him that the Ger­man peo­ple wants noth­ing but peace, but I also declared that I can­not go beyond the lim­its of our patience. I fur­ther assured him and I repeat here that if this prob­lem is solved, there will be no fur­ther ter­ri­to­r­ial prob­lems in Europe for Germany.

I sus­pect it’s because of these mul­ti­ple exam­ples of face­book bias from this post, Molly Hemingway’s excel­lent fed­er­al­ist piece

This is not to say that “fake news” doesn’t exist. Of course it exists. It always has and it always will. But the idea that it’s a major prob­lem requir­ing lim­its on expres­sion is crazy. Even the sto­ries claim­ing it’s big news show that it’s not. Pew Char­i­ta­ble Trusts fol­lowed their pro­gres­sive march­ing orders and did a poll on the mat­ter. They spun it as dra­mat­i­cally as they could: “Many Amer­i­cans Believe Fake News Is Sow­ing Con­fu­sion.”

But it actu­ally showed that 84 per­cent of Amer­i­cans are con­fi­dent that they can detect fake news when they come across it. Their con­cerns about fake news are really con­cerns about the spread of false infor­ma­tion — some­thing that just as well describes main­stream media as sites that more overtly craft fake news.

and this one at Bre­it­bart

IFCN is hosted by the Poyn­ter Insti­tute for Media Stud­ies. A cur­sory search of the Poyn­ter Insti­tute web­site finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Soci­ety Foun­da­tions as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, Google, and the National Endow­ment for Democracy.

Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omid­yar Net­work, which is the non­profit for lib­eral bil­lion­aire eBay founder Pierre Omid­yar. The Omid­yar Net­work has part­nered with the Open Soci­ety on numer­ous projects and it has given grants to third par­ties using the Soros-​funded Tides Foun­da­tion. Tides is one of the largest donors to left-​wing causes in the U.S.

All of this comes down to what a Galen­ian, whose birth­day we are cel­e­brat­ing a week from tomor­row, once said

A good tree does not bear rot­ten fruit, nor does a rot­ten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For peo­ple do not pick figs from thorn­bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.

Now while I under­stand that Mr. Bozell as a Gen­tle­man took Mr. Zucker­berg at his word

I will accept in good faith his com­mit­ment to address our con­cerns on this matter.

I trust he did so in the spirit of Churchill and not of Cham­ber­lin and with the full knowl­edge that many below him in the Face­book hier­ar­chy who will be actu­ally mak­ing the deci­sions on what to flag and what not will take Mr. Zuckerberg’s state­ment to him with a wink and a nod.

As for me, my deci­sion years ago not to join face­book, not even for the pro­mo­tion of the site or radio show, is look­ing bet­ter & better.

If you’d like to help sup­port inde­pen­dent non MSM jour­nal­ism and opin­ion like from writ­ers all over the nation like Baldilocks, RH, Fausta, JD Rucker Christo­pher Harper, Pat Austin, and John Ruberry plus sev­eral monthly & part time writ­ers work­ing here and want to help pay their monthly wages (and the Car­toon­ist I’m look­ing to hire, details here) please con­sider hit­ting DaTipJar.




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Trust but verify

Ronald Reagan

When I read this response from Mark Zukerberg to Brent Bozell’s worries about Facebook labeling news as fake:

I expressed grave concern with this decision and the liberal ‘fact-checking’ organizations Facebook has chosen. Mr. Zuckerberg assured me that his express aim is to eliminate only patently false news stories from Facebook. He underscored he has instructed these organizations to focus only on truly fake news and nothing of a political nature.

and saw this tweet:

My mind instantly heard

This is the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe, but it is a demand on which I will not yield. I am thankful to Mr. Chamberlain for all his trouble and I assured him that the German people wants nothing but peace, but I also declared that I cannot go beyond the limits of our patience. I further assured him and I repeat here that if this problem is solved, there will be no further territorial problems in Europe for Germany.

I suspect it’s because of these multiple examples of facebook bias from this post,  Molly Hemingway’s excellent federalist piece

This is not to say that “fake news” doesn’t exist. Of course it exists. It always has and it always will. But the idea that it’s a major problem requiring limits on expression is crazy. Even the stories claiming it’s big news show that it’s not. Pew Charitable Trusts followed their progressive marching orders and did a poll on the matter. They spun it as dramatically as they could: “Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion.”

But it actually showed that 84 percent of Americans are confident that they can detect fake news when they come across it. Their concerns about fake news are really concerns about the spread of false information — something that just as well describes mainstream media as sites that more overtly craft fake news.

and this one at Breitbart

IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omidyar Network, which is the nonprofit for liberal billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Network has partnered with the Open Society on numerous projects and it has given grants to third parties using the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.  Tides is one of the largest donors to left-wing causes in the U.S.

All of this comes down to what a Galenian, whose birthday we are celebrating a week from tomorrow, once said

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.

Now while I understand that Mr. Bozell as a Gentleman took Mr. Zuckerberg at his word

I will accept in good faith his commitment  to address our concerns on this matter.

I trust he did so in the spirit of Churchill and not of Chamberlin and with the full knowledge that many below him in the Facebook hierarchy who will be actually making the decisions on what to flag and what not will take Mr. Zuckerberg’s statement to him with a wink and a nod.

As for me, my decision years ago not to join facebook, not even for the promotion of the site or radio show, is looking better & better.

If you’d like to help support independent non MSM journalism and opinion like from writers all over the nation like Baldilocks, RH, Fausta, JD Rucker Christopher Harper, Pat Austin, and John Ruberry plus several monthly & part time writers working here and want to help pay their monthly wages (and the Cartoonist I’m looking to hire, details here) please consider hitting DaTipJar.




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