Hate Hoax Fake News

Hate hoaxes and fake news are separate issues united by mainstream media’s narrative agenda

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Hate hoaxes and fake news are separate issues united by mainstream media's narrative agenda

Hate is a real issue. Amer­i­cans have plenty of it. They demon­strate it all the time. The dif­fer­ence between hate today and hate in the recent past is that it’s now man­i­fest­ing in the form of hoaxes per­pe­trated mostly by the left. They don’t want to be seen as hate­ful, so they turn their own hate into “clever” ruses to paint the right as the “real “haters.

Fake news is a real issue. As an obses­sive con­sumer of polit­i­cal media, I’m a fake news hip­ster. I’ve been call­ing it out since before it was cool.

Today, we’re see­ing the two col­lide in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. They’ve always had a sec­ondary rela­tion­ship in that hoaxes would be per­pe­trated and the media would inves­ti­gate and report if nec­es­sary, but the bound­ary that sep­a­rated them has col­lapsed. Today, the media’s stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dure is to report the hoax first, inves­ti­gate (or maybe not) later.

Why did this hap­pen? Did the media become sud­denly more gullible? No. This is will­ful. Ever since about a month and a half before the elec­tion, main­stream media started their “ready, fire, aim” stance on hate hoaxes because they real­ized they needed it to prop­a­gate their nar­ra­tive agenda. They’ve learned two impor­tant things: falling for a hoax will not decrease ratings/​readership, and they can source each other rather than inves­ti­gate in order to jus­tify their choices.

Here are four major hate hoaxes that have been reported in the last 24 hours:

In all four cases, there were rea­sons for the media to doubt the sto­ries. In all four cases, the nar­ra­tive of white and/​or con­ser­v­a­tive and/​or Trump-​supporting and/​or big­oted “peo­ple of priv­i­lege” per­se­cuted and/​or harassed and/​or dis­crim­i­nated against some vari­a­tion of minor­ity. In all four cases, the hoax was reported before con­firmed and later it was revealed by law enforce­ment or con­ser­v­a­tive media that we had all been duped.

Here’s the core of the prob­lem. Main­stream media has a nar­ra­tive agenda that has failed mis­er­ably. They did every­thing they could to hand the White House and Sen­ate to the Democ­rats. In the past, that’s all that needed to hap­pen; if the media united behind a cause, they could bend the will of the peo­ple. In the case of the 2016 elec­tion, their agenda back­fired, so they now have two choices. They could learn their lessons and return to a bygone day when reporters actu­ally reported and com­men­ta­tors made absolutely cer­tain their per­spec­tives would not be con­fused with news.

Pre­dictably, main­stream media has cho­sen option two. They’re dou­bling down. The les­son they think they learned from their mis­take is that they can’t allow a sliver of doubt to creep in. They actu­ally think they were too easy on Don­ald Trump. They think they didn’t push enough of their nar­ra­tive on Sen­ate races. They think they now need to pro­mote their agenda in full force, work­ing over­time if necessary.

They’re going to get away with it, too, if we let them. Nobody calls out the orig­i­nal source. All it takes is for one media out­let to report some­thing as real and the rest will jump on the band­wagon rather than inves­ti­gate if for them­selves. It’s not that they believe it to be true. It’s that they hope for it to be true. That’s enough. They’ve lost their way.

As con­ser­v­a­tives, we need to take two stances. We need to call out the media when hate is faked and we need to call out the real haters. We’re not inno­cent in this. Many con­ser­v­a­tives will turn a blind eye or even mount a fee­ble defense when real big­otry or hatred is present. To stay con­sis­tent, we have to stick with the truth regard­less of whose side is to blame. The only way we can defeat the lib­eral media nar­ra­tive agenda is if we take the high road every time.

Hate is a real issue. Americans have plenty of it. They demonstrate it all the time. The difference between hate today and hate in the recent past is that it’s now manifesting in the form of hoaxes perpetrated mostly by the left. They don’t want to be seen as hateful, so they turn their own hate into “clever” ruses to paint the right as the “real “haters.

Fake news is a real issue. As an obsessive consumer of political media, I’m a fake news hipster. I’ve been calling it out since before it was cool.

Today, we’re seeing the two collide in spectacular fashion. They’ve always had a secondary relationship in that hoaxes would be perpetrated and the media would investigate and report if necessary, but the boundary that separated them has collapsed. Today, the media’s standard operating procedure is to report the hoax first, investigate (or maybe not) later.

Why did this happen? Did the media become suddenly more gullible? No. This is willful. Ever since about a month and a half before the election, mainstream media started their “ready, fire, aim” stance on hate hoaxes because they realized they needed it to propagate their narrative agenda. They’ve learned two important things: falling for a hoax will not decrease ratings/readership, and they can source each other rather than investigate in order to justify their choices.

Here are four major hate hoaxes that have been reported in the last 24 hours:

In all four cases, there were reasons for the media to doubt the stories. In all four cases, the narrative of white and/or conservative and/or Trump-supporting and/or bigoted “people of privilege” persecuted and/or harassed and/or discriminated against some variation of minority. In all four cases, the hoax was reported before confirmed and later it was revealed by law enforcement or conservative media that we had all been duped.

Here’s the core of the problem. Mainstream media has a narrative agenda that has failed miserably. They did everything they could to hand the White House and Senate to the Democrats. In the past, that’s all that needed to happen; if the media united behind a cause, they could bend the will of the people. In the case of the 2016 election, their agenda backfired, so they now have two choices. They could learn their lessons and return to a bygone day when reporters actually reported and commentators made absolutely certain their perspectives would not be confused with news.

Predictably, mainstream media has chosen option two. They’re doubling down. The lesson they think they learned from their mistake is that they can’t allow a sliver of doubt to creep in. They actually think they were too easy on Donald Trump. They think they didn’t push enough of their narrative on Senate races. They think they now need to promote their agenda in full force, working overtime if necessary.

They’re going to get away with it, too, if we let them. Nobody calls out the original source. All it takes is for one media outlet to report something as real and the rest will jump on the bandwagon rather than investigate if for themselves. It’s not that they believe it to be true. It’s that they hope for it to be true. That’s enough. They’ve lost their way.

As conservatives, we need to take two stances. We need to call out the media when hate is faked and we need to call out the real haters. We’re not innocent in this. Many conservatives will turn a blind eye or even mount a feeble defense when real bigotry or hatred is present. To stay consistent, we have to stick with the truth regardless of whose side is to blame. The only way we can defeat the liberal media narrative agenda is if we take the high road every time.