The King of Fake News | The American Spectator
"Last week, Hillary Clinton told Congress that an epidemic of “fake news and false propaganda” had flooded social media.
She said, “This is not about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk, lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities,” Clinton said. “It is a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”
...These days, the liberal media don’t wait for enemy governments to make stuff up.
They do it themselves.
Eleven years ago, a breathless Dan Rather reported a 60 Minutes story based on newly discovered Texas Air National Guard documents.
Rather purported to prove that President George W. Bush violated orders, evaded the draft, and broke a whole bunch of Air Force regulations decades ago while a pilot for the Texas ANG.
The documents were obviously forgeries, a fact that came out within hours of Rather’s report when a few experts at a conservative blog site saw that the typeface couldn’t have been produced when the documents were alleged to have been, because they were printed on a modern computer’s printer rather than a typewriter.
That was a perfect example of fake news.
Another was Hillary Clinton’s claim that in 1996 she and her daughter Chelsea had landed in Bosnia under sniper fire.
(In 2003 news anchor Brian Williams made a similar claim, reporting that a helo he was riding in was forced down by gunfire during the Iraq invasion. He must have been so lazy that he essentially plagiarized Clinton’s 1996 claim.)
But all those examples are small potatoes.
There is only one King of Fake News.
That’s President Barack Obama.
Everyone remembers his line, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,” which was PolitiFact’s lie of the year in 2013.
But to fully grasp how Obama and his disastrous team relied on their media pals to spread fake news in order to propel his agenda for the past eight years we have to recall the actions of three people: Jonathan Gruber, Ben Rhodes, and Susan Rice.
Jonathan Gruber was one of the principal architects of Obamacare.
Although Obama denied that Gruber was on his staff, Gruber was paid about $400,000 to draft parts of the Obamacare bill.
The individual mandate — which requires every American to buy health insurance or pay a fine — is his idea.
In 2014, seven videos of Gruber’s speeches were published.
In them, he ridiculed Americans, saying we are so thoroughly stupid that he and the rest of Obama’s team were able to lie on fundamental points of Obamacare to get the bill through Congress and engage the media to publish their lies.
In the videos, Gruber boasted that if people had been told the truth about Obamacare, the bill would have died in Congress.
He said the bill “was written in a tortured way so that the Congressional Budget Office didn’t determine that the individual mandate was a tax.
He said “the lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that “the stupidity of the American voter… was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”..."