I love the fast/fake news cycle

If I were to believe the news reports from just a single lamestream muddia outlet inside of just ten minutes:

  • The was a shooting at a VA hospital in Chattanooga.
  • No, it was a Navy recruiting center, and a naval officer was killed.
  • Oops. It was a Navy Support Center office building with no recruiting office.
  • Um… maybe no one was shot.
  • Then again, maybe a police officer was shot.
  • You know, we aren’t sure if anyone was shot.
  • Or if shots were even fired.
  • Alert! Shots fired at the college campus, too. May be related the other possible shooting.
  • Or not. Maybe they just locked down in response to the first reported possible shooting.
  • ALERT! again. Possible shots fired a a third location, a shopping center. Could be related to the first two one possible shooting.
  • (…excuse us while we suddenly let that third alleged shooting fall out of the reports ‘cuz we may have made that up too blatantly…)

When you have multiple competing “news” channels running 24/7/365, there really isn’t enough factual news to fill even a small fraction of the airtime. So they scramble for any friend of a neighbor of a guy whose girlfriend drove by a coffee shop visited by a cop who heard someone gossiping on the radio about something to give them nice “unconfirmed” alleged information to scoop the other channels. Then the plastic-brained hairspray addicts in the studio mix their own unsubstantiated speculations in with the [-giggle-] “real” news report. The other anchors will then pick up the reality-detached hallucinations of the first set of anchors as [-giggle-] “real” news… and pass it on again. This establishes of positive feedback loop of oscillating BS.

Anyone recall the four shooters (including two brothers) with full-auto assault rifles assault weapons rifle and shotgun two handguns [honestly, I stopped keeping track after that- cb] attacking the school where the two one shooter’s mother [didn’t] work, and prowling in the woods in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting?


3 thoughts on “I love the fast/fake news cycle

  1. MamaLiberty July 16, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I’m sure you’ve played the “telephone” game, where people are seated in a row. The first person reads a short “story” and then tells it to the next one. He/she then tells the next person… on down the line. The final person compares the story they heard with the one that was written. We used to do this frequently in the Scout adult leader training I gave… and the end story never bore any resemblance to the original. Even if there were only four or five people involved.

    And that was in honest people, without malice or political agenda!!

    The mainstream media (and altogether too much of the alternative media) have an agenda, and no problem scrambling the facts or making up some if they want to… And they wonder why nobody actually believes anything anymore.


    • Bear July 16, 2015 / 1:58 pm

      Amusingly, I’ve done a version of the telephone game in which everyone had to write down what they heard, then pass that on; we could read our notes directly to the next person.The idea was to read everyone’s notes afterward to show where the distortions came from. It drove them crazy that my versions always matched the one that was relayed to me almost verbatim.

      That would seem to disqualify me for any news reporting role these days. On the other hand, I have published two novels of speculative fiction, along with another couple of dozen speculative stories. I could certainly be a Faux Snooze analyst based on that demonstrated ability to make shit up.


      • MamaLiberty July 16, 2015 / 2:31 pm

        Having each person write down what they heard would be a very interesting variation. I used to be the BSA training chair there in So. Calif, and conducted adult leader training for many years. Teaching them how communications happen, and the various barriers and problems they could expect, was one of the main themes. I was the first in that region to initiate such training for our volunteer leaders, and it was very well received.

        All these years later, I remember so well, and am not surprised when people don’t seem to understand even the most clearly presented material. Won BSA awards, even. 🙂


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