‘Mainstream’ media has a new fact-checking standard: ‘Kinda plausible’

By J. D. Heyes, NewsTarget

By now it should be very apparent to most Americans that sending our children to a college or university is a crap shoot in terms of how they will come out the other end four, five, or more years later when they graduate.

That’s because even if you instill in your kids your conservative, pro-America, constitutional values, they are going be inundated with Left-wing pabulum, propaganda, and disinformation virtually every moment of their higher education experience.

Case in point: One professor, Ian Bremmer, a geopolitical analyst, journalist, and cable news regular, actually attributed a ‘quote’ about North Korea to POTUS Donald Trump that was 100 percent made up, but posted on Twitter as though it was real — and then he actually defended his actions and his lie.

As reported by The Washington Examiner, Bremmer did not fess up to fabricating the post until after it was jumped on by other Left-wing hacks like Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and CNN analyst Ana Navarro-Cardenas, whose Trump Derangement Syndrome is well into the advanced stages, and then spread around the cybersphere as a real quote.

The supposed quote: “Kim Jong Un is smarter and would make a better President than Sleepy Joe Biden.”

The Washington Examiner: 

The quote was unverified by journalists in the traveling pool with Trump in Japan. Once confronted about it online by a Washington Examiner reporter, Bremmer admitted it was false, though he said it could be “plausible.”

Where does Bremmer work? Why, TIME magazine, of course. He’s a foreign affairs columnist for the discredited publication and an ‘editor-at-large.’ 

Bremmer went on to claim that his hoax statement is “a comment on the state of media and the twitterverse today.”

Jerry Dunleavy, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, tried to get a response about the fake quote from Bremmer, but he said the TIME ‘journalist’ “tried to clap back at me but then deleted all his tweets because he is garbage.” 

Dunleavy continued, noting, “Bremmer also responded to the reporter’s tweet by calling his own tweet an ‘objectively ludicrous quote.’ And Bremmer tried to defend his spreading of false information by calling his fake quote ‘kinda plausible … especially on Twitter, where people automatically support whatever political position they have.’”

“That’s the point,” Bremmer noted before deleting all of his prior posts in the thread.

Riiight. Remember Time Magazine is the media outlet that brought us the hoax of the crying migrant child at the border with her mother:

This was the real photo. She wasn’t left there, as the magazine insinuated (and refused to apologize for):

The charade did catch the attention of POTUS Donald Trump, who is visiting a key Asian ally — Japan. 

“This is what’s going on in the age of Fake News. People think they can say anything and get away with it,” the president tweeted, adding: “Really, the libel laws should be changed to hold Fake News Media accountable!”

That’s really not a bad idea about the libel laws when you stop and think about it. Our Constitution guarantees a free press, of course, as well as free speech, but there are laws on the books that actually limit public speech to what is verifiable, safe, and accurate — and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, have routinely upheld those laws.

You can’t yell “fire!” in a crowded theater, for instance. There are laws against “hate speech” (though many of them go too far). 

And you cannot publicly slander a person — that is, say something patently false or unproven about them — because you can be held legally liable for such statements. So why can news agencies publish patently false information (such as, “President Trump ‘colluded with Russia’”) and not be held liable? 

Or jerk columnist/professors whose Trump Derangement Syndrome is acting up at the moment?

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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2 Comments on "‘Mainstream’ media has a new fact-checking standard: ‘Kinda plausible’"

  1. Howard Beale has Radial Tires | May 28, 2021 at 4:21 pm | Reply

    Super duper smart journalists believe the delete button makes it flush down the memory hole.
    They also think that if some tenured Bolshevik RAT professor says something then it must be etched on a stone tablet and placed on an altar.
    Ol’ Joey Goebbles would be proud of his comrades in the American P.K. or Propaganda Kompanie.

  2. No, idiot, it wasn’t “a comment on the state of the media and twitterverse these days”. It is the reason for the state of the media and twitterverse these days!

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