The unholy alliance between Donald Trump, the king of „alternate facts“, and the right-wing press managed to derail the election that was Hillary’s to lose. That at least seems to be the story line most liberals in America have adopted to explain the (for them) unexplainable. The alt.right rumor mongers, they say, have succeeded in turning the social web into a weapon of misconception, a tool powerful enough to sway masses of voters into making decisions based on untruth. This, they believe, is a totally new phenomenon, a dastardly and highly efficient way of corrupting the Internet and poisoning the wells of online information.
In fact, fake news is as old as politics itself, and feeding falsehood to the press has been around for ages.
One of the best examples of the unwitting collusion between the fourth estate and the powers that wish to be has been largely forgotten, but deserves to be revisited as a cautionary tale for all of us consumers of media, be it printed or distributed digitally. Weiterlesen