So-called “mainstream” media has focused on “fake” news.
Liberal partisans in the press are convinced Hillary Clinton lost the election, in part, because of so-called “fake” news.
But the fake news spread by CNN and other mainstream media outlets has led to deadly consequences.
Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown after Brown attacked him when he reached for his gun.
But in the confusion of the event, some witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up in the surrender position.
The false story of “hands up, don’t shoot” was born.
The coroner’s report confirmed that Brown did not have his hands up when he was shot.
However, that was well after the media spread the story of “hands up, don’t shoot” like wildfire.
The worst offender was CNN.
Their anchors appeared on air and made the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture in support of protesters taking to the streets after a grand jury refused to indict Officer Wilson.
The Washington Examiner reported:
“This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features a CNN panel that struck a hands-up pose of solidarity with street protesters challenging the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury verdict, and other similar decisions not to bring charges against police in the shooting of black suspects.
It occurred on CNN’s Saturday broadcast. The three with their hands up: CNN analyst Margaret Hoover, Sally Kohn, also a CNN political analyst, and Mel Robbins, a CNN legal analyst. Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, held up a piece of paper with “I can’t breathe” written on it.
During their on-air commentary, Kohn said, “Right now, thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values. We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.”
But critics argue promoting fake news that Michael Brown was gunned down by a blood-thirsty cop had real-life consequences.
When five Dallas Police officers were murdered by a deranged black power activist, critics argued the fake news media narrative in which Brown was gunned down while trying to surrender helped fuel the false narrative that police were targeting young black men in police shootings.
The dangerous stunt pulled by the CNN panel helped legitimize the false narrative.
With so much talk about fake news after the election, it’s important to remember so-called “mainstream” outlets are the leading promoters of fake news.
But critics argue they are attempting to sweep the fake news stories they promote under the rug in order to attack media outlets that differ from their left-wing point of view.
That’s why so much attention has focused on right-leaning news sites.
But during the election, it was the right-of-center media that told their audience the truth about the election and Donald Trump’s chance of victory.
The most damaging fake news stories that course through the American media bloodstream are those spread by the left.
And there is no greater example than the fake news story about “hands up, don’t shoot.”
While that never happened, the consequences of pushing a false story had real-world consequences.