A brief history of fake news

It will not surprise many of our readers that you can’t believe everything that you read. Yes, but when did the media stop telling the truth? Dan Hitchens, writing for Unherd, suggests a pivotal moment for truth-telling in reporting was on the back of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Hitchens argues that the narrative around the tragedy was heavily controlled by the US government of the day. He credits one journalist in particular, John Hersey of The New Yorker, for rescuing the press from its growing credibility problem. Hersey travelled to Hiroshima and reported firsthand the devastation, which Hitchens says helped cut through the carefully constructed narrative being put in front of Americans.

While conspiracy theories will always be with us, a few folks, including Hitchens, have noted the link between a media that regularly peddles in bias and the proliferation of wild theories. While Barak Obama has called for media outlets and tech companies to come up with better ways to tackle “fake news,” Hitchens suggests that what is actually needed is for media to work to regain public trust.

While we’re talking about the state of our media…

There was much media celebration of Joe Biden’s all-female picks for his communications team. It has been pointed out by conservative outlets that this is what President Trump has now.

And while we’re on Trump, a pollster has given his summary of all the things puzzling him about the November election. “If you think that only weirdos have legitimate concerns about these findings and claims, maybe the weirdness lies in you.”

Finally, Patrick Byrne, former CEO of Overstock has said he’s paid a whole bunch of cash to hackers and sleuths to prove the election was won by Trump. Irrespective of who is inaugurated in January, no one can deny that Trump has definitely been rattling some establishment cages.