“FBI Agent Suspected In Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide,” read the headline of the post one of my friends shared on Facebook. The article, published by “The Denver Guardian” gave salacious details of a sordid conspiracy. It was shared half a million times.
And it was completely false, utterly spurious.
The Denver Guardian, it turns out, is one of the legitimate-sounding sites used by a company called Disinfomedia, whose sole reason for existence is to create fake news. And to make money.
The CEO of Disinfomedia lives a very comfortable lifestyle in a sunny middle-class Los Angeles suburb. He “employs” between 20 and 25 writers, all of them churning out stories which are patently false, but which could have the ring of truth if you are predisposed to believe them.
None of the writers know each other or the true identity of the owner and CEO of Disinfomedia.
The Denver Guardian is set up to look like a typical local newspaper, but it has published only one story – the one about the FBI agent.
Another (completely fabricated) story about customers in Colorado marijuana dispensaries using food stamps to buy pot actually sparked proposed legislation by a state representative banning the practice. Yes, this proposed law was based on an event that never occurred.
Here is a quote about fake news from the CEO of Disinfomedia: “Anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group…just waiting to eat up this red meat that they’re about to get served.”
Are we so consumed with hate that we block out the truth we don’t like to believe more palatable lies?
Evil has never been so lucrative, so technologically savvy, so, so…justified by so many good people.
This dangerous rationalization, this ends-justify-the-means mentality is allowing evil to thrive. This insidious evil has seeped into our society because our tribal loyalties have become more important than morality, more powerful than doing what we know is right.
One more quote from the CEO of Disinfomedia: “Some of this has to fall on the readers themselves. The consumers of content have to be better at identifying this stuff. We have a whole nation of media-illiterate people. Really, there needs to be something done.”
This is one time he is telling the truth.
A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Proverbs16:28
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