This war on “fake news” began after anti-Trump world leaders, heads of social media platforms and the mainstream press realized they lost the presidential election because they no longer had credibility and influence over the US population.
Obama made clear his desire to limit news reports by populist media at a press conference in Lima, Peru, on Sunday where he also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“If, generally, we’ve got elections that aren’t focused on issues and are full of fake news and false information and distractions, then the issue is not going to be what’s happening from the outside; the issue is going to be what are we doing for ourselves from the inside,” he claimed. “The good news is that’s something that we have control over.”
These assertions come in conjunction with statements he made last week at a press conference in Germany alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Part of ways changed in politics is social media and how people are receiving information,” he said.
In a recent interview in the The New Yorker, Obama targeted some of what he likely considers his enemies in the media by name.
“People didn’t see me coming. In southern Illinois, in those counties I won, I was at VFWs and fish fries hearing people’s stories and talking to folks, so that they knew me,” he said. “They weren’t getting me through Fox or Rush Limbaugh or Breitbart or Red State.”
But as former congressman Dr. Ron Paul points out, the origin of fake news isn’t independent media sites like Infowars and Breitbart, but rather the establishment media which has hit all-time lows in public trust and ratings.
“These are the news sources that told us ‘if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’” Dr. Paul revealed. “They told us that Hillary Clinton had a 98% chance of winning the election.”
“They tell us in a never-ending loop that ‘The economy is in great shape!’”
President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign was famous for powerful, simple slogans, such as “Make America Great Again” and “Drain the Swamp,” and was bolstered by a massive wave of social media support fueled by stories originating from alternative media outlets which are now being falsely smeared as “fake news” by the corporate press.