[Ed. — How can it not? The whole point of the “fake news” narrative IS political censorship. The Fake News Brigade isn’t out to crusade against the Craigslist rent-a-riot hoax or the Pope-endorsed-Trump hoax. The Fake News Brigade is trying to bootstrap with those two hoaxes into holding a veto over everything on social media.]
On Friday, Newsbusters posted a statement by MRC President Brent Bozell, who apparently spoke with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the site’s efforts to combat “fake news.” Bozell said Zuckerberg assured him there would be no targeting of political stories and the intent is to only go after “patently” fake stories.
Here’s Bozell’s statement as posted by Newsbusters:
I have been in communication with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook since he announced their new ‘fake news’ initiative. I expressed grave concern with this decision and the liberal ‘fact-checking’ organizations Facebook has chosen. Mr. Zuckerberg assured me that his express aim is to eliminate only patently false news stories from Facebook. He underscored he has instructed these organizations to focus only on truly fake news and nothing of a political nature. I will accept in good faith his commitment to address our concerns on this matter. It is my hope this will be the last we say about this issue.
Unfortunately, I’m not reassured. At all.