[Ed. – Warner Todd Huston reminds us of just how long the MSM has been out there retailing genuinely “fake” news. He’s got a very nice one-stop-shopping summary of then and now at Constitution.com. Meanwhile, memo to MSM: Stop digging.]
The early days of our republic were awash with sensationalist newspapers casting aspersions on political foes and reporting salacious stories that were often exaggerated if not outright false. But in the modern era, the “fake news” is a thorough invention of liberals.
For instance, the liberal media spent the entirety of the existence of the Soviet Union purposefully refusing to tell the truth about the Soviet’s murderous record of death and oppression. In fact, the lefty media even awarded itself a Pulitzer Prize for lies when The New York Times’ Walter Duranty was given the award for his shameless shilling for the Soviets in the 1930s.
The most obvious example of the left’s modern penchant to push fake news goes back at least to the Vietnam War when liberals like Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, and Chet Huntley and David Brinkley convinced America that the U.S. military was losing the war and that our troops did nothing but course through the country murdering women and babies.
And don’t forget that two of the Old Media’s most famous TV News anchors, Dan Rather and Brian Williams, were both fired because of their constant lies on the air. …
But we don’t have to go back to the 1930s or even the 1960s to see any number of examples of the lefty media’s fake news stories. Indeed, there have been dozens of examples even in these last few weeks during the time the liberal media has been attacking the right for pushing “fake news.”