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Today’s post brings GREAT NEWS.
Over the last two – three weeks, you dear readers have been OBSERVING historical… dare I say EPIC EVENTS transpiring right before your very eyes.
D.O. Y.O.U. R.E.M.E.M.B.E.R. W.H.E.R.E. Y.O.U. W.E.R.E. W.H.E.N. Y.O.U. F.O.U.N.D. O.U.T. T.H.A.T. D.O.N.A.L.D. T.R.U.M.P. W.O.N. T.H.E. 126.96.36.199. P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T.I.A.L. E.L.E.C.T.I.O.N. !!!!!
But I digress…
Because of the “FAKENESS” of the overwhelming number of “news” reports emanating from what is commonly known as the LEGACY MEDIA, that same LEGACY MEDIA and their co-conspirators in the ESTABLISHMENT have decided to create a NARRATIVE that it is in fact the information flow coming from the alternative information sites that is the “FAKE NEWS”.
To provide “street cred” for this NARRATIVE, the social media platforms, namely Face Book, Twitter, Reddit, et. al. have decided to start censoring their information content. Naturally, this censorship, which used to be the bane of the “LEFT POSITION” folks, appears to be the most optimal way going forward for these LEGACY MEDIA
Given this to be the case, there are beginning to appear “voices” who are trying to define what in fact is FAKE NEWS.
Which is the GREAT NEWS that I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
The reason that it is GREAT NEWS is that any discussion of what constitutes “FAKE” (counterfeit, sham), is at the end of the day a philosophical exercise. Provided one assumes OBJECTIVE MEANING OF WORDS AND THEIR COMMON USAGE, that is.
And one must!
And here’s why.
Going further, when trying to pin down what is FAKE NEWS, one MUST conform to the OBJECTIVE MEANING OF WORDS AND THEIR COMMON USAGE. The reason being that if one doesn’t apply an OBJECTIVE MEANING OF WORDS, then one finds himself in the same situation as the Structuralists found themselves in, during the first couple of decades of the 20th Century. And just as a reminder of what that situation looked like, here is that passage from our post titled Deconstructing Francis:
The bad news however, was that this movement itself soon faded into obscurity due to a small design flaw, i.e. the inherent logical fallacy of contradictory conditions. In other words, Structuralism implicitly breached the rule of non self-contradiction. The specific problem was this: in order to use Structuralism, i.e. a theory that states that words DO NOT have an objective meaning, one needs to use words that DO have a objective meaning.
So what we are going to see going forward, is not so much a debate about what constitutes “FAKE NEWS”, but rather what constitutes OBJECTIVE REALITY. In other words, if that which is “designated” as “FAKE NEWS” by the LEGACY MEDIA diverges from the OBJECTIVE MEANING OF WORDS AND THEIR COMMON USAGE, it will be noticed and commented upon by the general public, not to mention the alternative media.
Furthermore, there will be an UNSPOKEN INTEREST if not EXPLICIT MOTIVATION, for the parties that are accused of producing “FAKE NEWS” that will drive the PROCESS toward OBJECTIVITY. These people and entities will have to defend themselves. And the only manner in which they can defend themselves is through referencing OBJECTIVITY.
By referencing OBJECTIVITY in turn, they will force the
neo-Modernists LEGACY MEDIA onto this “field of battle”. The reason being is this, if the LEGACY MEDIA does not rebut the rebuttals on an OBJECTIVE basis, they will compromise themselves even further. And the reason that they will compromise themselves even further, is that the average LEGACY MEDIA’S client still has a good idea of what constitutes REALITY.
Proof positive is this: He voted for Trump and got Trump elected.
So what I will do now is post the definition of OBJECTIVE for our future reference purposes. The original can be found here.
Definition of objective
1 a : relating to or existing as an object of thought without consideration of independent existence —used chiefly in medieval philosophy b : of, relating to, or being an object, phenomenon, or condition in the realm of sensible experience independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers : having reality independent of the mind <objective reality> <our reveries … are significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective world — Marvin Reznikoff> — compare subjective 3a c of a symptom of disease : perceptible to persons other than the affected individual — compare subjective 4c d : involving or deriving from sense perception or experience with actual objects, conditions, or phenomena <objective awareness> <objective data>
2 : relating to, characteristic of, or constituting the case of words that follow prepositions or transitive verbs
3 a : expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations <objective art> <an objective history of the war> <an objective judgment> b of a test : limited to choices of fixed alternatives and reducing subjective factors to a minimum
Before I leave off, here is a good example of how the “BATTLE FOR WHAT CONSTITUTES FAKE NEWS” will be fought. Over at the non veni pacem blog, the author observed the same VIOLATION of the Laws of Logical Thought that your truly observed in one of the new FrancisCardinal’s* arguments here. Here is how the blog presented this “faux paus”:
+Farrell in his own words exposes why he and AL are such frauds. It is simply not possible for a thing to be both true and untrue at the same time. If the “objective moral law” really exists, as +Farrell claims here and the Catholic faith teaches, then the subjective realities of any individual situation have zero impact on the objective moral law, because… YOU CAN’T CHANGE OBJECTIVE REALITY. Reality – it’s really real. Like the physical universe. Actually, the objective moral law is even MORE real than the physical universe. It predates the physical universe. Honestly, how hard is this? I have an undergraduate degree in Food Marketing, for crying out loud.
Another example comes by way of another new FrancisCardinal* who made the following OBSERVATION: (see here)
Asked by Ed Pentin of the National Catholic Register why Pope Francis won’t reach out to the four Cardinals who wrote the now famous dubia, newly minted Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich stated that it’s “not for the Pope to respond to that,” adding that anyone who has “doubts and questions” about his teachings needs to “have conversion in their lives.”
But by definition, this suggested “conversion” is part of a larger process of PROSELYTIZATION. By PROZELYTIZATION, we mean the following:
Definition of proselytize
1 : to induce someone to convert to one’s faith
2 : to recruit someone to join one’s party, institution, or cause
So what we are dealing with in a process of “conversion” is in fact a PROCESS of PROSELYTIZATION.
Now the problem comes from the FACT that the boss of the new FrancisCardinal*, the notorious FrancisBishop of Rome, is on the record for teaching that PROZELYTIZATION, i.e. CONVERSION is a GRAVE SIN. (see here)
So it would appear as if the new FrancisCardinal* is trying to talk the Catholic Cardinals into committing a FrancisSin.
So once again, we have a situation where the second of the three classic laws of thought is violated, i.e. contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time, e.g. the two propositions “A is B” and “A is not B” are mutually exclusive.
Quite unusual, if you ask me.
On second thought, no. It’s just the usual “spirit of VII” drivel.
Concluding, what is critical to understand in the above text is this: once the BATTLE FOR WHAT CONSTITUTES FAKE NEWS is forced to be fought on the basis of OBJECTIVE CRITEREA, the neo-Modernists, i.e. the LEGACY MEDIA in this case, will have lost.
And the only manner in which the subjects of the FAKE NEWS charges can defend themselves, is by fighting on this BATTLEFIELD OF OBJECTIVITY.
So how’s that for GREAT NEWS!
I will end here for today.
Below I will start the thread of how the BATTLE FOR WHAT CONSTITUTES FAKE NEWS will be fought.
Below is the post from the catholic Zero Hedge website which can be found here. This post is a good introduction that sets out the state of play in this subset of human activities that constitutes a part of the Visibilium Omnium.
Major Media Crash: They Need A Scapegoat
They kept telling the American people Hillary Clinton was going to win the election; and in every way they could think of, they told the American people this was a good idea.
The results came in.
The media went into deep shock.
As protests and riots then spread across America, the media neglected to mention a) they’d been bashing Trump because he said he might not accept the outcome of the vote, and b) here were large numbers of people on the Democrat side who weren’t accepting the outcome of the vote.
Suddenly, on cue, it was: Hillary Clinton lost because “fake news” about her had been spread around during the campaign.
Fake news sites. That was the reason.
These “fake sites” had to be punished. Somehow. They had to be defamed. Blocked. Censored.
Here is an excerpt from a list of “fake news” sites suggested by one professor. The list is circulating widely on the Web: Project Veritas; Infowars; Breitbart; Coast To Coast AM; Natural News; Zero Hedge; The Daily Sheeple; Activist Post; 21st Century Wire.
Free speech? Bill of Rights? Never heard of it.
Excuse me. “We won’t know what to protect?” Meaning what to favor, what to promote, what to lie about? Meaning only some speech is free?
Obama is way, way behind the curve. Thousands of websites and blogs have been exposing major media as fake for years. I started nomorefakenews.com in 2001.
If Google, Facebook, and Twitter keep expanding their censorship of “disfavored messages,” they’re going to pay a price. More and more users will go elsewhere.
The facade of the major media is getting thinner. You can see a glow of rage and resentment behind it. They’re desperately looking for revenge on the millions and millions of people who are deserting them and laughing at them.
They presumed too much. They presumed they had us in the palm of their hand. We were their property. We were transfixed by their authority.
All that is going away. Bye, bye.
The big shift is accelerating. Independent media are in the ascendance. Understand that. Recognize it.
The impossible is happening.
Fake news sites? Please. The major media are the biggest fakes the world has ever seen. Their anchors and star reporters are bloviating cranks. They’re dinner-theater actors.
Over the years, I’ve talked to some of them. I’ve warned them of their coming troubles. They were miles away from believing me. Now, they’re starting to sweat blood.
Major media news for America is still basically manufactured in New York and Washington—plus occasional outbursts from Hollywood creatures who bemoan the decline of inclusive liberalism, as they expand their gun-toting security staffs and dig deeper bunkers. The New York-Washington axis exists in a self-serving bubble, which has now taken serious punctures. The delusional attacks against “fake sites” underlines how out of touch these elites are with the rest of the country.
Independent media outlets are winning. They won’t be stopped.
When the people who now head the tech giants were growing up, they were heralding the Internet as a new era of free information-exchange. But now that they find themselves working with the government in the Surveillance State, they’re fronting for censorship. In fact, they’re showing they were never for freedom. That was a pose all along. They were, from the beginning, agents of repression. They can try to stop independent media now, but they will fail.
Fake web sites? What about fake companies? What about Google, Facebook, Twitter? Behind their happy-happy messages, they were built to propagandize, profile, and control.
Understand this: major media have a rock-bottom article of faith. It is: “We own the news.”
They can’t give it up. They’ll never give it up. It fuels everything they do. It’s the substance and core of their attitude.
As their ship goes down below the waves, they’ll be chanting it. “We own the news.”
But they don’t. In truth, they never did. For a time, they managed to sell that delusion to the people.
That time is drawing to a close.
The elite political class and their media minions fear more than independent news countering their own news. For obvious reasons, every civilization down through history has had its own monopolistic media, its central “broadcasting system.” Its controlled outlet. But now, The One has become Many.
That is the threat.
The rapid proliferation of The Many is an unpredictable X-factor.
The population is waking up to decentralized media. Instead of the hypnotic attachment to one basic information source – the habit of a lifetime – the public is learning to handle multiple sources. Therefore, the hypnotic spell is being broken and dissolved.
This is the basic problem for the elites.
How can they reinstate the trance?
By trying to censor the Internet? By creating a sudden war or other disaster, briefly “unifying” the country? These are not permanent solutions, particularly since more and more people understand such maneuvers and their true aims.
Awake is awake. Putting the genie back in the bottle – particularly when major media denizens aren’t very bright, as evidenced by their latest “fake news” scam – is on the order of trying to perform a piece of stage magic after the audience has already learned how it’s done.
Of course, the media clowns will try. And in the process, they’ll further expose themselves and actually assist in the awakening.