Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trump Will Be a 'Severe Disappointment To Millions' — Holger Stark interviews New Yorker Editor David Remnick

SPIEGEL speaks to the editor of the New Yorker about the dangers of fascism under Donald Trump, international leaders' reactions to the election and the role of the press in reporting on the next administration. 
Says more about the perspective of the mainstream media than about affairs.

Spiegel International
Trump Will Be a 'Severe Disappointment To Millions'
Holger Stark interviews David Remnick

Henry Kissinger — “Trump Turned The American System Around”



SouthFront
Henry Kissinger: “Trump Turned The American System Around”
Appeared in Bulgarian at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront
Posted by lkb22

Dave Lefcourt — Why did it have to be this way?


Deve Lefcourt reviews some of US history and concludes:
We have a free press in name only. It's become an unofficial complicit enabler of the government, accepting the government's version of events so the people get from the MSM only what the government provides as its version of events. 
Only the alternative press, mostly internet sites like this one-named as one of the 200 providing "fake news"- can people get a broader version of events, many times questioning the "official" government version. 
If somehow alternative news sites are banned or as been suggested that Google or Facebook act as censors determining what is "fake news" then the Constitution will have been stood on its head, completely subverted and we will have become the dystopian world George Orwell wrote about in his novel, 1984. 
The US will have descended into absolute tyranny.

As to the question why did it have to be this way? Well we weren't vigilant. We took our freedoms for granted. We let it happen. The next question may very well be can the damage be corrected?

I suggest re-reading the Declaration of Independence. 
OpEdNews
Why did it have to be this way?
Dave Lefcourt

Steve Roth — Why Economists Don’t Know How to Think about Wealth (or Profits) Evonomics


What's wrong with economics? "It's a dumpster fire."

Evonomics
Why Economists Don’t Know How to Think about Wealth (or Profits)
Steve Roth

Patrick Cockburn — This is why everything you’ve read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong

It is too dangerous for journalists to operate in rebel-held areas of Aleppo and Mosul. But there is a tremendous hunger for news from the Middle East, so the temptation is for the media give credence to information they get second hand.
Independent (UK)
This is why everything you’ve read about the wars in Syria and Iraq could be wrong
Patrick Cockburn

'We've been lied to about Russia for decades' - frmr London mayor Livingstone



Putin says Russia does not want war, it wants friends and peaceful cooperation.

Published on 1 Dec 2016
President Putin has delivered the annual State Of The Nation address - highlighting the challenges facing Russia and the rest of the world.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Joe Lauria — A Bare-Knuckle Fight Over Recounts

Democrats are trying to stop Donald Trump’s inauguration by claiming Russian interference in the election, but the White House sees no evidence and Trump is now challenging the recounts, reports Joe Lauria.…
Since recounts that overturn the vote totals seem unlikely, it appears the Clinton campaign’s Plan B is to use any evidence of tampering that it can pin on Russia to lobby electors to change their votes to Clinton when the Electoral College meets in state capitals on Dec. 19.
Mook is the guy leading the charge.

At an event at Harvard University on Thursday, Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, repeatedly blamed Russia for hacking and tampering with the election. “Congress has got to investigate what happened with Russia here,” said Mook. “It is outrageous that a foreign aggressor got involved in our election.”
Robert Reich pitches in.
Robert Reich, labor secretary under President Bill Clinton and a Hillary supporter, argued that one reason the electors should flip to Clinton is to “stop foreign interference in an election.”
Quoting on article, he wrote on Facebook: “The Framers were extremely concerned about infiltration by rivals including Great Britain. In Federalist No. 68, Hamilton wrote that one major purpose of the Electoral College was to stop the ‘desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.’ He said that the college would, ‘Guard against all danger of this sort … with the most provident and judicious attention’ from the electors.”

Reich continued: “There’s incontrovertible evidence Russia interfered in the campaign by hacking the email accounts of top Democratic officials and cooperating with WikiLeaks’ parallel campaign to undermine Hillary Clinton campaign.”...
The Democrats are mounting a last ditch effort to overturn the election in the electoral college.
The lobbying effort to blame Russia and get the electors to flip their votes is being accompanied by an intense media campaign.
In the announcement that the Clinton campaign would join the recount, campaign counsel Elias aligned the campaign with an unverified Washington Post article based largely on a shadowy, anonymous group that blamed a list of 200 alternative media sites and political groups for spreading Russian propaganda to influence the election, without providing any evidence.
“The Washington Post reported that the Russian government was behind much of the ‘fake news’ propaganda that circulated online in the closing weeks of the election,” Elias wrote.
A Huffington Post article said one of the eight reasons the electors should overturn the election is because “Russian covert action influenced the election.”
The staunchly pro-Clinton Daily Kos wrote that “Even if they never touched a voting machine, there’s absolutely no doubt: Russia hacked the election.”
 President Obama is taking the other side.
The administration said it remained “confident in the overall integrity of electoral infrastructure, a confidence that was borne out,” adding: “As a result, we believe our elections were free and fair from a cyber-security perspective.”
All the brouhaha over fake news is now making complete sense. It is a desperate move on the part of the Establishment to wrest back power.

If it succeeds there, will be civil war. If it doesn't succeed, Trump will "get even." The stakes are no less than world domination.

Consortium News
A Bare-Knuckle Fight Over Recounts
Joe Lauria

Xinhua— China issues five-year plan for poverty alleviation

China's cabinet, the State Council, has released a poverty alleviation plan for the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). 
Poverty alleviation is the most difficult task for China to realize the goal of building an all-round moderately prosperous society, of which rural poverty is the weakest link, said the document released Friday....
China plans to lift all of its poor out of poverty by 2020, especially those who live in the nation's 128,000 poor villages and 832 poor counties, where poverty has become a regional issue, according to the document.
Major tasks for the next five years include ensuring people have enough to eat and wear, and that they have adequate education, health services and housing, it said.
The plan is critical to achieving the country's ambitious goal of stamping out poverty by 2020....
A series of special programs will be launched to create more jobs for the poor, and improve education, health care and ecological environment in poverty-stricken areas, said the document.
Besides, the government will guarantee basic living standard for people unable to work, it added.
China.org.cn
Xinhua

Curt Mills — Panetta: Putin Wants To Restore the Soviet Union


Thank heaven HRC was defeated. This is off the wall. Panetta has lost the plot. 

Panetta would have played a major role in a Clinton restoration. Fortunately, he will play no role in the Trump adminstration. 

Even if Putin want to restore the USSR, the possibility of that is zero. Putin has his hands full keeping the Russian Federation afloat, fending off NATO, and countering jihadism.

Leon Panetta served as SecDef, CIA director and WH Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, where he learned the fine points of serving the military-industrial complex and broker power. 

People like him are serous liabilities for the future success of the Democratic Party. The Clintons and all associated with them need to be put out to pasture if the Democrats want to be competitive again.

US News
Panetta: Putin Wants To Restore the Soviet Union
Curt Mills

Dave Kranzler — The Fake News Witch Hunt: McCarthy’s Red Scare Redux

You’ll note that I specifically single out Jeff Bezos. Bezos was quietly appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Innovation Advisory Board in July. The Board was formed in March 2016 to “focus on new technologies and organizational behavior and culture.” The Board has been asked to “identify innovative private-sector practices and technological solutions that the DoD could employ in the future.”
Clearly this is straight of Orwell’s playbook. It has behavioral modification and thought control seeping from every pore. It is a Deep State operation and Jeff Bezos is now part of the Deep State fabric.
This is Orwell’s Thought Police. The new “advisory board” is headed up by Google’s Eric Schmidt.…
I predict this PropOrNot movement, sponsored by the likes of Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt, is going to succeed in shutting down the one ray of hope left for this country. Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post has taken the lead in this modern version of a McCarthyism “witch hunt” and the WashPo exemplifies the amount of political power and wealth being directed at suffocating the truth. It is Orwell’s playbook unfolding in front of us.
Sprott Money
The Fake News Witch Hunt: McCarthy’s Red Scare Redux
Dave Kranzler

Zero Hedge — Fake News: Newsweek Admits They Didn't Write Or Even Read "Madam President" Issue


The ultimate smackdown for MSM.
Newsweek's political editor, Matthew Cooper, looked as though he'd had a rough month when he appeared on the Tucker Carlson show last night to discuss the "Madam President" debacle. While the printing and distribution of the erroneous "commemorative edition" magazine was embarrassing enough, Cooper also revealed that no one at Newsweek wrote the Hillary article or even bothered to proofread it before it was shipped off to stores around the country.

Frankly, it's difficult to discern between fact and fiction with this story, but, given the quality of the writing, we suspect Cooper had little choice but to distance himself and his team completely from the magazine.…
So, as Zero Hedge and others come under attack from the mainstream media for reporting "fake news", we now have a concrete example of an establishment "news" source admitting that it printed and distributed fake news under it's corporate brand that it neither wrote nor even bothered to read, yet no one, other than Fox News, says a word?
Like I've been saying, anyone who believes anything in the US media without verifying it is a fool.

Zero Hedge
Fake News: Newsweek Admits They Didn't Write Or Even Read "Madam President" Issue
Tyler Durden

Trump Announces Era Of Peace





Donald Trump promised a “new era of peace” during the first stop of his “Thank You” tour in Cincinnati, Ohio, vowing that the US will stop trying to overthrow world governments and will cooperate with countries fighting terrorism.

Paul Craig Roberts — McCarthyism Is Breaking Out All Over

No one knows who is behind the newly created PropOrNot website that came up with the list of 200 “Russian agents,” but it is as likely as not the State Department funded National Endowment for Democracy, which has been peddling propaganda as fake news since its inception. Indeed, it was created for the purpose of destabilizing the Soviet Union. Of course the CIA could be involved, or Israel, or George Soros, or some neoconservative group, or some new government funded organization as a tool of the propaganda war that the Obama regime has vowed to fight.

By publicizing the fake list in the Washington Post, the presstitute newspaper has brought buckets of shame and condemnation upon its head, destroying in the process the thin shred of credibility that the Main Stream media still possessed....
PaulCraigRoberts.org

Justin Salhani — Suspected Russian interference in elections around the world is spreading


Another liberal web site jumps the shark. There people just can't face up to the fact that voters in all countries are increasing voting against "liberal" governments that have not served them well and have convinced themselves it is because Putin. In psych it's called being in deep denial. 

As long as they don't face up to the reality of losing because they played a lousy game against a better team, they will never return to power unless the incumbent party screws up royally and voters conclude it is so time for change they will hold their noses and vote the libs back in. The they will screw up because they are economically innumerate.

Again, notice no evidence, no named officials.

VV2 — Concrete is Main US Weapon of Modern Wars – Report

According to a researcher of the US Military Academy, the most effective weapon on the modern battlefield is concrete barriers.
SouthFront
Concrete is Main US Weapon of Modern Wars – Report
VV2

Scott Baker — How to expose Fake News and still keep Alternative Media free

Combating fake news needs to be done, but how to do it without enabling propagandists and elite filtering? And how to preserve alternative media? Here is one answer....
The key to stopping this while preserving Alternative Media is to prevent the purveying of fake news from making money.
Scott Baker needs to get out more. One of the current proposals is to shut "fake news" off from ad revenue. The problem is, who gets to make the decisions. The MSM wants to be the gatekeeper and curate the Internet.

OpEdNews

Zaid Jilani — Hillary Clinton’s “Corrupt Establishment” Is Now Advising Donald Trump


About face!
“The establishment,” Donald Trump famously said during his closing argument for the presidency, “has trillions of dollars at stake in this election.”
He described “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”
He asked the country to be “brave enough to vote out this corrupt establishment.”
Now, less than four weeks after riding that line to victory, he formally invited the establishment into his administration.
On Friday, Trump announced the creation of a “Strategic and Policy Forum” that will serve to advise him on domestic economic matters. The list of advisers is a who’s-who of corporate elites.
He’s not the only one making a major turnaround; many of them had previously and enthusiastically supported his Democratic opponent.
The chairman of the forum is Stephen Schwarzman, the CEO of the Blackstone Group, a private equity and investment banking giant.…
Another member of the new advisory group is Larry Fink. Fink is the chairman and CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm....
Here is the full list:

Renee Parsons — Obama and Propornot

A few weeks prior to the November 8 Presidential vote, I began the draft of an essay expecting a future attack by the government on the First Amendment citing President Obama’s most recent mellifluous verbal assault on free speech as HRC’s campaign speeches indicated that protecting a diversity of opinion would not be a top priority in her Administration.
Now in retrospect, it appears that Obama and HRC were both, most likely in the loop and knew what was coming as they prepared the way with subtle (and not so subtle) references to taming that messy, wild. wild west otherwise known as the world wide web.…
During a visit to the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh on October 13th, the President, known for his smooth, glib reassurances so successful at placating the public, suggested that “we are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to” and that “democracy requires citizens to be able to sift through lies and distortions” and further that “those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.” The President continued that “there has to be some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests.”...
This is an important contribution to this debate. The best part about PropOrNot is at the end.

Counterpunch
Obama and Propornot
Renee Parsons, member of the ACLU’s Florida State Board of Directors and president of the ACLU Treasure Coast Chapter, and an elected public official in Colorado, an environmental lobbyist and staff member of the US House of Representatives in Washington DC

Joshua Frank — CounterPunch as Russian Propagandists: the Washington Post’s Shallow Smear

Of course, this leads one to speculate whether this blacklist campaign is a government operation or just an insignificant group of befuddled Democrats, angered that Trump knocked Hillary off her perch.
Counterpunch
CounterPunch as Russian Propagandists: the Washington Post’s Shallow Smear
Joshua Frank, managing editor of CounterPunch

Alexander Mercouris — Cyber-war starting? Russia’s FSB warns of massive cyber-attack on Russian banks on Monday

The FSB has not identified the “foreign intelligence agencies” that are supposedly preparing this attack. However the fact that a Ukrainian company is involved and that the servers and command centres are located in the Netherlands – a NATO state – obviously points in the direction of Ukraine and NATO.
This FSB warning of course comes after US threats to launch cyber-warfare against Russia in connection with the DNC and Podesta leaks.
Though this is the sum total of the information the FSB has publicly provided, it is possible to say more.
Firstly, this would not be the first large scale attempt to destabilise the Russian banking system.

German Gref, the CEO of Sberbank – Russia’s largest bank – has previously said that Sberbank was the target of a what looks like a very similar attack at the height of the rouble crisis in December 2014....
The last point to make about this affair is that it is very interesting that the FSB has apparently been able to detect the preparations for this attack so far in advance. On the face of it this is a notable counter-espionage success. One wonders how it was done.
The Duran
Cyber-war starting? Russia’s FSB warns of massive cyber-attack on Russian banks on Monday
Alexander Mercouris

Peter Lavelle — The mainstream media’s politics of illegitimacy

Trump won the election, but the mainstream acts as if the campaign continues. Its new goal is to de-legitimize Trump before he takes office, then later to de-legitimize his presidency. This is a childish, though dangerous strategy. It is a strategy that will only further the general disgust with the mainstream media and trust in democratic institutions.
The strategy that Trump should pursue is the same one he applied during the election and since: address the public directly via social media. Legacy demands it be the ultimate filter of news so it can shape and control the narrative (to serve its narrow interests). Trump needs to deny legacy media this all-important function. Let the mainstream media and their selfish backers continue to chatter among themselves – let them chatter themselves into oblivion.
The Duran
Peter Lavelle: The mainstream media’s politics of illegitimacy

RT — Foreign intel agencies to launch massive cyberattacks on Russian financial system – FSB

Heading 'em off at the pass.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has information that foreign intelligence agencies are preparing to launch cyberattacks aimed at destabilizing Russia's financial system, starting as early as next week.
The attacks will also target the activities of Russia’s largest banks.

The cyberattacks, which will start from December 5, will be accompanied by a massive spam text message campaign and inflammatory social network and blog posts – all related to an alleged crisis in the credit and financial system and the bankruptcy and revocation of licenses from major federal and regional banks, a statement published on the FSB website added.
Dozens of Russian cities will be targeted in the cyber assault, it added.
It has been established that the servers and command centers to be used for the attacks are located in the Netherlands, and belong to Ukrainian hosting company BlazingFast, the FSB reported.…
This would be an act of war if state-sponsored.

RT

Steven Nelson — Publications Called Russian-Propaganda Distributors Consider Suing Anonymous ‘Experts

Several American news outlets are considering legal action against the anonymous person or group that last week published a widely distributed list of alleged Russian propaganda outlets and “bona-fide ‘useful idiots’” of the Kremlin. 
US News
Publications Called Russian-Propaganda Distributors Consider Suing Anonymous ‘Experts
Steven Nelson | Staff Writer
ht Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism

Ali Watkins — Intel Officials Believe Russia Spreads Fake News


Fake news about fake news at BuzzFeed. No evidence, unnamed "intelligence officials." Read the whole thing. US intel admits it is clueless.

No response from the Washington Post yet either.

This is looking more and more like a US government disinformation operation all the time. If so, this is way beyond so-called McCarthyism.

It also seems to be an attack on the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump and appears to be an attempt to marginalize a Trump administration even before President-elect Trump takes office.

BuzzFeed
Intel Officials Believe Russia Spreads Fake News
Ali Watkins, BuzzFeed News Reporter
ht Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism

OIG Complaint About Prop Or Not Filed 2016 12 01


December 1, 2016 Transmitted via email
Office of Inspector General
US Department of State
Room 8100, SA-3
2201 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20520-0308 oighotline@state.gov


Dear Office of Inspector General,

This is a complaint and request for a formal inquiry into a group known as PropOrNot (website propornot.com).

The Office of Inspector General should investigate the following:
  1. Whether or not PropOrNot or affiliated entities have received federal funds.
  2. Whether or not PropOrNot was in contact with the federal government (Department of State,
    Broadcasting Board of Governors, Voice of America), and the nature of that contact if it
    occurred.
  3. Whether or not PropOrNot was in contact with entities in receipt of federal funds (Radio Free
    Europe/Liberty, the Atlantic Council, Center for European Policy Analysis), and the nature of that contact if it occurred.
On November 24, 2016, the Washington Post published a story entitled, “Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread 'Fake News' During the Election, Experts Say”. The Washington Post describes PropOrNot as “a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds”.

On December 1, 2016, the New Yorker published a story entitled, “The Propaganda about Russian Propaganda”. An alleged spokesperson for PropOrNot admitted that some of the group's 40 members include people who have worked for the government. Keith Chu, a spokesperson for Senator Ron Wyden's office, stated that one of PropOrNot's group members claimed to be a former US Department of State employee.

On its website, PropOrNot maintains a list of websites it has identified as Russian propaganda outlets. The blacklist includes media outlets such as CounterPunch, Truth-Out, Naked Capitalism, and Wikileaks. Please see attachment “PropOrNot Blacklist” for full list of websites. PropOrNot has called for the news media outlets on its blacklist to be criminally investigated by federal law enforcement agencies. On its FAQ page, PropOrNot has stated, “We strongly suspect that some of the individuals involved have violated the Espionage Act, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, and other related laws, but determining that is up to the FBI and the DOJ.”

On November 17, 2016, the PropOrNot website included a list of “allies”. This list of allies included Polygraph Fact-Check, InterpreterMag, CEPA Infowar Project, and the Digital Forensics Research Lab. As of November 30, 2016, the PropOrNot website has changed the title of this list from “allies” to “related projects”. PropOrNot's list of allies included websites being run directly by the federal government or by entities in receipt of federal government funds.

Polygraph (aka Polygraph Fact-Check) runs the website polygraph.info. On its “about” page, Polygraph identifies itself as being run by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (a Broadcasting Board of Governors grantee) and Voice of America (a federal government office within the Broadcasting Board of Governors).

The Interpreter (aka InterpreterMag) runs the website interpretermag.com. On December 23, 2015, The Interpreter announced on its website that it was becoming a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. On January 6, 2016, Radio Free Europe/Liberty's website (rferl.org) announced that The Interpreter was now being sponsored by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (a grantee of the Broadcasting Board of Governors).

The Center for European Policy Analysis (aka CEPA Infowar Project) runs the websites infowar.cepa.org and cepa.org. According to usaspending.gov, the Center for European Policy Analysis has received federal funds from both the Department of State and the Department of Defense.
The Digital Forensic Research Lab is project of the Atlantic Council (atlanticouncil.org). According to usaspending.gov, the Atlantic Council has received numerous federal funding awards from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy.

If the federal government or federal funds were involved in the creation or promotion of PropOrNot, this would be a serious violation of the 1rst Amendment and the Smith-Mundt Act. The 1rst Amendment guarantees the freedom of press and prohibits the US government from suppressing free speech. The Smith-Mundt Act prohibits the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors from using their federal funding to promote propaganda within the United States. The Office of Inspector General should also investigate other possible violations of federal law, regulations, and policy.

I authorize the Office of Inspector General to release my name and my email address ractack@mail.com in connection with this complaint.

I request to be notified by email if an investigation is initiated. I also request to be notified by email if the investigation is closed and the results of that investigation.

Please contact me at ractack@mail.com if you have any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,
Rachael Tackett

Attachment:
PropOrNot Blacklist as of November 30, 2016


PropOrNot BlackList Page 1 of 5
Description:
As of November 30, 2016, the following websites are listed on PropOrNot's website (propornot.com/p/the-list.html). PropOrNot describes the following websites as having been identified as Russian propaganda outlets. 

[List of web sites follows]

James Kwak — Economics 101, Economism, and Our New Gilded Age

In policy debates and public relations campaigns, however, what you are more likely to hear is that a minimum wage must increase unemployment—because that’s what the model says. This conviction that the world must behave the way it does on the blackboard is what I call economism. This style of thinking is influential because it is clear and logical, reducing complex issues to simple, pseudo-mathematical axioms. But it is not simply an innocent mistake made by inattentive undergraduates. Economism is Economics 101 transformed into an ideology—an ideology that is particularly persuasive because it poses as a neutral means of understanding the world.
Overextension of the scope of the model. The scope is determined by the assumptions, and the more restrictive the assumptions, the more limited the and the less realistic the model.

Economism is a logical fallacy used rhetorically to persuade through mathiness. It's not science but persuasion that amounts to sophistry. Intelligent economists know this. Those who don't realize it are unintelligent. So take you pick between liar and moron.

Baseline Scenario
Economics 101, Economism, and Our New Gilded Age
James Kwak | Associate Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law

Matthew J. Belvedere — Trump will end growth-zapping fiscal austerity, says top economist Paul McCulley

The stock market rally since Trump won the presidential election has been reflecting that notion, argued McCulley, who said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. "The market is essentially celebrating the end of fiscal austerity. And it just happens to be a vehicle of Mr. Trump. But the end of fiscal austerity is the key economic issue."...

Matias Vernengo — The Strange Death of Progressive Brazil


Again the Brazilian left shot itself in the head due to economic ignorance leading to the embrace of austerity that tanked the economy. Until the left wises up, it will be shut out of power in most countries.

Naked Keynesianism
The Strange Death of Progressive Brazil
Matias Vernengo | Associate Professor of Economics, Bucknell University

Ellis Winningham — Finding Cuts to Pay For Federal Spending is Obsolete


Ellis Winningham explains the difference between the pre-1971 international gold standard regime and the present monetary system with respect to fiscal space and fiscal stance.

Ellis Winningham — MMT and Modern Macroeconomics
Finding Cuts to Pay For Federal Spending is Obsolete
Ellis Winningham

Michael Sainato — Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Run Was Sabotaged by Fake News


The hysteria over Donald Trump’s election win has led the entirety of the mainstream media to search for culprits who committed this crime. Many of them have blamed fake news stories about Pope Francis endorsing Trump, R.E.M. suingTrump and articles by writer Paul Horner who told Rolling Stone he was actually trying to keep Trump out of the White House. Fake news may indeed have played a role in electing Trump, but no one in the media seemed to care when the the lies were benefiting Hillary Clinton—and attacking Bernie Sanders. In fact, fake news was propagated throughout the Democratic primaries in order to sabotage Sanders’ campaign, and distract from the challenge he posed to Clinton.
Democrats would be insane to nominate Bernie Sanders,” “Bernie Sanders’s fiction-filled campaign,Bernie Bros Made Me Finally Recognize Misogyny in America,” “The Bernie Bros are out in full force harassing female reporters,” “Bernie Sanders’s real problem with black and Hispanic voters,” “Hillary Clinton Made History, but Bernie Sanders Stubbornly Ignored It” and “Stop sending around this photo of ‘Bernie Sanders’ “ were just some of the popular fake news headlines published during the Democratic primaries.

The Bernie Bros narrative has been largely debunked as a myth, and Sanders’ campaign was whitewashed to silence his diverse supporters. It wasn’t fake news outlets driving these narratives, but rather mainstream media outlets
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.
Observer
Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Run Was Sabotaged by Fake News
Michael Sainato