New from Reason, here’s the best thing you’ll see all day — except for that BBC interview gone haywire, I mean. If Remy can spin this out to another 10-15 songs, he could take it to Branson, Missouri and stage sold-out shows for a red-state audience for the next 20 years.
Most of the examples are less “fake news” than “political bias,” although both affect the media’s crisis of credibility. And sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. Was the media scoffing at Romney for calling Russia our “number one geopolitical foe” merely a case of bias or was it an essentially “fake” story by elevating an anodyne, highly defensible opinion to the level of a major gaffe? True fake news, by which I mean stories that are made up whole cloth for clicks, is rare. (But profitable!) Fake spin, in which fact-based stories are inflated or minimized as the left’s agenda requires, is the lifeblood of modern American journalism.