Fake News on Acid

Everyone knows that the “news” is mostly fake, especially that from state propaganda organizations like the BBC, CBC and from their shriek sheets and fish wrap like Time and Newsweak. However, sometimes we are treated to a story that not only confirms our worst thoughts about the media, but shows us that “It’s worse that we thought!”—complete with climate alarmist horror.

Der Spiegel, a sort-of Time magazine of Angela Merkel’s Islamo-Reich, recently had to fire one of its reporters for malpractice. It appears that he was exposed as a fraud who simply made up stories, aka lies, and passed it all off as news. Naturally, it was all “news” that supported the liberal-left program and portrayed all conservatives and right-wingers as uneducated and stupid.

Claas Relotius, the journalist in question, had been to the US to do some “investigative journalism”, aka produce more lies, on rural America (Fergus Falls, Minn.), Trumpland, just after the 2016 election. Breitbart has all the gory details.

But the real thing is this: Relotius had, for nearly ten years, been supplying his concoctions to all and sundry as “news”. Of course, how many “investigative journalists” actually checked what he said? None, of course, because modern journalism is just left-wing propaganda—it has nothing to do with reporting news.

What broke the case was two eagle-eyed and diligent Fergus Falls residents who actually read what Relotius has written about their home town and saw that it was all lies. Their exposure was a work of actual journalism, and beautifully done at that. I won’t repeat it, you should read the whole thing [here].

Der Spiegel’s management whined:

Claas Relotius committed his deception intentionally, methodically and with criminal intent. For example, he included individuals in his stories who he had never met or spoken to, telling their stories or quoting them. Instead, he would reveal, he based the depictions on other media or video recordings. By doing so, he created composite characters of people who actually did exist but whose stories Relotius had fabricated. He also made up dialogue and quotes.

Further, the Grauniad reported:

Earlier this month, he won Germany’s Reporterpreis (Reporter of the Year) for his story about a young Syrian boy, which the jurors praised for its “lightness, poetry and relevance”. It has since emerged that all the sources for his reportage were at best hazy, and much of what he wrote was made up.

And guess who awarded this clown the “Journalist of the Year 2014”? None other than America’s premier Fake News Network—CNN!

One would call them all the “gutter press”, but that would be insulting to gutters that actually provide a useful service in this world.

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