Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson gave a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago. During her “Ted Talk”, Attkisson made a shocking revelation about how the “fake news” narrative began. Watch, as Attkisson ties Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Google, and Facebook to start of the “fake news” propaganda campaign designed to discredit conservative news sources.
Attkisson started out her talk by explaining to her audience that she began her investigation into “fake news” by asking 3 basic questions.
Number one…What is ‘fake news’ and what is not?
Number two…When did ‘fake news’ begin?
And number three, most interesting of all, I’ve investigated the shadowy multi-billion dollar industry that seeks to manipulate all of us through news, social media and online. So, I wondered…Who’s behind the massive effort to direct our attention onto ‘fake news’? Is ‘fake news’ real?
Attkisson then gave several cases of “fake news”, including the phony “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative the media put out to push the Black Lives Matter narrative, and a Time magazine story that lied about Trump removing a bust of “Martin Luther King, Jr.” from his office.
Attkisson asked her audience, “So if fake news by other names has always been around, why does it suddenly become the stuff of daily headlines during the 2016 campaign? She told her audience: “I did a little digging and I traced the effort to a non-profit called “First Draft”, which appears to be about the first to use the phrase ‘fake news’ in its modern context.” On September 13, 2016 “First Draft” announced a partnership to tackle ‘malicious hoaxes’ and ‘fake news’ reports. The goal was supposedly to separate wheat from chaff, to prevent unproven conspiracy talk from figuring prominently in internet searches.”
“Exactly one month later, President Obama chimed in. He insisted in a speech that he too, thought somebody needed to step in and curate information of this wild, wild, west media environment.
Nobody in the public had been clamoring for any such thing. Yet suddenly, the topic of fake news dominates headlines on a daily basis. It’s as if the media had been given its marching orders.
Fake news, they insisted, was an imminent threat to American democracy.”
Attkisson told her audience that she decided to “follow the money” to see who was funding the non-profit “First Draft” and it’s effort to take down “fake news” websites. Attkisson quickly found out that Google was funding “First Draft” and Google’s CEO Eric Schmitt, who had devoted himself to Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a multi-million dollar donor, and one of Hillary’s campaign advisors. His company funded “First Draft” around the start of the election cycle. Hillary’s surrogate, David Brock then convinced Facebook to join the effort.
Attkisson then went on to explain how “something happened that nobody expected when their ‘fake news’ campaign backfired, as Donald Trump co-opted the “fake news” phrase and actually turned the left’s efforts against themselves, in a brilliant hostile takeover.
Attkisson explained to her audience how she knew the fake news narrative was not an organic movement, telling them, “But as somebody who studied the industry that seeks to manipulate all of us on behalf of paid interests. I know that few themes arise in our environment organically.”