Manufacturing reality has been the only goal of commercial media

By Pinky Khoabane, catch her on Twitter @pinkykhoabane


The term fake news has become the buzz-word following Hillary Clinton’s defeat and it has reached fever-pitch in recent days. I wrote a piece following the defeat: The folly of a media that takes sides and I made the point that the neo-liberal media, as it did during Brexit, had completely lost touch and wrote about its wishes as those of its reader. It has happened here in South Africa, where newspaper columns were dedicated to how President Jacob Zuma wouldn’t win a second term and he did.

The liberal media is still reeling from Clinton’s defeat and continues to find the perpetrators of this assault on democracy. The latest victims are Fake News.

The guardians of manufactured truth have been hard at work marketing a campaign that seeks to tarnish every piece of writing that does not conform to its propaganda and disinformation.

The term itself is not properly defined and has been used loosely to label those the commercial media does not like. It’s much like the classical smear campaign waged during the McCarthy and apartheid eras where anybody could be called a terrorist or a communist and therefore ought to be feared but worst, became the subject of brutal investigations which sometimes led to death.

Fake news has joined that list of evil words which threaten every aspect of our democracy when the truth is that the biggest peddlers of fake news are the commercial media that is now stalking all of us who refuse to accept their narrative.

In the classical art of propaganda, there is no attempt to debunk the facts in the stories we write but to rather label and smear. This is how propaganda works. Propaganda works on two levels to make any impact; it must reach the mass populace and it’s intellectual level must be at extremely low levels.

This phenomenon of fake news began with allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin had played a hand in Clinton’s defeat by being party to the WikiLeaks emails which showed among others, Clinton’s roles in the death of Lybian leader Muammar Gadaffi and grave human rights atrocities including fuelling the Syrian war that has left hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced and many dead.

The Intercept, wrote this about fake news: “One of the most egregious examples was the recent Washington Post article hyping a new anonymous group and its disgusting blacklist of supposedly pro-Russia news outlets — a shameful article mindlessly spread by countless journalists who love to decry Fake News, despite the Post article itself being centrally based on Fake News. (The Post this week finally added a lame editor’s note acknowledging these critiques; the Post editors absurdly claimed that they did not mean to “vouch for the validity” of the blacklist even though the article’s key claims were based on doing exactly that)”.

Following the leaks, the Clinton camp adopted a campaign to lie outright, The Intercept says. “…with no basis whatsoever — that the emails were doctored or fabricated and thus should be ignored. That lie — and that is what it was: a claim made with knowledge of its falsity or reckless disregard for its truth — was most aggressively amplified by MSNBC personalities such as Joy Ann Reid and Malcolm Nance, The Atlantic’s David Frum, and Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald.

Clinton camp chief strategist @benensonj: “I’ve seen things” in Wikileaks emails “that aren’t authentic” #ThisWeek

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 23, 2016

That the emails in the Wikileaks archive were doctored or faked — and thus should be disregarded — was classic Fake News, spread not by Macedonian teenagers or Kremlin operatives but by established news outlets such as MSNBC, The Atlantic, and Newsweek”.

The South African news media has picked-up on this term and has also gone out on a mission to investigate the “fake news websites” and much in line with what Washington Post did, they have outed them. UnCensored was victim to one of these researchers, Kyle and Katie Findlay, who like the Washington Post couldnt quite determine whether we were “knowingly” or “unknowingly” retweeting posts by some “fake accounts”.  Worst is when this group of anti-Zuma, pro-Rupert supporters say I “seemingly” was part of the campaign. They are scientists who did research but couldnt come up with conclusive findings. There’s no methodology set out to how they conducted their research. Such was their shoddy work they couldnt put their names to it. And they call it science which some mainstream media published. It turned out they were linked to The Daily Maverick. This is where we exposed their identities These two people and their company have never come back to dispute our claims. The editors that have gone-on to disseminate this lie – Fake News – have never come back to dispute the facts in our story.

The real fear for the commercial media is that for the first time in a long time, there are alternative news sites which give the citizenry a different take on life – the stories which they (commercial media) ignore. They are being outed for their anti-black stance and protecting their elite masters.

Stigmatisation is the easiest way to obfuscate – Communist, Fascist, Putin Propagandist, Guptarite, Zumarite. ANC acolyte ….and now FAKE….all these labels are meant to drill doubt into the reader or the populace and silence writers. Who wants to be investigated by the powerful media owned by people who control every aspect of our livelihoods? I implore you to look at your reality today and see who owns every aspect of it.

These bully tactics date back centuries – to silence us. The commercial media have their backsides in the open – that they don’t produce real news and have had to rely on manufactured news. Here come little sites which produce news they’ve tried to conceal….its not a pretty sight. We shall not be deterred. We will continue to write.

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  1. Thanks PK. I understand.

    Would you join me in Prayer that Mr. Trump will become the sort of Christian that is agreeable to you PK. That is the Prayer I ask you to Pray.

    Lord Bless, love Michael.

  2. This is a Great ‘article’ PK, Thank You.

    I am quite sure that our ‘Press’ and our TV does the same as the ‘Press’ and TV do right-around-the-whole-wide-World. Right.

    You topically mention Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the Washington Post ….

    Re the Elections in the USA this is what I observed; and I believe the same Principal/s apply here in South Africa PK.

    (as a Liberated Democratic Lady; a so-called ‘black’ lady; I feel certain that this will offend you PK; sorry; but it is my ‘take’ on this subject of PROPAGANDA and now this latest term – and what it ‘stands for’ – FAKE NEWS that you write about) :

    In America the liberal ‘Democratic’ non-Christian Press and TV (lDnC), especially CNN, ‘bamboozled’ the General Public with their one-sided bias; twisting of the truth; half-Truth/s; continual ruses; and yes even LIES.
    I HATE the Evil twisting of the Truth; the telling of half-Truths; the telling of blatant LIES coming out of the mouths of these liberal ‘Democratic’ non-Christian (lDnC) TV ‘announcers’ and ‘presenters’ employed by CNN and other News Media; but particularly CNN. They are Truly Disgusting ‘people’.
    I watched for months – in anger – as they tried their best to get their ‘candidate’ (Hillary Clinton) elected. These ‘announcers’ and ‘presenters’ are ‘mistresses’, they are ‘masters’ at ‘the art of the ruse’. Disgustingly so.
    Their candidate LOST; Mr. Trump WON. Now they are such SORE LOSERS. They ‘stir’ and they ‘stir’ and they ‘stir’ the pot day after day – ‘looking for trouble’ – trying their best to DIVIDE the NATION – no matter the COST !
    Evil is coming from the mouths of ALL these liberal Democratic non-Christian ‘presenters’ (lDnC) who are employed by CNN and other News Media. They answer to who ? The FACT that they keep on ‘stirring’ the pot trying to DIVIDE the NATION tells me – they sure as h… do NOT answer to JESUS. To who then do they answer ? As for me – it is not difficult to work it out !
    Just how FAKE are the ‘stories’ about Mrs. Clinton and her husband; about her assistant and husband; about her Campaign Manager; about Children and
    Come; join me in Prayer for Mr. Trump and his Elegant wife and his Articulate Children and for all those that Mr. Trump picks to help him ‘Stamp out’ racism; to Prosecute fairly ALL Crime; to ‘Make America Great Again’ for ALL Americans; to ‘Drain the Swamp’; to Restore the inner-Cities and Schools for the poor; especially for the so-called ‘black’ People; to ‘bring back’ jobs to America; to send Illegal Criminals ‘back home’ or straight to Prison; to keep Jihads out of America, but to let in those who love America and the American People as he (Mr. Trump) does. amen.
    Lord Bless, love Michael (heart).

    P.S. PK, I am well aware of the many failings of Mr. Trump. They are MANY; I know. BUT as a Christian I accept that GOD is In Control; that He knows what He is doing; that we Christians should, according to the Scripture/s, accept and Pray for our Government/s and Leaders – while at the same time not accepting Corruption and the other Sins that they commit. Right PK.

    1. Dear Michael

      The propaganda war has been waged for centuries and by all political sides – ultra-right, left, right, and so forth.

      The biggest myth about the media is that it is objective; none of us are. We are guided by our experiences in how we view the world and we apply this lived experience to everything that we see and how we understand the world.

      Look, I absolutely dislike Trump but the point is his venom is all talk unlike Clinton, whose hand in the murder of many people around the world has been documented. All that was required in this story is to tell both sides of it. Both sides told us one-sided stories to cover-up for their preferred candidates and it was left to little news outlets to reveal Clinton’s emails. Mainstream media is angry.

      THe other issue is the hypocrisy of liberals in their supposed respect for democratic processes; Democracy is always palatable if they win otherwise its wrong.

      I could never pray for Trump, Michael, but I do accept he won in a democratic process – flawed as the American system seems to be. But he won and that we must respect.



  3. We are really tired of being fed venom by the mainstream media. Sis Pinky keep up the good work. What is left now is guys like Piet Mampuru to establish an alternative newspaper.

  4. Stigmatisation is the easiest way to obfuscate – Communist, Fascist, Putin Propagandist, Guptarite, Zumarite. ANC acolyte, Racist, white monopoly capitalist……and now FAKE…. All an easy distraction from the truth?

  5. Well I for one am glad that you exist.
    Quite frankly I’m tired of hearing how blacks are when I know I work hard for what I have.
    I always share what I read on these pages because people just don’t know.
    I know it’s not easy,but I look forward to being informed everyday by your news site.
    Keep going!

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