This is why National Public Radio “news” programs, despite saying true things, are, actually, Fake News.
Here are two absolutely true statements concerning President Trump’s announcement that The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. (First of all: Hooray!!! Finally, a small measure of sanity from Washington!)
Absolutely, Indisputably True Statement #1: There were positive reactions in the business community to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate Accord.
Absolutely, Indisputably True Statement #2: There were negative reactions in the business community to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate Accord.
Both statements are, as mentioned above, absolutely, indisputably true, and represent strong currents of thought covering many industries and occupations, and are held by vast numbers of American citizens… especially in the American “business community.”
See if you can guess which absolutely, indisputably true statement NPR used this morning as the headline for a feature on their Fake News program, Morning Edition.
Yep. They used Absolutely, Indisputably True Statement #2 as the lead to their feature on Trump’s announcement.
The rest of the feature made no mention whatsoever of Absolutely, Indisputably True Statement #1.
And why? Simple: Because Absolutely, Indisputably True Statement #1, while absolutely indisputably true, wasn’t helpful in NPR’s effort to lead you and me to NPR’s preferred conclusion regarding the idea of the United States’ leaving the Paris Climate Accord. Said preferred conclusion is: Bad!
NPR was not in any way trying to give you and me news, but rather to persuade us — in the guise of presenting news — that we need (1) to act to prevent the U.S.’s departure from the Paris Accord, and (2) to conclude that Donald Trump is bad and is trying to kill us all.
NPR aims to provide the propaganda points for lawsuits designed to tie up Trump’s agenda until he’s gone, and to make you and me more favorably disposed either to getting rid of President Trump through impeachment or electoral defeat.
This is, I shouldn’t have to say, also the agenda of the American Left itself, of which NPR is the most reliable mouthpiece.
This is how a so-called “news” organization can be constantly guilty of purveying Fake News. It’s because they tell you the truth, and nothing but the truth… but they don’t tell you the whole truth. And that means that, pace the great Kevin Williamson(1) of National Review, NPR’s “news” is Fake News.
By the way, that’s why, in a court of law, you’re required to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The people who formulated that oath knew very well that the truth, and nothing but the truth — but not the whole truth — is insufficient for a true understanding of anything.
(1) By the way, I understand the great Kevin Williamson’s position. He maintains that the truth, by definition, can’t be fake. That’s true as far as it goes. However, no one is suggesting that the truths expressed by the media are fake, just that they’re incomplete… and that therefore the features in which they’re contained are not news.
I would submit to you that something that is not news, that is presented as news, perfectly legitimately can be called: “Fake News.”
Therefore, the label “Fake News” pertains, the way I understand it, to “news” that’s intended to deceive, persuade or manipulate the observer.
Of course, real news leaves it entirely up to the observer to arrive at his own conclusions. And all real news presentations would be absolutely sure to give the observer all the relevant facts, all the relevant truths, not just the ones that would lead to a presenter’s preferred conclusion.