Every year, Media Matters awards a person/organization with the title Misinformer of the Year. Started by David Brock back in 2004, Media Matters has been on a mission to counter what he dubs the Republican Noise Machine which was actually the title of one of his first books. The Misinformer award has been given to those who you would expect, like Sean Hannity, but also to CBS for it’s bogus Benghazi story a couple of years ago. The Center for Medical Progress received the award in 2015 for its highly edited video designed to make it look like Planned Parenthood “sold baby parts” for profit, which it most certainly does not.
This year, the award is shared by two awardees: fake news and the “Alt-Right”. They are both closely related as the “Alt Right” uses fake news to motivate its devotees to harass innocent people who it dubs a threat. Those threats usually target females and/or people with a skin color that is not white and American. Media Matters singled out Facebook for the proliferation of fake news by both political groups and simple money grubbers profiting from people’s gullibility.
Fake news and the “Alt-Right” are both cancers on society as they add nothing, but daily crucify truth and knowledge. Media Matters is correct to call both of these out to the public.
Today, Twitter announced it was suspending alt-right twitter accounts. Alt-right, you say? You know, those guys who hate everything: women, African-Americans…hmm…It’s actually easier to say what they support, which is white supremacists. White supremacists with guns. Since Steve Bannon of Breitbart joined the Cheeto campaign and is now White House chief advisor to… I just can’t say it – to Him, the alt-right has spilled out into the public arena spreading their racist, misogynist, and hate filled rhetoric all over social media. Yesterday, a week after the elections, Google and Facebook decided it was time to close the barn door, now that the entire herd of horses got out last Tuesday. Twitter followed suit today, joining the other social media company at the back of the pack, cancelling hundreds of alt-right accounts spewing the same hateful rhetoric.
Thanks, Twitter, for helping us out and being so timely. (That was sarcasm.)