It Goes Straight To The Top, Sheeple!!1!

Axios morning email thingie has a piece in it about Conspiracy Theories going mainstream, and you’ll never guess which media outlets are involved (weird emblodening and enigmatic bullet are all theirs, baby!):

Several right-leaning TV networks and hosts have walked back or acknowledged giving oxygen to conspiracy theories, Axios’ Sara Fischer writes.

  • Why it matters: There’s been a lot of focus over the past few years on misinformation spreading online. Yet some of the most damaging falsities have come from TV networks that reach millions of Americans daily.

Notice how –so far– they have not named any?

Sinclair Broadcast Group asked its dozens of local affiliates not to air this weekend’s episode of “America This Week,” hosted by Eric Bolling.

  • The recalled show let discredited “Plandemic” activist Judy Mikovits tout a false conspiracy that Anthony Fauci started the coronavirus.

Really? Dr. Fauci started the Trump-Virus? We need to go a little deeper, so following the link…

Catch up quick: The interview, conducted last week, features host by Eric Bolling, interviewing researcher and activist Judy Mikovits and her lawyer Larry Klayman, a right-wing activist, about the coronavirus.

  • In the interview, Mikovits says she believes that Fauci “manufactured the coronavirus” in monkey cell lines and paid for and shipped the cell lines to Wuhan, China. That assertion has been widely discredited by scientists and health officials.

Details: In a series of tweets, the broadcast giant said it decided to delay the episode’s airing and “will spend the coming days bringing together other viewpoints and provide additional context.”

Other viewpoints? It’s not opinion, that’s stunningly stupid. They don’t want to offend the mush-brained, so they are saying it is a viewpoint that Fauci created the Trump-Virus.

In a normal media world, a producer would never allow this to happen, and Bolling would be suspended. But this is not a normal media world. Back to Axios:

Fox News host Jesse Waters said in an interview Saturday with Eric Trump that QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory movement, “uncovered a lot of great stuff when it comes to Epstein and the Deep State.”

Well, a quick fact-check shows us that pedophile-obsessed Q-Anonites missed the entire Epstein story, you know, AN ACTUAL PEDOPHILE!, and still do not believe that Prznint Stupid even knew him, despite all the evidence, including Trump talking about him. We continue:

  • Watters later said in a statement: “While discussing the double standard of Big Tech censorship, I mentioned the conspiracy group QAnon, which I don’t support or believe in. My comments should not be mistaken for giving credence to this fringe platform.”

One America News Network (OANN), a conservative network that’s become a recent favorite of President Trump’s, has also spread false information, but has been more reluctant to disavow the segments.

…which is probably why Lord Damp Nut loves them so much.

Moving on, the MIT email thingie goes long on the Q-spiracy:

It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans

What—or who—is QAnon? QAnon was born in late 2017 with a series of mysterious posts on 4chan. The posts attracted followers who spend their time interpreting these messages and leading campaigns to make the messages more visible. Some QAnon adherents have led coordinated harassment campaigns against journalists, rival online communities, celebrities, and liberal politicians. QAnon accounts were instrumental in spreading a bogus human-trafficking conspiracy theory about the furniture marketplace Wayfair. And there have been multiple incidents of real-life violence linked to QAnon supporters.

What are Twitter and Facebook doing? Twitter took a step aimed at limiting how successful QAnon can be there, including taking down about 7,000 accounts that promote the conspiracy. Facebook is said to be planning to “take similar steps to limit the reach of QAnon content on its platform” next month, the New York Times reported.

What more can they do? It’s too late to stop QAnon completely, but Facebook should still educate users not just on how to spot misinformation, but also on how to understand when they are being manipulated by coordinated campaigns. Platforms must also stop people from descending into algorithmic or recommendation tunnels related to QAnon. Read the full story.

We live in strange times, and I suppose the conspiracy theorists have always been with us. But I do think that the Right Wing Noise Machines are reaching more into the fringes than they have recently, but more than ever they need to distract us from the many failings of the 4th Reich.

 

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19 Responses to It Goes Straight To The Top, Sheeple!!1!

  1. This is what barrel-bottom scrapings are like. soon we’ll be through and into the noxious goo fermenting under the barrel from what’s leaked through…

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  2. roket says:

    Conspiracy Theories are the only way these people can convince themselves that they are not the baddies. They are very bad at it, as well.

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  3. donnah says:

    Social media has huge benefits in terms of communication, education, and good old-fashioned friendships. My mom, even at 85, has been able to stay connected with friends, family, and former classmates and it has made her elder years much better.

    But like everything, amazing tools in the wrong hands are capable of becoming dangerous and corrupt. FOX news is responsible for the zombification of millions and extensions of FOX on Facebook and other platforms makes that even wider spread. Q Anon is FOX on steroids, where conspiracy theories are yanked from FOX and amplified and built on by the furthest Right Wing nutbags on the planet.

    It would be comforting to think that when Trump and his filthy party leave that the conspiracy theorists would pack up, too, but I’m afraid it will worsen instead.

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    • beckymaenot says:

      comforting, donnah, but not likely. uhg.

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    • It’s been demonstrated that Youtube’s algorithms to determine what the ‘next video to watch’ are very efficient at steering people into the fever swamps of the far right from even mainstream more-or-less benign ‘conservative’ media.

      Quite literally they’ll take you from a Fox News clip to to white supremacists, fascist, Q-laden propaganda…in about an hour of watching.

      Once you’re there, you get an endless supply of the uncut china white of crazy. Time and time again you hear people talk about friends and relatives who’ve become troo believers proceeding down this path,

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  4. you write
    We live in strange times, and I suppose the conspiracy theorists have always been with us. But I do think that the Right Wing Noise Machines are reaching more into the fringes than they have recently, but more than ever they need to distract us from the many failings of the 4th Reich

    Fox is losing way too many viewers to Netflix and Hulu.
    they need to get crazier and crazier to keep those ratings up – and keep the pillow guy happy (do you think the pillow guy is stuffing his pillows with Goya beans? just wondering)
    who wants to watch Fauci talk about masks — i would much rather watch Fauci with his creation “Abby Normal”

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  5. Tucker is stupider than our new dog Harley, who hits his head on the table every time he gets up. He hits his head and never even notices. At least Harley is lovable.

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  6. MDavis says:

    Half way through your post I started thinking about a site I remember from long ago and far away – it included a behind the scenes clip of a crew watching the Phantom Menace footage they were working on. Hands were in hair, faces were in hands and despair was clearly in the air at the hot mess they were trying to turn into a viable movie.
    I can’t imagine why it popped into my head.

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  7. w3ski4me says:

    “q” is like a virus, for those that have a low IQ. I’d love to see them inject some disinfectant.
    w3ski

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  8. julesmomcat says:

    Lowbrow redneck racist dimwits need a reason to exist, and Fux Noise gives it to ’em on a daily basis.

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  9. StringOnAStick says:

    I was strong suspicion that the whole Q mess is a Russian influence operation.

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  10. osirisopto says:

    Q is just a distraction.
    If you want the real crazy you need to be a follower of R.

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