Legacy me­dia fak­ery

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from the back of pizza shops. Yeah. I kid you not. This is as fake as blam­ing a pre-med­i­tated Is­lamist ter­ror­ist at­tack on Sept. 11, 2012 on a YouTube video.

Af­ter Mrs. Clin­ton’s em­bar­rass­ing fail­ure (twice), she and her groupies have sim­ply been work­ing over­time look­ing for some­one to blame other than them­selves. “Fake news” they hope will ma­lign new me­dia in gen­eral as without it, rev­e­la­tions from Wik­iLeaks would not have reached so many.

While ap­pear­ing at a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing out­go­ing Sen. Harry Reid, Mrs. Clin­ton made a point of con­demn­ing “fake news”call­ing it an “epi­demic” which had “flooded so­cial me­dia over the past year.”

In other words, pretty much ev­ery­thing that ex­posed her for be­ing the fraud she is was some­how fake. “This is not about pol­i­tics or par­ti­san­ship. Lives are at risk … . It is a dan­ger that must be ad­dressed and ad­dressed quickly …” she said. “It is im­per­a­tive that lead­ers in both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor step up to pro­tect our democ­racy and in­no­cent lives.”

Mrs. Clin­ton, how­ever, is ac­tu­ally right about fake news putting in­no­cent lives at risk. We all now know the “Hands up, don’t shoot” slo­gan was never ut­tered by Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mo., prior to be­ing shot by a po­lice of­fi­cer in 2014. In fact, Brown had been as­sault­ing the of­fi­cer and try­ing to take his firearm.

But the me­dia prop­a­gated the false­hood, over and over again, lead­ing to con­tin­ual vi­o­lence in Fer­gu­son, and ar­guably incit­ing vi­o­lence against and the mur­der of po­lice of­fi­cers na­tion­wide. The as­sas­si­na­tion of po­lice of­fi­cers around the coun­try con­tin­ues to this day.

And what has Mrs. Clin­ton had to say about this ac­tu­ally deadly fake news? Noth­ing.

The pa­rade of fake news pur­vey­ors doesn’t stop with Hil­lary. Brian Wil­liams ac­tu­ally con­demned “fake news” from his perch at MSNBC. This from the man who was re­moved from his job an­chor­ing the NBC Nightly News for fab­ri­cat­ing sto­ries.

Dan Rather also chimed in. The dis­graced for­mer an­chor of the CBS Evening News is now best known for pre­sent­ing fake doc­u­ments on “60 Min­utes” smear­ing Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush’s time with the Texas Air Na­tional Guard.

In an in­ter­view with Mr. Rather, the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle mused, “Rather sees fake news — var­i­ous forms of mis­in­for­ma­tion made to look and feel like the real thing and given ve­loc­ity by so­cial me­dia — as symp­to­matic of the na­tion’s creep to­ward a “post-truth” po­lit­i­cal world, where ri­val fac­tions can un­der­cut even the most ba­sic facts, seem­ingly with im­punity.”

Well, he should know but, cour­tesy of blogs on the de­plorable In­ter­net, the truth even­tu­ally caught up with Mr. Rather.

Then, of course, there’s the ul­ti­mate in fake news, with Mrs. Clin­ton her­self along with the pres­i­dent of the United States. The Con­gres­sional Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Beng­hazi made it clear that within hours of the Beng­hazi at­tack, the Obama-Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion knew it was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, yet both the pres­i­dent and Mrs. Clin­ton blamed the at­tack on a YouTube video, lied to fam­i­lies of the vic­tims, and to the Amer­i­can peo­ple (and the world) through a more-than-com­pli­ant me­dia.

The Clin­tons learned early on about the dan­ger of the In­ter­net. In Jan­uary 1998 the “real news” mag­a­zine Newsweek spiked a break­ing story that Pres­i­dent Clin­ton was hav­ing an af­fair with a White House in­tern named Mon­ica Lewin­sky. A few days later, the In­ter­net up­start Drudge Re­port broke the news in­stead. Per­haps Matt Drudge was Hil­lary’s first de­plorable.

Without Drudge, we never would have learned about the power of legacy me­dia cre­at­ing fake news by killing a story. The ul­ti­mate fake news is the void cre­ated when our Fifth Es­tate cen­sors it­self to please its fa­vorite politi­cians.

Now, Hil­lary, her co­horts, Never Trumpers and the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment are all latch­ing onto their own fresh fake news: The Rus­sians killed our elec­tion.

Yes, it ap­pears the losers have added an el­e­ment to the five stages of grief. Meet the new six stages of grief: de­nial, anger, the Rus­sians did it, bar­gain­ing, de­pres­sion and ac­cep­tance.

Ev­ery day Mrs. Clin­ton and the Democrats con­firm the right­ness of the out­come of the elec­tion. Call­ing into ques­tion the re­sults with their para­noid, con­spir­acy-laden, un­proven and un­sourced claim of for­eign in­ter­ven­tion is miss­ing only one thing — pizza. Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

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