In my craven need for confirmation bias and having not heard in a while from Russiagate skeptic Matt Taibbi I did a search for his latest work and found out he's working on an online serialized book which is a digital-age update of Chomsky's media critique Manufacturing Consent called Hate Inc. https://taibbi.substack.com/
I only read one installment so far but my man Matt has come through! Yup, I'm right. This is all about "fake news" which comes not necessarily from Alex Jones but from our NYT, WAPO, MSNBC, etc. It's a 30 minute read but full of fascinating sociological stuff like "moral panic," natives stirred up by hyped up and exaggerated news (Mods, Rockers and Russia!). So if you are taking your "real news" seriously you should know what ingredients are in the box. (Integrity 1%)
The public largely misunderstands the “fake news” issue. Newspapers rarely fib outright. Most “lies” are errors of omission or emphasis.... Scare the crap out of people, and media companies get richer, while state agencies get more and more license for authoritarian crackdowns on the “folk devil” of the moment. A perfect partnership.
What most people think of as “the news” is really a particularly twisted wing of the entertainment business.
In the Internet age, we in the press have mastered the art of monetizing anger, paranoia, and distrust. We’ve learned how to wind you up for profit.
Cold War Number One: 70 years of daily national stupidity. Cold War Number Two: Still in its youth, but just as stupid. - William Blum