Real News and Fake News
September 12, 2016
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Look at this page: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-austria-election-idUSKCN11I0NA
Two important pieces of news here.
One is that the Austrian presidential elections have been postponed. These elections are the repetition of the elections done in May. Why are they repeating them? Because of massive electoral fraud. Electoral fraud done to give the election to a leftist candidate, against an anti-immigrant rightist one.
This sounds trivial but it’s the first time in… a 100 years? That fraud is a thing in European elections. This is how bad things have got.
And they’re worse still, as the elections are being postponed because of tampering with postal votes! This is how bad things have got. If something happens to democracy it won’t be because of the persuasive powers of reactionary writers. It’ll be because the left realizes it’s not in its interest anymore. Kinda like the fall of the Soviet Union.
This other piece of news is also interesting. Stop your Ad-blocker for a minute and look at the bottom right corner.
In this world of today, where all print media is effectively bankrupt, and surviving only due to public subsidies or the whims of billionaires, Reuters is still honest enough to relegate its sponsored content, i.e. it’s corporate propaganda to a small corner of its website. But look at the first article. Climate change is the biggest single threat facing the world economy. That seems like a fairly normal headline, doesn’t it? I’ve seen that on actual newspapers all the time. But we of course know what the deal was all along. Now Reuters is nice enough to make it explicit. Sponsored Content. Of course it is.