Aw, Diddums

But where Facebook has been much kinder to Trump is in its extremely permissive attitude toward the numerous low-quality and sometimes fraudulent fan pages that dominate the right-wing political space within the social network: Content that features videos of “patriots” beating “thugs,” wild conspiracy theories, fabricated stories and worshipful coverage of the president.
According to a study released in August by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, low-quality websites like Breitbart News, Conservative Tribune, Gateway Pundit, Truthfeed, Western Journalism, Political Insider, and EndingtheFed were among the most popular conservative sites shared by Facebook users.

Despite being operated by small companies with almost no footprint within the larger media landscape, many of these pages have millions of “likes” on Facebook. That’s largely the result of early ad spending, which the social network encouraged in the mid-2000s as it was trying to get a foothold in political advertising, according to people who have worked in the industry.
These junk pages, most of which employ almost no one with real journalism experience, enjoyed more influence on Facebook in the 2016 presidential election than more traditional conservative media organizations like the Washington Times, the New York Post or the Washington Examiner. The conspiracy-peddling Breitbart News, Conservative Tribune and Gateway Pundit sites even beat Fox News Channel, the researchers found.

The readers are clearly getting what the readers themselves desire to get.

Not that lovely line about “no one with real journalism experience.” People without an Ms. in Journalism are writing things I don’t like! And getting millions of readers!

Facebook, which declined repeated requests to comment for this story, appears to inflict no penalty on pages that frequently produce misleading or false content.

People must not be allowed to contradict the narrative!

Yes, a lot of this stuff really is shite but so what? That’s exactly what free speech means.

14 thoughts on “Aw, Diddums”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    This is just part of an effort to drive out the Right from those small segments of the media where they have a presence. Notice they accuse Breitbart of racism even though there is no evidence of it I have seen.

    The Left is totalitarian in its beliefs impulses. They lost an election they thought they had in the bag. They are determined to make sure this does not happen again by denying the Right access to any form of media.

    Hence all the shaming and attempts at disqualification.

  2. It’s hardly surprising. The mainstream media (except Fox) is ridiculously anti-Republican in general and especially anti-Trump to a degree which is frequently laughable.

    Trump is, well, arguable at best, but the difference between the “news” treatment of him and the free pass given to Obama, Hillary et al must be obvious even to the most partisan Democrat. (Maybe not)

    Breitbart, Infowars and the like, and the smaller outlets may well be horribly biased (and Fox is biased as well of course), but at least they don’t pretend they are in some way neutral.

  3. Some smallish media companies don’t support ‘The Narrative’ pushed by the vast majority of western media and the MSM has conniptions. They’re terrified.

  4. A well of Marxian evil like fucking Salon thinks non -leftists should be shut down?

    1–2—3–FUCK OFF.

    The brass neck of these leftiodd scum is mindboggling. God himself would be hard pressed to match their arrogance.

    And as for “patriots” beating (leftist) thugs there hasn’t been anything like enough. Most existing footage is the other–and wrong–way around.

  5. Content that features videos of “patriots” beating “thugs,” wild conspiracy theories, fabricated stories and worshipful coverage of the president.

    Swap the order of ‘Patriots’ and ‘thugs’ and you have every Leftist on social media under a Democrat president.

  6. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    Rob – well, Salon gave an Op Ed to a pedophile to whinge and moan that his desire to fuck toddlers doesn’t make him a “monster”, declared that kids’ computer game “Legend of Zelda” is “sexist and racist”, and published weighty thinkpieces such as Is Donald Trump simply the worst human being we can imagine? 14 experts weigh in (spoiler alert: the experts say yes)

    So I reckon they know journalistic effluvia when they huff it like a jenk-addled tramp.

  7. ‘The conspiracy-peddling Breitbart News’

    What, that crazy “The-Left-is-trying-to-destroy-America” conspiracy?

    The Democrats have refused to accept the outcome of the Presidential election. Thus ends democracy.

  8. “These junk pages, most of which employ almost no one with real journalism experience, enjoyed more influence on Facebook in the 2016 presidential election than more traditional conservative media organizations like the Washington Times, the New York Post or the Washington Examiner.”

    It’s like that moment in Spartacus when the Roman army gets defeated and Glabrus, shocked, says “but they were just slaves”.

    Yes, junk pages. Probably not thinking too much about which font to use, perhaps mixed up whoever with whomever. Perhaps badly spelt. But in the end, spoke to people. Got readers. And that’s all journalism is. It’s not going to college and getting a degree or any of that shit. It’s writing about news and events and getting someone to read.

    What none of these people grasp, because they weren’t there, is that the defeat of Jeb, Remain and Hillary has been over 20 years in the making. It’s not about adverts. It’s social and organic. If you hung out on uk.politics,misc back in the mid-90s you started to see different ideas. People talking about PJ ORourke, Sean Gabb and so forth. Maybe you got pointed to other ideas. People digging up facts, doing better analysis than the MSM was doing.

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