WATCH: "first annual REAL fake news awards"

You’ve seen the GOP’s version, but now it’s time for the REAL fake news awards. Join James for this special edition of The Corbett Report where he hands out dinos to some of the biggest propoganda poisoners and fake news stinkers of 2017!

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flaxgirl
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flaxgirl
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Perhaps the number 42 should get a special award

flaxgirl
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Interesting stories, however, as 2017 has definitely been the Year of the Staged Event it is a little disappointing one wasn’t included. So many to choose from: Westminster, London Bridge, Manchester, Times Square, Stockholm truck attack, Charlottesville, Barcelona car rampage, Mogadishu bombing, Las Vegas, Parsons Green bucket bomb, Flinders St, Melbourne car rampage, 15 year-old car terror, Melbourne, Texas Church shooting, New York truck attack, Spokane high school shooting … and on and on.

vexarb
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In the light of nonstop bad news in the era ABL (After B.Liar) at last I begin to understand the reason for something which never sounded convincing at Sunday school: “Thou shalt not lie”. Until recently my attitude has been that of young Marcel Pagnol in La Gloire de Mon Pere: complacent but never completely at ease after finding out that other people could lie as readily as I could.

Fair dinkum
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Fair dinkum

And then there’s the ‘news’ that DOESNT MATTER.
Celebrities.
Sport.
Intergalactic travel.
Fluctuations in the Stockmarket.
etc etc

vexarb
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@fair dinkum. Though broadly in agreement re overwhelming trivia keeping the sheeple “distracted from distraction by distractions” I think the stock market can be serious — even for people who do not own stock. Because “nothing moves in the modern world until some money has changed hands” (the motto of International Business Machines). So, this headline might seem trivial: U$ Dollar is Dying Fast – Last Week Market Plunge Signaling More To Come. Never mind that, it’s a correction, will go up again, and down and .. Central Banks own whopping T$ worth shares to keep market booming. If you… Read more »

BigB
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BigB

Solid point Vexarb: where is the physical gold to settle the options and derivatives equation (paper gold)? I surmise, not in London …and certainly not in Fort Knox. Ask Ron Paul? The imperium needed to invade Libya and Mali last time they needed gold, l believe. When it comes to paying the debt: it might as well be in Tulip bulbs! The only commodity worthy of attention is energy input, measured in oil equivalent fuels …or easier still cubic miles of oil. All that debt is a future claim on human labour: leveraged by energy (at the rate of 99.5%… Read more »

vexarb
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@BigB. “The paralysed precariat”. Apt; more apt than “proletariat” sounds today. “Precariat of the world, Arise! You have nothing to lose but your …?” Uncertainties, Fear, Depression, Debt?

pecteuw
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This was very much worth watching. Maybe, due to success, start a Monthly real fake news award?

rtj1211
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rtj1211

Quora should be entered next year. It is continuously asking fake questions like: 1) Why is Russia such a hateful country? 2) Are Russians friendly IN THEIR OWN WAY? 3) Do Russia and China, LIKE AMERICA, provide help to victims of natural disasters? 4) Why is the UK destroying itself? 5) Should the UK become the 51st State of the Union? Note there are never questions about why America is a hateful country, why American should not be broken up, why Iran should not nuke San Francisco, IF RUSSIA ASKED IT TO? Quora needs investigating on the following levels: 1)… Read more »

flaxgirl
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I was banned from Quora for asking (and answering) questions about the Manchester bombing. Someone else I know was banned too but I’m not sure why as he and was always polite and confined himself to 9/11 which is not taboo on Quora. They always have to ruin things with censorship.

ttshasta
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ttshasta

Observation: 15 years ago the U.S. spent $5 billion per year on weather disasters, Katrina bumped that up ten fold to 50, in 2017 Houston alone cost $200, adding Florida and fires must pass $300 billion. Is the 60x increase in the cost of weather disasters a glitch, are my numbers wrong (NYT circa 2009)? 20 years ago my tomatoes would freeze in October, I would ski in October. 2 years ago I picked tomatoes in November. Yesterday the ski park that should be open through March closed, it’s in the 60s we have mosquitos, and shrubs are a out… Read more »

PartiiColoredHose
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PartiiColoredHose

I agree with most. But polar bears are dying because of manmade global warming, so how is this fake news?

Paul Carline
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Paul Carline

Because it’s not true! It took me only 5 minutes to find this authoritative statement from the Global Warming Policy Foundation: “In 2005, the official global polar bear estimate was about 22,500. Since 2005, however, the estimated global polar bear population has risen by more than 30% to about 30,000 bears, far and away the highest estimate in more than 50 years. A growing number of observational studies have documented that polar bears are thriving, despite shrinking summer sea ice. By September 2007 sea ice extent was about 43% less than it had been in 1979 – a decline not… Read more »

flaxgirl
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and all historical evidence says that CO2 increases come AFTER a rise in temperature, not before”

That’s an oversimplification – whatever starts the warming, CO2 becomes part of a positive feedback loop regardless of initiator, which in the current climate situation is, in fact, human production of CO2. And science does not say that whatever has happened in the past dictates what’s happening now – for goodness’ sake.
https://skepticalscience.com/co2-lags-temperature.htm

MLS
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MLS

The “positive feedback loop” is a mere theory. There is no evidence for it either in the historical data or in current readings. It’s merely assumed because without it the numbers can’t be fixed to create catastrophic warming. You’re an openminded sort flaxgirl, aren’t you wondering why all the neoliberal outfits are pushing AGW and exaggerating the level of evidence available? (because they absolutely and demonstrable are exaggerating it). I don’t say they are inventing it. But they ARE exaggerating it. And simplifying it. And trying to censor contrary opinions. If Goldman Sachs, the Guardian and Soros are uniting to… Read more »

flaxgirl
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Also, just to add the power elite don’t want ALL the slaves to die and their food sources depleted. Additionally, people can look to be doing a whole lot but still be sticking to their fossil fuels https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-23/peak-hypocrisy-rockefeller-fund-divests-fossil-fuels-finds-standard-oil-successor-ex?page=1&utm_source=example.com&utm_medium=link&utm_compaign=article

flaxgirl
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I am not sufficiently authoritative to argue the positive feedback loop with you so I’ll leave that alone. That they would be pushing it certainly would make me suspicious, however, from the first moment I became aware of AGW it seemed a perfectly reasonable phenomenon. I remembered learning at school how CO2 was a gas that at only a very trace level in the atmosphere kept the earth from being a frozen ball so the fact that we’re adding 9 gigatonnes or whatever per year struck me as pretty alarming. Before the industrial age we were at about 285 ppm… Read more »

flaxgirl
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And also just to add – fossil fuels are bad in a number of ways and moving to renewables can only be a good thing so I think it’s worth the risk to act – assuming you think there is one, don’t you? There’s no downside to switching to renewables. And the cost is really not that great. The more it’s done, the cheaper it gets. The cost comes in sticking with fossil fuels.

vexarb
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@Paul Carline. Glad to hear that polar bears are thriving after all. But I notice that the Policy Foundation’s graph of Mean Global Temperature shows a rise of 0.5 degrees since 2000. And the govt link below shows a further rise of 0.5 deg since 1900. Being myself an easy going sort of fellow, this mere 1deg rise over the Century of Big Oil doesn’t bother me at all — but it certainly scares my physicist friend.
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/climate-change-global-temperature

Peter
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Peter

So Off-G harbours climate deniers, eh? Hmm. The problem is they’re not harmless.

Catte
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What do you suggest we do with these “deniers”? Ban them? Censor them? Shame them into silence? You think suppressing opinion is a good thing – when it’s opinions you don’t like?

Peter
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Peter

No, Catte, I’m not suggesting any such thing. I was actually referring to the number of thumbs-down given to PartiiColoredHose’s comment above. And I agree with Corbett’s awarding a fake-news dino to National Geographic for the dying polar bear story, which clearly had much to do with a sick animal and not loss of sea ice. The point Corbett was making is that pulling on the public’s heart-strings should not be a substitute for reasoned scientific argument, and that the starving polar bear video didn’t prove anything about global warming. On the other hand, I don’t agree with climate-change deniers,… Read more »

pecteuw
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Scientists overwhelmingly agree that global warming – that causes the melting of ice caps – is caused by human interference. But this does not prove that polar bears are dying because of a shortage of ice (the effect of global warming) . If you make this claim, it should be substantiated with valid evidence.

Paul Carline
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Paul Carline

The “scientists overwhelmingly agree” meme is a major element of the fake news, in practice a canard. Please read my earlier article on Off-G: “A look at the “97.4% of scientists” meme.
If it were true it would only mean that scientists can be as unprincipled as bankers and politicians. There has been a lot of money and prestige in the “global warming” scam – but the claim that the extra CO2 we generate is capable of significantly heating the planet is bogus science.

Paul Carline
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Paul Carline

By “if it were true” I meant, of course, if the “scientists overwhelmingly agree” meme were true.
Doctors would probably “overwhelmingly agree” that vaccines are safe and effective. But it’s not true … and the chickens are coming home to roost on this lie too. Unfortunately, whereas polar bears are not dying from a reduction in summer sea ice, thousands of people are dying and being permanently maimed from the unsafe vaccines and other drugs the pharmaceutical and medical establishments are foisting on them (not to forget the role politicians play in this largely hidden mass murder).

Schlüter
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And there should also be an Award for “Fake Narratives”!
„Media, Independent and Mainstream: Fake News and Fake Narratives“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/media-independent-and-mainstream-fake-news-and-fake-narratives/
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