(NationalSentinel) It’s clear that Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, the world’s biggest company, is passionate about the issues and subjects he cares about. Now, apparently, we can add the scourge of “fake news” to his list of causes.
But in discussing it with the UK’s Telegraph this week, he didn’t really name names, and frankly, he could and should have.
For the biggest purveyors of fake news in the era of President Donald J. Trump is the ‘mainstream’ media – legacy news outlets like The New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN, along with new media Lefties like Buzzfeed, Yahoo News and others.
In an impassioned plea, Mr Cook, boss of the world’s largest company, says that the epidemic of false reports “is a big problem in a lot of the world” and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms.
Cook’s solution is a massive propaganda campaign “similar to those that changed attitudes on the environment to educate the public on the threat posed by fabricated online stories,” the paper reported.
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“It has to be ingrained in the schools, it has to be ingrained in the public,” said Mr Cook. “There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic.
“We need the modern version of a public-service announcement campaign. It can be done quickly if there is a will.”
Cook went onto say that the fake news problem lies chiefly with unscrupulous firms determined to attract online readers at any cost.
“We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” he said. “It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”
Fair enough. But how do you stop the Washington Post from ginning up a “fake news” story about “fake news” that is based on unsubstantiated nonsense put out by a suspect organization based purely on hatred of, say, President Donald Trump?
How do you stop the publication as “news” of a fake dossier filled with unsubstantiated claims about the same president?
The problem isn’t that there is too much clickbait online; most news consumers can spot that stuff a mile away. The problem is that there is too much politically motivated ‘reporting’ due to skewed editorial judgement because the mainstream press is so over-the-top out to get Trump. And yet those are the stories that make Facebook’s and Google’s news feeds.
Until the Leftist media understands and accepts that it is Leftist, the fake news problem isn’t going away.