Marie Porter – Sov Indo
When the boss of arguably the best computer technology company in the world starts telling us that society needs to clamp down on what he calls “fake news” we need to take a step back and ask the question as to who decides what’s fake and what’s truth?
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook wants the governments of the world to launch public information campaigns to alleviate what he sees as the “killing of people’s minds” through websites he believes are “masquerading as news outlets”.
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.
A crackdown by the authorities? Are we living in North Korea now?
The sinister overtones remind us of Orwell’s ‘1984’ and what was known as ‘News Speak’ where a whole government department changed the narrative of any news story on any given day to reinforce the ‘new normal’ required to convince the people of anything.
“All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news.”
This is more or less what Tim Cook is suggesting but taking things a stage further back and telling governments that he and other technology companies, obviously Microsoft and Google, to name but two, will introduce what amounts to full blown censorship of the electronic media with filtering technology to prevent what he and his cronies decide the public can’t be allowed to read or see via You Tube etc.
“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.”
Ingrained in the schools? That’s nothing less than brainwashing of our children to an even larger extent than is already the case. This will undoubtedly help to further restrict the minds of children and their ability to critically think through anything when only one side of anything is presented as ‘fact’.
And he said schools had to do more to educate children on how to tell the difference between reliable and unreliable news sources.
“It’s almost as if a new course is required for the modern kid, for the digital kid.”
But he said in some ways, children should be “the easiest to educate” and they could then share their increased awareness with their parents.
“We saw this with environmental issues: kids learning at school and coming home and saying, ‘Why do you have this plastic bottle? Why are you throwing it away?’ ”
Kids are smart, parents are dumb…. Mom and dad don’t know better these days. When did that change?
Not only is this the overt manipulation of the minds of our children, it is also highly arrogant and insulting to the parents who Mr. Cook deems are idiots who can’t determine for themselves what is true and what is fake… And can’t be allowed to pass on their wiser counsel to their children…. But he can apparently.
He’s concerned about fabricated news stories and yet governments have been repeatedly caught fabricating news stories to suit their vast, and usually very expensive and destructive, agendas.
The above mentioned ‘environmental issues’ are just one of many such cases which is highly hypocritical of Cook. How much plastic does his company use? Interestingly he doesn’t mention global warming where so many fake stories have done the rounds on the mainstream media over decades. But of course, to counter with the truth will be viewed by Cook and others as the ‘fake’ stories because they don’t follow the News Speak diktat of the mainstream media prestitutes.
”We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader.”
In the UK where Cook made his statement, which just coincidently went global through almost every major mainstream news outlet in the Western world at least, the perpetrators of fake news since their inception, Damian Collins MP, stated that –
“The growing phenomenon of fake news is a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general.(What confidence?)
“Just as major tech companies have accepted they have a social responsibility to combat piracy online and the illegal sharing of content, they also need to help address the spreading of fake news on social media platforms.
“Consumers should also be given new tools to help them assess the origin and likely veracity of news stories they read online.”
“Mr Collins said a select committee will investigate the sources of “fake news”, what motivates people to spread it, and how it has been used around elections and other important political debates.”
What motivates people to spread real news is supposed to be to get at the truth and try to disseminate the facts. In the case of wars killing tens of thousands of innocent people this is an honourable thing to do.
The implied threat from Mr Collins is that his view of ‘fake news’ will be treated in the same manner as online piracy and become a crime through some form of legislation, more than likely mild in its inception with stronger penalties being added over time.
Perhaps Mr Collins needs to take a look at the vast quantities and quality of what he views as ‘fake news’ and research those articles carefully to determine what is fact and what is fiction.
He should be made to realise that what he calls ‘fake news’ is in fact the work of very concerned people across the world from every socioeconomic and demographic background and that what he calls ‘fake news’, particularly in this generation of fake and illegal wars, is actually attempting to shed light on the horrors perpetrated on innocent people in the Middle East and in other parts of the world due to ‘fake news’ in every major mainstream media outlet, both in hard copy newspapers, online, TV and radio which are being used to justify mass murder by governments and the mass manipulation of people’s minds to accept it.
‘Fake news’ perpetrated by governments isn’t just killing the minds of people. ‘Fake news’ is physically killing people in the most horrific ways.
Lies upon lies are told in their multitudes across every topic from the war on terror, to the safety of pharmaceutical drugs and vaccinations to global warming; all of which can be proven to be ‘fake news’ if only there were honest politicians, police officers and military personnel willing to do something about it.
I don’t deny that there is fake news out there from a number of outlets in the so called ‘alternative media’ but that doesn’t mean there isn’t truth either.
I’ll remind Mr Cook and Mr Collins of a quote by David Rockefeller…
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.”
He went on to explain:
“It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”
— David Rockefeller, Speaking at the June, 1991 Bilderberger meeting in Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton and by Dan Quayle
I guess that’s ‘fake news’ for you!