Allegations of “fake news” originating from Russia have been prevalent of late. In this video the origin of the allegation is traced, from a lowly professor, to a shadowy website, and to Barack Obama.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Origin Of ‘Fake News'”, published to YouTube on November 29, 2016. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 18 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
Alex Christoforou offered a chronology of the “fake news” allegations on the CrossTalk program, hosted by Peter Lavelle:
PETER LAVELLE: The Washington Post comes out swinging: Are YOU a Useful Idiot of Russia’s alleged media conspiracy against the West?
ALEX CHRISTOFOROU: Three weeks ago this assistant professor came out with a list for her students. (Melissa Zimdar I believe is her name.) She warned her students to beware of “fake news sites” and she listed about 100 sites. The L.A. Times picked this up and it went viral. It got completely debunked, destroyed, in the media.
A week after that, the EU Parliament had this session, and they branded RT and Sputnik, along with ISIS, as “propaganda tools” against the West.
Now we go to, literally, three days ago. And we have this anonymous group called PropOrNot (Propaganda Or Not)…
PETER LAVELLE: And they registered their website when, in August…
ALEX CHRISTOFOROU: … August 21st, and they had their first tweet on November 2nd. No one knows who they are. This is a shadowy group. No one knows who they are. And they come out with a list of 200 sites, that they brand, not only “fake news”, but they also combined Russia into the mix. With “fake news”, sponsored by Russia, which is meant to “overthrow” the U.S. government. 
Checking into this, I located the PropOrNot (Propaganda Or Not) web site. “Russia is Manipulating US Public Opinion through Online Propaganda,” they warn. 
As for Melissa Zimdar, the lowly professor said to have provided the spark which started it all, WorldNet Daily reported on November 17th that she had published and circulated a list of “fake, false, or regularly misleading websites that are shared on Facebook and social media,” and that “Mainstream media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times circulated Zimdars’ growing list.” 
Not noticed by Alex Christoforou in his chronology of events leading up to the “fake news” allegations are remarks made by President Barack Obama around mid-October of 2016: “We’re gonna have to rebuild, within this wild, wild west of information flow, some sort of curating [censorship] function that people agree to,” stated the U.S. President. “There has to be some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic ‘truthiness tests’, and those we have to discard because they just don’t have any basis on anything that’s actually happening in the world.” 
——- Sources ——-
 “Bullhorns: ‘Fake News’ (CrossTalk)”, by RT. YouTube, November 28, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKJBhhbWi8I
 PropOrNot (Propaganda Or Not) web site, November 30, 2016. http://www.propornot.com/p/home.html
 “Meet leftist prof who wrote ‘hit list’ of ‘fake’ news sites”, by Chelsea Schilling. WorldNet Daily, November 17, 2016. http://www.wnd.com/2016/11/meet-leftist-prof-who-wrote-hit-list-of-fake-news-sites/
 “Bonnie Prince Donald”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, October 22, 2016. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/bonnie-prince-donald/