If you thought that the election of a Democrat would convince The New York Times to finally put fake news behind them, think again. Once you’ve committed to a strategy – pandering to liberals at the expense of the truth – you might as well ride that train until it sails off a cliff. Without Trump to beat up on, we’re sure that vast canyon is coming sooner than later…but in the meantime, it’s still a free-for-all in the New York Times newsroom.
Take it from columnist Kevin Roose, who gave us a lesson in “right-wing misinformation” on Tuesday.
“Facebook is absolutely teeming with right-wing misinformation right now,” Roose tweeted. “These are all among the 10 most-engaged URLs on the platform over the last 24 hours.”
This was the picture accompanying the tweet:
The really weird thing about Roose’s collection of “misinformation”? All of these stories are 100% true! Every single one of them.
Confronted about this, Roose gave this bizarre window into his worldview: “For the conservatives who are mad about this: yes, it is possible for a story to be factually accurate *and* for it to be part of a misinformation campaign aimed at undermining confidence in an election.”
Ohhh. Well. That explains so much!
So, just to digest this completely: A NYT columnist is making the argument that news stories can be “right-wing misinformation” even when they are completely true and accurate. Is it just us, or is this a perfect admission of what conservatives have been saying for years: That the liberal media considers anything that hurts Democrats to be “fake news” worthy of ignoring and criticizing?
If there was anything resembling journalistic integrity anymore in the news media, Roose would be out of a job. How can you continue to employ a writer who considers anything that goes against his political worldview as “misinformation”?
But then, we all know that we’re long past that point. Hell, Roose will probably get a raise.