WHAT IS FAKE NEWS?
The world has been inundated with talk of ‘fake news’. Yet, the definition of what is ‘fake news’ varies from one group to another. Everyone is against fake news, and yet, since their definitions of it varies, there is little agreement on how to control or eradicate it.
Through the years, there has been a variety of names used to refer to what fake news is. We have heard, in the past, references to:
Some have tried to define fake news, but since often they are some of the sources of ‘fake news’, it is unlikely that their definitions truly define it. It is like the adulterer who calls his/her sin as an ‘affair’. The drunken alcoholic calls their sin as being ‘buzzed’. The murderer calls their sin as ‘justifiable’. The gossip says that they are ‘sharing information’. So, those who commit a sin seem to find shoddy definitions to make their sin sound less sinful, if not totally good.
The term ‘fake news’ is called by those who create it to be good by their definition of it, and evil by those that are victims of it. The definitions vary, and necessarily so, so the creators of fake news can attack what they say the others definition of it is, and condone what how they define the ‘fake news’ they spread.
God referenced the people who redefine good and evil so they can justify their use of evil and attack those who are good.
Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
The New York Times defines ‘fake news’ as ‘fictitious articles deliberately fabricated to deceive, generally with the goal of profiting through clickbait’. Clickbait is a means of luring people to websites where advertisers pay those who create news-like stories that make people click to read more of the story. The headlines, at least, and maybe the whole story is untruthful, and misleading. The subject of the headline makes people want to read the rest of the story. They may disappoint immediately, when the real story is truthful, but just had a headline that deceived as to the nature of the story. The whole story may be untruthful and further research may be required to verify if any of it is truthful. The creator is paid by the advertiser that has the victim of the fake news be subjected to seeing the advertisement that is prominent at the site.
PolitiFact defined fake news as ‘fabricated content designed to fool readers and subsequently made viral through the internet to crowds that increase its dissemination.’
Fake news is nothing new. We heard stories decades ago of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree. Some actually believed long ago that the earth was flat, that the moon was made of green cheese, and that there was an actual invasion of earth on October 30, 1938, when CBS radio broadcast Orson Welles and the ‘War of the Worlds’.
Bogus ‘fake news’ filled the media forms during the last 2016 election cycle. The left wing of politics called the truth revealed by someone revealing what emails revealed in truth about the lies of the campaign. The right wing of politics were inundated with fake news charges. Truths were called lies, lies were called truths. The fake news abounded. The ‘clickbait’ creators made fortunes with their fake news bait luring victims to lies paid for by advertisers.
Facebook, Google, and others announced they would crack down on ‘fake news’ but their definitions of such seem to be politically revealing. It takes research on news stories, identifying the source, determining its validity, to stay ahead of the abundance of fake news. Much of what is called ‘news’ is misinformation, propaganda, fake news. Some ‘fake news’ is not intended to be false, but is due to unresearched, error-filled, misleading information, presented in a shoddy manner. The lack of professionalism of the writers, the biased blindness to truth, and the willingness to believe the lies of some politicians, had led to a multitude of fake news needing obvious truths out there to reveal their stupidity.
There are some obvious indications of a story being ‘fake news’, in the more unexperienced offerings of bogus stories. Some have an anonymous author, some have misspellings, some publish denials like ‘This is NOT a hoax.’ Some have links to sources that do not exist, or sources that do not confirm the fake news story. Some more practiced at fake news offer more sophisticated presentations of fake news. The headline of the fake news is often the obvious indicator, for if the headline were true, the national news would have been interrupting normal broadcast to announce WWIII, the falling of California into the ocean, etc. If such headline were true, the meagre story with its advertisement, would have not been the only source to the fake news. If one uses some fact checking methods, and adds some critical thinking, the fake news and their untruthful creators can be identified.
The fake news story by the non existent company called abcnews.com.co, written by the unfindable ‘Jimmy Rustling’ who supposedly has 14 Peabody awards and several Pulitzer prizes, said that Obama had banned the pledge of allegiance in schools nationwide. The clues to it being fake news were abundant, even before in the midst of the story it claimed that its source was ‘Fappy, the Anti-Masturbation dolphin.’
Sometimes ‘fake news’ cites official sources, but a bit of research will prove the ‘source’ denies the story.
The fake news story that claimed that Vice President Pence claimed that ‘gay conversion therapy’ had saved his marriage, was as false a story as its creators could concoct. Other fake news announced that Donald Trump would be appearing with Russian leader Putin in some of his rallies. These kind of stories hope that readers will make ‘fake news’ appear as innocent attempts to guide victims to advertisements, so the creators can be paid for luring possible customers to the culprits who pay for the fake news to be successful bait. The clicks that brought the creator of fake news, and the advertisers willing to deceive their intended customers, may create revenue, but the victims are the possible voters deceived and errant therefore in their voting choices.
One fake news report claimed that in 1998, Trump had told People magazine that ‘if I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country.. They believe anything on Fox news, I could lie and they’d eat it up.” No such statement was ever spoken by Donald Trump, and People magazine has searched fully all their material looking for it. They could not even find an interview with Donald Trump in that year. Comedian Amy Schumer helped spread that fake news, and still later admitted: ‘Yes, this quote is a fake, but it doesn’t matter.” Yes, it does matter, for fake news is not without victims, and damage is done by fake news.
So, how do we correctly define ‘fake news’? The source of what some claim to be ‘fake news’ was an informant within the democratic party, who sneaked the truths within Hillary Clinton’s emails, and in the emails of others of her campaign to WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, and those truths were published and called ‘fake news’ by the democrats. Yet, those were ‘truths’ and not ‘lies’. Julian Assange identified one of his sources as Seth Rich, a DNC staff worker, who was gunned down on a late night secret attempt to take information to the FBI on July 10, 2016. Yet, though only the material he was turning in, was taken, not his money. The assassination is true news, but the fake news tells us daily, with no evidence, that it was the Russians who stole the truths in the emails, and therefore we should forget the lies told by the campaign, and only hate the Russians who they lie were the source for wikiLeaks.
The Republican campaign called the deceptive and totally untruthful attacks on their candidate to be ‘fake news’ due to the untruthful prevarications, normally called ‘lies’.
So, is ‘fake news’ truths that are unwanted to be revealed, or lies that deceive? The world wants to use the term ‘fake news’, for the proper definition of fake news is “lies.’
We live in a world of lies. Politicians lie, salespeople lie, children lie, mates lie, advertisers lie, and now unfortunately, even some preachers lie. Hardly anyone could honestly say that they believe that politicians do not lie, especially when they are campaigning for the political office. And it is not just politicians, we all have heard and seen salespeople with wild claims from their lying lips. Too many of us have shrugged our shoulders and thought that the fake news is just part of politics.
Lies are still condemned by the Lord. God hates lying, and the Lord tells us that He is the TRUTH, and the Holy Spirit is the ‘SPIRIT OF TRUTH.’
John 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.
John 16:13 (ASV)
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He shall guide you into all the truth: for He shall not speak from himself; but what things soever He shall hear, these shall He speak: and He shall declare unto you the things that are to come.
One politician several years ago was listening to a speech in congress by the president of the country. After hearing one statement from the podium, the man shouted ‘That’s a lie.’ He received much bad press for having been so bold, but when the facts were checked, the statement that had been made was proven to be undeniably untrue. The man was correct in his calling the a ‘lie’. Now, the press would pass on the revelations that it was truly a lie that was spoken from the podium would call the lie to be ‘fake news’, and the other political party would call what the person in the audience had said to be ‘fake news’. Yet, the man in the audience spoke truth, and the liar was the president on the podium. The ‘fake news’ term is just a way to ignore the fact that it was a lie, and untruth, a prevarication.
The lies of advertisers, the lies of politicians, the lies of the news media should have an inward check, the feeling of the upset of the Spirit of Truth within us. We are to be aware of truth, and those who are not, are questionable as to their spiritual maturity. Fake news needs to be a forgotten term, and ‘lies’ needs to replace ‘fake news’. We are not here to change terminology so the Spirit of Truth is hindered in His work to convict liars of their doom if they continue unrepentantly to speak forth lies.
As long as we enable and support liars, or even worse, we become like those who want their lies called ‘fake news’, and we will never have a better government.
To lovingly, in a Christian way, speak out a requirement for truth does not make us evil persons. The liars are being evil, sinful, and should not be condoned by Christians. By rejecting the lies, by rejecting the liars, due to their unscrupulous lies, and exposing (in a Christian manner) that those are lies, instead of allowing lies to be unchallenged, we may see a day of repentance long needed.
The Bible speaks much about the SIN of LYING. There are many passages far to long ignored by the church even, that show God’s opinion of lying. This is not anti- a political party message, this is an ‘anti’ lying discussion. I find lies in all political parties, I find lies being accepted by adherents of all political parties. I am not attacking the persons, but the lies. I am not attacking the liars, but am showing that the ‘Christians’ who love and accept lies and liars, are not in harmony with the One called the Truth, or the Spirit of Truth Who is trying hard to be our Teacher in this church age.
THE ENTRANCE INTO THE COMING KINGDOM
DEPENDS ON TRUTH.
Revelation 22:14-15 (KJV)
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Notice here, it is not just those who ‘make a lie’ that are denied access to the New Jerusalem, but those who ‘love’ a lie. The loving of one’s political party’s fake news, is a loving of lies. That is a problem in our age, that not only are there many liars, but there are even more who ‘love’, and want to believe the fake news lies that they are told. This ‘loving of lies’ keeps one from the New Jerusalem, according to Revelation chapter 22.
WICKEDNESS MAKES ONE SUSCEPTIBLE TO LIES.
Proverbs 17:4 (KJV)
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
The wickedness of a person allows the fake news lies that others speak to be believable. If persons are wicked, they are not protected from another’s lies. If they were walking with the Lord, following the leading of the Holy Spirit, the fake news lies would be revealed and avoided. The person who ‘gives heed to false lips’ has need of a time of heart searching of their own heart, so as to be not vulnerable to lies.
We are to ‘find’ out the liars, be able to search out, have revealed to us, or be inwardly aware of liars and their lies. To the church at Ephesus, Jesus spoke in the Book of Revelation that they had ‘found’ those that were ‘liars’, and were able to do so, for they could ‘not bear them that are evil.’
Revelation 2:2 (KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
How wonderful it would be, if people today were able to listen to the political aspirants and know a lie when they hear it. No, I am not going to now preach ‘democrat’, nor ‘republican’, for we find in both parties plenty of lies. If one tries to be honest and truthful, they are shunned, for the truth is not what this world wants to hear. We have politicians on both sides daily speaking lies beyond measure. They know these are lies, and many others know they are lies. They insert enough truth to make them sound believable, and they try to call the lies of both parties to be ‘fake news’, With the Spirit of Truth teaching us, we should not be fooled by even those ‘almost believable lies.’ We have divine help from the omniscient Trinity. There is no excuse for us being deceived by lying politicians. The problem is inner wickedness, un-repented sins that make one love and accept the lies being told in this world.
THE DEVIL IS THE FATHER OF LIES,
AND THE INSTIGATOR OF LIES.
John 8:44-47 (KJV)
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
If we are ‘of God’, we will hear ‘His words’ and know them to be truth. If we are hearing lies, spawned from the devil, and believing them, unchecked in our spirits by the Holy Spirit, we need to ‘examine’ ourselves. The ‘natural man’ does not receive the words of the Spirit of God, and considers His truths to be ‘foolishness’. We, though, as spiritual, should ‘have the mind of Christ.’ We should recognize truth, and all lies should be revealed to be lies by the Spirit Who works in us.
1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (KJV)
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
CONTINUING IN THE WORD,
CONTINUING TO BE A DISCIPLE,
GIVES US REVELATION OF TRUTH.
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Fake news lies spring from sin. The sin of pride made Lucifer become a ‘liar’, in order to deceive mankind that his ways made sense. To get mankind to believe that he was superior to God, he had to lie. So, the sin of pride led to lies. The sin of pride makes many politicians speak lies, to show themselves to be wise, good, and to have all the right answers. The sin of greed makes many a salesperson lie to make the customer think they are getting a great deal on the item to be sold. The sin of disobedience makes a child lie that they did not eat the cookies, that a sibling must have done it. A sin in our lives can easily lead to the sin of lying. We need to continue in the Word of Truth, the Bible, and live by its ways, so that we do not become liars too.
WE RECOGNIZE THE VOICE OF TRUTH. WE FLEE FROM THE WORDS OF LIARS.
John 10:1-5 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
THE SOUND OF FAKE NEWS LIES FILL THE AIR-WAVES OF THE MEDIA. THE POLITICAL SPEECHES ARE OFTEN DECEPTIVE AND CORRUPTED BY FAKE NEWS LIES.
One president had a revelation of his lies in a lying escapade called Watergate. The perjury, wiretapping, burglary, and long attempted coverup was exposed, proven, and the president resigned. There were several of the conspirators in that sinful undertaking, that came to find Jesus as Merciful Savior during the expose of the sins. Had it been hidden, accepted, condoned, or ignored, these two souls may have not been saved. One recently died, and had a ministry in his ending years, of preaching to those in jail. He admitted his former sins, and encouraged repentance. The calling to an end of those lies of Watergate, led to the salvation of many souls. Yet, today, we find Christians applauding liars, voting for liars, and ignoring the lies of any in their own political camp. This is shameful.
we have all witnessed liars and false accusation from many of the participants of political campaigns. Where is the Christian outcry? Why do many condone the so called ‘fake news’ of their own party, and condemn only the fake news lies of the other party?
In American politics, some follow the rule from Leo Durocher, of ‘Nice guys finish last." That is errant, in fact, it is another example of ‘fake news’. Nice Christian guys are going to finish in heaven, and ‘liars’ finish in the lake of fire, if they do not repent. That is Biblical truth, and ones who think being ‘nice’ or Christian will ruin their careers will find it ruined for them ‘eternity’.
Politics often see the voter as the ‘customer’ and the politician as the ‘product’, and the campaigners as the ‘salesmen.’ They will promise like a lying salesperson anything about the product that they think will sell their ‘product’. ‘No new taxes, lower unemployment, total blessings for all the hearers, and truth above all’ are promised. Lying is a weapon in their armory to be used whenever it is effective.
They use polls and focus groups to find out the concerns of the voters, they promise whatever the most of the people want to hear. Often, as we find out after the election, they had no intent to ever do those things, or the things promised were impossible to accomplish. Yet, the lie was still spread around as absolute truth. Their goal is to persuade voters at any cost.
One group mailed out, or passed out freely voter registrations to illegal aliens with a note that there is no way for anyone to know if they are not a citizen. They therefore are encouraging many to lie on the registration. Liars love company, and they feel less guilty if all around them are also liars. It is time that Christians quit condoning liars, quit electing those who lie, and begin to demand truth from all candidates.
Word manipulation is common amidst liars. The words are given special meanings, meanings are manipulated to make their lies sound truthful. Like the politician who said "it all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is". No, that politician lied, covered up, and still has not admitted many of his lies. Still, many Christians applaud him, and call him ‘great’. When are we ever going to demand truth?
Everyone has lied. Even a baby learns that when they cry when hungry, someone comes. So, soon, even the baby learns that when they want attention, hungry or not, they can cry that they are ‘hungry’ and someone will come. That is the beginning of lying, and in a baby we understand, they have no language or understanding of how to truthfully get the attention they crave. As they mature, some still use ‘lying’ as a method of getting their way. We teach children, explain the need for truth, and ‘train up the child in the way they should go.’
Changing the word ‘lie’ to ‘fake news’ does not educate properly. It is a method of hiding from the real nature of their ‘fake news’, for they are truly lies.