For all the noise out of the mainstream corporate media about “fake news,” it didn’t take long for a mass knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday morning to morph into widespread reporting of an “active shooter.”
This phenomenon highlights exactly how the “fog of war,” and rush to be the first to report on a story, can result in a story being reported fallaciously. Of course, the narrative sold by the mainstream is that alternative media is unreliable and, thus, corporate media must be relied upon as the standard bearers of “truthful and legitimate” information.
Obviously, this type of wildfire reporting of false information across the whole of mainstream media calls into question the veracity of the reporting and fact checking done by these mainstream outlets that are so quick to call independent news “fake.”
See how that works?
Unsurprisingly, only minutes after news broke that there was an alleged active shooter, calls across the social media universe for stronger gun control began, due to the false reports of an active shooter. Liberal opportunists on Twitter were quick to blame the knife attack on lackluster laws gun control laws.
Some folks have begun damage control and deleted their calls for gun control over a knife attack, but what happens on the Internet — stays on the Internet.
Authorities later clarified it was a knife attack that took place at OSU, but only after the mainstream media ratcheted up the emotions of the anti-gun crowd with false allegations of a mass shooting attack.Today is yet another was a sad day in our country because of a senseless shooting at an Ohio State University.— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) November 28, 2016
According to The Daily Caller, contrary to initial reports of a shooting, the attacker used a car and knife. The campus is secure and classes have been cancelled. The eight people taken to the hospital reportedly have non-life-threatening injuries. Columbus police confirmed the attacker was killed.
This case highlights exactly how the spread of “fake news” most often takes place. Contrary to what the mainstream media would like you to believe, it’s not independent media outlets making up “fake news” stories that threaten our nation, but rather the corporate media’s propagandizing of the American public to simply believe what is parroted without investigation or inquiry.
Jay Syrmopoulos writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.