The “Fake News Industrial Complex” — a militaristic play on words coined by Trump associate and national security expert, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, to describe the dangerous threat posed by dishonest media — is becoming as American as apple pie nowadays.
As the stream of misinformation continues to flow regarding the Trump administration and conservative Republicans, some liberals are now expressing concern over the divisiveness this type of rhetoric is inflicting on the fabric of our country.
In a surprising defection, longtime anchor and icon of the mainstream media, Katie Couric, recently came out in opposition to fake news. What makes Couric’s commentary on the current state of affairs ironic is her prior history of distorting facts in service of a political agenda.
In 2016, Couric twisted her anti-gun control documentary to undermine the pro-gun point of view through deceptive editing. We previously reported on Couric’s penchant for engaging in this type of activity in this article posted last year.
From the Washington Times:
Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric says otherwise clever people are consistently falling for fake news, and it’s tearing [America] apart at the seams.”
“I remember I got sent a lot of stories from friends who were quite educated and were like, ‘Did you see this?’ ” she told the New York Daily News in an interview published Thursday. “And I would say, ‘Come on, you’re kidding, right? This is BS.’
“We’re not doing enough of a good job of breaking down complicated issues and helping people really understand them,” she added.
The news veteran, who has hosted shows on NBC, CBS and ABC, ripped fake news sites but avoided blaming the mainstream media for spreading misinformation, the Daily News reported.
She did acknowledge, however, that the “lines have been blurred considerably” between straight news reporting and commentary.”
“[Americans] are so divided that it’s hard for us to come up with solutions and find commonalities,” she said. “And there’s vitriol spewed by both sides at people who disagree with them.”
“We need to be less judgmental, and we need to listen,” she said. “It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adhere to principles or fight for what you believe in. But you also need to acknowledge that people have different experiences and are coming from a different place.”
Couric’s unorthodox stance on this issue is a welcome sign that normalcy in the journalistic realm is still attainable. Couric deserves some credit in coming out in the open and being honest about this national harm.
Hopefully, her colleagues can follow suit, but don’t hold your breath.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]