The political-media industrial complex just couldn’t understand why it lost the Brexit referendum in the UK last summer, or the presidential election in the fall.
So they claim the election was hacked. Then they invented the phrase "fake news” to bail themselves out.
Mark Zuckerberg, the massive Democrat supporter, now has this thing on Facebook, that if you’re going to share a story, and Zuckerberg doesn’t like it, you’ll get a warning that the story you like isn’t “approved” by two left-wing groups: the Associated Press and a Democrat blog called Snopes.com.
But I want to tell you about something I came across:
A royal proclamation from 1688, from King James the Second — to restrain the spreading of “false news.”
Here’s a portion (in the original Old English):
"Men have assumed to themselves a Liberty, not only in Coffee houses, but in other Places and Meetings both publick and private, to Censure and Defaine the Proceedings of State, by speaking evil of Things they understand not.”
So the king issued a warning to people not to do any "Writing, Printing or Speaking, to utter or publish any false News or Reports whatsoever, or to intermeddle with the Affairs of State or Government…”
I’ll tell you what happened to the king not long after he issued this proclamation.
But let’s just say that the "fake news" thing is back — I don’t think our culture values freedom enough to have a revolution over it…
TONIGHT'S GUESTS: Sam Westrop of the Gatestone Institute talks about the fallout from the UK terror attack, then Barbara Kay and I talk about the vote on the Liberals' anti-Islamophobia motion M103, and what to expect now.