What does this mean? Fake News?

As many of you will know, I work a few nights a week at a hotel as a night porter. This morning I was putting out the newspapers in the guest lounge and noticed this headline, “Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.”

“Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.”

Now I have not really had time to look fully into this article, but as I understand this, this is a quote from Sir Nick Carter the Chief of the General Staff. But what I really wanted to ask was, “What does this mean?”

“Russia could initiate hostilities sooner than we expect.” well, of course, they could… But when you put the word could in a newspaper headline or in an assessment of a military threat it immediately become a nonsense. Of course, they COULD,  initiate hostilities sooner than we expect. Well unless we expect them to initiate hostilities immediately. Vladimir Putin COULD appear on TV dressed in a pink leotard riding a hobbyhorse and singing I’m a little teapot short and stout… but it is rather unlikely.

“It will start with something we don’t expect”

“It will start with something we don’t expect.” The very fact that they have said that they… expect it to “start with something we don’t expect” has now become a self-cancelling prophecy, has not it? If you expect it to start with something you do not expect… you are now expecting it to start with that very thing!

One could go on, “we may not have a choice about a conflict with Russia.” We may not find a golden mushroom growing from the back of our heads in the morning either! We, of course, may not have a choice… but then again we could start to engage with Russia, a predominantly Christian country, after all, we have close ties with Saudi Arabia a country that morally and philosophically is very different to ourselves, (i.e. Sharia law). Saudi Arabia still stones people or hangs them from its lamp posts.

The West, at least a great deal of it has been sabre rattling at and about Russia for many years now. But step back and look at who involved in wars around the world at the moment. Who has been fermenting conflicts and supplying help and weapons to murderous, Christian massacring groups throughout the middle east for the last xxx years? America and the UK. Who is illegally in occupation of large parts of Syria? America.

Russia has not started a conflict in many years, America has not had a year without war for… I don’t know how long. And before you mention Crimea, you need to know about America’s involvement in the election of an anti-Russian government right on the Russian border. And as for the Russian involvement in the resent American elections… What actual evidence have you seen? From all that I hear, and I am trying to get a major interview about this for the Podcast… it is mostly or all fabrication from the CIA, FBI and Democratic party, through Fusion GPS, (the anti-conservative, opposition group) and Perkins Coie, (The law firm that was behind the fake birth certificate for Obama). But that is another story.

Not journalism, but jingoism!

To my mind, what the Daily Mail is doing here is not journalism, but jingoism!

Admittedly, I have not been able to read the article in depth yet, but nor will most people who see this paper. It is the headlines that will be read at the petrol station forecourt stand or at the newsagent. Leaving aside for now whether or not Sir Nick Carter should or should not have made these comments, newspaper editors have a responsibility, not to just regurgitate rhetoric, but to question and report. Even in their headlines, as that is often all that is read.

TRPR 30 – News only episode

In this episode, Andrew will look at the news as it affects Christians in the UK and around the world.

Show notes

The Red Pill Report episode 30.

Welcome and thanks for listening.

Introduction

Welcome to The Red Pill Report

Thanks for listening and a brief explanation of who and what The Red Pill Report is.

News

Charlie Gard

UPDATE

Five-year-old girl ‘fined’ £150 for lemonade stand is inundated with job offers

UK Education News

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill [HL] 2017-19

BBC Liberal re-writing English history.

Alt-right commentator gets ‘schooled’ by historian over diversity in Roman Britain

Links to the BBC video on Youtube and Paul’s reply.

Life in Roman Britain History The Story of Britain

Paul Joseph Watson’s reply

Fake News

The Christian Institute

Media challenged over “fake news” stories claiming Bible is untrue

Brexit News

Brexit transition must end by 2022, says Hammond

Is this the Brexit banking exodus Theresa May told us couldn’t happen?

World News

North Korea conducts new intercontinental missile test

UK court to rule on Saudi arms exports

Palestinian Authority creates new social media blasphemy law.

The slippery slope of Sexual liberation IV

The end of tolerance?

‘Radical feminists’ bully Boots into morning-after pill u-turn

Govt wants to make it straightforward to ‘change sex’

Petition to Justine Greening

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the taxonomy of fake news

The taxonomy of fake news

Search, ‘fake news’ on Google and you will be offered just a few results from the approximately 167,000,000 results that Google has found for that term.

Fake news is everywhere… Well in both senses of the word. It seems that almost everyone is talking about fake news, and a whole lot of people are pushing fake news.

But just what is fake news?

Claire Wardle, Leading strategy and research for First Draft, has put some work into helping us be more specific when we talk about fake news.

She talks about fake news being on a spectrum from the less bad to the downright made up. Starting at the less bad she lists…

  • Satire & Parody – No intention to cause harm but has potential to fool.
  • False connection – e.g. Clickbase. When headlines don’t support the content, (I would have said when the content does not support the headlines)
  • Misleading content – Misleading use of information to frame an issue or individual
  • False context – When genuine content is shared with false contextual information
  • Imposter content – When genuine sources are impersonated
  • Manipulated content – When information or imagery is manipulated to deceive
  • Fabricated content– New content, that is 100% false is designed to deceive and to do harm. (I would add, or to promote a cause)

There is another very big use of the term, ‘fake news,’ that Claire Wardle does not covere here. That is when the news is genuine, well reported, correct in every detail, but when it is not what the person calling it fake news wants you to hear.

This is most commonly seen when the right leaning conservative independent media are pointing out problems with the liberal elite and the left-leaning establishment or media.

An example from today on the BBC.

I guess that this could actually be called, ‘fake science,’ but it is much the same in the way that it is portrayed. Which end of Claire Wardle’s list do you think this list comes from?

The headline for this story is, “Star’s seven Earth-sized worlds set record.”

Well, the earth-sized world did not set any records today, but leaving aside that fact let us just look at the content of this story. Let us take a look at just a few phrases from it.

“Researchers say that all seven could potentially support liquid water on the surface, depending on the other properties of those planets.

Well, yes, and of course all seven may not have any water at all.

“Three are within the conventional “habitable” zone where life is considered a possibility.”

‘Possible,’ is another weasel word. Almost anything is possible. All seven planets may be colonised initially with ratchet screwdrivers, but it is not likely.

“The planets… are described in the journal Nature.”

All that has been observed is a dimming in the light from the star, there precious little description yet possible.

“They could have some liquid water – and maybe life.”

They could be flowing with milk and honey, and there may be a continuous hot dog themed fanfare running on all seven planets.

‘Could’, ‘possibly’, and ‘we think’ are what we now accept as science.

On top of all of this is the use of imagery that suggests that we know an awful lot more than the start light dims occasionally.

There is an awful lot of detail in these images for planets that we have never seen.

Strangely enough, Claire Wardle, the same lady that is talking about this spectrum of fake news, was on BBC’s Newsnight saying, “Our brains are adapted to trust visuals much more.” The same day that the BBC is using visuals to promote the idea that there are these seven planets that are likely to have life on them. I would put this just one step away from Claire Wardle’s worse end of the fake news spectrum, as ‘Manipulated content.” What about you?

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TRPR 6

In this episode, as well as an interview with Andrew Tucker about recent news concerning Israel, and with Paul Taylor of the Mount St Helens Creation Center, and what the eruptions in 1980/82 can tell us about fake science and the biblical account of creation, Andrew reviews John Bercow, (Speaker of the House of Commons), recent ban on Donald Trump speaking in Westminster Hall, and Chatham House’s recent survey, about European attitudes to further migration from mainly Muslim countries.

Show notes

The Red Pill Report episode ???.

Welcome and thanks for listening.

Introduction

Welcome to The Red Pill Report

Thanks for listening and a brief explanation of who and what The Red Pill Report is.

News

This week Andrew only discusses two news items, but they do show how people’s views are shaped by pressure from extreme liberals and how far many of our politicians and media are from the majority of the people.

Andrew Tucker

Andrew Tucker

Interview with Andrew Tucker

This week’s first interview is with Andrew Tucker the executive Director of Christians for Israel International and legal counsel for European Coalition for Israel. We are catching up with Andrew to get an update on the Paris Peace Conference and to see what the news is for Israel at the moment.

Christians for Israel International c4israel.org

European Coalition for Israel ec4i.org

Interview with Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the Director of the Mount St Helens Creation Center.

Andrew And Paul talk around the subject or the false claims that are made by “scientists” evolutionists and the media about evidence for evolution. The ‘fake news’ that the church has been struggling to correct for over a hundred years. They especially look at the eruption of Mount St Helens from 1980 to 1982 and what they can teach us about the creation versus evolution debate.

Website Mount St Helens Creation Center

Books

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’1534649026′ text=’Mount St Helens: A Message for Today’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’1edf6e07-efca-11e6-98be-27a8d929c415′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’1888898062′ text=’The Road to Mount St Helens’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’2c513363-efca-11e6-b934-7149a3468d0d’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B011SKDDTA’ text=’Footprints In The Ash by Morris & Austin’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’394bcd08-efca-11e6-bef3-193eb8b85cc0′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’1515024954′ text=’Where Birds Eat Horses’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’476fcc69-efca-11e6-bc5b-6d281a0eee78′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’1523961082′ text=’Only Believe’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’59ac3955-efca-11e6-94a9-55f805d148d0′] (This is the book on Apologetics)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’1517209471′ text=’The Biblical Age of the Earth’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’637876fa-efca-11e6-bd68-af13082bc3e4′]

DVD

  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01GWC5IL0′ text=’Mount St. Helens: Modern Day Evidence for the Worldwide Flood by Dr. Steve Austin’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’7862ecd7-efca-11e6-ba36-05477a694152′]
 [amazon_link asins=’1534649026,1533330263,B011SKDDTA,1515024954,1523961082,1517209471,B01GWC5IL0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’successmatter-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’fdaeb850-efaf-11e6-9832-85febc585634′]

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Thanks for being here for the very first Red Pill Report.

BBC sets up team to debunk fake news

BBC debunker or promoter of fake news?

On the 12th Jan 2017, the Guardian reported that “BBC sets up a team to debunk fake news.” On the very same day, the BBC website and phone app are reporting that “Orcas reveal the origin of menopause.” Both appear to be untrue.

Orcas reveal the origin of menopauseBBC news chief James Harding apparently told staff on Thursday that the BBC would be “weighing in on the battle over lies, distortions and exaggerations”.

“Orcas reveal the origin of menopause.” Distortion, exaggeration or just a lie?

The BBC article says that “Prof Darren Croft from the University of Exeter, … says the findings, published in the journal Current Biology, could reveal how and why the same phenomenon evolved in humans.” As we get into the article we come to the word ‘could,’ suggesting speculation, the headline was definite, “Orcas reveal the origin of menopause.”

Probably more than half of the people who came across this headline just accepted it as ongoing proof of evolution and the origins of… well everything from life to the menopause. This headline is at the very least deceptive. Come on Reality Check, start looking at the BBC’s website.

James Harding continued “The BBC can’t edit the internet, but we won’t stand aside either,” Harding said. “We will fact check the most popular outliers on Facebook, Instagram and other social media.” Humm, they can actually edit the BBC news website. The BBC site is very much more influential than the outliers on Facebook, Instagram, so should be held to very high standards.