By Rob Slane
As we enter a new year, one thing we can say for certain about the old year is that, in terms of unexpected political and geopolitical changes, it was truly breathtaking. Here in England, there was the Brexit vote to leave the European Union. The British government and much of the media did just about everything they could to prevent it and then were genuinely shocked by the result. Then there was the defeat of Hillary Clinton at the hands of Donald Trump, and again the elites neither saw it coming, nor seemed to know how to react once reality set in.
But behind these seismic shifts in the political landscape, an even bigger story has been brewing. For the mainstream media, 2016 was an Emperor’s New Clothes year—a year when many of the biggest newspapers and TV outlets were exposed as being not only completely wrong, but in many cases simply mouthpieces for the global elite. However, rather than learning anything from the experience, it seems that their response has been to double down on the same strategy, as if doubling down on failed practices would produce anything but more failure.
So in the wake of Mr. Trump’s victory, those same organizations who had been so biased in their pre-election coverage hit back by creating the notion of “fake news” and “fake news sites” with the assertion that we are now in a “post-truth” society.