The ‘news’ as propaganda is not a new thing. Its been around for centuries.
Its ability to sway mainstream politics however is back in vogue, or in the bloodstream, unfortunately. Made to look legitimate by the internet, and by the spineless cretinism of Fox broadcasting, fake news is peaking now. Or so I hope. I’d hate to see what happens if it gets any more powerful, or widespread.
The [Pakistan] defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, wrote a saber-rattling Twitter post directed at Israel on Friday after a false report — which the minister apparently believed — that Israel had threatened Pakistan with nuclear weapons. Both countries have nuclear arsenals.
Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) December 23, 2016
…you say yikes? Or holy shit?
Mr. Asif appeared to be reacting to a fake news article published on awdnews.com.
That story, with the typo-laden headline “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack,” appeared on the website on Dec. 20, alongside articles with headlines like “Clinton is staging a military coup against Trump.”
The fake story about Israel even misidentified the country’s defense minister, attributing quotations to a former minister, Moshe Yaalon. Israel’s current minister of defense is Avigdor Lieberman.
The Israeli Defense Ministry responded on Twitter to say the report was fictitious.
The Ministry of Defense has a Twitter account. Of course.
@KhawajaMAsif reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false
— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) December 24, 2016
Every day this world looks more and more to me like a video game [Grand Theft Auto-da-fe?]. Then you throw in – sure why not? – the Elect’s early contribution to world peace…
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
…on Friday, Trump himself weighed in again, saying in a statement to “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
…and you’ve got yourself a hairy weekend. Cheers, libtards.
[ed. note: he’s not even sworn in yet.]