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The Legacy Media As Factcheckers And Determinants Of The Truth

All that shouting about how Facebook – and other social media – really must start expunging untruths from their system. Just anyone saying anything they want is a system we simply cannot put up with. Who knows what the proles might be saying to each other? Thus the insistence that only verified truths may be uttered or posted – truth being something determined by those with an axe or two to grind, of course. A climate denial blanking now being earned for everything from an insistence that CO2 simply doesn’t matter through to, well, you know, the IPCC itself said a carbon tax, not a planned and centralised reworking of society was the way to deal with it.

All of this would carry very much more weight if we had any other system which did in fact tell us the truth and only the truth. Which we don’t, as this from the Telegraph shows:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The fallout from his trial prompted the Army’s most senior officer, Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton, [/perfectpullquote]

He may be many things that laddie, but he’s not the most senior officer. He might be the most senior non-officer, maybe the most senior non-commissioned officer, most senior warrant officer, we might stretch it and say the most senior soldier, but he’s really not the most senior officer now, is he?

Of course, the Telegraph used to know these things, even pride itself as a culture on knowing them. But our point here is that if this is how the legacy media does its fact checking we’ve very little to complain about on Facebook, do we?

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