While our media has always had false narratives and bad stories that are Fake News (exampled include: Edward R. Murrow's "See it now" McCarthy'ing Joe McCarthy (1954), Richard Jewel story (1996), story about a plane crashing into Camp David after 9/11 (2001), Duke LeCross Rape Case (2014), Michael Brown and 'hands up, don't shoot' narrative (2014), and so on). We didn't use the term "Fake News", just liberal media bias or incompetence, but it's been around since the first liberal got sloppy or partisan at a newspaper.
Then on September 13, 2016 Hillary Clinton supporters Google and Eric Schmidt, used a shell charity (a non-profit called "First Draft,") to start seeding the term to attack right wing websites ("to tackle malicious hoaxes and fake news reports"). Hillary Clinton and her surrogate David Brock of Media Matters admitted in a campaign letter that they pressured Facebook to join the effort. Google warned Conservative websites to remove stories that Google didn't like, or they'd take away their ad revenue. And Barack Obama and the liberal media followed along, regurgitating what they were told: none were going to let this opportunity (to curate what information we could see) go to waste, all in the name of protecting free speech. All coincidentally done at the same time, in what could only be a coordinated campaign attack.
Unfortunately for them, it backfired when people noticed that the mainstream liberal media made more errors and was less honest, and started throwing it back in their face. Fake News applied more to the News, Google, Facebook, Obama and other curators and finger pointers than their victims. Donald Trump used that to hijack the term and use it back against them. The left tried to change the narrative and pretend that Trump had created the term, and they wanted to stop using it and claimed it was a hateful term and an attack on free press to point out the Presses bias or errors. And that's where we are today.
Here's just a small taste: FakeNews : 286 items
If you think my list of a couple hundred is comprehensive, you're way mistaken. For ever example I found, there are likely dozens that I have not.
Just breaking down Trump alone:
- There's whole sites like TheGivingTrump.com that documents a couple hundred cases of Trump's philanthropy over the years.
- There are sites like MSMLies.com that have a few hundred examples of the media getting it wrong as well.
- While I have some of the Fake Hate articles listed here, these are only ones where the media clearly mislead. The more comprehensive list has lies of omission (ones you never heard about), and certainly, how many stories in NYT or elsewhere have you read that refers to the total number of Fake crimes there are? Omitting that context when talking about the topic is Fake News as well.
- There's AttacksOnTrumpSupporters.com or my own smaller but more details Real Hate that shows some of the many attacks that conservatives/Trump supporters have dealt with. The fact that there's not MORE counter-violence and retaliation reflects who has the moral high ground.
If you haven't heard of all of this in the Press, and any of this is news to you, it tells you more about the Press than Trump. And the Presses bias against Trump is a small subset of the problem of their bias for progressive / far-left causes, against conservatives at large.
So the reason that confidence in the Press has crashed is NOT because people are less informed -- but because it's harder for the Press to hide their bias, errors, and crappy standards in the Information Age.