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Facebook has recently started a new fact-checking program to help keep “fake news” from spreading on the site, and right-wingers and conspiracy nuts are MAD! Particularly because they plan to use fact-checkers from sites like Snopes and Politifact to determine the legitimacy of stories — and the prevailing “wisdom” among rightwing nutjobs is that these sites are totally biased in favor of liberals. Which is possibly true but only to the extent that liberals do not regularly create bizarre conspiracy theories about how random pizza places are actually child sex slavery rings. Frankly, we are just a lot more boring than that.

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Alex Jones has, of course, been on the very forefront of this movement against the movement against fake news. He has even gone so far as to create his own list of “fake news” sites, which includes all of the places that publish real news (like Wonkette!) instead of weird rants about gay frogs.

He’s also made a handy dandy infographic to let you know which sites are the most trustworthy and freedom loving! Like the Russian state media!

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He has even gone so far as to claim that “they” are crucifying him. Because now he’s Jesus or something.

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Jones is now saying that if Facebook goes through with this dastardly plan — and labels him as “fake news” and doesn’t do the same for The New York Times — HE WILL SUE!

In explaining why The New York Times is fake news, Jones cites a recent incident in which an ad for a fake news story claiming Alec Baldwin died ironically popped up as an ad in a New York Times story about fake news.

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This is a thing that, unfortunately, happens pretty often — and the easiest way of explaining it is that most ads you see on websites have been bought “in bulk” rather than directly from advertisers — meaning that they don’t have much control over what ads come up on their site. If one appears that you have a problem with, you can ask that it not be shown on your site, but it would be very difficult to vet every ad shown to every visitor. This often leads to embarrassing incidents, like the Alec Baldwin one. I’ve had some myself. To suggest that the Times had anything to do with that ad showing up is disingenuous and the reason why InfoWars has a reputation for “fake news” in the first place.

He is also claiming that this whole “War on Fake News” is part of a CIA plot, probably because they don’t want anyone catching on to their plans to turn all the frogs gay. He now wants Trump to defund the CIA, in order to prevent this. It’s also part of a United Nations plot, he says, because sure, why not!

Citing a Business Insider article explaining that the program will start out with a beta test in which users can report fake news stories and hoaxes, and then third-party fact-checkers will confirm, label it as such and “demote it” in the news feed, Jones implored his followers to somehow get in on this test by creating “a fake liberal network” on the site and then labeling stories by CNN and MSNBC as fake. Which, I guess, will totally thwart this whole process or something.

Jones claims that this is the end of the free internet, and that the site is basically Communist China now because they are burying “the news.” However, there is a big difference between “burying the news” and labeling hoaxes as hoaxes.

Frankly, it’s very likely less of a “CENSORSHIP!” thing, and more of a money thing. Most websites these days are fairly dependent on Facebook for traffic, and traffic is the way they make money. No Facebook, no money.

The problem with the proliferation of fake news, honestly, has a lot to do with the way Facebook decides what should go in your news feed to begin with. When a site publishes an article, and a bunch of people who see it click on it and engage with it when they see it (liking, commenting), Facebook deems that article as important enough to show other people. If that doesn’t happen, it kind of disappears. Websites like Infowars publish inflammatory articles that make people go “Woah, what’s that about?” and then go ahead and click on it immediately. Even people who may later say “Oh, that’s some bullshit.” But the fact that they click on it in the first place means that Facebook is going to show it to more people who may not go “Oh, that’s some bullshit.”

The time was once when the “Facebook Firehose” showered down more often and more kindly on media outlets, a time when most of what you published to the site would show up in the feeds of your followers — not so anymore! These days, Facebook wants sites to pay them money in order to simply show posts to a larger percentage of the people who have liked their page. No money, no page views, no sweet, sweet advertising bucks.

Thus, a good way to rake in the dough without paying a Facebook ransom is to have wildly inflammatory and misleading headlines and news stories. That’s why fake news sites created by teenagers in Macedonia are reeling in a lot more money than nice, honest sites like Wonkette.

Quite frankly, if Facebook really wants to combat fake news, they need to simultaneously promote real news. They can’t do that if they keep the algorithm the way it is, and requiring media outlets to pay a ransom in order to show their articles to the people who follow them. Without that, the whole thing is a pretty meaningless gesture.

But in the meantime, if you would like to help combat the spread of fake news, go to our Facebook page and make sure you are “following” us. If you really love us, you can even click “see first” so you get to see Wonkette before anything else, even. Then share share share, or Facebook will decide you don’t want to actually see our stories even though you signed up to see our stories, because did we mention they are ransoming us? (The editrix tells me Facebook traffic is down 75 percent after the recent algorithm change when Facebook decided nobody wants to actually see news stories.)

But that’s all fine because FACEBOOK IS THE BEST and WE LOVE FACEBOOK and they DEFINITELY SHOULDN’T THROTTLE US ANYMORE, because THEY ARE GREAT. Or whatever.

[Media Matters | Business Insider]

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  • beingreleased

    I’m very curious to know what if any methodology was used to produce the graph of news organizations above. I’m sure the word “methodology” is giving them too much credit.

    • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

      Well, meth was probably involved. Does that count?

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      Apparently the footnotes got stuck in his b-hole.

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    Defund the CIA? Is Alex Jones looking for someone to do some freelance wetwork on him?

  • XtremeFeministRodeoQueen MLG

    The Passion Of The Douche just doesn’t have the same ring to it, though.

  • Yr. Gma

    Facebook is evil.

  • Scooby

    My conspiracy theory is that Richard Nixon is behind all this. Because now he’s not looking so bad.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Well, ya know you’re doing something right when the tinfoil hat brigades are whinging about it.

  • Jamoche

    How is Fox News not on that chart?

    • You don’t out your partners.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      He also left off Wonkette. I mean, what the fuck?

      • Shucky Ducky

        Wonkette is on the other chart that has the “Tranny……FreeDUM” axis.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      It’s on the back side of the image. You have to flip your monitor over to see it.

      ONE WEIRD TRICK

  • Terri Czarski

    Happy to assist in that crucifixion if only I can find that damn hammer.

    • Jonny On Maui

      I know someone around here has the nails. I’m still holding onto the spear. Yes, I was the Centurion at that little party in a past life…

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Jesus Christ walks into a hotel with three nails and a hammer and says, “Can you put me up for the night?”

        • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

          I am so going to tell this to my husband! He had to go to a Catholic HS.

          • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

            So I told him, and he finished it; he heard it back in HS.

  • Amelia

    I am both disappointed that Wonkette did not get the spot in the tyranny lineup it so clearly deserved and baffled that Freedom-Humping FOX News didn’t warrant a spot on the chart either. Like, am I missing it? I didn’t think my mental block was that effective.

    • Claire

      Huh, I don’t see it either. Haven’t the alt-reich decided that FOX news is a bunch of icky liberal-doing tyranny liberals?

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        It’s mid upper right, dead center in Hyperpartison, not nearly as far right as I believe it should be located…

        • Claire

          “Hyperpartisan” is on Vanessa Ortero’s chart, not the Alex Jones one in the article. I see it on hers but not on his.

          • Amelia

            Same, I found it on hers right off, but the Alex Jones chart was making me feel crazier than usual.

    • Oblios_Cap

      FOX is there.

      Edit: Looking at wrong chart. It’s not there.

  • Free market, bitches. If poor widdle Alex doesn’t like it, I suggest he go start his own social media site.

    Surely, the Invisible Hand will point tens of millions of people away from Facebook and onto “New Patriots Freedombook” or whatever he’d call it.

  • Nockular cavity

    Here is a chart created by one Vanessa Otero that I found…pretty good, actually. As in, “I don’t want to hear any bullshit from the bullshit sources in the corners.” From her Fbook post here: https://www.facebook.com/vanessa.otero.9619/posts/10155006385626062. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4070d47757737ee278fcd4ea4d8374ca35b99360510a1e3120061f32d2a0e0be.jpg

    • Oblios_Cap

      Where’s Mother Jones?

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        In quadrant III?

    • Claire

      I recently discovered David Wolfe’s Facebook page and can vouch for it being basic af, as well as stuffed full of the most nonsensical weirdness imaginable.

      • Nockular cavity

        I forgot to mention, fuck sleazy pseudoscience hippie grifter David Motherfucking Avocado Wolfe, right in the fuckin’ ear!

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I only read wonket and stories with headlines like “20 Famous Women Naked”. OK, I only read stories with that specific headline.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        “20 Famous Women Naked” has at least 3 facts that need checking right in the title. It’s up to us.

        • willi0000000

          four things!

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Any chart that says MSNBC and the Nation are mirror images of Fox News and The National Review, needs work.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      I think this person does not understand “bias” otherwise they wouldn’t have AP and The New York Times with The Washington Post and BBC.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    The worst part of this mess is that every single idjit RWNJ is completely convinced that all the fact checking sites are biased against them. They are so thoroughly brainwashed that they not only view the other team as the enemy, they view the referees as the enemy too.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      When the facts are against you, pound the table.

      • Querolous

        Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
        Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

        from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Oh please please sue: the money I give the federal government and the ACLU is just wasted, otherwise!….

  • Oblios_Cap

    Orly Tait will take his case and fix his teeth while selling Alex a house. Everybody wins!

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      with all the amphetamines that guy obviously does, his teeth must be a mess

      • Celtic_Gnome

        As bad as Guiliani’s?

  • Vtsaxon

    Any one with two brain cells to rub together knows that Alex has a business to run. Fear fear fear buy my shit.

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      So, his listeners DON’T know this.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    According to The Media, Alex Jones is not a paranoid psychotic. He is a “conspiracy theorist”, which is like being a theoretical physicist except with less math.

    • Vtsaxon

      He is a shock jock and a gatekeeper . He wouldnt tell you the truth about 9/11 just yells it’s a inside job

      • Wait 9/11 was an inside Job? Then why in the bloody hell are they still supporting the 9/11 regime part II?

        • Vtsaxon

          No I believe 19 pork eating Moslems hijacked 4 planes pretty much at the same time hitting 75% targets and it was organized by a dude in a cave in Afghanistan

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Oh man. The next thing you’re going to tell me is the current President was born in this country.

          • Vtsaxon

            It doesn’t matter where he was born his mother was a citizen which makes him eligible to be president

          • Celtic_Gnome

            Now that’s just crazy talk!

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      and more meth

      • Oblios_Cap

        And a lot less logic.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Remember when “Conspiracy Theorist” was a pejorative, and not a job description?

      • Oblios_Cap

        Mel Gibson did it better…

  • NotALiar

    gateway pundit. they listed the mother fucking gateway pundit. their broken clock doesn’t even get the time right twice a day. especially if the clock has something to do with “black mobs.”

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      #PAYTHEFUCKUP!

    • I couldn’t see fox news on there.

      It’s also funny they have RT listed nearer the freedom area. Wanna talk conspiracy, let’s talk about how the right has been trying to normalize/soften the perception on Russia.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “This has all been a misunderstanding. The problem is, I looked up the definition of “fake” in a fake dictionary I got from a teenager in Macedonia, and well, that definition was completely wrong. So, I’ve been using the word ‘fake’ incorrectly for quite some time. My bad.”
    — Honest Alex Jones, a fictional character of my own creation

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Miss me yet?”
    — MySpace

    • MynameisBlarney

      I actually do sometimes.

    • goonemeritus

      Mostly I miss fortran and X-tree.

      • willi0000000

        i miss dBASE and Basic*

        * back when basic was basic . . . so basic you could learn it by reading one well constructed program**

        ** and i miss programs being programs!

        • goonemeritus

          I really liked APL, it was so arcane it required a special keyboard.

  • Vtsaxon

    Dat stat be bool sheeeit. Just stink of all da restaurants and curry and sheeeeit you smell in da streets maaaan. But me be Christian Dude I love jebus he died on da cross and he didn’t do nuffin. I have been waiting for him to come back and sheeeit . He better hurry up dis is bool sheeeit.

    Makes sense like Alex jones

  • Oblios_Cap

    Crazy!

    I can’t get my jpeg to post. Sad!

  • Michael Smith

    “That’s why fake news sites created by teenagers in Macedonia are reeling in a lot more money”

    Those damn Macedonians! They always know when to swoop in and take advantage of a civilized society that can’t seem to govern itself anymore.

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      Alexander lib… oh, right, yeah, never mind.

  • proudgrampa

    So… Why does Alex Jones have crepey skin?

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Defund the CIA. Brilliant, Alex. Let slip the final chains on that black hole. Watch what they do to your orange god when the last bit of leverage the President has over them is clipped.

    I mean, it’s not like they won’t be able to function without being a line item in the budget. They got their own money, and they ain’t afraid to use it.

    • Vtsaxon

      Yea the cocaine import agency is loaded.

    • mfp

      sheeeeiiiit…CIA could live on its afghani hrr-ron profits for another 100yrs

  • Mavenmaven

    Given how much joy these types get from feeling paranoid, this must be the happiest day of Alex Jones’ life.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Don’t blame us, we’re just monetizing the virtual capital inherent in the synergy between the information ecosystem and the shifting paradigms of social media interaction.”
    — Mark Zuckerberg

    • Hardly Ideal

      The fu- why is my nose bleeding all of a sudden?

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      That’s thinking outside of the box!

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      I know the meanings of every one of those words, but not in that combination.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Paranoid Magic Eight Ball says:
    “Chinese Hoax Likely”

  • TheGrandWaz00

    I suppose I’d be pissed too if Facebook was fucking with my business model.

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    make sure you are “following” us [on Facebook]

    Facebook!?!? Can I have my eyes gouged out instead?

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    All I want for Christmas is a sense of butthurt entitlement.

  • BigRedDog

    Hey Facebook! WILL YOU GET RID OF THOSE TERRIFYING KITTEN VIDEOS WHILE YOU’RE AT IT PLEASE?

  • Amelia

    I want one of the tyranny sites to parody that InfoWars headline.

    THE CRUCI-FICTION OF ALEX JONES. Subtitle: “Shut up, you lying twatwaffle.”

    • phoenix00

      Like this one? With votes?

  • MynameisBlarney

    Speakin’ o’ plots.

    FBI now agrees with CIA that the damn Russkies hacked the election in trumps favor

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/fbi-now-agrees-with-the-cia-russia-intervened-to-help-trump-win-the-election/

  • Edith R. Broccoli

    Just STFU, you slimy lying grifter. You’re not important enough for the CIA or Facebook to bother with. They’re just waiting for your heart to finally explode from a meth overdose.

    • therblig

      is there an address to send meth donations?

  • Moebym of the Resistance

    Melissa McCarthy and Kelly Ripa died also too. And they didn’t even say goodbye, those @$#*s.

    • Vagenda and Tiara

      The one that got to me the most was Cher. I really never thought she was going to die.

    • phoenix00

      Robin Thicke…..

      (or was it Robin Williams? Alan Thicke? DON’T KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE ANYMORE)

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    Its difficult to fap to algorithms.

    • Foreign Agitator Ron

      I’ll be on my blackboard.

    • phoenix00

      Try me.

  • goonemeritus

    I only go to Facebook to look at pictures of my dog at his daycare facility. Will the CIA be fact checking if his birthday cupcake was really peanutbutter based?

  • AJ Milne

    Well I for one am terribly concerned about this gay frog menace… Also: dibs on Gay Frog Menace as a band name.

  • Garbageman

    I’m a little uncomfortable to make it seem like I’m siding with Alex Jones on anything – OK, extremely uncomfortable – but there is a kinda/sorta valid criticism here. In addition to the monetizing (is that the right word?) of social media, a lot of readers don’t really make much of a distinction between actual stories and the ‘paid content.’ . . . In their defense, in some sites, it can be pretty tough to tell the difference . . .

    • phoenix00

      All it takes is some brain cells and critical thinking. I can’t pull Pinkham’s Law here.

  • JackLinks

    Here’s a short 1 minute long video of Jones trying to talk and think, both at the same time!

    http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/videos/video/how-a-paranoid-right-wing-nutjob-s-brain-works-in-1-minute

  • Jennifer R

    I would be fine with a judge ordering Jones on to medicine for his obvious issues.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Remember when the ISPs (some of them, anyway) wanted to be able to speed up the loading of certain websites (the ones that paid them money) and slow down others (the ones that didn’t pay up)? Maybe now that Obama is gone, they’ll be able to do that on the basis of ideology instead of money.

    Scary thought.

  • RichardBroderickJr

    3rd parties suggest this is just another thing Alex pulled from his bum.

    .

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Slate? Seriously? The man thinks a site owned by those consummate wastes of carbon the Graham kids is an independent news source?

    • phoenix00

      They’re kind of in the middle, so 75% independent and half-a-dozen of tyranny.

  • Hardly Ideal

    Support your local news sources, everyone. I don’t really know what else to say.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Is there ANYTHING the wingnuts can’t fuck up?

    • mancityRed6

      AOTK

  • TX Dept. of Brad Relations

    i love that chart, notice at the bottom it doesn’t say “right” or “left”, or “true” or “false”….it says “Freedom” and “Tyranny”.

    What a buffoon.

  • TX Dept. of Brad Relations

    Words that Alex Jones doesn’t know the meaning of: war, news, hoax, fake, and truth.

    • phoenix00

      You forgot “info”

  • katkelly57

    Better make a stop at your local bank Alex…gonna need a lot of coin rollers for all those pennies you’ve been saving to pay for those court costs.

  • HughinEncinitas

    The only thing I post on Facebook any more is articles from Teh Wonket with no commentary. After enough of the shitheads I went to elementary school with told me to get over it, I got over Facebook.

  • everhope

    I think Alex should stop melting Preparation H and drinking it down with Appalachian Hooch.

  • (Major_Major_Major)ly+Fucked

    iTs oviosuly true becusae ALEX JONES DIND’t list his sight INFOWARS AS the FReeESTB ANd mister INDEOENDENDENT off aal webnetssites, you LIRA LIBTART COMMIES AHTIESEST!!! RTUMP TRMUP TURMP!!!!!

    • Alex Grey

      Fact checking = TYRANNY
      Truthiness = FREEDUMB

  • Alex Grey

    If butthurt was a usable resource, this would be a treasure trove.

  • shivaskeeper

    These WATB. If they don’t like it, they are free to start their own competing facebook style site. Something like conservapedia if the rights answer to wikipedia. No one is forcing them to use facebook.

  • Foreign Agitator Ron

    Gee, the guys at the Ministry of Truth seem kinda testy lately. I wonder why?

  • Foreign Agitator Ron

    ‘The Crucifixion of Alex Jones.’

    Ha, I finally know what I want for Christmas! (okay, with votes, with votes)

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Greed is going to destroy this species. Facebook is just part of the general trend.

  • Mike Steele

    Being dinosaurs, we have found “social media” to be neither social nor media since its inception. Thus, we do not bore the universe with our daily routines, plaster the Internet with dog photos or spread viral tales of little cosmic import. IMHO, no one who is a serious consumer of “news”, real or fake, will use Facebook or Twitter as a primary source. Don’t worry’ youthful ones; we won’t be around forever…

  • SDGeoff 2.0

    That item about Alex Jones’s crucifixion, was it an invitation or a public service announcement?

  • Chris Borge

    can’t the russians hack infowars and alex jones with a ddos attack?,, oh yea I forgot he’s another of Putin’s buddies

  • Mamta Desai

    Done. Following and doing it first.

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