Only you can prevent fake news

By Joe Lafiandra

If you are a Democrat or Trump hater, don’t bother reading any further; this piece doesn’t apply to you. If you are a Conservative, Republican, or independently minded person who wants to see and hear the truth from the press and visual media, read on.

Freedom of the press is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As long as they are not profane or libeling someone, members of the press can pretty much say or write anything they want. The courts have also ruled that the standard is even more flexible if the press is talking about politicians.

The Founding Fathers were so concerned about government control of the press they went out of their way to guarantee freedom of the press.

Unfortunately, like many things in society, this right is being taken advantage of, by a group of leftists who now control the Main Stream and Social Media.

The so called “Newspapers of Record” in New York, Washington, and other major cities in the U.S. have turned sharply left. What’s worse, they have joined with the Democrat Party to provide an unceasing flow of false news. This false news includes made up conspiracies (Trump and Russia, Russia, Russia …), lack of reporting on true stories (Hillary and the phony dossier, Hunter Biden Ukraine and China corruption), and delaying stories until after the election (Hunter Biden and the IRS investigation) for starters.

In these papers, there is no distinction between editorials and news stories, most of which contain lies by omitting key facts. A recent cartoon in The Washington Post is a latest example of how far journalism has declined. The cartoonist created a full page of 100 Republican lawmakers – depicting them as rats. This was so offensive, that a major Jewish Holocaust organization condemned the cartoon as being strikingly similar to the images the Nazis used to portray Jews in the 1930s.

All the major three-letter television networks, are likewise leftist biased. They make no attempt to present both sides of the story. In fact, the chief executive of a network was caught on audio telling his employees to get Trump.

The big social media are also part of this leftist agenda, by censoring information from Republican and Conservatives sources. This censoring is done in very sophisticated manner by leftward slanted search results from a major search engine, and selective rejection of so called “offensive text” from social media websites.

This leftist control of television, internet, and print media was used in the last election to sway the results of the election to defeat Donald Trump. This media bias, the outright stuffing of the ballot boxes, and more in key swing states were enough to pull Joe Biden over the finish line. But that’s another story; this piece is about Fake News and what you can do about it.

What you can do to stop Fake News brought to mind a radio Public Service Announcement I heard when I was kid. Smokey The Bear always stated at the end of his announcement, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” Here I was in a tenement in the South Bronx with no trees visible for blocks. How was I going to prevent forest fires? As I grew up, I realized that what Smokey was trying to say was, if we band together as a group and act in unison, we can stop something bad from happening.

The same is true when it comes to Fake News. You have the power to stop Fake News. Like when I was a kid, you may ask how can I prevent or stop Fake News. The answer is very simple, yet will be difficult for you to implement. Nature provides an answer to how to do it. Consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. At the base of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs are the physiological needs: air, food, water, and shelter. These basic needs, in varying degrees, apply to any living thing on the planet.

Like air, water, and food for a living organism, media organizations have similar needs to stay in existence. The dirty little secret is that the media must have advertising revenue to exist. When companies pay good money to advertise in any media, they expect results. Companies measure sales results from various media ad placements. Ad placements that don’t generate sales are stopped, and redirected to media that produces increased sales.

You have the power to control what newspapers you read, what television stations you watch, what internet search engines and social media you use, and what products you buy. For example, if you and millions of like-minded individuals stopped using the Fake News media, they would die on the vine. Fake News needs you to live on.

Between 70 and 80 million people voted for President Trump. If every one of these voters followed this principle, it’s over. The problem is that the Fake News Media, by their shear domination of communication, make it difficult for the average person to find alternatives.

Unfortunately, the ease of using social media makes it seem like a necessity, and you become addicted. By using these media, you encourage advertisers to support them to the tune of billions of dollars. These billions of dollars are used to slant and censor the news, and prevent the truth from coming out.

Be aware that there are alternatives in all fields of communications; you don’t have to settle for leftist media. As far as major newspapers are concerned, you should stop all subscriptions to the major metropolitan newspapers. Even though you may like to read the science, style, or metro sections of the newspapers, there are many independent sources available on the web for such information.

Good sources of news on television are Fox News and Fox Business. Recent up-and-coming networks are One America News and Newsmax. Fox News has lost some viewers recently because these viewers have sensed the start of a left leaning slant on the news.

You should stop your use of the mainstream social media, and replace it with email and smart phone texting when possible. If you absolutely need social media, Parler.com, has a true conservative base with over ten million users. You should be using Firefox as a web browser, and DuckDuckGo as a search engine. They don’t track you like many of the more popular ones do. You should also use an encoded email like ProtonMail and a virtual private network (VPN) such as ProtonVPN to limit tracking that is present in all the well-known internet services. Both the email and ProtonVPN services have a free component.

So that’s it, stop consuming Fake News and it will go away.


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  1. Deborah H. on January 9, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    This opinion piece actually perpetuates the concept of “fake news” from the opening sentence. Be clear, media espousing left AND right political views contribute regularly to the fake news cycle. Someone who is really committed to resolving the fake news mindset would know this, instead of singularly calling out a few news outlets that don’t align with personal political commentary. Opinions are neither right or wrong but if you really want to see change, stop exacerbating the problem.

  2. Silenced in Leesburg on January 10, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    This is exactly the type of advice taken by so many who were incited to violence this last week at the Capitol. Mr Lafiandra and the Blue Ridge “Leader” should be ashamed to publish the lies in this piece, and this terrible advice. You disregard and deplatform more reasonable letters to the editor, yet you publish this set of lies urging readers to plug their ears to the voices of those they are told they don’t agree with. It’s disappointing to see the paper taking a hand in its own disenfranchisement, and giving a platform to this liar who is allowed to spread his disinformation. The Post and the Times are not fake news, Mr. Lafiandra. You get fake news by only listening to the echo chamber of conservative media and politicians who demonstrably lie only to enrich themselves at the expense of the country and their followers. Shame on all of you.

  3. Ulysses Samuel Uck on January 10, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    What a complete pile of garbage. Why not just call them Lügenpresse while you’re at it?

  4. Jane W on January 11, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    I agree 100% with Silenced in Leesburg’s comments. I am appalled and saddened that the Blue Ridge Leader continues to give Mr. Lafiandra an outlet to spew his inflammatory rhetoric. Until you apologize in writing for publishing his articles in your paper and ban him from contributing any more in the future, please stop delivering your paper to my residence. I wish to note that your printed paper for January 2021 did not even add a disclaimer that Mr. Lafiancra’s opinion piece did not represent or speak for the paper, thus it appears that his thoughts do represent you. I plan to contact your advertisers to let them know what I think and that they need to take a stand and object to what your paper apparently represents.

  5. Rooster Cockburne on January 24, 2021 at 7:38 am

    This is the guy who advocated for drilling more oil wells and dumping nuclear waste down them when they’re spent. Lafiandria used to write for the Purcellville Gazette before they plummeted into obscurity (let’s face it, the plummet didn’t have far to fall)

    Why is the Blue Ridge Leader giving this guy copy? He’s obviously an insurrectionist apologist….. and the BRL published this THE DAY THE CAPITAL WAS STORMED.

    SHAME.

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