Fake News: Unmasking the Liberal Media Hypocrisy and Walking in the Shoes of White America: Why Donald Trump Won the 2016 Election
Osagyefo Nana Jacob Dunzuah-Teh-Dunzuah Gongbye Gonyah Vonyon Massaquoi II
POLITICAL SCIENCE/Commentary & Opinion
SOCIAL SCIENCE/Media Studies
In this guide to the world of fake news, learn how to recognize the truth in the lies. Don’t let mass media mold your thinking to fits its own biases.
Since the launch of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, stories about fake news have dominated news headlines, giving the public a sense of cynicism toward the mainstream media outlets and politics. Consequently, trust in political leaders and trust in Americans to make sound political decisions have diminished.
Accusations and counteraccusations of malicious dissemination of fake news fly between the conservative Right and the liberal Left, and lying in mainstream media organizations continues unabated.
At the political level, the Democratic Party and its affiliated organizations hold Russia culpable for illegally breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) computer servers to harvest damaging information on former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and for giving such damaging information to WikiLeaks for mass distribution in an effort to discredit her in favor of her politically immature opponent, Donald Trump.
The DNC directly accused Russian president Vladimir V. Putin of ordering the hack to help candidate Donald J. Trump get elected. Multiple US intelligence authorities—such as the FBI, CIA, and NSA—also concluded that the hacking was masterminded by Russia, but the agencies fell short of accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russians . Of course, loyal Trump supporters denounced the claim of Russian hacking and instead accused the Democratic Party of using fake Russian-hacking news to delegitimize the duly elected president, Donald Trump.
In the eyes of the neocons and neoliberals, the alleged hacking was an attempt by Russia to interfere in the US democratic process by using stolen information to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election results in favor of President Trump, and they are still arguing that this alleged hacking is the greatest threat to US democracy since the end of the Cold War. Consequently, Russia must be made to pay a very heavy price for such an egregious crime.
The urgency attached to the alleged hacking compelled President Obama’s administration, during its dying days, to sanction the Russian government before the legislative investigation was launched.
President Trump, who has consistently described the Russian hacking as “fake news” and a “political witch hunt”—without waiting for the final conclusions of the FBI, the House and Senate investigations—also sanctioned Russia over the 2016 election meddling claim .
However, while the internal political contradictions engulfing the alleged Russian hacking continue to destabilize the political climate in Washington, DC, it is important to remind the US public and the world that Washington’s political elites have a history of using fake news to destabilize militarily inferior countries under the guise of promoting democracy and human rights in order to protect the national security interests of the United States.
Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine are all victims of the fake news cartel and Washington political elites unholy union of deception and information manipulation.
The fact is that bullies cannot tolerate being bullied, and neither can a crook tolerate being crooked.
Hence, in 2016, the tables were turned. The chickens came home to roost! Fake news was allegedly used against the interests of the neocon and neoliberal war hawks’ presidential candidate (who was a globalist, humanitarian, and interventionist) in a sophisticated way and with crushing success. An unpolished political novice—one who was unconventional, unapologetic, and bold—delivered a humiliating and shocking defeat to the crown jewel of the deep state.
Trump’s stunning election victory sent psychological shock waves to the spine of the deep state and the fake-news conglomerates. I describe the deep state as a conglomeration of US political and business elites (neocons and neoliberals) who share political views that are hawkish, globalist, NATO expansionist, militaristic, and interventionist. Domestically, they may disagree on a few economic principles, but philosophically and ideologically, they believe in foreign military adventurism as a tool for projecting US power on the international stage. Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are both classic examples of deep-state neocon politicians with ties to the military–industrial complex. Senators McCain and Graham, how many shares do you own in the defense industry? Or what are your personal business relationships with the military–industrial complex?
On the 2016 campaign trail, candidate Trump vehemently opposed the deep-state philosophy of America exceptionalism, which advocates military intervention in foreign countries, thus placing himself on a direct collision course with the deep state. For this reason, fake news is being used to undermine his ability to effectively deliver on key campaign promises; moreover, he cannot freely collaborate with the Russians to solve critical world issues. Instead of bipartisan efforts to tackle critical problems facing the United States, such as a reduction in the national debt, tax reform, and immigration reform, the fake-news media continue to report on the erroneous Russian-hacking investigation.
For people in developing countries, the use of fake news as a weapon of political influence in national elections is not new. Many of the so-called mainstream media that continue to promote the Trump-and-Russia-collusion story willfully used false narratives to humanize, dignify, and transform Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the chief mastermind of the barbaric fourteen-year-long Liberian Civil War. Through false narratives, she became an international icon for women at the expense of the lives of the civil war’s victims.
In the case of Liberia, the key mastermind of the fourteen-year-long barbaric and vicious civil carnage was transformed into a global feminist icon and awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing women’s and children’s causes in Liberia. Ironically, women and children were the chief victims of her hands’ satanic work. The awarding of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to Madam Sirleaf was the greatest sin against Liberian war victims and the idea of international peace and human rights in the 21st centaury. What a travesty of justice! We, Liberian war victims, demand an apology from the 2011 Norwegian Nobel Committee.
The purpose of my book is to unmask the hypocrisy of the liberal media and their political allies in the US Congress and their so-called think tanks.
This book is dedicated to the memory of my biological parents, my siblings, and all the Liberians whose lives were prematurely terminated from the face of the earth as the result of fake-news-sponsored war projects in my country. My parents were not members of the ruling class in Liberia; therefore, they did not have much, but they left me with the foundation of a solid education and with an appreciation for hard work and self-discipline.
This book was also written in honor of my godfather, Gene Prisco, the indisputable liberal lion of Staten Island, an antiwar campaigner, philanthropist, volunteer, educator, and activist for the marginalized. In 2013, he passed on the mantle and left for the spirit world. I am sure he is in activist heaven and proudly looking down with a smile on his face as he watches his godson continue his legacy of bold activism and speaking truth to power.
More significantly, Fake News is inspired by my deep admiration for His Excellency President Honorable Dr. Donald John Trump’s style of counter-attack and passionate patriotism for American. President Trump and his victory over the most disingenuous, corrupt, racist and divisive political dynasty in the American political history. When the political talking heads on the fake news networks were mocking, castigating, and dehumanizing candidate Trump, the Almighty God of Isaac, Abraham, and Jacob heard the prayers of the millions of oppressed Americans and delivered a shocking victory of good over evil. The stone the builders refused, became the head cornerstone. Praise be to God Almighty forever and ever. Amen! Amen! Amen!
The fake-news-media-sponsored Ellen and Taylor’s war project in Liberia caused irreparable psychological, physical, and economic pain to thousands of Liberians, including me. I am living with excruciating pain daily—as the result of a bullet injury to my right leg—not to mention the philological pain I live with each day when I hear loud explosions, such as fireworks, o r when I come in contact with men in uniforms.
I thank God for placing exceptionally good people in my path. I would like to name a few: my mentor, Jack Saul, PhD, who is also a New York–state licensed psychosocial therapist; Lalita Salins, who (through Dr. Saul’s recommendation) provided me free psychosocial therapy when I was at the lowest point of my life in 2014; Chuck Lamarks; my spiritual father, Bishop Philip Saywrayne; Augustine Jacobs; Frances Key; John A. Kaska; Tamba D. Aghailas; my brother Yeko Wamah and family; my nephew Dickson George; and my pastor, Rev. Nate Watkins, and his family. These people and others have been extraordinarily kind to me. More thanks go to the others who continue to stand by me no matter what circumstances befall me.
It would be a great sin against humanity if I did not mention Ms. Abigail Disney, PhD, for her generous support of Liberian war victims. I can recall in 2010 when all the so-called human rights and social service organizations abandoned the train of justice in favor of Crooked Hillary’s friend, accused war criminal Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ms. Disney stood on the side of justice. Although she is also the friend of both murderous Ellen and Crooked Hillary, she consciously elected to ride the train of compassion and justice for Liberian war victims over friendship. She is indeed a morally astute woman of courage and distinction. She is not a hypocrite like Oprah Winfrey and other liberals who preach justice and human rights in America but foolishly and hypocritically support accused war criminals such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Paul Kagame of Rwanda. This is the demonstration of elitist mentality!
Above all, my greatest therapy is my faith in God and Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. He is the way, the truth, and the light (John 14:6, KJV). Of course, when I am feeling down and helpless, my reading scripture and listening to gospel and hard-core-roots reggae music have also played a key role in uplifting my spirit. When all hope is lost, scripture keeps my hope alive. When I lose my way, it brings me back on course. When I make a mistake, it corrects me. When I need a personal friend to confide in, Jesus is always there.
Being overwhelmed by the oversaturated fake-news reports of Russian hacking and by the potential catastrophic impact on US society, I felt compelled to do something about it.
Edmund Burke, a distinguished Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, philosopher, and parliamentarian, said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in a situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
It is my conviction that my readership will at least relate to and understand the complex tactics of fake-news deception and its catastrophic impact on millions of innocent people around the world.
We are witnesses to divisiveness and hate being fueled by fake news. We are witnesses to the internal contradictions within not only the Republican Party but also the Democratic Party, and those contradictions are fueled by fake news. We are witnesses to the civil-to-violent transformation of US political discourse, a transformation being fueled by fake news.
The 2011 criminal shooting of former representative Gabrielle Dee “Gabby” Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, along with seventeen others during a meet and greet in front of a supermarket, was inspired by fake news. The 2017 violent shooting of Steve Scalise, a congressman and Republican House majority whip, along with others at a fund-raising baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, was inspired by fake news as well.
These rare but horrific events make one wonder about something: when should the propagators of fake news and their enablers be held accountable? Should we continue to allow these few groups of selfish people to continue misleading the public without a challenge? My book, Fake News, is a protest of the fake-news deception of mainstream media and the manipulation of news stories to sell their own ambition.
While I attempt to expose the deficiencies in the mainstream media’s practices, I still believe that a free press is an absolute instrument for the maintenance of a democratic society. I believe that a free press is a critical tenet of participatory democracy. Any democratic society without a free press is doomed. We must all work to ensure press freedom across the globe. Political leaders must respect journalists as part of the governing structure and not as adversaries.
Accordingly, I am fully aware of the potential backlash this work may produce, but I am not afraid. I have been dead and back. I am an old soldier with scars from bullet injuries, torture, starvation, and physical and psychological pain. You can kill the messenger but not the message.
They tried to prevent the spread of Jesus Christ’s message of reconciling mankind to God, the creator of mankind, heaven, earth, and all living and nonliving things. Killing Jesus Christ did not prevent the spread of his words. On the contrary, Christianity has spread across the globe.
In the same fashion, they also futilely tried to silence Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by killing him. Today, Dr. King’s message is visible everywhere in global, academic, religious, and social (the list could go on) spheres. Thousands of streets across the world are named after Dr. King.
Furthermore, I am wholly conscious of Secretary Clinton and the deep state’s long arm of reprisal, which extends deep into the fields of politics, academics, and business. That arm helped to steal the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential primary from Senator Bernie Sanders while arrogantly ignoring the ethics of the exercise of US sacred democratic principles.
As brother Peter Tosh would say, “You can’t fool us again.” The game is over! The genie is out of the bottle, and it will be impossible to put it back in. As sister Etana would say, “No, I am not afraid. No, if dem a come, let them come ’cause I’m protected by the most high one.” Fear is not an option.
I believe that fear is an enemy to progress. According to most religious textbooks, heaven is a wonderful place, but no one goes to heaven alive. The vehicle to heaven is death. Ironically, no one wants to ride this terrestrial vehicle because of fear. In the same vein, Satan has used fear since the dawn of history to propagate terror, immorality, and all forms of human indignation.
History has taught us that successful people are only those who are prepared to free their minds from the bondage of fear. Tyrants use fear to govern. Criminals use fear to intimidate and control their prey. Abusive spouses use fear to control their partners. Thus, I believe that peace is unattainable in the absence of accountability and adherence to established rules and binding treaties.
This book is not about the alpha-male story of dominance, sexism, or misogyny (Secretary Clinton would attribute any critical challenge to her hawkish neoliberal interventionist policies to sexism and misogyny). This book is about a diabolical woman who abused the aspiration for gender equality in the United States and colluded with mainstream media to manipulate news stories with the explicit aim of anointing Secretary Clinton as the 2016 presidential candidate of the Democratic Party.
Although Debbie Wasserman Schultz led DNC officials who knew that Secretary Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate, the Democratic Party went ahead and conducted a highway robbery in daylight: it dishonorably stole the 2016 presidential candidacy of the Democratic Party from Senator Sanders. Consequently, Trump and the Republican Party dealt a merciless defeat to Secretary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
I am inspired not by fear but by hope and faith in the philosophy of good over evil. I welcome you to fake news with one of my favorite lines in scripture, written by Saint Paul: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38–39).
In other words, I am persuaded that neither death by the regime’s secret agents nor threats of imprisonment, prosecution, deportation, torture, secret police, networks of death squads, or President Sirleaf’s powerful international partners, as well as any other threats, will be able to prevent me from speaking the truth—so help me God, amen!
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