A Facebook-approved fact checker, led by a man who worked for decades at fake news CNN, attacked Big League Politics recently for providing reporting to our readers surrounding the mysterious circumstances regarding the suicide of Democrat-affiliated sex predator Jeffrey Epstein.
The article published on Aug. 10 by Big League Politics referenced a report about a camera malfunction that allegedly occurred before Epstein’s death, preventing any video of his alleged suicide from being captures. The video referenced in the article still hasn’t been released to the public, but that didn’t stop Facebook’s ministry of truth from calling story “fake news.”
“There were no media reports that a camera monitoring Epstein’s cell area malfunctioned in the hours before the accused sex traffickers death on Saturday August 10, 2019,” claimed Alan Duke, who worked for CNN for 26 years before becoming a tool for Mark Zuckerberg’s ministry of truth.
Duke also headlined his smear article, “NO Report.”
Duke’s article is demonstrably false, as the report mentioned in the article can be seen here:
BREAKING: Alleged “camera malfunction” last night at MCC where Jeffrey Epstein was locked up.#EpsteinFiles
— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) August 10, 2019
We reached out to Duke to give him an attempt to retract his false fact check, but he was noncompliant and belligerent during the correspondence.
Here is text of the initial e-mail that was sent to Duke:
I am reaching out about your “fact check” of my article on Big League Politics:
I am wondering why you didn’t reach out to me before publishing that as well as what was false about the article I wrote specifically.
You listed the report that I referenced in your article, but claimed said it was not a report because the report was posted on social media.
Is this just an arbitrary justification you made up for the purposes of promoting your preferred narrative, or is there some kind of legitimate basis to your distinction?
Here is Duke’s follow-up, where he issued an ultimatum of sorts that we modify our article to please the powers at be (him) in an effort to erase the false smear bestowed upon our website by Zuckerberg’s Agent of Truth.
Your story was one of about 100 we flagged on this false info. We do often reach out to websites if we have had a previously dialogue with them, as we are more likely to have good contact info.
We did reach out to Michael Coudrey, the “digital info warfare” marketer who initially tweeted the false information. As you likely know, the past several days have confirmed out conclusion that the “camera malfunction” claim was false. In fact, cameras confirmed the guards were not doing their jobs properly and they are suspended.
We did not have a narrative. We do have a mission of countering crappy “reporting” that repeats unsourced tweets by someone with an agenda (false narrative.) Basing this sensational claim on Coudrey’s tweet put you on thin ice.
Is this an appeal? Having you revised your article based on our corrections guidlines (see this link: https://leadstories.com/corrections-policy.html )?
Or are you insisting that the claim that the cameras malfunctioned is valid and the source was good?
Please let us know.
Notice how Duke treats other reports with no evidence, as fact, while dismissing others as “fake news.”
Duke makes a concerted effort in this case to reject any Epstein reporting contrary to the official narrative provided by prison officials.
Also note how Duke claims that we are one of hundreds of articles flagged, while being the focus of his bogus fact check, to excuse his lack of journalistic standards by failing to contact us about our article before flagging BLP on Facebook.
Duke asks, “Is this an appeal?” in his response. Which is an interesting question as there are no official means to appeal Facebook’s decision to label our article.
This means that Alan Duke is the judge, jury and potential executioner when it comes to conservative news organizations as his “fact checks” can cause the removal of a page.
That is a scary thought.
We responded to Duke, explaining that we would not lower our editorial standards due to his threats. We asked him politely to remove his bogus fact check smearing our article unjustly as fake news.
I am not emailing you to appeal, only to point out there was nothing factually inaccurate about my article. Your subjective judgment about the individual who issued the report on social media is not germane for an article that is supposedly a “fact check.”
We are requesting for you to retract your false reporting, as there was a report referenced in my article and you claimed erroneously there was not. You also cannot point to anything specific that I wrote in my article that is inaccurate, as I requested in my first email to you.
Thank you for your quick response.
Duke did not respond to that email, seemingly lacking the intellectual integrity to admit his obvious errors.
While Duke may be tasked as a thought-control enforcer for Facebook, he does not appear to be doing a very good job at it if the comments on his own page are any indicator.
Big League Politics will continue to report about the conspiracy surrounding Epstein’s mysterious death, regardless of any desperate measures taken by Facebook and its minions to suppress the truth.
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SILVER LINING? Coronavirus Economic Fallout Expected to Destroy Hundreds of Main Stream Newspapers, Magazines
The fake news media is dying even more quickly because of coronavirus.
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause massive economic damage throughout many sectors, and what remains of the legacy journalism industry may be wiped out as a result.
The Seattle Times serves as a microcosm for what is happening to local papers throughout America in the age of coronavirus. As they deal with a community ravaged by the pandemic, their advertising budget has completely dried up, and they may not be able to remain in business for much longer.
“Virtually all entertainment advertising is gone, restaurants gone. Automobile advertising is starting to get impacted,” said Alan Fisco, the president and CFO of the paper, to BuzzFeed News.
Even though the paper’s “online traffic has been at times off the charts,” they are unable to properly monetize that traffic. They fear that the ad revenue may be lost forever by the time the coronavirus pandemic comes to a close.
“If you go back to events in the past where you’ve seen some big impacts [to ad spending], does all of it come back? It hasn’t,” Fisco said.
Ken Doctor, who analyzes the news industry with the firm Newsonomics, believes that the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be much worse for the media industry than the 2008 financial crisis, which resulted in a 19 percent decline in revenue for newspapers.
“[Newspaper] advertising revenue is getting just wiped out,” Doctor said to BuzzFeed News, adding that the situation is already “worse than in 2008 and 2009.”
For many media entities, Doctor believes that this will be the end. He said that “this seems like for them truly it is the full extinction event. I don’t know how they come back.”
The Seattle Times may be able to survive due to rising subscriber fees. Other big-name dailies – like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post – are expected to weather the storm as well. However, all of the smaller local newspapers and digital providers will likely be wiped out completely.
“I think there we will unfortunately see more closures of newspapers, more news deserts as a result of this,” Fisco said.
Media companies and reporters are already reporting on the early damage that has been caused because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic that has taken a heavy toll on the residents and businesses of metro Detroit, C & G Newspapers has temporarily suspended publication of its 19 print newspapers, starting with the March 25 issues. pic.twitter.com/89wilmoQLn
— C & G Newspapers (@candgnews) March 21, 2020
— DigBoston (@DigBoston) March 16, 2020
The phrase being thrown around in an alt-media group on FB. If you don’t support your local newspapers NOW, whether you engage with print or not, you WILL lose an extremely dedicated lifeline to arts, music, culture and unbiased news in your community. pic.twitter.com/T0RMZFOLnA
— Justin the Francois (@lafrancois_j) March 19, 2020
Rough day at @RiverfrontTimes. Myself and multiple staffers "furloughed." No notice from management in previous days; simply the lovely wake-up notice that I had been booted as FB admin and couldn't log in to email. Love ya'll. Love this staff and the work we do. Sigh.
— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) March 18, 2020
Scene today laid off five staff members due to the severe economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic https://t.co/QpsD2H6ZuJ
— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) March 18, 2020
A spokesperson for BuzzFeed News, who published the initial story about how the media industry is hurting because of coronavirus, said their provider is working to avoid firing staffers in these trying times.
“BuzzFeed’s leadership team is exploring a range of ways to support employees while protecting our business,” said Chief Communications Officer Carole Robinson. “Our goal is to avoid layoffs, with an alternative plan that requires some sacrifice from all of us — and especially those on the executive team — ultimately allowing us to remain a strong company over the long-term.”
The coronavirus pandemic is a worst case scenario come to life, but the economic fallout from the crisis may prove to be fatal for the fake news industry.
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