Many fake news outlets attempt to glean credibility from the fact that they cover a broader range of stories that don’t always mirror each other, like the stories in the accredited media. Fake news journalists claim that the orthogonal nature of their reporting demonstrates that they are carrying out real independent journalism, instead of simply reciting accredited press releases and regurgitating Reuters and Bloomberg news feeds. But the reality of course, is that there is a good reason for the accredited media’s unified reporting of current affairs – they are all equally cognisant and observant of the same, glaring, objective facts.
Think of it this way. If a meteor hit the earth tomorrow, causing untold destruction and sending shock-waves throughout the scientific community, you’d expect everyone to be talking about it, right? Well, Trump not releasing his tax returns, and his curious body language during his meeting with Putin, are the political equivalent of a meteor. Any accredited journalist worth his salt knows, for example, that Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey was unprecedented in American history and a clear obstruction of justice. and hence every serious media outlet from the New York Times to the Washington Post is going to report this. Expecting one of them to miss this story would be like expecting a professional gold panner to miss a giant gold nugget the size of his thumb glaring back at him – it just isn’t going to happen.
So, you ask – how is it that virtually every major story reported by one accredited media outlet, is also reported by all the others. Doesn’t this prove that none of them are doing any independent journalism? Well, in order to understand this phenomenon, you have to understand that journalism is a science, just like any other skilled profession, and the better you get at it, the closer you get to the same conclusions that the best in the business are reaching. And given that top media companies only hire the best of the best, low and behold they all reach the same conclusions about which news is important, and how it should be reported.
So the next time you hear some low life from the alternative media take a shot at the credibility of established media corporations, just remember that the higher you climb in any profession, the more you start to think and act like the masters of your field. Accredited media corporations will remain accredited, and quacks will remain quacks. It’s always been this way, and always will be, so get used to it.