By Graham Vanbergen
– Simply ignoring facts, distorting the truth or applying a degree of
misinformation has long been the staple content of political discourse.
No longer considered a dismissible offence in the British parliament,
politicians overstating statistics or simply outright lying nowadays has
led trust in them falling to all time lows. Today less people trust
government minsters than bankers – that says it all!
In the meantime political surrogates and pundits spread the spin
whilst fake news is purported somehow to be a new phenomenon – it isn’t.
There is no difference between fake news, misinformation,
disinformation or propaganda that government’s have been churning out
for years, it is all designed to promote a political cause or point of
view. It is not a new battleground.