The liberal left, mainstream media and some world leaders have been plotting against president-elect Donald Trump’s historic win. German Chancellor Angela Merkel made some chilling remarks about her views on the need for the government to control the internet.
She spoke at a joint press conference with outgoing president Barack Obama on his farewell tour in Germany, and slammed ‘anti-islamisation’ protestors, who she accused of hijacking the German spirit for liberty.
Calling the surge of interest in right-wing politics a “wave” that “engulfs us,” Ms. Merkel noted the sentiment “seems to come from the United States,” but in an oblique reference to President-Elect Donald Trump said it was an issue she was dealing with in Europe, too.
In the aftermath, Obama is now spearheading the ardent assault on so-called “fake news.”
Obama made clear his desire to limit news reports by populist media at a press conference in Lima, Peru, on November 20th, 2016 where he also defended the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“If, generally, we’ve got elections that aren’t focused on issues and are full of fake news and false information and distractions, then the issue is not going to be what’s happening from the outside; the issue is going to be what are we doing for ourselves from the inside,” he claimed. “The good news is that’s something that we have control over.
And now this.
Clinton was on Capitol Hill for a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, where she says fake news and “malicious false propaganda” can have real impacts and threaten lives, and she is called on officials in the public and private sectors to take steps to combat them.
In her first visit to the Capitol since her shocking election loss, Hillary Clinton on Thursday called on Congress to address the “epidemic” of fake news that she said was a danger to the nation, The New York Post reports.
Clinton was speaking at a ceremony to honor retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid when she diverted from her compliments to address “one threat in particular that should concern all Americans.”
She called on Congress to stop the “epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year.”
One such fake news story had Clinton running a child sex abuse ring out of a pizzeria in Washington, Comet Ping Pong. On Sunday, a 28-year-old North Carolina man, Edgar Welch, traveled to the pizzeria with an AR-15 rifle to “investigate” and fired off his weapon.
No one was injured.
“It’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real-world consequences,” Clinton said, though not mentioning that particular incident.
“This isn’t about politics or partisanship,” she said. “Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities.”
Social media sites like Facebook are now looking into labeling fake news stories as hoaxes.
False stories were peddled throughout the election through the help a Russian propaganda campaign aimed at hurting Clinton, the Washington Post reported.
“It’s a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly,” Clinton continued.
“Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news.”
At the start of the speech — her second public event since her defeat — Clinton quipped about the upcoming inauguration.
“This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I’d hoped to be giving after the election, but after a few weeks of taking selfies in the woods, I thought it would be a good idea to come out.”