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The Left's Love Affair With Fake News


Chiquita is Singing the Blues

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, February 13, 2017. Our noisy friend, CihiquitaC Cicada is at the breakfast table this morning. She is a bit late today because she ran out early to buy earplugs and blindfolds. The rising epidemic of fake news is alarming and bad for her health. She needs the gear to help block out the lies. She's here now with tons of delicious French toast and jam, Please join us as soon as you can. We are hungry and Chiquita needs to vent.


The Fake News Epidemic

Trouble has doubled in America and its name is Fake News. The fact that this disgusting media blitz of lying has even been named is despicable in and of itself. There is nothing new about bad reporting. In the past when a journalist was caught manufacturing a story, a pink slip followed. These days the stories have multiplied and the liars get to keep their jobs. Once in a great while an apology is forthcoming, but mostly the fake journalists get to distribute their fake news and the gullible public believes what they are told. It's a very simple formula. Tell a lie, place it on social media and watch is spread like wildfire. Distinguishing the lie from the truth has now become something of an art form. The end result of all the lying is the creation of a generation unable to recognize the truth when they hear it, and frankly not that interested in sorting things out. We have produced millions of college students who show up to protest issues that they know nothing about. Getting out of class is the goal. Getting at the truth is just too much trouble. If they can get paid for their attendance, even better. Ah, life is good.


Operating Room In Use

An operation is ongoing in America, and the patient is the pubic. If someone wants to smear the administration, just create a false narrative, water and fertilize it and watch it grow. Pop gets emails from both the Democrats and the Republicans. She gave me access to her mail, and I was appalled by the thrust of the message from the unhinged left. Over and over again Pop was asked for money. The purpose of the push for donations was to fund an effort to uncover anything bad about President Trump in order to get him impeached. The man is hardly in office and the Dems want him out! The good news for them is that the findings no longer have to be factual. Think up a worst case scenario and let it loose out there in media land. The dumbing down of America began a long time ago, but it is finding a happy place to live right now. No matter where the public turns for information, there is a very strong likelihood that they will be getting manufactured stories rooted in nothing but the desire to twist the hearts and minds of Americans in seconds. It is virtually impossible to undo the damage once it is out there in cyberspace. If you are fond of lying, this is your decade. Ah, life is good.


Facing the Truth

With the rising epidemic upon us, it is time to take off the blindfolds, pull out the earplugs and face the truth. There have to be consequences for lying. The liars have to be rooted out, exposed and sent packing. If we don't address the situation, we will completely fall apart as a nation. How will we function when we don't know what's real? How will we improve our lives, if we don't know the root of a problem because the media wants to steal the storyline. I watched an excerpt from a mainstream (lame stream) media telling Americans ICE will be heading out, knocking on doors and arresting all illegal aliens. They are even giving out advice to those who are apt, they say, to get caught up in the carnage. Of course, none of this is happening. If ICE goes after anyone, it will be people who are here illegally, committing crimes and getting away with it all. You won't hear that on television or the radio, and you won't read about it if the fake journalists are not held accountable for creating and spreading fake news. This madness has to be stopped. We cannot rely on the news organizations already in existence to clean house and rout out the fakers. Now would be a great time to create new outlets with journalists who are actually trained to report the news without embellishment. When did it become okay to lie? When did it become okay to deceive and manipulate people? Congress is filled with people we elected to represent us. The end result is that the halls of Congress are filled with liars, too. Harry Reid smeared Mitt Romney. He later admitted he did, but in his twisted mind he believed it was okay. Nothing happened to Harry, as I recall. Elizabeth Warren became an America Indian when she thought it would help her. Nothing has happened to Pocahontas, as far as I can see. Hillary Clinton is probably the biggest liar of all time and she won the popular vote.

Now that I think about it, when you put all this together, the picture reminds me of the fall of the Roman empire. I wish I were kidding.

Chiquita's Song

I'm Chiquita Cicada

And I'm here to say

I wish the liars would just go away!


Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 17, 2017:

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear jack,

MLK never anticipated the dumbing down of America. If he could have predicted this turn of events his message would have been different. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear Taze,

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We are so superficial as a nation. Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do. That is why he was elected. The lunatic left is way too loud and the normal people are way to quiet. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear jack,

The behavior of the left is absolutely disgusting. They would prefer to see America fail than credit Trump with America's success. It is impossible to bear. See you at the inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear Taze,

I don't, for one minute believe, that Obama gave a damn about our nation and democracy. He was raised hating England, America and all that we stand for. He proved it all in the end by funding the Palestinians and making sure that Iran will secure nuclear power. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear brad,

I happen to agree with all you have said. The Trump administration must dig deep and rid themselves of these Obama operatives. I may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but this is what I believe. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 17, 2017:

Dear Taze,

There are people in his administration who are determined to undermine him. It makes me sick See you at the Inn.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on February 17, 2017:

MLK is rolling in his grave. He wanted a color blind society and it looks like he failed. Or we failed to learn from his example. Peaceful protest...and judge by the content of our character, mot the color of our skin.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 17, 2017:

And Jack I think you hit on what will be Obama's legacy in the end.

A black President is unimpeachable!

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 17, 2017:

Not only looking at every detail but making details up like the phony foreign intelligence reports about Trump. The more news conferences we have like Trump's yesterday the more people will stop listening to the MSM and their fake news - just like the left called Limbaugh's listeners ditto heads to demean them which turned into a badge of honor to be called one the left coined the term fake news to label conservative news but it bounced off them and has stuck to the MSM because the truth is they are the fake news and always have been and now people know it.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on February 17, 2017:

DTMB, you are correct. I also believe the biggest failure of the GOP Congress is failing to impeach Obama for some if the clearly un-Constitutional actions he did...

They were so afraid of the media labeling them as racist, they allow Obama to get away with things that no other president could get away with...There is a long list of legitimate beef against Obama...which also, brings us back to the press. Now they are looking at every details of Trump which they did not do with Obama... the contrast is stellar and even a blind mancan see it.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 17, 2017:

"As the leaks keep flowing from our intelligence agencies and the tweets keep flying from former Obama officials, keep in mind that although we haven’t heard much from Obama himself yet, the Trump administration is going to keep feeling the disruptions of what amounts to a shadow government.

Obama had eight years in the White House to secure his legacy. Any efforts on his part to undermine his successor aren’t just an affront to the principles of our democracy, they’re an admission that he and his acolytes never put much stock in democracy to begin with."

Brad on February 16, 2017:


It does seem like the CIA is using their skills that were to be used to topple foreign govt on our own US government. Obama has infected the Executive Branch of the US government with people willing to commit sedition and even treason against our govt. The leaks from these agencies contained classified information, and they should be investigated and indicted. Who knows what they have done with the power of the Patriot Act. It is ironic, because the CIA fumbled so many things in the Middle East even before 911. And where was the US National Intelligence Agencies before and on 911. NOT a single defensive measure was taken during 911, to give a solid victory to the terrorists. Outwitted by 19 very low budget terrorists. And now, they are against pres Trump's temporary travel ban.

I guess we don't need terrorists to attack the US, when we have the Obama regime in the Executive Branch? The Secret Service failed to do their job as well. Leaving the president in the school house for any length of time is an act of incompetence. Obama just made the executive branch look incompetent.

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 16, 2017:

Did you see Trumps's news conference today? He really stuck to his guns and gave the fake news journalists a woopin. But aside from fake news this is what he really has to watch out for

Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor on February 14, 2017:

The latest - not only is the MSM fake news they have a fake following:

Half of NY Times Traffic is FAKE(Web Bots)! Same at WaPo+Guardian (Lying MSM Fraud, Fake News)

Brad on February 14, 2017:


Good choice to boycott it.

As for the Fake News, let us apply

The basic definition for NEWS


noun, (usually used with a singular verb)


a report of a recent event; intelligence; information:

His family has had no news of his whereabouts for months.


the presentation of a report on recent or new events in a newspaper or other periodical or on radio or television.


such reports taken collectively; information reported:

There's good news tonight.


a person, thing, or event considered as a choice subject for journalistic treatment; newsworthy material.


news media (njuːz ˈmiːdɪə)

plural noun

those media that provide news coverage for the public

They are wondering whether bias in the news media contributed to the president's defeat.

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers



the definition of the news doesn't match the news dispensed by the News Media as it adds BIAS to the News.


imo. based on these definitions is any news that has anything added to the report of the events. It could be bias, it could be unverified facts, it is basically anything not a verified fact of the events that are reported.

The problem as I see it are all the labels given out in the media and by people throwing these words out, and getting traction for them.

When the "News" headlines themselves have non facts in them, then the rest of the article is just more of the same. Putting it in the headline conditions the reader, or viewer to digest the information with that slant.

Alternative News, and Fake News are just different words for saying this isn't News.

When the editorials died so did the News Reporting.

If you can't determine the News from the labelled News (Fake, Alt) then it isn't really news.

If you watch "Cable News" then you are not receiving the News. If you read a paper that has a slant in the headlines, then you are not reading the NEWS.

BTW, that is why the Trump Tweets are really news because even if it has Trump's opinion you can view it directly. Unlike the "News" report of it which will tell you what you should think about it.

Donuts counter act the affects of bad news reporting.

Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on February 14, 2017:

Pop, It has come to the point where people don't even know the meaning of fake news. What is considered fake news?

Checkout my explanation -

breakfastpop (author) on February 14, 2017:

Good Morning Sanctuary,

You have a very unique point of view. I believe you may be the end result of falling for fake news!

breakfastpop (author) on February 14, 2017:

Good Morning lmbservant,

Being a squeaky wheel is a good thing. When the wheels start flying through store windows, it's time to get out of town! See you at the Inn. Avoiding fake news mines will make the trip there quite difficult, but I intend to make it!

breakfastpop (author) on February 14, 2017:

Good Morning brad,

I suppose a speech would be in order, but I have decided to boycott the Oscars! See you at the Inn.

Sanxuary on February 13, 2017:

I have heard more fake news from the right then I have heard from anyone on the left. Some of these stories are so absurd its hard to believe that anyone believes them. Some of them are right here on hub pages. The left just like the right has some radicals but its not really news. Its just view points. For the most part no one is discussing the real problems or coming up with any real soulutions.

Lori Colbo from United States on February 13, 2017:

One of our Democrat US congressmen in my area took his children to meet Obama in the oval office last year. Like any children, they were in awe. They asked him a lot of questions. Then one of the girls asked Obama, "Do you ever just sit behind your desk and rub your hands together and go "Mwhahah." Obama thought it was hilarious. The congressman a bit embarrassed. I even laughed when I heard it. I share this because I wonder if all the fake news folks on both sides do the same. Send a lying article out to Social media and they're probably rubbing their hands together with a "Mwahahaha."

I will just keep writing and speaking to my elected officials on both sides and be a squeaky wheel. I went off social media (fb) and I don't miss it one iota. See you at the inn Patty. Don't step on any land mines of fake news.

Pino Krisio on February 13, 2017:

Maven101: You light up my life!

Brad on February 13, 2017:


Now that you won, isn't a speech traditional? lol

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear maven,

Let me see what I can do!!!!

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on February 13, 2017:

matchmaker Pop...It's true....I pine for Pino...and that is not fake news...

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear Tom,

Perhaps they think of this strategy as being cost effective. I think of it as being disgusting and deplorable. See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear Pino,

We had better shut these people up, and get back to truth and honesty. What a mess! See you at the Inn. Perhaps you and maven would rather be alone...

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on February 13, 2017:

Pop and Chiquita,

Fake news is a big time saver for the loony left. They can change history as it's being made rather than revising history texts later.

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear brad,

Thanks for filling me in. I feel like I won an Oscar!!! See you at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear Kathleen,

Good advice, that most people won't follow. Too bad, but I'll see you at the Inn and we'll come up with more methods for detecting the garbage news.

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear maven,

This trend is so appalling that it is hard for me to digest it. I must be incredibly naive to believe that the truth matters. Moving on to less sickening news, I agree... Pino would look great in that Trump dress! I'll save you a seat at the Inn.

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Hey billy,

Thanks for loving my passion, but as a writer how do you feel about this growing epidemic of fake news?

breakfastpop (author) on February 13, 2017:

Dear Mike,

I honestly believe that the collective morals of this nation have been so eroded that news will never return to what it was meant to be. It is a very sad, sad state of affairs. If this continues unimpeded, we may prove to be the dumbest nation on the planet, which will make us easy pickings for any nation interested in moving in on us. Enough of this! Meet me at the Inn.

Pino Krisio on February 13, 2017:

Journalism is dead. How embarrassing to say you had a job in that industry! What you don't know......make up! What ever happened to check and verify, verify, verify! All gone. Pop, you make a good point that there are no consequences for that behavior. We need a new news outlet that does it the old fashioned way, and get rid of Social Media.

Have you noticed that our President is not even addressed in print by his name and title? Not President Trump, no, no. It is Trump said this, Trump said that. Disgusting!

Maven101: How did you know my favorite color! I look great in blue.

and I love that dress.

Brad on February 13, 2017:


This is not directly associated with this hub, but I felt I had to share this with you.

Your comment was selected to be hidden because it was deemed too negative by hp.

"breakfastpop says

It was Obama who destroyed our system of government and divided our nation. President Trump is trying to undo the damage that Obama caused.

6 days ago


Alternative Prime 6 days ago

lol Sounds like you're AUDITIONING for a SLOT at the "Comedy Club" U should get TOP Billing with that answer

Catherine Mostly (Misfit Chick) 6 days ago

LoL! That is beyond hysterical! Can we possibly even count the many times & different ways Trump has directly offended & insulted both individuals & entire groups of people? Its a continuing tally cuz he never shuts up!".

As for this hub's topic.

There are no sources of NEWS today. News are facts, that are verified before they are published. They are reports of events without spin, or opinion.

They don't include conclusions, or predictions. They are just the raw reports without a weighting. That hasn't existed since the death of the editorial and the creation of cable news networks.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 13, 2017:

How to make yourself smarter? Have more than one news source and be wary of anyone who brands their own news as either conservation or liberal.

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on February 13, 2017:

Fake news is the new normal for the socially addicted...Many would fall apart if Facebook or any of the other "social" networks were to cease to be...Rumor mongers flit in and out of the social pages, lapped up by a gossip-driven populace that hasn't one ounce of critical thinking...

Yes, there should be consequences for these liars, yet they are "followed" by thousands of non-thinking folks that haven't a clue about the responsibilities of being an American citizen...

That Trump dress at the Grammys must have blown a few liberal heads last night...Loved it..!!

Pino would look great in that dress...See you at the Inn. Pop...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 13, 2017:

I will always love your passion!

Have a great week, Pop!

Old Poolman on February 13, 2017:

Most of us are now aware we can no longer completely trust anything we see or read from the Media. They mix lies in with bits of truth to make their presentation look credible. You are correct that even many of our highly paid elected representatives are strangers to the truth. They have no problem at all telling or spreading lies and misinformation to their friends and colleagues.

Of course Social Media plays a large part of spreading lies and fake news to their many readers. Even when a posting is proven to be a lie there is never any correction made, and those who read it will always believe it.

Those of us who are now aware that very little of the news we get is not biased or slanted have the wisdom to take everything we see with a grain of salt. It is sad, but that is just how it will be for at least the next four years.

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