‘2016 has been the worst year ever!’
If you’re a news-junkie as I am, this has been somewhat of a mantra propagated by many of the media elite.
In our celebrity-driven, idol-worshiping Western culture it has been a tough one, I will admit. As many of you are aware, I have dabbled in the music industry. Some of my heroes and inspirations left us this year.
Also, if you are of the opinion that Donald Trump is the reincarnation of Antichrist and his election is about to bring about the apocalypse, then 2016 has been somewhat of a bummer.
As Paul Joseph Watson points out, this has been some of the MSM’s own ‘Fake News’ at its worst:
The 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic killed between 50 and 100 million people; Five percent of the world’s population.
The 1932-1933 Soviet Famine killed so many people historians conclude there is no accurate figure.
In 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, 20,000 British soldiers were killed in a single day.
Maybe if you were living in war-torn Aleppo for the past 12 months you might be justified in concluding that ‘2016 was the worst year’ ever.*
‘…but sitting in your air-conditioned apartment reading a Buzzfeed listicle on your iPad while tutting about Donald Trump (and Carrie Fisher)…I don’t think so.’
In 2017, journalism may indeed have it’s worst (or at least, most challenging) year in generations as the geopolitical elite are propagating the threat of ‘Fake News.’
For those of us who believe in the Fourth Estate, the value of whistle-blowers and genuine scrutiny of facts we may need to turn our attention to the very media organizations we have trusted for so long.