Kathy Kiely, Opinion contributor
Published 4:00 a.m. ET Jan. 11, 2021
Victims of disinformation campaigns are asking the courts to do what the media gained’t: Impose skilled requirements. We want to control ourselves.
It has been apparent for the previous 4 years that President Donald Trump desires to muzzle the media. What divine justice that the retailers and platforms most definitely to be muted after his 4 years as president come to an all-too predictably chaotic and violence-ridden finish are people who bayed most loudly on his behalf.
Even earlier than final week’s horrific scenes of a disinformation-addled mob on the U.S. Capitol attempting to undo the outcomes of a democratic election, even earlier than the web platforms that for too lengthy loved a symbiotic relationship with the “poster in chief” lastly have been shocked into behaving like publishing grown-ups, there have been alerts that the period of media-enabled insanity may be coming to an finish.
In November, Trump’s previously favourite community, Fox News, reached a settlement with Joel and Mary Rich, a pair whose private tragedy in 2016 turned a playground for conspiracy theorists.
Folding below risk of lawsuits
After their son, Seth, was gunned down in what police in Washington, D.C., say was a botched theft, their private tragedy turned fodder for main Fox News personalities. They helped fan a crazy and completely unfounded rumor that the 27-year-old Democratic National Committee staffer was behind an notorious leak of party emails over the last presidential election.
Message from actuality: Federal investigators concluded it was Russian hackers.
In December, Fox News ran several oddly stilted segments touting the trustworthiness of the voting expertise utilized by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, two firms that present software program to election officers. The lack of context should have confused viewers. Weeks earlier on the exact same packages,