The day after the election, I was hungover and in disbelief that Trump had managed to win. The only thing that made sense was to grab some beers and go fishing. On my way to my flounder spot here in Louisiana, I took a troll page that I had created months ago in anticipation of Hillary Clinton winning, and renamed it “Donald Trump Is Not My President” as a form of protest as I sat on the ferry.
As I sat on my fishing spot and tossing flounder into my cooler, I uploaded a few memes to it, and then shared them out to a few pages that I own. The results were insane. Within hours, I was adding hundreds of new followers. People who weren’t subscribed to the page previously were tagging it in their comments, and the page grew so rapidly that I couldn’t keep up.
This is a small sample size of the rage against Donald Trump, the alt-right, and the Republican Party in general. For over a year, people were predicting that Hillary Clinton would win and we would have our first female president, and a taco truck on every corner.
The resistance to Donald Trump is real, but unfortunately, it has also become a cash grab for fake news sites and get-rich-quick hucksters around the globe. Sites like Palmer Report and others have sprung up since the election, spreading rumors and speculations as real news, targeting low-information liberals who are eager to believe that Trump and his cohorts are destined for prison any day now.
Fake news on the left is an issue I’ve been talking about for almost five years. Addicting Info, Occupy Democrats, Freakout Nation, Liberal America and dozens of others have recycled stories from legitimate news sources with sensationalist headlines and sometimes plagiarized content – promoting false stories that liberals really want to believe.
For those of you who don’t understand how this works, pay attention to what I am about to say. Most websites, including this one, have some sort of advertising on them. Whenever someone likes and shares a story, regardless of the truthfulness of it, that site makes money from people clicking on those ads. Most of these ad agencies do not check on the accuracy of the website that is hosting these ads, because they don’t care, as long as they are getting paid by the advertisers.
On the flip side, many companies do not know that their ads are appearing on Breitbart or Infowars, and organizations like Sleeping Giants are busy informing those corporations of that fact in order to shut down the revenue streams to those hate sites.
The danger in sharing and liking stories from fake news sites on the left is that by doing so, you are putting money in their pockets and giving them the incentive to produce more false stories for additional revenue. It also gives Trump supporters ammunition when they claim fake news is coming from the left, and in these cases, they would be correct.
If and when Trump is forced out office, it will not happen because of fake news stories from the likes of Palmer Report or Occupy Democrats. It will be because Congress has had enough of his shit and impeaches Trump, or when America votes him out in 2020.
Don’t believe the hype and the fake news sites who want to make money off your outrage. Stick to the truth, and vote in every election.