When the late Rush Limbaugh went on the air on August 1, 1988, it heralded the end of the liberal media’s dominance over the political discourse in America.
The left seethed ever since.
But now Democrats have one secret plan to destroy Rush Limbaugh’s legacy.
Rush Limbaugh’s radio show was the birth of what became conservative media.
Eight years after Rush’s first national broadcast Fox News went on the air.
It is no understatement to say that without Rush’s success, there is no Fox News.
Fox News shooting to number one in the cable news rankings spawned an entire ecosystem of conservative media websites.
Democrats blamed Donald Trump being able to communicate directly with the voters through social media for his win in 2016.
As soon as Trump took office a cottage industry of so-called “fake checkers” and “disinformation” experts popped up claiming everything conservatives said about Democrats were lies and misinformation.
None of these “fact checkers” and “disinformation experts” ever called out lies and misinformation from the left such as Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell claiming they had evidence Donald Trump colluded with Russia.
But now the left is trying to put conservative media out of business.
A British outfit called the Global Disinformation Index claims to be a nonpartisan gatekeeper that warns companies if ads they place online through platforms like Google appear next to content that is “misinformation” or conspiracy theories.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Major ad companies are increasingly seeking guidance from purportedly “nonpartisan” groups claiming to be detecting and fighting online “disinformation.” These same “disinformation” monitors are compiling secret website blacklists and feeding them to ad companies, with the aim of defunding and shutting down disfavored speech, according to sources familiar with the situation, public memos, and emails obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Brands, which have been seeking to promote products online through multiple websites to expand their digital footprint, are turning to corporate digital ad companies keyed into global markets. In turn, some of these companies are contracting “disinformation” trackers to obtain private information about which websites they should purportedly “defund.”
The Global Disinformation Index dresses up their work under the guise of objective science but in reality their definition of “disinformation” is any speech that undercuts the Democrats political narrative.
“Often these narratives are crafted using selected elements of fact. Whenever someone peddles an intentionally misleading narrative, often crafted using selected elements of fact, that is adversarial in nature against an at-risk individual, group, or institution and that creates a risk of harm, disinformation is being spread. Adversarial narratives undermine trust in our social, political, economic, and scientific institutions and sow or exacerbate division within our societies, often leading to real world harms, including violence, illness and death,” the Global Disinformation Index writes.
The Global Disinformation Index created something called the Dynamic Exclusion List which keeps a real time update of all the conservative websites companies and major brands should blacklist in their online ad campaigns.
“The DEL contains the worst offending websites and apps across multiple countries and languages and is continually updated to capture new disinformation sources and narrative,” the Global Disinformation Index details.
The point of this campaign is to put conservative media out of business by cutting off access to online ad dollars.
Conservative media can’t compete with the massive paid subscriber bases of corporate outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post.
And if major corporations with big marketing budgets are keeping their ads off conservative websites because of the phony “disinformation” cottage industry it could spell a return to the days where liberal activists at ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN told Americans what to think based on Democrat Party talking points.
“It’s devastating,” State Department’s ex-deputy assistant for internal communications and information policy Mike Benz told the Washington Examiner. “The implementation of ad revenue crushing sentinels like Newsguard, Global Disinformation Index, and the like has completely crippled the potential of alternative news sources to compete on an even economic playing field with approved media outlets like CNN and the New York Times.”
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