MRC's Dan Gainor: 'Fake News Stories' Are the 'Shark Attacks of 2016'

The media’s crusade against “fake news” on the Right is no more than an attempt to “shut down conservative outlets” according to Dan Gainor, MRC’s Vice President for Business and Culture.

On December 9, Gainor and Fox Business Network’s Intelligence Report host Trish Regan discussed the left-wing media’s “feeding frenzy” on fake news stories. “It’s more risk to the rest of us, but for people like Hillary Clinton, this isn’t putting lives at risk, it’s putting lies at risk,” said Gainor, “George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t a how-to book. It was a warning.”

Gainor pointed out the hypocrisy of the media by citing Hillary Clinton’s past false claims that she landed in Bosnia under sniper fire. “She got away with her own fake news for a long time,” remarked Gainor, “and then the media didn’t call her back on it this election.”

“I don’t think she [Clinton] can blame her loss on fake news,” argued Regan, noting that fake news has existed “since the internet came about.” Gainor countered that there has even been fake news before the internet, citing past cases such as The Washington Post’s Janet Cooke, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her profile of a non-existant 8-year-old heroin addict in the 1980s.

“What the media want them to do is to shut down conservative outlets,” Gainor said. As evidence, he cited articles in both The Washington Post and LA Times that list conservative news sites such as The Blaze and Drudge Report as fake news.

“Their solution to winning 2020 is to shut conservatives down in 2016,” concluded Gainor.

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