The meme died on the spot because the Right immediately reversed the charge. From Walter Duranty to the Tet Offensive to GM gas tanks to George Zimmerman's 911 call, there's no end of "fake news" from mainstream sources.
But the Cathedral isn't giving up. It's expanding the geographic reach of the problem. This time to Italy.
Italy’s Most Popular Political Party Is Leading Europe In Fake News And Kremlin Propaganda
This machine includes not just the party’s own blogs and social accounts, which have millions of followers, but also a collection of profitable sites that describe themselves as “independent news” outlets but are actually controlled by the party leadership. These sites relentlessly regurgitate M5S campaign lines, misinformation, and attacks on political rivals – in particular, centre-left prime minister Matteo Renzi. One of them, TzeTze, has 1.2 million followers on Facebook.
Under lurid, all-capped headline phrases such as “THE TRUTH THEY ARE TRYING TO HIDE FROM US”, the party’s blogs, TzeTze, and other sites in the network have crossposted scores of fake stories. These include claims that the US is secretly funding traffickers bringing migrants from North Africa to Italy, and that Barack Obama wants to topple the Syrian regime to create instability across the region so China cannot get access to its oil.