Ten basic forms of fake news used by major media – Jon Rappoport



by Jon Rappoport


June 28, 2017

The basic purpose of these ten forms: the presentation of a false picture of reality.

You could find more forms, or divide these ten into sub-categories.

The ten basic forms are:

Direct lying about matters of fact. (This sometimes includes doubling down on lies already told, or telling a bigger lie after the first one.)

Leaving out vital information.

Limited hangout. (This is an admission of a crime or a mistake, which only partially reveals the whole truth. The idea is that by admitting a fraction of what really happened and burying the biggest revelations, people will be satisfied and go away, and the story will never be covered again.)

Shutting down the truth after publishing it—includes failing to follow up and investigate a story more deeply.

Not connecting dots between important pieces of data.

Censoring the truth, wherever it is found (or calling it “fake news”).

Using biased “experts” to present slanted or false “facts.”

Repeating a false story many times—this includes the echo-chamber effect, in which a number of outlets “bounce” the false story among themselves.

Claiming a reasonable and true consensus exists, when it doesn’t, when there are many important dissenters, who are shut out from offering their analysis.

Employing a panoply of effects (reputation of the media outlet, voice quality of the anchor, acting skills, dry mechanical language, studio lighting, overlay of electronic transmissions, etc.) to create an impression of elevated authority which is beyond challenge.

These are all traditional forms and methods.

Here’s an example of a big story that deployed all ten forms of fake news: the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009.

In the spring of 2009, the World Health Organization (elevated authority whose pronouncements are beyond challenge) announced that Swine Flu was a level-6 pandemic—its highest category of “danger.” In fact, there were only 20 confirmed cases at the time (direct lying about “danger”). And W.H.O. quietly changed the definition of “level-6” so widespread death and damage were no longer required (another aspect of direct lying).

The story was, of course, picked up by major media outlets all over the world (echo chamber effect, fake consensus, never connected dots re W.H.O. lies), and quite soon, Swine Flu case numbers rose into the thousands (direct lying, as we’ll soon see).

Medical experts were brought in to bolster the claims of danger (biased experts; important dissenters never given space to comment).

In the early fall of 2009, Sharyl Attkisson, then a star investigative reporter for CBS News, published a story on the CBS News website. She indicated that the CDC had secretly stopped counting the number of Swine Flu cases in America. No other major news outlet reported this fact (omitting vital information).

Attkisson discovered the reason the CDC had stopped counting: the overwhelming number of blood samples taken from the most likely Swine Flu patients were coming back from labs with: no trace of Swine Flu or any other kind of flu. Therefore, a gigantic hoax was revealed. The pandemic was a dud, a fake.

Despite Attkisson’s efforts, CBS never followed up on her story (shutting down the truth after exposing it). Never probed the lying by the CDC (failure to connect dots). In a sense, CBS turned Attkisson’s story into a limited hangout—a further investigation would have uncovered acres of criminal behavior by both the CDC and the World Health Organization, to say nothing of the governments and media outlets that supported these lying agencies. The mainstream press essentially censored Attkisson’s revelations.

Then, about three weeks after CBS published Attkisson’s story, WebMD published a piece in which the CDC claimed that its own (lying) estimate of 10,000 or so cases of Swine Flu in the US was a gross understatement. Truly, there were 22 MILLION cases of Swine Flu in the US (doubling-down on lying).

And that was that.

And these mainstream sources are currently shouting and bloviating about independent media spreading fake news. I guess you could call that number 11: accusing their opponents of committing the crimes they are, in fact, committing.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED,EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his freeNoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.


  1. The rise of independent channels on for one Youtube covering all sorts of topics in society but in this case, news and opinion/editorial has been the biggest dagger into the chests of MSM. MSM being still full of itself and feeling it still owns the news and editorial sphere keep p*ssing into the wind. As long as they feel and do such they will continue to sink to inevitable oblivion.

    One can have news and have their own thoughts and opinions enhanced and/or challenged by all too many alternative sources today, blogs and mostly Youtube channels. Big MSM and lobby groups try to shut them down but will fail as THE NEWS/TRUTHS ALWAYS WANT TO GET OUT!

    This said any and all info and sources of such must be held to account. Youtube news and op/ed channels are much more filled with point of view contrary to leftist/liberal media. More and more people are being Red Pilled and there is NOTHING MSM, governments, any and all other leftist, liberal, cultural Marxists can do about it. Their narratives are FAILURES and most often lies.

    For Sh*ts and Giggle as well as to help to keep me better centered I will visit some leftist/liberal/sjw/ commie Youtube channels and they can be so easy to shoot down. They often come off as suedo-intelectuals but are really incapable of defending their crap POV’s. I once was fallen prey to much of their B.S. as I took the blue pill. I then began to see that these people wanted me to sacrifice for them and their ways, to carry their water. I began to see that I received nothing much in return but only more promises telling me wait until tomorrow. but fact is tomorrow never comes. But I bought much of it all as I was trying to be a good foot soldier. THEN I TOOK THE RED PILL! A veil began to lift from my eyes. My mind was free’d to think more for myself, reevaluate my ideals, to question more and to see life was not and cannot be a socialist utopia. A more free society lets you better find your own way and accept your own responsibilities. THE NEVER ENDING, “I’M A VICTIM!!!” ONLY WASTES TIME AND YOUR LIFE!!!

    These leftist-dreamers often will defend their socialist crap by saying any socialism done in the past was just done wrong and these ‘experts’ will if they can take hold of power WILL DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME! Their arrogance knows no bounds.

    Shooting their leftist/cultural-Marxist/Commie bullsh*t down is for most normal thinking folks like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Global-elitists and their minions in the MSM, government bureaucracy and in public as well as university education are leftists, cultural-Marxists to out right Communists who feel they know best, but they all fail know the will of the individual and for most his/her allegiance to their nation.

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