I know, I know.
I am not a conspiracy theorist.
I have no problem with the FBI targeting the news industry and the tech industry.
But, I am curious.
I know that many people who subscribe to the right-wing conspiracy theories about the “deep state” and the “corrupt media” would be concerned if this program went into effect.
I don’t know if there is a right- or left-wing alternative to the FBI’s program.
But I do know that, when it comes to the media, the media is often the enemy.
In a post titled “How the new FBI surveillance program targeting conservative news is bad for journalism,” I wrote that the FBI program “targeting right-leaning news sites is a terrible idea.”
I also pointed out that “the FBI is targeting the very news sites they’re supposed to be investigating, and it’s a bad idea for them to target conservative news sites,” as well as “there is no reason to believe that this will somehow change anything.”
What’s more, I wrote, “this program will be used to spy on people and organizations that are fighting back against the surveillance state.”
The idea that the media would be infiltrated by government agencies to spy for the government is just one of the many conspiracies I have heard, and I’ve written about them before.
This new FBI “fake news” program has been called “one of the most destructive and dangerous government actions ever,” by The Atlantic, and is described in a story by the Atlantic’s Jamelle Bouie called “Why the New FBI Fake News Program is a Disaster.”
The story begins with the fact that the program is named after the FBI director James Comey.
“Comey is a hero to the conservative movement, and his name is synonymous with fake news, as the FBI has launched a massive investigation into the supposed ‘Deep State’ and its collusion with the White House,” the article explains.
The FBI director is described as the “anti-Trump” FBI director, a reference to a conspiracy theory that President Trump is actually a “deep-state operative.”
The FBI program, Bouie writes, “will target sites that have engaged in the work of exposing the Deep State.”
These sites include sites that publish “exposés of the ‘deep state’ and their ‘corrupt practices,'” and sites that “take a stand against what they see as ‘fake news,'” such as The Daily Caller.
“The goal of this program is to identify and destroy any political opposition to the current administration, including those that have political motives to undermine the president’s legitimacy,” Bouie wrote.
These sites are described as “fake, conspiracy theories, conspiracy theorists, and ‘fake’ news sites.”
The Daily Stormer, the “biggest neo-Nazi website on the internet,” is among the sites targeted.
The Daily Beast, the most popular website on The New York Times, is also targeted.
But the FBI is not targeting all right-minded news sites, Bouier explained.
“While it’s true that the mainstream media is not entirely free of fake news or ‘fake-news’ content, many of the sites it publishes are not as ideologically extreme as the sites of the far right, but the FBI will go after those that are,” Bouier wrote.
The goal is to “target and discredit those organizations that support or actively work to expose the ‘corrosive’ influence of the government on our society, and on our political process.”
“The program will also target conservative-leaning websites that publish stories critical of the mainstream left or mainstream media,” Bouies explained.
The New Republic, the publication that has been a major supporter of President Trump and his agenda, is targeted.
“It’s also important to note that the government’s goal of ‘targeting’ conservatives and the right is not to ‘target’ news content; rather, the goal is ultimately to ‘counter’ news that is critical of Trump and the ‘Washington cartel,'” Bouie explained.
Bouie also said that the “mainstream media is the enemy.”
“In the words of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, ‘The mainstream media are the enemy,'” Bouier concluded.
In addition to the sites that are targeted, the FBI also targets websites that are critical of “liberal-left bias.”
These “left-leaning” websites are often “a source of comfort for those with anti-establishment politics,” Bouy wrote.
“This program will target sites critical of liberal bias, which are the same sites that the left often tries to discredit as ‘liberal’ or ‘left-wing.'”
“The FBI will use these sites as an excuse to target conservatives and those who oppose the current regime in Washington, D.C.,” Bouie added.
It’s important to remember that the goal of the program, and the FBI itself, is not just to investigate “fake” news, but to “counter” news that “targets” the government.
“In reality, the