It should come as no surprise that history is replete with examples of fake news but the question is why would a person or group of people want to create a false series of ideas to confuse a society. The following will illustrate this problem and why it has long been part of the history of nations.
Socrates was a Greek philosopher who lived in the 5th century BC. He is credited as being the founder of Western philosophy. He never wrote anything; all that is known of him originated from two of his students, Plato, and Xenophon. He was brought to trial by the Council of 500 which condemned him to death. The vague accusation was that he corrupted youth. The reality was that he made enemies who could not refute his ideas. Socrates accepted the verdict and died.
About 500 years later, a man named Jesus came to public notice by claiming that he was the Son of God. The fake news was that he wanted to become king. This is the same man whose ideas did not fit the ideals of a politician. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” “Blessed are the meek.” “Blessed are the peace makers.” This does not seem to fit the type of man who wanted to be king. Because of this fake news, he was put to death.
Throughout history we see leaders and thinkers who produced fake news. Take for example Nietzsche’s famous dictum, “God is dead.” He offered no proof of the assertion nor could he offer any proof that God was not alive. Another German came up with fake news. Hitler declared that the Aryan race was superior and that the Jews were the cause of Germany’s problems. This led to the massacre called the Holocaust.
Finally there is a modern version of fake news: it is called the Russian collusion. The liberal media ran with this idea which implied that Trump’s election was won because of Russian interference. This propaganda was promulgated by Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Chuck Schumer. No effect was made to verify the source or accuracy of this claim. The chaos which resulted has earned the veracity of journalism a black eye and its validity as a reliable source of information will be questioned in the future.