Constants and Variables 136, Fake fake-detection edition
A classic trick of REAL racketeers and REAL evildoers is the fake cop or fake detective.
Some (not all) of the detectors of fake news are fake cops.
In previous years these bad detectives channeled our attention to fake "on-location" reports. TV reporters often stand in front of a stage set simulating the Capitol or the Courthouse. Supposedly this makes their report fake. No, it's simply irrelevant. Truth is truth no matter what image is visible in the background. Falsehood is falsehood no matter what image is in the background.
When we focus on the staging, we forget to focus on the INFORMATION. Does the verbal output of the newsreader agree with OUR EXPERIENCE at the points where we can check it? If so, the newsreader is likely to be trustworthy on other points.
More recently these fake detectives of fakery are channeling our attention to fake identities, like this example on ZH.
Somebody created a "financial expert" using a stock photo and made-up credentials. We're supposed to disbelieve what this expert says because her front is fake.
Again this distracts us from the INFORMATION. Does this expert give rational advice and predictions? Or does she say the same bizarre lethal genocidal turbowacked hypernonsense as all "real" paid economists? The article says that the fake expert is simply advertising a credit-repair company. Well, everyone who writes for a paycheck is advertising some company or another. THAT'S A CONSTANT. The only variable that MATTERS is the INFORMATION. Does her advice agree with reality and common sense? The article doesn't bother to ask the only question that matters.
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