Friday, November 25, 2016

- Truthiness vs. Newsiness

I don't recall who it was that coined the phrase "Truthiness". I don't think it was John Stewart, but that brand of media venue where it's comedy when the facts would be right leaning and 'serious topics' when it seems to favor the left are a staple of information gathering for the rank and file of liberalism. Lots of the kids screaming out in 5th avenue outside Trump tower are certain that something they heard is true because they saw it on the Daily Show.

Well I read the news professionally for a very long time, and I'm here to tell you it has very little actual information content in it. I designed one of the very first (and arguably most successful) rudimentary AI's for sifting fact from the fluff, and in terms of word counts, you'd be shocked how little actual 'news' there was. It's mostly innuendo, inference, and lots and lots of careful framing to make sure the rubes readers get the message the editors want them to get, and absolutely nothing else.

Now that the media is doing it's best to avoid facing the facts regarding its utterly collapsed credibility, and that lack of credibility is a known quantity to the majority of Americans, I think it would be useful to have another word handy.

Truthiness was the degree to which the facts could be bent to fit the liberal narrative, the latter being what the left leaning comedian/fake newscaster in question saw as 'the truth'. If a story was easily shoehorned into the 'narrative', it was more truthy than a story that could not be so easily managed.

Well to describe the degree to which the 'news story' contains actual objective information and not subjective slant, spin, and nonsense, I'd like to nominate the word "Newsiness". That word already has a meaning, but common usage of a word can change. And it has the same catchy, 'not quite a thing' sound to it, but still conveys that there may be something there however small it may be.

Even if it doesn't catch on, I'm sticking with it.

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