It's being put out there to discredit a free press to make the public willing to accept that we need censorship to protect us from "the bad guys".
The problem is that the "free press" includes a substantial amount of "infotainment", disinformation, and out and out lying masquerading as legitimate news. (Mainstream sources are guilty of this to some degree, as well) Disturbingly, lots of people can't tell the difference and get suckered in by the most ridiculous lies. We even had a gunman show up at a pizza place as a direct result of this stuff. Clearly, there's a problem here that needs to be addressed.
Also, afaik, no one is seriously suggesting censorship.
This, in my opinion has been quite intentionally foisted on us. Is there fake news? Sure there is, but it's certainly not anything new. Fake news has been around as long as news itself, but now it's taken on a life of its own and we're being fooled into thinking that the only way to counter fake news is to punish those who put it out there and of course in order to determine what's fake and not fake we need the king of fake who is the ONLY person who can tell the difference. To paraphrase the orange one, 'Only I and I alone can fix it. '
Is this actually what's going on?
Personally I'm ok with deciding for myself whether I believe something or not.
As am I. As is everyone. But obviously, this system is not entirely working.
If you ask 1000 people if they think that they are smart enough to determine what is fake or not fake I'm guessing that 999.99% of them will say they're just too smart to be taken in by the fakes, but the truth is most likely they're too stupid to figure out which hole to shit out of much less determine fake news vs real news.
Heh. Might this have some relevance on your adoption of some conspiracy theories? :P
So...where do we go from here? Do we bestow the power to determine fake vs not fake to someone known to lie?
Imho, implementing some sort of reputation-based system would be best. You look at your facebook feed and news stories are marked with red circles for articles originating from Infowars and green circles for articles originating from the Associated Press. The problem is in the details - who gets to make that determination and the criteria for these reputations (for example, what reputation should "opinion pieces" have? Should speculation on whether or not the global elite are vampires have the same reputation as an editorial denouncing Trump's travel ban?)
That or we could all check with Snopes regularly. Ideally, we'd all possess enough skepticism to not need any sort of help determining what's real and what's fake. But if that were the case, fake news would simply wither on the vine, and that's not what's happening.
In the spirit of always panicking let's do SOMETHING, ANYTHING to stop the spread of fake news even if it means appointing the orange shit pile as king for life!