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We are being pounded with fake news, with rumors of fake news, with accusations of fake news, with fake news about fake news, and with fake news about actual news, when all we want and ought to demand, is the news.

Censorship by social media companies and news reporting sources is increasing. So-called “fact-checkers” are intervening on behalf of social media corporations and other organizations, instructing us on what to believe. It’s a mad scramble to control a narrative promulgated by those who have conflicts of interest with actual news, events, and motivations. Real news sources as well as fake news sources are being censored. Sure, it’s illegal to yell “fire” in a crowded auditorium. Unless, of course, there’s a fire. Well, news reporting is on fire. So, I will yell, “FIRE!” Honest and responsible journalism is on “FIRE!”

A “bell” rang in my mind. I remembered the behavioral experiment, Pavlov’s Dogs. In brief, Ivan Pavlov conditioned his dogs to react to the sound of a bell by ringing the bell when it was time for the dogs to eat. Eventually, the dogs would react to the bell’s sound regardless of whether or not there was food.

It occurred to me that the media and other parties of interest were doing likewise. We the People were reacting like Pavlov’s Dogs. This didn’t sit well with me, so I decided to seek my nourishment elsewhere. By investigating; researching. Many, many others did also. So many, that censorship grew. This told me that the narrative(s) being disseminated by various news sources, social media platforms, and VIP’s were losing their influence and power.

The Fake News Propaganda Bell was designed to alert us to the existence of “fake news” and “propaganda,” while also informing the sources of “fake news” and “propaganda” that we were on to them.

Louis Hedderman