In response to the establishment media’s contrived ‘fake news’ crisis designed to marginalise independent and alternative media sources of news and analysis, 21WIRE ran its own #FakeNewsWeek campaign in February – exposing the government and the mainstream media as the real purveyors of ‘fake news’ throughout modern history. Following on from this, we decided to take advantage of March Madness, by running our own Fake News tournament in order find out who our readers and listeners feel is the top mainstream or establishment fake news outlet. In our initial final 8 preliminary competition, we included TV networks, newspapers, and also some government agencies who are also major players in the fake news and propaganda game.
We have a Final Four! Out of the rigorous State-Run Region, broadcast stalwarts CNN and BBC (the number one and two seeds respectively), pulled through with impressive wins on their side of the bracket. In the Deep State Regionals, New York Times won the battle of the ‘papers of record’ against a tough Washington Post. In the other Deep State contest, the CIA edged out the US State Dept in a tense fake news showdown between the two government agencies.