Fake news implies intent to deceive

False information does not amount to fake news.

“Fake” means forgery, counterfeit—something intentionally fabricated from other stuff to look like the authentic one and thus deceive people. Every day though, throughout the world, we encounter many news items which are proven false but with no intent to deceive. News sources and informants, reporters, and editors may make honest mistakes due to various factors, too many to list here. Continue reading “Fake news implies intent to deceive”

The wallet of a petty-bourgeois, but…

“He has the wallet of a petty-bourgeois, but the mindset of a big comprador-landlord.” I first encountered this terse comment about a person’s politics back in the early 1970’s, when Joma Sison was still CPP chair.

Being a prolific writer with an opinion on all topics under the sun, with a rapier wit that flashed into action as needed, he simply had to explain the materialist dialectics and class basis of the “Kit Tatad phenomenon” at the start of martial law. Or was that jibe directed at Sal Panelo? I always forget. Continue reading “The wallet of a petty-bourgeois, but…”