Google and Facebook declared war on fake news. Judging by the mutilation to the truth about the Yulin Dog Meat Ban, they have failed miserably.
Did you hear, Yulin has closed the festival?. I can’t believe it, there is a ban on selling dog meat in Yulin?. Did you hear the great news ‘We Won’ Yulin is closing down?. On and On sites looking for their piece of the internet viewer pie published their fake news. But Google and Facebook did nothing to stop the distortion of the truth.
The harm that these stories have done may be incalculable. I believe the moment ‘Truth’ is sacrificed at the Google ranking or Facebook Trending altar, you might as pack it up and go home.
On May 17th and 18th, the world’s ADHD-like attention span focused a few seconds on the Yulin Festival dog meat ban. The fake news sites almost immediately started jumping the shark in their effort to get their content ranked.
Hyperventilating over the ban that supposedly would shut down the Festival forever, they spewed their lies as fast as possible. These fake news stories will be the worst thing that could have happened in our efforts to end Yulin.
While the fake news story that China has banned the sale of Dog-Meat in Yulin made its way around the world almost instantaneous. The truth is far slower to reveal itself.
Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get, its pants on.” I have written this before but it’s as perfect a quote as there could be.
Today, sites are less concerned about accuracy, than they are about a headline. The truth is irrelevant when compared to a better Google ranking.
No country likes being told they are wrong. They turn away, rather than hear that they need to behave a certain way to ‘Fit In’ with world views. As a result, China’s national pride will kick in to defend itself. Those supporting either the dog meat trade or the money that Yulin sends to Bejing without a doubt will fight back.
Perhaps we had a chance to close Yulin this year or bring about its demise in 2018. But that seems far less likely after last week’s torrent of debauchery.
Truth is at Deaths Door
I have always maintained that “truth” in the news is something that died long ago. My feeling is, it is something that we will never see again.
Any site like ours that tried desperately to expose this ‘Yulin Dog Meat Ban’ drivel as nothing more than a misrepresentation of the truth, could not get a foothold on Google or Facebook.
Stories like our Don’t Believe The Yulin Dog Meat Ban were quickly avalanched by the click bait sites. Stories written based on truth were buried by the “I take full credit” fantasy vomited out by divas.
The truth is no matter how fast we published our story it would have made no difference. If our story did not match the hundreds of fake ones, it would have been quickly gobbled up and spit out by Googles algorithms.
Lies Created From Truth
The house of lies was actually built on a foundation of truth. Andrea Gung of Duo Duo Project and Dr. Peter Li consulting for HSI was as honest as they could be. Their press releases spun a cautionary tale of this being a temporary ban. They did not feel the need to distort the truth because the truth was exciting enough.
Duo Duo and HSI’s press releases spoke of important first steps and hope that the Yulin Festival is closer to ending than it has ever been. They also cautioned that the Yulin Festival was but one step on the long road to closing down the dog and cat meat trade forever.
Instead of reporting this incredibly exciting news correctly many sites, some even thought of as respectable and, some whose only value is in its use as bird cage liner hyperbolized their press releases.
If the news was honest, and this ban was reported by sites honestly, headlines and reaction would have been far different.
Headlines such as “China takes an important first step.” Or “Can Yulin’s New Party Secretary make the 7-Day Ban Permanent?” would have dominated. These headlines would have been just as riveting as the deceptive ones that were used.
Our hope was for Duo Duo and HSI to build upon the momentum of this 7-day ban. But with so many blatant lies, I fear we may have lost this chance.
It’s just human nature to close ranks when you are being attacked. China and Yulin as it has done in the past will close itself off from the outside world. Chinese newspapers will be filled with headlines screaming “Instead of telling China what to do, Fix your own problems.”
These Chinese Daily newspapers will regurgitate stories from the past. Stories like “Yulin Keeping Alive Chinese Tradition” and of course, “It’s no different than Eating Pork, Chicken or Beef” will dominate their pages.
So once again, due to the dishonest media, and deva’s like Vanderpump and click-bait sites like Bravo and OK Magazine, we are back to square one. Well, maybe square 1/2.
According to my sources Mo Gong Ming, Yulin’s newly appointed Party Secretary, was spearheading the fight to end the Yulin Festival. His efforts in getting a 7-Day ban on dog meat would have been a tremendous first step.
The world would have sent their support to Ming in hopes that he can use this strong public backing to negotiate an end to the Yulin Festival forever. Now, he is being labeled a traitor to his people and a sell-out to animal activists.
Ming, I am sure, will be accused of being paid off or labeled as no more than a puppet to those that profit off the closing of the Yulin festival.
The True Cost
Not everyone who despises man’s unending abuse upon animals is focused on Yulin. There are people who will be drawn into the story in early June and will have moved on by July 1st.
But these are the most important people in any movement. If the story is compelling enough they will take what little they have and support the effort with donations. These fake news stories will have the greatest impacted on this part of our community.
On June 21st they will read the stories coming out of Yulin describing the slaughtering of dogs and cats. Angrily they will be thinking “I thought the Yulin Festival had closed?” They will shake their heads in disbelief at the dishonesty they were subjected to.
These concerned and caring people sent in a donation, and they will feel a little ashamed about doing so. They may even feel a sense of being used by having their empathy exploited.
Unlike many diehard animal activists, their lives do not center around one cause. So they will effortlessly move on.
They may or may not be back next June, but one thing is assured, they will never be conned again.
When the backlash happens, and the lies get exposed on June 21st the Lisa Vanderpump’s of the world will quickly claim innocence.
These divas and websites will bend over backward to explain away their claim to have ended Yulin. They will eventually spin any blame upon Duo Duo, HSI, and Ming.
The problem with respected organizations like Duo Duo and HSI is they won’t lower themselves to the level of these bottom feeders. With no pushback, Slime like Lisa Vanderpump and the click-bait sites of the world will not be held accountable.
We spent the last few days doing our best to reveal the lies and the fallacy these sites were pushing. We even went to the source and made our feelings known in their comment section. Within minutes our comments were nothing more than an apparition, wiped clean as if they had never been written.
For the record, good or bad whatever is written on our sites… Stays. I refuse to run away and hide from disparaging comments. Good, bad, right or wrong, everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Is it any wonder why many of these sites shut down their comment sections. They scrub any comments that are negative or may bruise their delicate egos. Rather than facing failure they instead quickly retreat to their safe space bubble.
Vanderpump and her ilk drink in the compliments, like Dracula gorging himself on a young victim. As long as people continue to support these people and sites, I see no reason why they won’t stop publishing their excrement.
I thank God every day, that my time on this planet grows shorter by the second.
Story Update: The city government of Yulin, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, refuted claims that it has banned dog meat from being sold in public during the upcoming dog meat festival while denying the existence of such a festival.
5/26 08:00 The city government of Yulin, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, refuted claims that it has banned dog meat from being sold in public during the upcoming dog meat festival while denying the existence of such a festival. This came from a story in the China Global Times