We are now in a very powerful era where the corrupt, the manipulators and the rest of the global deceivers – including much of the big media – no longer have the absolute control that they had been so close to achieving.
Trump, Brexit, consequent shifts across Europe, and falling trust in the mainstream media – all of these and more have set alarm bells ringing in the globalists' collective minds.
In desperation, they are re-grouping and re-thinking their strategy, meanwhile pulling out all the stops to try to halt (or at least slow) the currently ongoing dissipation of their power and influence.
One of those desperate moves was their coordinated launch of the smear term 'fake news' to attempt to discredit real facts while they continued to purvey 'good facts' i.e. pseudo-facts that can be presented with seeming credibility but in pursuit of a propaganda exercise.
Anyone who has watched the Babylon 5 episode "The Deconstruction of Falling Stars" will already be familiar with those two terms.
Unfortunately for its instigators, the likes of Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson – among others – turned it around by exposing much of the big media themselves as the originators of genuinely fake news, not their intended targets.
Thus we now have the interesting spectacle of the left-leaning Washington Post already seeking to 'retire' that expression – only because it now works against the dishonest, rather than for it as was intended, of course. One word in their Facebook link's strapline gives the game away: "Conservative" – that's the real reason for this move.
I wonder what they'll all devise next...