WASHINGTON, February 13, 2017 — Apple CEO Tim Cook is worried about “fake news.” The Geppetto of over-priced tech toys would have the world’s governments serve as arbiters of truth, with tech firms providing apps designed “to give the consumer tools … to filter out part of it [fake news] before it ever gets there without losing the great openness of the Internet,” he told Good Morning Britain.
When Christ stood trial before the Roman prefect for the province of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, he unapologetically proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
And like a dismissive Silicon Valley Goliath, totalitarian Rome’s envoy dismissively asked, “What is truth?”
Whether you believe in the divinity of Christ or not, he clearly believed he carried the truth within. Pilate and his fellow Romans saw truth as fungible. It was whatever Cesar said it was at any given moment.
Christ did not fear competing with Rome’s pantheon, which included its ruler and “living god.”
“Render unto Cesar the things that are Cesar’s and to God the things that are God’s,” said Christ.
Rome eventually fell, but Christianity and the qualities of truth embodied in its founder persist.
Time proved the final arbiter of truth.
But Cook and the left want to settle the issue of “truth” by use of censorship as soon as possible.
What has Cook, the organized left, the Democratic Party and the international press so worried is new polls finding more Americans trust President Donald Trump than the mainstream media.
When Trump administration senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the squabble between the administration and the media over the exact number of people attending the president’s inauguration was a battle between “alternative facts,” she was pilloried.
But that battle predates the Trump administration by several months when the media’s “alternative facts” insisting Hillary Clinton was a shoe-in as America’s 45th president – with polls to prove it – were overcome by alternative facts provided by voters and the Electoral College.
Tim Cook hopes his proposed crackdown on alternative news outlets (a.k.a., free speech) will help “truthful, reliable, non-sensational, deep news outlets… win.”
It’s no secret that traditional print and electronic news entities are in fiscal freefall, with alternative news sites offering stiff competition. And it irritates them to no end that Trump’s chief political strategist and senior counselor, Stephen Bannon, was a co-founding member and executive chair for the conservative website Breitbart News.
CBS, NBC, ABC and the New York Times lost what little remained of their credibility through their biased 2016 political coverage and the hysteria that continues to color their post-election Trump reporting.
Unlike the crucified Christ, the mainstream media is not likely to see their credibility resurrected – apps or no apps.