Axios reported this week on a leftwing cabal running scammy, pretend “local news” websites to try and influence the midterms and more. Yes, Axios.

Leftwing writer Ryan Zickgraf claims to have coined the term “pink-slime journalism” (you know, like the “pink slime” used in fast food) some years as a way to describe the acres of cyberspace occupied by partisan websites posing as local news. But they don’t seem to notice that it’s Democrats doing it, with Media Matters maven David Brock pulling the strings.

“Writers for a D.C.-based media operation run by prominent Democratic operatives are behind a sprawling network of ostensible local media outlets churning out Democrat-aligned news content in midterm battleground states,” Axios reported on Thursday. “Behind the patina of independent local news, these sites are pumping out content designed to put a sheen of original reporting on partisan messaging.”

The site behind the sites, The American Independent, was “launched by Democratic operative and fundraiser David Brock — also known for founding the left-leaning media watchdog Media Matters for America.”

So yes, fake news from the guy who claims to be in opposition to fake news. Exactly like always happens on the left. Which is why I think we should call it BLUE slime.

The UK Independent has this on the story:

Ahead of the 2022 midterms, a group of Democratic operatives based in Washington, DC, and Florida have quietly set up a nationwide network of sites designed to mimic local news outlets, according to an investigation from Axios.

Writers from the Washington-based progressive news site The American Independent are beaming out content to at least 51 different news sites with local-sounding names, like the Milwaukee Metro Times and Mecklenburg Herald, all of which say they’re run by a Florida-based company called Local Report Inc.

The outlets, based in midterm swing states like Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, feature a mix of aggregated news stories, sports results, and content with a partisan slant, the investigation found.

And here’s a big question, via Guy Benson.

Nobody calling it a threat to anything in the regular media, of course. Other than Axios they seem pretty okay with it.



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