Fake News? Welcome to America

Go Lean Commentary

American media lives in a land of fantasy.

Consider these Fake News instances:



This is probably true of their news output because so many of the corporate structures that own non-fiction news operations also own fiction-based media operations. Consider these examples of same ownership:

Fox News 21st Century Fox Movie Studio
NBC News / CNBC / MSNBC Universal Pictures
CBS News Simon-Shuster Book Publishing
ABC News Disney Studios; Pixar; Marvel Studios; LucasFilms;
Touchstone Pictures
Cable News Network (CNN) Warner Brothers Movie Studio

No doubt, this fact – knowing where the bread is buttered – contributes to the duality and duplicity of these corporate citizens.

Now there is a new phenomenon in the world of media duality and duplicity: Fake News.

This is more malicious than initial appearances. See/hear the full story here in this Podcast and the subsequent VIDEO:

Title: How Fake News Spreads & Why People Believe It

Published December 14, 2016 – Buzzfeed News’ media editor, Craig Silverman, dissects how false stories during the presidential campaign were spread on Facebook and monetized by Google Ad Sense. Also, critic at-large John Powers shares six things he loved this year that he didn’t get around to reviewing.


VIDEO – The onslaught of fake news – http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/the-onslaught-of-fake-news/

Posted December 18, 2016 (9:53 minutes) – In these partisan, high-tech times, are the news stories we Americans read, see, and hear fact or fiction? Senior correspondent Ted Koppel examines the landscape of lies and slander disguised as news stories, spread via social media, that bear little relation to facts. (VIDEO plays best in Internet Explorer).

Fake News appear to just be another example of American Crony-Capitalism where they exploit the public good for private gain. Media has frequently been  used to exploit the people. This commentary previously detailed the focus on fantasy as opposed to the vital facts of weather reporting.

Weather information is vital in different situations; think hurricanes. But news and information is vital everyday, rain or shine. So a situation where Fake News may thrive would be counterproductive to society. Many Americans — 62 percent to be exact — get some news from social media, according to the Pew Research Center. Of that group, 18 percent say they do so “often”.

This consideration aligns with the book Go Lean…Caribbean; this book serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). This empowerment effort represents a change for the region, calling on all 30 member-states in the region to confederate and provide their own solutions in the areas of economics, security and governance. News and information relates to all three areas. The CU/Go Lean roadmap has these prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion GDP and create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to enhance public safety and protect the resultant economic engines against “bad actors”.
  • Improvement of Caribbean governance to support these engines.

The new emergence of Fake News seems apropos for the American eco-system, where fame seems more important than facts and style more important than substance:

Fame or infamy, either one is preferable to being forgotten – Hollywood Actress Lauren Bacall – Go Lean book Page 194.

This is a time when the American eco-system appears to be dysfunctional and filled with bad intent. No wonder the American eco-system is transforming from industrial to consumer, with trade deficits with all the industrial giants in the world; think Germany, Japan, South Korea and China.

The Caribbean is looking, listening and learning from the American model. We do NOT want to follow suit!

Yes, we want to develop our own social media – site: www.myCaribbean.gov – but with better rules for minimizing Fake News compared to the current American examples. Notice the mitigation now been deployed by Facebook & Google in the link here:


cu-blog-fake-news-welcome-to-america-photo-3The book Go Lean…Caribbean asserts that the Caribbean region must not allow the US to take the lead for our own nation-building, that American capitalistic interest tends to highjack policies intended for the Greater Good. This assessment is logical considering that the 2016 Presidential Election may have been a victim of this systemic disinformation. This is an issue of security.

This broken system in America does not have to be modeled in the Caribbean. Change has now come. The driver of this change is technology and globalization. The Go Lean roadmap provides turn-by-turn directions on how to forge this change in the region for a reboot of these Caribbean societal systems, including media institutions. This roadmap is thusly viewed as more than just a planning tool, pronouncing this point early in the Declaration of Interdependence (Page 13) with this statement:

xvi.    Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes…can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

The Go Lean book purports that the Caribbean can – and must – do better. The vision of the CU is a confederation of the 30 member-states of the Caribbean to do the heavy-lifting of optimizing economic-security-governing engines. The  Go Lean book details the policies and other community ethos to adopt, plus the executions of the following strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to elevate Caribbean society, and mandate a society based on truth:

Community Ethos – Deferred Gratification Page 21
Community Ethos – Consequences of Choices Lie in the Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Privacy versus Public Protection Page 23
Community Ethos – Whistleblower Protection Page 23
Community Ethos – Light Up the Dark Places Page 23
Community Ethos – Anti-Bullying and Mitigation Page 23
Community Ethos – Intelligence Gathering Page 23
Community Ethos – Lean Operations Page 24
Community Ethos – Ways to Improve Sharing Page 35
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Strategy – Agents of Change – Technology Page 57
Strategy – Agents of Change – Globalization Page 57
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Emergency Management – Notifications Page 75
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Communications and Media Authority Page 79
Implementation – Security Initiatives at Start-up Page 103
Implementation – Ways to Impact Social Media Page 111
Implementation – Ways to Impact Elections Page 116
Implementation – Ways to Benefit from Globalization Page 119
Planning – Lessons Learned from 2008 – Lax Regulations Page 136
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs Page 152
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Governance Page 169
Advocacy – Ways to Better Manage the Social Contract Page 171
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Justice Page 177
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Homeland Security Page 180
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering & Analysis Page 182
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Communications Page 186
Advocacy – Ways to Foster Technology Page 197
Advocacy – Ways to Foster e-Commerce Page 198
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Main Street Page 201
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Hollywood – Media Industrial Complex Page 220

The foregoing Audio-Podcast and VIDEO relate the serious concern for Caribbean planners. While the US is the world’s largest Single Market economy, we want to only model some of the American example. We would rather foster a business climate to benefit the Greater Good, not just some special interest group.

There are many Go Lean blog commentaries that have echoed this point, addressing the subject of the Caribbean avoiding American consequences. See sample here:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9648 Bad American Model – Public Schools for Black-and-Brown
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9646 Bad American Model – American Vices. Don’t Follow!
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9626 Bad American Model – Marginalizing Our Vote
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9038 Charity Management: The Need for Self-Rule
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=6893 American Meteorologists Views On Climate Change
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=5482 American For-Profit Education: Plenty of Profit; Little Education
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=4076 American Media Fantasies -vs- Weather Realities
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2338 How Caribbean can Mitigate the Dreaded ‘Plutocracy’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2259 The Criminalization of American Business
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1143 Health-care fraud in America; Criminals take $272 billion a year
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=273 10 Things We Don’t Want from the US – American Self-Interest Policies

The book Go Lean…Caribbean posits that many problems of the region are too big for any one member-state to solve alone, but that we do not need American leadership, rather instead, we need the technocracy of the CU Trade Federation. The purpose this roadmap is to make our Caribbean homeland a better place to live, work, and play. Fake News does not fit into that vision, though it is inevitable if we allow online media to be molded by the American example. We do not want to be America; we want to be better.

We also do not want China’s internet policing models; this is too restrictive and too little regard for the freedom of the press. We want the provisions and benefits as described in the Go Lean book. This posits that to succeed as a society, and to succeed in our regional deployment of social media, the Caribbean must not only consume, but must also create, produce, and distribute intellectual property products and services. We need to be motivated for the Greater Good.

We do need regional oversight and regulation … for our airwaves and broadband networks, but not too heavy and not too light.

May this bad history of Fake News in America in 2016 be a cautionary tale for the Caribbean. A tale of how not to proceed.

Lesson learned! 🙂

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!


Share this post:
, , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *