Fake News Sites Originator None Other Than Jestin Coler A Liberal Democrat From Culver City, California.
Disinfomedia doesn't sound very good does it? That's because it's not. NPR's Laura Sydell discovered while tracking down fake news sites that many had formats and names that looked like real websites, but were just designed to appear that way.
Here's a few of them:
A single rented server inside Amazon Web Services is where all of these addresses link up.
Jansen's (of NPR) excellent detective work led him to an email address on one of those sites linking the name to Justin Coler and that site name is Disinfomedia.
Coler owns many sites, but won't say just how many.
From NPR's interview with Coler:
Once Coler agreed to an interview, he told NPR that the purpose of starting his fake news empire in 2013 was “to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right” — or, in Coler’s exact words: “The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly false or fictional stories, and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction.”
Apparently, Coler is not bothered by the effect of fake news articles, because they work. They play into the "right wing" conspiracy theories because in his words, left wingers are less gullible.
Moral issues don't seem to play a role because as Coler states he makes money and enjoys wreaking havoc on the minds of people who are actual seekers of the truth.
“Really the financial part of it isn’t the only motivator for me. I do enjoy making a mess of the people that share the content that comes out of our site. It’s not just the financial incentive for me. I still enjoy the game, I guess." Coler said.
How deep does this rabbit hole go?