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A Day Without Immigrants: Fake Views Beget Fake News

A Day Without Immigrants: Fake Views Beget Fake News

A sign alerts customers that restaurant VegeNation is closed in support of the Day Without Immigrants protest, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Friday, 17 February 2017 04:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On February 16, 2017, restaurants around the country shut their doors, in a campaign called “A Day Without Immigrants,” allegedly to show respect for their foreign-born employees and their disdain for President Trump.

Why?

Fake views. They “say” they believe that Mr. Trump hates immigrants. Of course, this is a lie. Lies beget fake news.

Most journalists are liberals who believe and blithely spread this mendacious canard about Trump.

In fact, Trump has stated frequently that he likes immigrants, legal immigrants. His parents were immigrants. His wife is an immigrant. He has done nothing to prohibit legal immigration from safe countries. Nothing.

No matter. Birds have to fly. Protestors have to protest.

Instead of proving a legitimate point, the artificially outraged restaurateurs exposed themselves as misguided rebels without a cause.

They’ve branded themselves stupid business owners, interested in catering only to artificially outraged patrons.

These proprietors pointlessly experienced a day without revenues and hurt their brands: Why would anyone but a “fellow traveler” want to eat, henceforth, in the establishment of a clueless phony?

Fake news cannot hatch and spread without the complicity of those with fake views: people who believe, or pretend to believe, nonsense.

How many reporters denounced this Day Without Immigrants as a ruse, a nothingburger? I hungrily Googled to find out and came up empty.

Aren’t reporters supposed to seek and communicate the facts? Yes. Do they? Rarely — unless those facts are ideologically compatible facts.

In my new book for CEOs and entrepreneurs, “Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line” (BrandIsDestiny.com), I devote a chapter to the disease called conformity. Artificial outrage, exhibited through nationwide street protests, is conformity writ large.

Newsflash: Branding to nonthinking followers is impossible.

This indigestive epicurean episode, which garnered loads of press coverage, should give the logical, sane CEO pause for the next press interview.

Increasingly, the CEO must establish and verify a journalist’s or TV anchor’s political bias and objectivity before agreeing to any exchange. Otherwise, he should prepare to be smeared.

To eliminate fake views and fake news, one must actively and adamantly rail against, and refuse to promulgate, both.

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, said it best: “Control your own destiny, or someone else will.”

Marc Rudov is a branding advisor to CEOs, speaker, media commentator, and author of "Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line" and "Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding." Find him at MarcRudov.com. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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How many reporters denounced this Day Without Immigrants as a ruse, a nothingburger? I hungrily Googled to find out and came up empty.
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