Some of the biggest news stories of the year, promoted by pro-Establishment media, were either false, such as the claims made in December that a 'Holocaust' was taking place in eastern Aleppo, or not backed up by any hard evidence, such as the allegations that Russia interfered in the US election.
Ironically, these stories were pushed most aggressively by media outlets that expressed the most concern about 'fake news' and the urgent need to take action against it.
At the same time some very important real news was either ignored altogether — or given only the scantiest coverage.
Here are ten of the biggest underreported news stories of 2016.
I'll leave you to come to your own conclusions as to why they didn't get the coverage they should have.
While Syria made the front pages, the US-backed war in Yemen received nowhere near the same attention.
"Since the rejection of the motion, 'Do something!' crusaders like Aaronovitch, Freedland and Cohen have printed not a word about 'our' 'responsibility to protect' civilian life in Yemen," noted Media Lens on 3rd November.
Libya in Ruins
In early 2011, Libya was 'the' big news story as concerned 'liberal interventionists' urged NATO to enforce 'no-fly zones' to stop the "New Hitler Colonel Gaddafi."
The son of a retired Libyan academic who spoke out against Muammar Gaddafi's regime says he fears the worst for his father and three of his brothers after they were "killing his own people" and carrying out "a Srebrenica-style massacre in Benghazi."
Well, NATO did intervene, and Libya was destroyed.
And guess what? The 'Do Something' crusaders in the western media are silent.
The transformation of the country which had the highest standards of living in Africa into a terrorist-ridden "failed state" is not deemed to be newsworthy.
In the words of Leslie Nielsen in the film Naked Gun, it's a case of: "Nothing to see here, please disperse!"
As I wrote in August:
Rather like Sherlock Holmes' dog that didn't bark in the night-time, the non-coverage of this very important story told us everything we needed to know.
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