Misinformation, Redefined Beyond All Meaning

The professional grifter class has added another stack to the media “misinformation” Matryoshka doll, and news media isn’t handling it well.

Andrew Donaldson
4 min readJun 10, 2024
Graphic by Wesley Fryer, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

It would make news media and social media as it exists in the Year of Our Lord 2024 much better if we could just yeet the term “misinformation” into the sun. Or at least out of the vernacular.

The bloated, decaying corpse of the word formerly known as “misinformation” has been laying out in the open for all to see, but the stench of it is starting to get to the point that someone really should remove the remains to six feet underground with a healthy layer of lime. The exact time of death is unknown, but the cause of death based on the physical condition of the body was clearly repeated blunt force trauma.

Merriam-Webster simply defines “misinformation” as incorrect or misleading information. That’s it. Clear, concise, straight to the point.

But Merriam-Webster makes their money by defining words, not by propagating them. The socio-political world of news media and social media does strange things to words, though. Like the Borg collective on Star Trek, the Clickage Class takes the original meaning distinctiveness of a word as their own, adapting that word to…

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Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media