Viewpoint: Journalist who Wrote ‘Fake News’ & ‘Propaganda’ Now Regrets It




Bobbie Patray

We are all very familiar with the onslaught of ‘FAKE NEWS‘ now, but I bet you didn’t know that ‘fake news‘ has been going on for a long time. 

Two examples are included in this morning’s post about how ‘fake news’ literally changed our world.  Now, keep in mind, there was NO social media during these times, and yet….. 

As you probably know it was the fight against the proposed Equal Rights Amendment that introduced me to the whole world of public policy and politics. That was during the height of the ‘feminist movement’ when, despite what they were saying, their goal of passing the ERA would have taken away some important protections that women had and would have hurt women in the long run.

I never will forget their stated effort to REMOVE the ability of women who were full time homemakers  to receive Social Security based on their husband’s work history. They said that the only way women should received Social Security was if the woman got out of the home, got a job and earned that benefit.

I am so glad to see Sue Ellen Browder exposing what she (and many others) did to change and shape our nation.

Bernard Nathanson, MD was another one. He was one of the top abortionist in the nation.  When he literally ‘saw the Light’,  he wrote several books, where he admitted to lying about, among other things, the ‘back street abortions’,  how many there were and how many women died from them.

She Wrote Fake News for Cosmopolitan and Now Regrets Misleading Women on Feminism

Kelsey Bolar / @kelseybolar / May 26, 2020

“I did not realize what a traumatic experience that would be later in my life, how much that would haunt me.”

“When you start betraying the truth, it will come back to haunt you,” she says. “It will get you in the end. And that’s why even though I knew we were making up stories, I still got sucked in and thought abortion would be OK.”


LANDER, Wyo.-Sue Ellen Browder wrote fake news before “fake news” was ever a thing. Except she prefers not to call it that-not because she’s embarrassed to admit she wrote fake news (although she’s certainly not proud), but because she thinks the term “fake news” is too vague to understand.

Browder, a Cosmopolitan magazine writer for 20 years, describes what she wrote as “propaganda.” 

The goal? To sell women on the idea that sexual liberation is the path to the single woman’s personal fulfillment.

“Propaganda is very sophisticated,” Browder tells The Daily Signal. “It’s half-truth, selected truth, and truth out of context.”

“Propaganda is used not to sell just products,” she adds. “It’s also used to sell ideas.”

Prior to writing for Cosmopolitan, Browder worked at a small daily newspaper, the South Bay Daily Breeze, just outside Los Angeles. When she and her husband unexpectedly got pregnant, they were far more excited about it than her bosses at the newspaper were.

“They told me I could only work five months into my pregnancy and then I had to quit,” Browder recalls. 

That experience turned Browder, who was born and raised in small-town Iowa, into a feminist. 

The year was 1969, and getting fired for being pregnant was a wake-up call. The situation made Browder, who graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism, realize that women had quite a bit of work to do. 

“Women could not apply for credit in [their] own name. There were ‘help wanted’ ads-help wanted male and help wanted female,” she says. “Women couldn’t go to law school or medical schools in many cases. There was a lot of discrimination going on. And that is why in the late ’60s and early ’70s, so many women of my generation identified with the feminist movement.”

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