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Monday, January 09, 2017

Fake News boomeranged on the Washington Post, so it wants the term shunned

The Washington Post had a perfect excuse for the media's overwhelming candidate -- Hillary Clinton -- suffering the biggest loss by a Democrat since Dukakis. On November 24, the Washington Post posted a story:
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
That was fake news. According to the New Yorker, the Washington Post fell for a hoax.


From the New Yorker's Adrian Chen said he was contacted in October by a group called PropOrNot, which claimed to have a list of 200 Web sites that were propagandists for the Russians.

Chen checked it out.

Nope.

Then Chen reported on December 1:
PropOrNot managed to connect with the Washington Post on its own. Last week, the Post published a story based in part on PropOrNot’s research. Headlined “Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread ‘Fake News’ During Election, Experts Say,” the report claimed that a number of researchers had uncovered a “sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign” that spread fake-news articles across the Internet with the aim of hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump. It prominently cited the PropOrNot research. The story topped the Post’s most-read list, and was shared widely by prominent journalists and politicians on Twitter. The former White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted, “Why isn’t this the biggest story in the world right now?”
Chen said the list was amateur hour:
But a close look at the report showed that it was a mess. “To be honest, it looks like a pretty amateur attempt,” Eliot Higgins, a well-respected researcher who has investigated Russian fake-news stories on his Web site, Bellingcat, for years, told me. “I think it should have never been an article on any news site of any note.”
Indeed, one of the sites cited by the Washington Post as Fake News has been around since 2006.

From the Daily Caller on December 5:
One of the websites The Washington Post labeled “fake news” in a November story demanded a retraction and threatened the paper with a defamation lawsuit in a demand letter Sunday.
A lawyer for Naked Capitalism accuses WaPo of running a debunked list of “fake news” sites in the “sensational” story compiled by a dubious team of researchers, without substantiating their claims or giving Naked Capitalism a chance to respond to the allegation. The Washington Post’s actions constitute defamation, the lawyer writes in the letter published Monday.
And indeed, in its Joe McCarthy scare against Russia, the Washington Post published Fake News.

From Glenn Grenwald on January 4:
In the past six weeks, the Washington Post published two blockbuster stories about the Russian threat that went viral: one on how Russia is behind a massive explosion of “fake news,” the other on how it invaded the U.S. electric grid. Both articles were fundamentally false. Each now bears a humiliating editor’s note grudgingly acknowledging that the core claims of the story were fiction: The first note was posted a full two weeks later to the top of the original article; the other was buried the following day at the bottom.
The second story on the electric grid turned out to be far worse than I realized when I wrote about it on Saturday, when it became clear that there was no “penetration of the U.S. electricity grid” as the Post had claimed. In addition to the editor’s note, the Russia-hacked-our-electric-grid story now has a full-scale retraction in the form of a separate article admitting that “the incident is not linked to any Russian government effort to target or hack the utility” and there may not even have been malware at all on this laptop.
So the real Fake News is generated by a Soviet-style anti-Trump propaganda machine owned by a bald billionaire. It's as if Lex Luthor took over the Daily Planet.

Having been caught in its clumsy weaving of anti-Russian propaganda, the Washington Post posted on Sunday:
It’s time to retire the tainted term ‘fake news’
The column by Margaret Sullivan admitted none of the Fake News her publication fell for in its over-eagerness to blame Russia for President Trump's election.

Instead she blasted conservatives:
When Jim DeMint wanted to dis a TV interviewer’s suggestion that Obamacare has merits as well as flaws, the former senator and tea partyer used a handy putdown: “You can put all that under the category of fake news.”
When conspiracy theorist Alex Jones wanted to deny a CNN report that Ivanka Trump would take over the East Wing offices traditionally occupied by the first lady, he used the same label.
And when a writer for an arch-conservative website needed a putdown for ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, he reached for the obvious: “fake-news propagandist.”
Given the number of Fake News stories such as the New York Times's claim that the Trump transition team was in chaos (debunked as President Trump quickly named a dozen cabinet members and a dozen other high-profile appointments), conservatives have every right to throw the BS back in the face of the corrupted media.

Here's the test: Is it true? If the answer is no, then it is Fake News.

Sullivan said no mas:
“Fake news” has had its 15 minutes of fame. Let’s put this tainted term out of its misery.
The same could be said for the Washington Post.

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10 comments:

  1. How is it that the mainstream media's support of the Democrats and their platform is different from Communist propaganda? They and their "fellow travelers" are really nothing more than "useful idiots." 95 per cent of the mainstream media has become PravdAmerika, and while they won't admit to it they seem to be proud of it. - Elric

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  2. The fakestream media let the cat out of the bag and they wont be able to put it back.
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    The American people have no faith in their fake news, propaganda, narrative based fakery.
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    The only thing propping up the Washington Compost is its billlionaire owner and the DNC, coomie anarchist, SJW inspired minions in government, academia and hollyweird.
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    libby.
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    Fakestream media
    FAKESTREAM MEDIA
    Fake strean media.
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    It just rolls off the tongue like false accusations of racism, false accusations of sexism, false accusations of xenophobia.

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  3. The fakestream media let the cat out of the bag and they wont be able to put it back.
    .
    The American people have no faith in their fake news, propaganda, narrative based fakery.
    .
    The only thing propping up the Washington Compost is its billlionaire owner and the DNC, coomie anarchist, SJW inspired minions in government, academia and hollyweird.
    .
    libby.
    .
    Fakestream media
    FAKESTREAM MEDIA
    Fake strean media.
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    It just rolls off the tongue like false accusations of racism, false accusations of sexism, false accusations of xenophobia.

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  4. The left is charging that Russia has WMP, weapons of mass propaganda, and wants to wage war against them so we can control their vast oil and gas resources. Blood for oil. Blood coming out of their...whatever.

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  5. Needs to be a meme that's hammered home.

    Fake News.

    The Fake News Media.

    Fake Celebrities.

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  6. Huh?

    "... in its Joe McCarthy scare against Russia, the Washington Post published Fake News."

    McCarthy was something of a slimebucket, but he wasn't a purveyor of Fake News. There WERE Communists in the State Department. Even worse, they were active Soviet agents, back when that was actually a very big deal.

    McCarthy was right, and if a statement is true, then it's not Fake News.

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  7. Yes, get rid of the "fake news" label. Call it what it is: "climate change."

    By the way, the essence of the PropOrNot story, or at least the same claims, seems to have made its reappearance in the Annex to the declassified ICA report just released by James Clapper, the Director of National Propaganda. Amateurish claptrap. Fire the idiot, Donald, fire him and get someone in there who has an IQ close to room temperature.

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    1. "get someone in there who has an IQ close to room temperature."

      Now there's some global warming a man could get into.

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  8. "Fake News boomeranged on the Washington Post"

    Clue-sticks got aerodynamics!

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