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Fake Mainstream Media News Source Blames Russia for “Fake News”

Using the work of “experts,” Washington Post’s fake news blames Russia for Trump’s win.

It is amazing that propagandists pretending to be reporters do not see the irony when their fake news blames Russia for the Democrats’ amazing loss. In that sense, this Washington Post story is amazing.

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.

Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia.

The footage of Hillary that raised questions about her health was not faked. Rather, the news outlets that said her health was fine confessed to making up news because, after she had to be carried into her SUV, they claimed she had pneumonia. Being infected with pneumonia is not compatible with being healthy. Perhaps the pneumonia story was a cover for something worse. But even if not, all the mainstream news agencies were publishing fake news when they claimed there was nothing wrong with her health.

Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street was well-documented too. Benie Sanders campaigned on the issue. The Washington Post is using conspiratorial language to demean the claim, but that’s not a response. It’s just pro-Hillary propaganda.

The tactics included penetrating the computers of election officials in several states and releasing troves of hacked emails that embarrassed Clinton in the final months of her campaign.

The two Washington Post stories linked in the above sentence are worthless. The hacked emails embarrassed Clinton because they showed she had stacked the DNC with her people to rig the election so Bernie Sanders couldn’t win. There is no proof that the Russian government hacked those emails. For all we know it could have been the NSA.

Likewise, the hacking of election officials had nothing to do with changing the outcome of the election.

It turned out that the hackers had not compromised the state system or even any county system. They had, however, stolen the username and password of a single election official in Gila County.

The Washington Post is a fake news site churning out fake news blaming Russia for fake news!

Consider this sentence from the story:

The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem.

The story linked is only nominally about “fake news.” It is really a regime propaganda effort to demean the conservative and libertarian resistance to regime propaganda in the mainstream “news.”

The most influential sources of political misinformation on Facebook are not Macedonian fake-news sites or satirical pages but the thousands of partisan news outlets, pages and blogs that derive their traffic from News Feed, the employee said. Because those stories aren’t strictly “true” or “false,” it’s difficult to design a software algorithm that can distinguish among them.

The most influential sources of “political misinformation” were regime toilet paper like the Washington Post telling us that Hillary would easily win and that Donald Trump was not a serious candidate. Russia didn’t falsify that message; American voters did.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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