Glenn Greenwald documents that CNN fake news on Russia is not unique to CNN.
Famously, Donald Trump singled out CNN fake news soon after his election victory.
But Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept documents that fake news hasn’t been restricted to CNN. It has been a recurring feature in many major news agencies. Most tellingly, these fake news stories only go in one direction: to portray Russia as a threat and Trump’s presidency as illegitimate.
Greenwald is not remotely conservative or in any way a Trump supporter, yet he writes, “CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat.”
Over and over, major U.S. media outlets have published claims about the Russia Threat that turned out to be completely false — always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between Moscow and the Trump circle. In virtually all cases, those stories involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact, only for it to be revealed that they were entirely false.
Several of the most humiliating of these episodes have come from the Washington Post. On December 30, the paper published a blockbuster, frightening scoop that immediately and predictably went viral and generated massive traffic. Russian hackers, the paper claimed based on anonymous sources, had hacked into the “U.S. electricity grid” through a Vermont utility.
That, in turn, led MSNBC journalists, and various Democratic officials, to instantly sound the alarm that Putin was trying to deny Americans heat during the winter:
Literally every facet of that story turned out to be false.
Embarrassments of this sort are literally too numerous to count when it comes to hyped, viral U.S. media stories over the last year about the Russia Threat. Less than a month before its electric grid farce, the Post published a blockbuster story — largely based on a blacklist issued by a brand new, entirely anonymous group — featuring the shocking assertion that stories planted or promoted by Russia’s “disinformation campaign” were viewed more than 213 million times.
That story fell apart almost immediately.
The story goes on to list other fake news stories from C-SPAN, The Guardian, and CrowdStrike.
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