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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Washington Post admits publishing fake news

The mainstream media is now being forced to publicly admit that it is the real Fake News:
Editor’s Note: The Washington Post on Nov. 24 published a story on the work of four sets of researchers who have examined what they say are Russian propaganda efforts to undermine American democracy and interests. One of them was PropOrNot, a group that insists on public anonymity, which issued a report identifying more than 200 websites that, in its view, wittingly or unwittingly published or echoed Russian propaganda. A number of those sites have objected to being included on PropOrNot’s list, and some of the sites, as well as others not on the list, have publicly challenged the group’s methodology and conclusions. The Post, which did not name any of the sites, does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings regarding any individual media outlet, nor did the article purport to do so. Since publication of The Post’s story, PropOrNot has removed some sites from its list.
I look forward to Facebook, Google, and Twitter all banning links to the shameful fake news site, the Washington Post.

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Blogger Robert Divinity December 08, 2016 8:49 AM  

Classic. "Fake news," though, apparently applies only to objective reality that offends left-wingers. The old gatekeepers are irrelevant and self-parodying now. The difference between InfoWars and CNN/WaPo is one is sometimes accurate and the other appeals to cultural Marxists.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 08, 2016 8:54 AM  

"I read it on or in the WaPo" should be a punchline to a joke.

The slugs in the legacy media should repent and thank god that conservatives buttressed the Left's authority all these years, without conservatives who would have taken them seriously.

Anonymous RabidRatel December 08, 2016 8:55 AM  

They must be held to the standards they wish to apply to everyone else.
Ban WaPo!

Blogger Jim Carroll December 08, 2016 8:57 AM  

All this is because WaPo was sued. And rightly.

Blogger James Dixon December 08, 2016 9:13 AM  

In other news about "fake news" organizations, the New York Times profits fell 95.7 percent: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newyorktimes-results-idUSKBN12X1HU

The relevant figures are near the bottom of the article. Rueters wouldn't make that the headline, now would they?

Anonymous Marina December 08, 2016 9:48 AM  

Naked Capitalism (the site that's suing the Washington Post) responds to WAPO's recent statement:

“Our attorney, Jim Moody, sent a letter over the weekend to key figures at the Washington Post, demanding a retraction of its story,
“Russian propaganda effort helped spread “fake news” during election” by Craig Timberg, that defamed Naked Capitalism and other well-regarded websites.

In addition to calling for a retraction, our lawyer also demanded a prominent public apology and an equally prominent opportunity to reply. He asked for a reply in three business days.
The Post did respond in three business days, posting a statement at the beginning of the Timberg article.
However, the Post’s action was inadequate and served to confirm a lack of commitment to integrity and fact-based reporting….”

This part of the statement is remarkable: “…does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings regarding any individual media outlet.” This is tantamount to an admission that not only did the Washington Post do no fact-checking, but that it does not consider fact-checking to be part of its job. And it has the temerity to accuse others of engaging in “fake news”?

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/12/washington-post-refuses-to-retract-article-defaming-naked-capitalism-and-other-sites.html

Blogger dc.sunsets December 08, 2016 9:51 AM  

Twenty-four years ago NBC got caught rigging a gas tank to explode by remote control to intensify the "drama" of their "news" report on GM pick-up trucks.

Can we doubt for one moment that in this age of CGI, narrative fiction is routinely presented as "news?"

When lying is trivially easy and difficult to detect, the emphasis on pristine honesty must be absolute in order to preserve credibility.

Instead, WaPo, HuffPo, BoGlo, Gannett, ABCNNBCBS, et. al. are hell-bent on destroying the very basis for their existence, credibility.

One can only marvel at the sheer stupidity on display by people who surely have the intellect to know better, but whose emotions lead them to self-destruction.

Blogger Mighty Lou December 08, 2016 9:55 AM  

The Pope has declared fake news the eighth deadly sin.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 08, 2016 9:56 AM  

@4 Jim Carroll:

All this is because WaPo was sued. And rightly.

Or at least credibly threatened with a lawsuit by the Naked Capitalism site, which is an entirely serious and long running group blog on "on finance, economics, politics and power", very much not a "fake news" source.

Here's their latest update on the matter, including a roundup of commentary on the Post's true fake news.

Blogger tublecane December 08, 2016 9:59 AM  

"Unwittingly...echoed Russian propaganda" is not much of a standard. It doesn't really matter what methodology you use; almost literally anything could fall under that heading. Which renders PropOrNot useless, but that's if you pay attention to words.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 08, 2016 10:00 AM  

The "news" has, from Day One held the editorial power to decide what, among billions of bits of data each day, merits amplification via "being reported."

This was and remains an astonishing power. That I believe it only served (serves) as an echo chamber for the Dominant Narrative is beside the point.

What changed?
1. The monopoly on that decision was lost amidst newsletters, and then the Internet.
2. The dominant Narrative is changing, dismaying those who self-selected to seek gatekeeper status under the old regime.

Now that those (invariably Leftist) gatekeepers can't halt Narrative change simply by ignoring what they wish, it seems they feel compelled to spend vast amounts of their space simply lying about what they personally object to.

The predictable consequence is alienating the growing multitudes who embrace the newly evolving Narrative, and thus the "legacy" media insures its dinosaur status.

They hate the Internet much like 16th Century rulers probably hated the printing press.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 08, 2016 10:06 AM  

Given the visceral antipathy owners/managers/employees of the Old Media have for the Internet, perhaps one reason they were so pro-Clinton was they figured she was most likely to get the nuclear EMP's needed to fry all the PC's of bloggers, InfoWars, Drudge, etc.

MANGA! Make American Newspapers Great Again! (and provide plenty of cage liners for bird lovers.)

Blogger Cail Corishev December 08, 2016 10:08 AM  

The Pope has declared fake news the eighth deadly sin.

Littering, allowing old people to be lonely, being rigid, and reading or publishing fake news.... I only count four.

Blogger Mighty Lou December 08, 2016 10:17 AM  

LOL

Blogger Mighty Lou December 08, 2016 10:19 AM  

Building border walls there's 5.

Blogger praetorian December 08, 2016 11:09 AM  

This story should be absolutely huge, given the sacred trust that the MSM has been trying (re)claim.

Of course, it isn't. Which tells you all you need to know.

I'm naturally fairly high trust (what Menken would call "a sucker") and, while I have always understood that the media leaned left, I couldn't shake an underlying assumption of good faith. 2016 has been a transformative year.

Blogger tublecane December 08, 2016 11:17 AM  

@15-The MSM is transparent. Whatever they're worried about, that's what they're doing. I wouldn't have had to pay attention to the '16 election at all to know what's going on. All that's required is to know they're screaming like stuck pigs about "fake news." Which means they're worried about people thinking their news is fake. Which means their news is fake.

Blogger FALPhil December 08, 2016 11:20 AM  

I look forward to Facebook, Google, and Twitter all banning links to the shameful fake news site, the Washington Post.

Heh. I know you are not holding your breath.

Blogger Vi M December 08, 2016 11:40 AM  

Media opus moderandi: Lies on page one, retractions on page 6.

Anonymous eah December 08, 2016 11:42 AM  

Since being bought by Bezos the WaPo has become positively juvenile.

Blogger YIH December 08, 2016 11:56 AM  

One of those attacked, responded:
The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills for a Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control of the Narrative.
I wonder how NBC news and Rolling Stone have been taking this whole ''fake news'' meme - considering the number of times they've been caught with their pants down.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 08, 2016 11:59 AM  

I heard a sports story this morning (doesn't matter what) that was attributed to "unnamed sources in the organization." It reminded me that for years and years, the media have been attributing stories to anonymous sources, and most readers have taken them at face value, assuming that journalists wouldn't make stuff up because their reputation is too important.

But how would anyone have ever known if 1%, or 10%, or 90% of the stories attributed to anonymous sources were made up or exaggerated? We couldn't have. You can't prove that someone didn't leak a story, when the reporter can claim confidentiality. We were counting on the honor of journalists, and only now are we finding out how little that's worth because they've become sloppy, and because social media is making it possible for the sources and audience to get together and work out what lies were told. That's bound to be just the tip of the iceberg.

Anonymous #8601 December 08, 2016 12:12 PM  

Mike Cernovich and Scott Adams do the best job plugging their books at the end of their blog posts, but V.D. is learning.

Anonymous Gen. Kong December 08, 2016 12:16 PM  

James Dixon wrote:In other news about "fake news" organizations, the New York Times profits fell 95.7 percent

The relevant figures are near the bottom of the article. Rueters wouldn't make that the headline, now would they?


Yes, but they're not going to be closing the operation, are they? The only folks who lost money are those stupid enough to buy their stock - no doubt haviliy marketed via Goldman-Sachs, et al to the investor-idiocracy. I seriously doubt that either Carlos Slim or the (((Sulzburgers)) lost any significant assets. Even if they did, they (unlike others) can simply walk up to Aunt Janet's trash-for-cash discount window and pick up some freshly laundered money for free.

The legislation introduced in the Ho-House to outlaw the first amendment wasn't introduced by some D-Jersey dual citizen, but one of Paul CuckRyan's ream of Gay Old Pedobears. Perhaps Trump appointing all those Generals is sign that he might pull a Julius Caesar and become a real God-Emperor. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, depending upon what his real objectives are. Given the heavy infestation of SJWs and cucks in the Gay Old Pedobears (at least half of whose establishment worked for the Lizard Queen's victory), he's actually need to become God-Emperor to get anything done.

Anonymous A Most Deplorable Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents December 08, 2016 12:17 PM  

If the NY Times is properly referred to as Carlos Slim's blog, then the WaPo should be referred to as Jeff Bezo's blog.


@21
Didn't "anonymous sources" become a thing because of Watergate? Should be well past its sell-by date in Current Year.

Speaking of Current Year, if even 1/10th of the ugliness of Pizzagate is true, then the swamp-stream media should be pretty much out of business one way or another. Because it is all but certain that journo-lists are deeply involved.

Blogger Noah B The MacroAggressor December 08, 2016 12:32 PM  

Associated Press, the nerve center of the Fake News, declares Pizzagate allegations false before they've been investigated.

The Fake News sure is desperate to cover up accusations of pedophilia. I wonder why that might be?

Blogger Noah B The MacroAggressor December 08, 2016 12:36 PM  

@23 Yes, but they're not going to be closing the operation, are they?

Carlos Slim's blog will continue operating as long as he believes his other ventures are benefiting from it. Unfortunately, much of the "drop in profits" shown by the NYT is probably just the result of an international tax avoidance strategy by Carlito.

Anonymous That Would Be Telling December 08, 2016 12:40 PM  

@19 eah:

Since being bought by Bezos the WaPo has become positively juvenile.

Can't find it just now, but someone counted up the number of anti-Trump stories in a single random print issue of the Post, and there were well more than a dozen. And he noted 2-3 more in the on-line edition....

Blogger tublecane December 08, 2016 12:53 PM  

@21-Or, looking at it from the other direction, assuming the sources actually exist the news allows itself to be exploited and manipulated in the sources' interests. So even when they're honest, news outlets lack honor.

The mere existence of sources doesn't ensure what they're saying is true, of course. That's another layer of potential dishonor. When they're not being made into mouthpieces for other interests news outlets are engaged in what's often no more elevated than gossip. TMZ for the beltway.

Blogger James Dixon December 08, 2016 1:12 PM  

> Unfortunately, much of the "drop in profits" shown by the NYT is probably just the result of an international tax avoidance strategy by Carlito.

Pretty much, yes. It's a write off for expenses associated with employee cutbacks.

Blogger Cail Corishev December 08, 2016 2:15 PM  

Senor Slim may not care about the official bottom line of his NYC-based blog, but I bet he expected a better return on his investment than he got on November 8th.

Blogger Aeoli Pera December 08, 2016 3:07 PM  

Pizzagate is an existential threat to these people, of course they're going all in.

Blogger Akulkis December 08, 2016 3:52 PM  

@25

"The Fake News sure is desperate to cover up accusations of pedophilia. I wonder why that might be?"

As they used to say in Russia during the Soviet Union era.... "Nothing is confirmed until it is officially denied"

So far, we have the WaPo, NYT, Reuters, and AP all issuing official denials for something they say that there's zero -- ZERO -- evidence for.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 08, 2016 4:31 PM  

@29 What I hope to live to see is when all these parasitic firms run out of employees to downsize and profits to offset on their taxes.

It will be the socialism-collapse equivalent of running out of other peoples money.

Blogger bornagainpenguin December 08, 2016 9:42 PM  

Mighty Lou wrote:The Pope has declared fake news the eighth deadly sin.

You kid, but even if not one of the 'deadly sins' (a horrible misnomer--all sins, any sin whatsoever is deadly and will cost the sinner eternity) so called 'fake news' such as what the mainstream spreads is on the list of things God hates in more than one way!

Check out Proverbs 6:16-19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.


How many ways can you find that fake news qualifies under? I count five out of those six myself...

If these fools were smart at all they'd be terrified, but since there is no wisdom in them they don't even have that.

Anonymous RabidRatel December 09, 2016 1:03 AM  

bornagainpenguin wrote:If these fools were smart at all they'd be terrified, but since there is no wisdom in them they don't even have that.

They have totally bought into the lie that you don't have to fear a loving God. They really have no idea.

Anonymous Hugo de Naranja December 09, 2016 2:28 AM  

@9
Isn't it hilarious? These exact same organizations, or their predecessors, did little BUT echo Russian propaganda from 1917 to 1991. Now, suddenly, though, they've decided it's bad.

Blogger Noah B The MacroAggressor December 09, 2016 4:52 AM  

@36 "Russian propaganda" should be (((Russian))) propaganda

Blogger Ceasar December 09, 2016 12:22 PM  

The best thing about libs is that they always telegraph what they are up to. How? Just listen to what they are accusing you of. Fake News? Yes, that is their plan to ramp up even more (double down) on manufacturing liberal news.

They know that the loss of control over information distribution cost them the election and they will do ANYTHING to regain that advantage. ANYTHING.

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