You don’t have to like Russia to see that the establishment media is spreading Fake News
A story in the Washington Post alleging Russia tried hacking into a power utility in Vermont appears to be closer to “Fake News” than real reporting.
Here was the original story headline:
That sounds ominous. It conjured up images of operatives deep in the Kremlin scheming to bring down the American economy by shutting off the power.
Only, it turns out that isn’t what was going on.
The Burlington, Vermont Electric Department released this statement in response to the sensationalized Washington Post story.
Only one laptop – not even connected to the grid – infected by malware.
Doesn’t sound like a ruthless hacking plot to me.
As a result of the real story being revealed, The Washington Post was forced to issue a new headline for the story:
But that headline is still “Fake News,” since one computer being infected with a malware program does not imply an “operation” of any kind.
As Glenn Greenwald wrote in The Intercept, “This matters not only because one of the nation’s major newspapers once again published a wildly misleading, fearmongering story about Russia. It matters even more because it reflects the deeply irrational and ever-spiraling fever that is being cultivated in U.S. political discourse and culture about the threat posed by Moscow.”
Establishment Media Spreads Fake News
The Washington Post’s failure to accurately cover this story shows the emptiness behind the “Fake News” hysteria.
People are waking up to the fact that the establishment media is the biggest source of fake news. The fake news crusade is just a way to suppress dissent, delegitimize different perspectives, and censor free speech.
You don’t have to be a friend of Russia to see that some people are trying to create the narrative of a new cold war, ignoring the far bigger threat posed by Islamic extremism, authoritarian China’s growing global ambitions, and the globalist agenda crushing the middle class.
Stories like “Russia hacking the power-grid” are just a distraction from the real dangers in our world. That’s the ultimate in fake news.
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