The Washington Post’s Fake News Problem

The Washington Post has a fake news problem. Fake news is not only competition for the Washington Post, but its own affliction. The Washington Post seem to have difficulty refraining from publishing fake news while criticizing others for publishing it.

The Washington Post’s labeling of competing alternative media outlets as “fake news” since the 2016 Presidential election are becoming increasingly ironic.

Debunking Pizzagate

The Washington Post entered the “fake news” fray by attempting to debunk Pizzagate. While the Washington Post examined some of the unproven allegations, it did not conclusively determine with factual analysis that Pizzagate was “fake news”. Rather, the Washington Post simply declared it was fake news, rather than thoroughly debunking the story.

Prop or Not Hoax

Things got worse for the Washington Post’s reputation as a “real news” outlet, when it published accusations that a hundred or so alternative media sites were Russian propaganda outlets that disseminated fake news that helped tip the election to Donald Trump. The Washington Post cited a newly created anonymous group as its source, Prop or Not, which itself did not provide any concrete evidence of any Russian connection. The article was roundly criticized not only by some of the web sites wrongly accused as acting on behalf of the Russians, but also by Rolling Stone and the Intercept.

The Washington Post later added an editor’s note to their “Prop or Not” story indicating that they did not vouch for the accuracy of Prop or Not’s findings.

In other words, the Washington Post published fake news knowingly.

In December, the Washington Post was appointed by Facebook to help it identify fake news coming from fake news outlets, perhaps on the assumption of “takes one to know one”?

Russia’s Hacking of a Vermont Power Grid

The Washington Post’s next brush with fake news occurred in late December and involved their reporting on Russian hacking of a Vermont power grid. The Post published an unverified story that the Russians hacked the Vermont Power Grid. The story turned out to be totally false.

In other words, the Washington Post published fake news negligently.

Rather than add a note to their false power grid hacking story, the Washington Post devoted an entirely new story in early January that confessed “Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation

Trump Forces out DC National Guard General

In January, the Washington Post left out key information on the resignation of head of the D.C. National Guard. The Post’s story indicated that “D.C. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, said Friday that he has been ordered removed from his command” effective immediately upon Donald’s Trump’s inauguration at 12:01pm Friday January 20, 2017. Such a move would make the President Elect appear reckless as the National Guard would be without a general for the period of time after Donald Trump was sworn in.

The Washington Post story left out key information regarding the procedural protocol for the General of the D.C. National Guard who traditionally submits his letter of resignation to the incoming President. The Trump administration had offered General Schwartz the opportunity to keep his post through inauguration, but he declined the offer.

In other words, through purposeful omission of key facts or simply shoddy journalism, the Washington Post published fake news, AGAIN.

The main stream media’s assault on alternative media outlets as “fake news” so far has not been a success. The term “fake news” seems to have been co-opted by alternative media who now in turn label main stream media publishers like the Washington Post as “fake news”. Donald Trump’s characterization of CNN as “fake news” at his press conference last week, may have main stream media outlets ruing the day they decided to fight the competition with the term “fake news”.

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Washington Post Adds Note To Russian Propaganda/Fake News Story

Washington Post Defends Fake News/Russian Propaganda Article – It wasn’t OUR list

The Washington Post published an article entitled ‘Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say“. The “experts” that the Washington Post relied upon was an entity called Prop or Not who provided the Washington Post with a list of 200 web sites allegedly involved in spreading Russian propaganda.

The Washington Post Russian Propaganda/Fake News article has been widely criticized by many news outlets including the Intercept (‘disgraceful”) and Rolling Stone Magazine (‘shameful and disgusting’)

At least two of the sites listed on Prop or Not’s list, Natural News and Naked Capitalism have asked the Washington Post to apologize and retract the story with implied or explicit threats of legal action if such actions were not forthcoming.

The Washington Post yesterday added exculpatory language in the form of an “editor’s note” to the introduction of their Russian Propaganda/Fake News story. To paraphrase – Prop or Not insists on anonymity, the Washington Post didn’t itself did not name any of the sites, it was Prop or Not’s list – not ours, the Washington Post did not vouch for Prop or Not’s findings nor did their article purport to do so. The Washington Post added that Prop or Not took some sites off their list.

(you can read the WAPO editor’s note here)

The Washington Post also removed a link to the Prop or Not list and now features a link to Prop or Not’s subsequent research article.

In essence, the Washington Post admitted they just passed along the findings of Prop or Not without any independent verification (because Prop or not INSISTS on anonymity?) No apology or retraction was included in the Washington Post editor’s note.

The Russian Propaganda fake news mainstream media hysteria, led by the WAPO, CBS News and the New York Times prompted Hillary Clinton to make a rare public appearance to denounce fake news and demand the government act immediately to counter it because ‘people’s lives are at risk’.

The best anecdote to fake news is real news produced with the highest journalist standards that include fact checking and independent investigation. The Washington Post’s “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” fails by those standards.

Fake news doesn’t “need to be stopped”. Fake news is protected by the first amendment. The government is not supposed to act to shut down factually incorrect or misleading news. Fake news needs to be countered by real news. Ultimately, however, it is up to the consumer to decide which content they chose to read.

If Russian or foreign powers are spreading misinformation, it is up to US security agencies to make such identifications, not Prop or Not via the Washington Post.

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