The Washington Post, in a McCarthyism fever, push the blacklist organization PropOrNot that ties any right leaning news venue as being a pawn of Russia. The Post has pushed this unvetted and highly suspect blog as highly qualified individuals. Only no one can be identified. This is a witch hunt being abetted by the WaPo’s agenda. Read the particulars here.
As Written by Glenn Greenwald for the Intercept:
THE WASHINGTON POST ON THURSDAY NIGHT promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda.” The article by reporter Craig Timberg – headlined “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” – cites a report by a new, anonymous website calling itself “PropOrNot,” which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”
This Post report was one of the most widely circulated political news articles on social media over the last 48 hours, with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of U.S. journalists and pundits with large platforms hailing it as an earth-shattering exposé. It was the most-read piece on the entire Post website after it was published on Friday.
Yet the article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, “a lot of reporters passed on this story.” Its huge flaws are self-evident But the Post gleefully ran with it and then promoted it aggressively, led by its Executive Editor Marty Baron……
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