A conspiracy theory blog published an opinion piece Friday deriding President Donald J. Trump for celebrating his major victory over the entrenched political establishment that attempted to destroy him for more than two years.
“Trump is never satisfied with just winning. He has to flaunt it, too,” said a bitter headline in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post.
For two years, conspiracy theorists in the mainstream press ruined their own credibility by pushing the RussiaGate hoax on the American public. Even CNN admitted that it’s reporters aren’t “investigators.” Now they’re upset that Trump is dunking on them.
“The president has rarely seen much value in being magnanimous when he wins,” Marc Fisher said. “Now that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation is finally done, with no further criminal charges forthcoming, Trump is following the same pattern he always has after a triumph: Through half a century in business and politics, his instinct is consistently to keep the battle going, even in victory.”
The media would prefer that Trump move on, instead of continuing to embarrass them further. Never has it considered repenting for its role in spreading a vicious lie and dividing the country – for two whole years.
Big League Politics reached out to Fisher to ask if perhaps he thought Trump was justified in his gloating, or if WaPo was just bitter over the fact that the media failed to destroy the president. Fisher did not return a comment request.
But the lack of integrity from The Washington Post and others is par for the course.
WaPo copped to burying allegations of sexual assault against Democrat Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia. It gleefully dragged Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh through the mud, though, for unprovable allegations about alleged sexual misconduct from decades ago.
Even when WaPo tries to report on fake news they end up proving their approach to journalism is one entirely based on bogus “fact checkers,” as in this report, where they relied on PropOrNot in an attempt to discredit alternative news sources.
Glenn Greenwald over at The Intercept caught the attempted railroad job and appropriately destroyed it, in his article “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group.”
From 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 an anonymous website calling itself PropOrNot, which claims that millions of Americans have been deceived this year in a massive Russian “misinformation campaign.”
The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute.
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 on Friday after it was published.
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.
The entire article is worth a read. You can give it a look here.
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