The Epitome of Fake News


If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. … The truth is the greatest enemy of the State. – Joseph Goebbels

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian intelligence agency to hack the US Presidential election to ensure that his buddy Donald Trump would win.

Nothing in that sentence is true.

But that is the narrative being pushed by the “mainstream” media for the last few weeks in an effort to explain away Hillary’s loss and to delegitimize Trump’s election. And it is pure BS.

It’s almost as if the folks who gave us the term “fake news” are doing this just to provide a crystal clear example of what they mean. If that is the intent then they are doing a great job.

So if this isn’t true, where did this load of crap come from?

On December 9, the Washington Post ran an article with this headline – Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House. How did the Post find out about this “secret” assessment? Did they obtain a copy of the CIA’s report? No. Did someone in the CIA make an official announcement? No. Did the Post talk to someone in the CIA? No. Did the Post even talk to one of the Senators who attended the CIA’s secret briefing? No.

The Post got its information from an anonymous “senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators.” Or, in clear English – the Post got all the information in the article from someone who was told about the secret meeting by someone who may or may not have been at the meeting and as far as anyone knows didn’t actually see the CIA’s report.

In other words, the Washington Post wrote a “factual” article based on hearsay from someone who was two or three times removed from the source the Post is citing.

How’s that for accuracy?

As soon as the Post article came out the FBI made an official announcement that there is NO evidence that the Russians hacked the election.

Thus the mainstream media had a choice – do you run with the facts or do you go with the unproven hearsay? Oh hell, let’s go with the hearsay!

NBC quickly doubled down on the Post’s fantasy narrative by citing another anonymous source claiming Putin knew about the hacking. This quickly morphed into – Putin ordered the hacking!

Once this was added to the story the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the following statement: ODNI is not arguing that the agency (CIA) is wrong, only that they can’t prove intent. Of course they can’t, absent agents in on the decision-making in Moscow.

In other words, none of the US intelligence agencies have spies in Moscow who are in the Putin/Russian security chain of command, making it impossible to know if Putin ordered any hacking or that he even knew about any taking place (which the FBI says didn’t happen).

Thus, anyone, including President Obama, claiming that Putin ordered election hacking is talking out his ass!

So we now have two US intelligence agencies officially going on the record as saying the Putin-ordered-Russian-hacking-of-the-election storyline is a blatant lie.

Well, we can’t have that! We have to make Trump look like Putin’s stooge!

So, multiple news outlets released a new story. According to yet another anonymous source, the CIA sent an internal email stating that the FBI and ODNI were now backing the CIA’s version of events. So have either the FBI or ODNI made an official statement confirming this? No. Did anyone at the CIA make an official statement confirming this? No. Was a copy of the email ever released? No.

You just have to have faith that WaPo, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the New York Times are always telling you the truth. Don’t let facts confuse you. Putin ordered his army of hackers to rig the election in Trump’s favor – you must believe this because the church of the left wing media says it is so. Amen.

What a load of dog squeeze!

There wasn’t any hacking of the election by Russia. Of all the states, only one reported an (unsuccessful) attempt by hackers to break into its voting system – Georgia. And they traced the hack attempt back to its source – the US Department of Homeland Security.

When the lefties refer to “hacking the election”, they really mean the Wikileaks release of emails from Hillary’s campaign exposing the collusion between the campaign and the mainstream media. Of course they don’t want you to understand that because they want you to think the Russians stole your vote. But the Russians didn’t even have anything to do with that.

Julian Assange has repeatedly stated that the Russians were not involved. Former British diplomat Craig Murray has publicly stated that he delivered a thumbdrive to Assange from a disgruntled employee who worked for the Clinton campaign. If true, that means the “hacking”, which wasn’t really hacking, was an inside job.

That would be consistent with the FBI’s contention that there is no evidence of Russian hacking. It would also be consistent with the fact that real hacking leaves evidence of where the hack attack originated (thus Georgia figured out that DHS was trying to hack them) while downloading files to a thumbdrive does not.

How much of this information have you seen in the mainstream media? None.

They are committed to their factually bereft story because it supports the position that Trump is an illegitimate President.

This is the very definition of fake news.

In fact the term “fake news” is itself fake. There already exists a term that describes this kind of truthless reporting – propaganda.

How ironic, and yet depressingly predictable, that the very journalists who lament the fake news epidemic are themselves the guiltiest purveyors of propaganda.

Wayne Middlesteadt is the author of Five Ways to Beat the Market and The Golden Age of Distance Running.

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Wayne Middlesteadt is a 1986 graduate of Georgia Tech and has an MBA from Georgia State University. Currently working as a financial writer and track and field historian, his latest book is Five Ways To Beat The Market.