After the release of Veritas’ American Pravda: CNN videos, Paul Farhi of the Washington Post wrote a hit piece with a factually incorrect claim:
“It also doesn’t disclose that he is based in Atlanta – not in Washington or New York, where most of CNN’s coverage of national affairs and politics are produced.”
In reality, our video plainly states “I’d like to introduce you to CNN Supervising Producer John Bonifield in Atlanta.”
Farhi and the Washington Post at first refused to retract this error. Eventually, falling to pressure from the outside, they conceded and placed a large editor’s note on the top of the article
Why fake news spreads
If the public would like to see how the fakest of fake news gets to the mainstream, look no farther than the Russian collusion story, which shows a pattern often repeated in other news stories.
Last fall, we started hearing from many sources that 17 out of 17 intelligence agencies agreed that Russia meddled in the U.S. election of 2016.
It has a lot to do with the pecking order of the press and the overwhelming monopoly power some media outlets have. Once the Washington Post, the Associated Press, or the New York Times reports something, the other news outlets and news networks pick it up and report it as the truth.
Recently, the AP and the Times have quietly put out a correction saying it wasn’t 17 agencies; it was just four.
This correction is not reported much in the media, not the same media that printed the original error from its source, whether the Times, Post, or AP. So much of the public believes that 17 out of 17 intelligence agencies held a consensus on collusion.
Obviously, this was not done. They just made up a story.
Almost all current news on Russian meddling comes from this original story. It’s an echo chamber. We also know from subsequent news reports that the Democratic National Committee never gave intelligence agencies the right to look at their computer. Reporters haven’t seen the computers any more than intelligence agencies have. They have no idea if a third party got some access.
And something else the public should know: intelligence agencies show they had the capability of making what appears to have come from one place actually come from someplace else.
This is just talking, of course. Yet if you look at what the media focus on next, all you will hear about is that President Trump gave a call to Vladimir Putin to get hacking. I have no idea if it will be the news or the networks. But the 17 out of 17 intelligence agencies claim was false from the start.
Al Franken is still repeating the 17 out of 17…