Russia-Hack Story, Another Media Failure

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The mainstream U.S. media’s gullible acceptance of unproven CIA claims about Russian interference in the U.S. elections is another reason to doubt the media and fear for the future of American democracy, says Joe Lauria.

By Joe Lauria

President Obama admitted in his press conference on Friday that his government hasn’t released any evidence yet of Russian interference in the election, but he said some would be coming.

That’s proof that an uncritical press has already printed stories as if true without any evidence just on the say-so of the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization long dedicated to deception, disinformation and meddling in other countries’ elections, not to mention arranging coups to overthrow elected governments.

New York Times building in New York City. (Photo from Wikipedia)

Forty years ago, the established press would have been skeptical to buy anything the CIA was selling after a series of Congressional committees exposed a raft of criminal acts and abuses of power by the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Today’s journalists work for newspapers that fraudulently still bear the names New York Times and Washington Post, but they are no longer the same papers.

The vast U.S. news media also is not the same. The working journalist today is living off the reputation for skepticism and determination to get beyond government pronouncements that was established by their papers decades ago. Rather than add to that reputation, the credibility of the biggest newspapers continues to erode.

Both the Times and the Post should today be stained by their credulous reporting of official lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Instead of showing professional skepticism, the big papers became cheerleaders for an illegal invasion that killed hundreds of thousands of people and left behind a disaster that still reverberates today. Neither the Times nor the Post suffered any consequences and have picked up where they left off, still uncritically reporting anonymous U.S. officials without demanding proof.

On the contrary, any reporter who did demand evidence was in danger of career consequences. An editor for a newspaper chain…

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  • Grim Fandango

    Hey Barry, take your pen and your phone and beat it.

    We have a REAL, born in the USA, President now.

  • Lophatt

    That’s precisely so. In fact, that was supposed to be their very PURPOSE. Keeping a check on lying politicians. Now it’s “whatever you say, boss”. Now the “public” is supposed to “believe”. It’s their “duty”. “Faith-based journalism”, it sucks.

    • JosephConrad

      IT WAS A CLEAR INDICATION WHITE PROFESSIONALS & POLITICIANS ARE THE TRUE ‘DEPLORABLES’ – SUCH AS HILLARY CLINTON.
      SADLY, THESE SAME WHITE ‘EXCEPTIONALS’ ARE IMMORAL, DISHONEST,
      DISHONORABLE, UNETHICAL & SHOULD BE JOBLESS, NOT RUNNING D.C.

  • legal eagle

    The corporate MSM committed suicide during the electoral process and now are trying to turn the dead cat’s bounce into legitimacy. Won’t work, they are dead, finished and irrelevant.

  • Zaphod Braden

    The Washington POOP should be forced to register as a FOREIGN AGENT and state so at the top of every page, every issue, as should every “publication” below. That or be CLOSED.
    “We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.” -David Rockefeller, Bilderberg 1991 (Baden-Baden Germany)

  • Zaphod Braden

    Cancel ALL MSM subscriptions and urge others to do the same ….. they HEAR unsold papers