Washington DC (Storch Report) – On the eve of the July 4th weekend the Associated Press and the New York Times dumped retractions of fake news both sources have been reporting for months about Russian involvement in the US elections.
Both declared in their own way downplaying the erroneous reporting and dumping it on the public while it was preparing to cook hot dogs and burgers, that it was not 17 US intelligence organizations that alleged that Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election it was only 3, and that information has not been proven conclusive.
The Associated Press said on the evening of June 30, “In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election to benefit Donald Trump. That assessment was based on information collected by three agencies – the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency – and published by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, which represents all US intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.”
The New York Times also printed a correction on the eve of June 3o, which said, “A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks during last year’s presidential election. The assessment was made by four intelligence agencies — the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.”
If this is the best we’ve got in the form of journalistic news agencies and sources it’s not very good from the standpoint of reporting or transparency. Even the corrections do not seem to be in sync with each other as both did their best to downplay and bury the story within a holiday weekend.
Furthermore, it gives credence to President Trumps’ assertions that there is an abundance of ‘fake’ news out there.
It also adds credibility to the widespread allegations that the liberal mainstream media is in bed with the Democratic progressive movement of the left to undermine the Trump administrations’ agenda.
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