Politifact refuses to let facts influence its legendary truth-o-meter
RussiaGate has hit an iceberg (reality), but there's simply not enough lifeboats to save all the trustworthy media outlets who whipped Americans into a Cyber Red Scare frenzy.
Tragically, many shameless and extremely stubborn zealots will have to go down with the ship.
Of course, veteran news outlets know the drill: Quietly retract the bald-faced lies, and continue on as usual.
As Robert Parry reports, on Thursday the New York Times corrected its false claim that all 17 US intelligence agencies have agreed that Russia tried to influence the 2016 election.
The Associated Press followed suit and issued a clarification of its own:
In stories published April 6, June 2, June 26 and June 29, The Associated Press reported that all 17 U.S. 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 U.S. intelligence agencies. Not all 17 intelligence agencies were involved in reaching the assessment.
But Politifact, America's favorite Pulitzer Prize-winning "fact check" website, won't be bullied by facts.
To quote Ronald Reagan (who, to his credit, corrected himself), "Facts are stupid things":
So here's the deal: Either the New York Times and the Associated Press are part of a massive Russian conspiracy to discredit Hillary Clinton and all the dumb things that come out of her mouth, or Politifact is a cesspool of stubborn bullshit.
Take your pick.
Either way, the legendary truth-o-meter will probably be cited by future historians as one of the leading causes of America's Second Civil War.
So it's a lose-lose.
Enjoy your Saturday.
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