C.E. Dyer reports that the Washington Post published a story about supposed “fake news” sites back in November that consisted of a McCarthy-esque list of sites, including TFPP, that they deemed witting or unwitting purveyors of Russian propaganda based on pathetically flimsy “information,” and now one of those sites has hit back.
The Daily Caller reported:
One of the websites The Washington Post labeled “fake news” in a November story demanded a retraction and threatened the paper with a defamation lawsuit in a demand letter Sunday.
A lawyer for Naked Capitalism accuses WaPo of running a debunked list of “fake news” sites in the “sensational” story compiled by a dubious team of researchers, without substantiating their claims or giving Naked Capitalism a chance to respond to the allegation. The Washington Post’s actions constitute defamation, the lawyer writes in the letter published Monday.
Naked Capitalism is a finance and economics blog started in December 2006, with a stated goal of “shedding light on the dark and seamy corners of finance.”
James A. Moody wrote in the letter: “You did not provide even a single example of ‘fake news’ allegedly distributed or promoted by Naked Capitalism or indeed any of the 200 sites on the PropOrNot blacklist.”
He continued, “You provided no discussion or assessment of the credentials or backgrounds of these so-called ‘researchers’ (Clint Watts, Andrew Weisburd, and J.M. Berger and the ‘team’ at PropOrNot), and no discussion or analysis of the methodology, protocol or algorithms such ‘researchers’ may or may not have followed.”
The DC reported:
Moody demands a retraction of the story and a public apology from WaPo in the letter, threatening a suit if the paper does not comply. He lists a series of damages to the site itself, as well as the writers and editors associated with the site; these include “ridicule, emotional distress, loss of reputation, and risk to future career advancement” for writers and editors.
The Post’s disturbing and ridiculous piece couldn’t even be defended by some in the mainstream media — and it has to be pretty bad for them not to close ranks.
Adrian Chen wrote in the New Yorker: “The organization’s anonymity, which a spokesperson maintained was due to fear of Russian hackers, added a cybersexy mystique.” He added, “But a close look at the report showed that it was a mess.”
Patrick Maines wrote in The Hill that the piece was “perhaps the shoddiest piece of feature writing since Rolling Stone published its blatantly false story about a campus rape at the University of Virginia.”
“You have made damaging false accusations against Naked Capitalism,” Moody ended his letter. “Please immediately remove these from the web and provide an equivalent opportunity to respond. Please see the attached concerning your obligation to retain documents and electronically stored information relating to Fake News. I look forward to hearing from you within three business days.”
Good for Naked Capitalism. The Post’s report was extremely irresponsible — and honestly, pretty laughable.
The liberal mainstream media is terrified of conservative new media and they have resorted to using the Russian boogeyman to smear any site that reports the truth and calls them out for their lies and bias.
The left has a serious issue known as projection. The MSM have staked their claim as the foremost purveyors of fake news so now that their relevance has gone down the tubes, they hit out against those on the rise with the label that belongs to them.