Perhaps the most interesting – and revealing – thing to come out of the official report from the Director of National Intelligence on Russia’s election interference is this:
“Fake News,” a trope for the left, is mentioned precisely zero times.
The glaring omission runs counter to the narrative that the leftist mainstream media have pushed: That Russian “fake news” outlets tried to influence the election for President-Elect Donald Trump.
The DNI report discusses vigorous “Russian propaganda efforts,” but they were focused on state-owned “Russia Today,” not “fake news” outlets.
Back in November – after the election – The Washington Post ran an article titled “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” in which they provide a list of so-called “fake news” sites. The list was never vetted by the reporters or editors and many sites on the list promised a lawsuit (The Federalist Papers was included in the list). The Post ended up running a disclaimer that, while they provided the list, they can’t “vouch for the validity” of anything on it.
Russian propaganda effort helped spread fake news during election, say independent researchers https://t.co/3ETVXWw16Q
— Marty Baron (@PostBaron) November 25, 2016
How popular is fake news, really? One site identified by the mainstream media is DenverGuardian.com. Now nothing more than a home page, the purveyor of fake news was ranked 91,688 in web traffic, The Daily Caller reports. To put that number in perspective: the site supposedly impacting the national political scene is more than 84,000 slots behind the website for a Virginia community college.
Leftists spin anything remotely critical of the Obama Administration, U.S. foreign policy or Hillary Clinton as either “fake news” or “Russian propaganda.”