‘Fake News’ Mentioned Precisely ZERO Times In DNI Report

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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.

The New York Times also devoted front-page coverage to a “fake news” site that, at the time, had less than 150 Facebook fans (The Federalist Papers has more than 2.2 million).

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.”

But as left-wing news sites like Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The Intercept have reported, this is “propaganda about Russian propaganda.”