by Mish

Ironically, the Washington Post headline, Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread ‘Fake News’ During Election, Experts Say reads like it a “fake news” supermarket tabloid.

The article, written By Craig Timberg, is even worse. It cites anonymous researchers, who propose a Russian fake news team may have delivered the election to Donald Trump.

The article asks Could better Internet security have prevented Trump’s win?.

The researchers blame an “online echo chamber” where some players were knowingly part of the propaganda campaign, while others were merely “useful idiots”.

“The way that this propaganda apparatus supported Trump was equivalent to some massive amount of a media buy,” said the executive director of PropOrNot, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers. “It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

That’s pretty damn amusing. The Washington Post just handed over the website of PropOrNot to those damn Russians (not that they didn’t know it already).

ZeroHedge was on The List at PropOrNot along with many other names you will recognize including that bastion of perpetual right-wing, Republican propaganda, Naked Capitalism (Hint – that was sarcasm).

I failed to make the grade. This post just might do it. Courtesy of ZeroHedge.


McCarthy would be proud,” commented ZeroHedge. Indeed. I gathered a collection of tweets on the article.

Collection of Tweets on Washington Post

Smear Campaign

The Washington Post article is nothing more than a McCarthy-style smear campaign against sites that are anti-Hillary, anti-war, or pro-Russia.

No evidence was provided. The authors of “the list” remain anonymous, purportedly out of fear of Russian hackers, who have ZeroHedge and others under their control.

Don’t worry, it’s not McCarthyism. They are merely calling for “formal investigations by the US governments” because they “strongly suspect individuals violated the Espionage Act, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, and other related laws“.

ZeroHedge, Yves Smith at NakedCapitalism, Charles Hughes Smith at OfTwoMinds, Alex Jones at InfoWars, David Stockman, Lew Rockwell, and many others are suspects.

How did I miss being on the list? Should I be pleased or disappointed?

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

Naked Capitalism Threatens Lawsuit Against Washington Post Over “Fake News” Story

Earlier today, president Obama started a witch hunt based on Russia hacking claims.

Hello Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, Slate: Another Major Russia Story Falls

The biggest purveyors of “fake news” and irresponsible journalism are the news media outlets complaining most about it. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is at the forefront of the latest fake news on Russia.

More Bullsh*t Fake News from Washington Post

I was laughing the moment I saw the Washington Post headline story Russian hackers penetrated U.S.electricity grid through a utility in Vermont.

Super Irony: Washington Post Editorial Moans “Trump Refuses to Face Reality About Russia”

The Washington Post lunatics are back again with yet another story on Russia: Trump Refuses to Face Reality About Russia. This bit of irony comes from the Washington Post editorial Board.

Washington Post Admits “Russian Government Hackers do not Appear to have Targeted Vermont Utility”

Earlier today, the Russophobes fools at the Washington Post were forced to admit Russian Government Hackers do not Appear to have Targeted Vermont Utility.

NY Mag Cites ZeroHedge, Lew Rockwell Among False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News”

NY Mag is on a lecturing campaign today. It provides an allegedly “Extremely Helpful List of Fake and Misleading News Sites to Watch Out For“.

Shhhh! It’s TOP Secret: Fake News For Your Eyes Only

The absurd hysteria over Russia continues today from yours and my favorite Russia-hysteria promotion site: the Washington Post.

Labour's Ridiculous Position: Seek a Deal With the EU, then Campaign Against It

Some of Brexit positions are nearly beyond belief. Here's one of them.

Former US Ambassador Attacks First Amendment, Blames Russia Over Hillary’s Loss

Not having learned a damn thing from its idiotic fake news story about fake news, the Washington Post continued its witch hunt on Russia, this time under the guise of an Op-Ed by Michael McFaul.