It might not seem like much, but when news outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times vocally beef up their fact-checking efforts and introduce new slogans like “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” it’s just as important for readers to go full whack-a-mole when fake news is given an airing (or even sue when old myths are revived).
On Thursday, the New York Times issued a correction to its piece on President Trump’s “deflections and denials about Russia,” pointing out that the intelligence community as a whole never came to a consensus on Russia’s activities in the 2016 election.
— Stefan Molyneux (@StefanMolyneux) June 29, 2017
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 29, 2017
The report, issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and available in PDF format here, notes up front that “we” in the report refers collectively to the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. So the correction is a bit like knocking the fabled “97 percent of scientists agree” number down quite a few notches.
That's been repeated and repeated. It's already part of Russiagate conventional wisdom.
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) June 29, 2017
The Daily Caller reports that the New York Times in an article published earlier in the week “incorrectly claimed all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that ‘Russia orchestrated the attacks, and did it to help get [Trump] elected,'” adding that Hillary Clinton made a similar claim in late May.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 29, 2017
The headlong rush on Russia/Trump claims another victim. This is getting embarrassing. https://t.co/Os4KmVve31
— Brit Hume (@brithume) June 30, 2017
So the assessment was made by 4, not 17……..right?
— Lance Mitchell DFS (@sempir) June 30, 2017
Nope 3, the DNI is not an intelligence agency its just the supervisor of the 16 intelligence agencies.Does not intel ops on its own.
— Aston (@BlackB4Illegal) June 30, 2017
Wasn't the correction buried in the paper and way after the story went cold?
— BrianFolks🇺🇸 (@RightFolks) June 29, 2017
The whole “17 agencies” thing has always bothered me, though it did help to illustrate the flow of “talking points”.
— Aaron Von Gauss (@AVonGauss) June 30, 2017
@DailyCaller I think we've found their kryptonite. Fear of $100 million lawsuits for fake news.
— JT Allen (@LegalMediaWire) June 30, 2017