Google might be a gigantic, evil corporation that holds a secretive annual “billionaires camp” where celebrities and others can assemble via their private jets to discuss climate change, but its search engine is pretty good. It’s a pity more journalists don’t use it.

On Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s team gave an example of how fake news is manufactured, citing a tweet by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who wanted an explanation of why McConnell’s net worth had gone up so markedly in just ten years.

Maybe he wrote a best-selling book, and you could be a millionaire too if you just did the same? Turns out there was a simpler explanation among all of the responses calling out #MoscowMitch for bribery by Putin.

Make that 17 likes on the “correction.”

Note that “shameful correction” wasn’t even a tweet, and it certainly wasn’t an apology … Kristof simply retweeted someone who gave the correct answer that he couldn’t be bothered to Google.

But at least he threw some chum in the waters to gin up a bunch of outrage:

Yeah, put #MoscowMitch in prison for inheriting money!


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