Demonizing Russia: Fake News And The Conflict Of Interest Involving Amazon, The Washington Post, And The CIA

by Sarah R. Runge, Medium.com

As the controversy over fake news rages on, a notable conflict of interest exists concerning one of the media outlets that has driven much of the conversation.

While much of the blame for so-called “fake news” has been placed on smaller, more independent publications, it may turn out that the lion’s share of responsibility actually belongs to the more established media outlets.

As a leading American publication, the Washington Post has earned an air of legitimacy that many newer, less well-known publications do not yet possess. This may not last however, as the conflict of interest that was created when the ownership of the Washington Post changed hands recently may have already begin to call into question the credibility of one of America’s most distinguished publications.

In 2013, the Washington Post was purchased by Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon. That same year, Amazon also obtained a CIA contract worth $600 million. At the time, the Nation pointed out the conflict of interest that these dealings posed…

Shortly after the CIA contract was finalized, Amazon issued a statement, saying simply, “We look forward to a successful relationship with the CIA.”..

Bezos’ conflict of interest is again worth mentioning after the Washington Post used highly questionable sources to promote identifying and blacklisting “fake news” sites in late November..

..the Washington Post’s fake news expose was riddled with questionable information and unsubstantiated claims…

Several weeks later, in early December, the Washington Post again created controversy by alleging Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election… The article cited an anonymous CIA source…

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4 Responses

  1. I used to think ill of people who spent all their spare time chatting on Facebook about nothing, or watching trashy sitcoms, or following celebrity wardrobe choices. Now I see these same people as rather wise. After all, the corporate media outlets offer nothing but lies, both by commission and omission. Trump rightly calls the corporate media outlets liars and “enemies of the people.” John McCain responds by condemning Trump, saying, “That’s how dictators get started.”

    With the corporate media outlets being full of decrepit geezers like McCain, the (comparatively) intelligent thing to do is computer-click that f**ker off and check out what Kim Kardashian is wearing.

  2. The following item is pathetic, even for NPR. At a campaign-style rally Saturday in Melbourne, FL, Trump said. “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this?”

    NPR and the other fake leftists say that nothing happened in Sweden, and they are using this item to portray Trump as a fool. Evidently they didn’t get the memo that on Friday the Swedish government sentenced Haisam Omar Sakhanh to life in prison for his crimes. Mr. Sakhanh had been one of Obama’s mass murdering “moderates” in Syria. When the Russians shut down Mr. Sakhanh’s terrorism, he went to Sweden. As Scott has noted before, Trump is just trying to keep out these terrorist “moderates.”

    NPR’s idiocy is here…

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/19/516097504/trump-says-look-whats-happening-in-sweden-sweden-asks-wait-what

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (director of the OMB) wants to shut down NPR’s funding. I say go for it.

  3. On Saturday the U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson entered the disputed waters of the South China Sea, accompanied by the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer. The U.S. Navy does this one a year to probe China’s willingness to defend its interests.

    If the Chinese were smart, they would scour the sea bed in that area for any remaining fragments of Malaysian Airline flight 370, which U.S. forces accidentally shot down three years ago.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/19/us/us-carrier-south-china-sea/

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