Tiptoeing. Conniving. Accents thick with deception. I’m not describing Russia. I’m describing major news networks and their sly ways. Spinning a web of fake news thicker than the thighs of body positive behemoths (see Reporters Spread Fake News Claiming Ivanka Kicked a Spanish Chef From a Restaurant and Fake News Says Melania Orders the Death of Historic Tree. Actually, the Tree is Dying and Dangerous…).
Exhibit Q: NBC reported an old, stale story as if it was a newly hatched chicken. Fake newsies.
BREAKING: U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking tells NBC News that Russians successfully penetrated voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to 2016 presidential election. https://t.co/QXnaa0zdBd
More tonight on @NBCNightlyNews.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 7, 2018
Social media and fellow outlets ate it up like a depressed gay with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s. How unfortunate for them. Turns out this is an old, wrinkled story. Take a peek below to see the article as it was featured in ABC news. In 2016.
— Derek Willis (@derekwillis) February 7, 2018
I can only see two major differences between these articles:
- 2016 article said 20 states were attempted breaches, only four successful
- 2018 article said 21 states were attempted breaches, didn’t specify which ones were successful
Also, the old article was filled with less stink than the new article. That’s all. There has to be some form of plagiarism here, even if it’s plagiarism of disgrace. Handed back and forth between networks each week.
Credit where credit’s due: it’s the first time NBC interviewed a confirmed “high-level official” on the matter. So, maybe they thought they could get away with the old reporting. Just to get more than 27,000 likes.
Journalism abides by its own rules. The lines are more blurred than the words between fifty shades of CNN red.
Major networks try to make old news more exciting with punctuations of “JUST IN!” or “BREAKING!” or “DEVELOPING!” Viewers are beginning to hear their sneaking deception. It’s as if the media is tiptoeing with cleats over bubble wrap. Zero grace.
When it comes to news no-nos, CNN is a frequent offender. Suffer through their news cycle with us below.