CBS: Why WaPo’s Russia Hacking Story is Epitome of “Fake News”
CBS News Atlanta Reality Check explains Why the Washington Posts story about Russia hacking the U.S. power grid is the epitome of “Fake News”
CBS News Atlanta reporter Ben Swann breaks down the lies the Washington Post printed citing only a Department of Homeland Security officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity after a Vermont electric utility reported they discovered openly available malware on a laptop not connected to their power grid.
The Washington Post first twisted the story stating it was the work of Russian hackers simply because the malware allegedly originated from a Ukranian hacker group. The malware has been publicly available for years since it was first released on the Internet and it has been used by numerous hackers groups since then.
But the malware’s origination was enough for either the Washington Post or their anonymous source to blame Russia and if that wasn’t bad enough the Post’s story claimed the malware had penetrated the U.S. electric grid which was another lie. Ben Swan points out how successive revisions of the article from the post went from 4 paragraphs to 8 paragraphs and was expanded to not only claim the power grid was hacked but also to claim that 8 other computers were infected.
After the story began making national news headlines the Vermont Utility company to out the claims as completely fabricated. Given all of the hysteria about “Fake News” Swann breaks down why the Washington Post’s article is the epitome of “Fake News” and asks were is all of the outrage over the story. Of course U.S. intelligence officials gave use the “Fake News” about Weapons of Mass Destruction that was used to justify invading Iraq and has even just released an intelligence assessment which claim’s Russia hacked the U.S. election. Even though the assessment contains no evidence at all and is riddled with judgements akin to outlandish conspiracy theories, which the report makes clear there is not proof of and that they may not be true, the media expects the public to trust the report. In fact a CNBC reporter took to Twitter to ask “Who Do You Believe America?” and got a surprising answer.