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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  December 11, 2016

Topic category:  Corruption of American News Media

Fake News at Business Insider
The "usual suspects" in news media are the most prolific source of fake news.

A story appearing on the Business Insider website implies the CIA has proof Russia had a hand in Donald J. Trump's election. On reading the story the only real news is that Business Insider promotes fake news!

A December 9 story by reporters Chris Sanchez and Bryan Logan at Business Insider claims “The CIA says it has evidence that Russia tried to help Trump win the US election”.

As is becoming all too common, the story’s headline is not supported by the story's facts.

[Note:  I’ve put key words quoted below in bold text.]

The basis for this “news” article:

"Intelligence officials believe they have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who allegedly gave WikiLeaks thousands of hacked emails and other documents"

Believe? Connections? Allegedly? Can a story be any more speculative?

“The CIA” has NOTHING new to offer. And just who is “the CIA”? Is this just a case of CIA-connected political hacks carrying water for the fading Obama Administration?

This story goes on to assert:

"The New York Times cited a senior Obama administration official who said 'We now have high confidence that they hacked the DNC and the RNC, and conspicuously released no documents' related to Republicans."

This is pure speculation by an anonymous source in an anonymous position.

Even if this claim were true (the RNC denies it was hacked), has it occurred to anyone at Business Insider or The New York Times that the reason no RNC materials were released might have had something to do with the fact that there is nothing in the RNC's email of any real interest to the public?  No plotting.  No colluding.  No manipulation.  No deceit designed to create false narratives to fuel mainline fake news stories. Just routine communications.

Frankly, the only real value of this story is that it serves as an outstanding example of “fake news”.

Bob Webster
WEBCommentary (Editor, Publisher)

Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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