NBC News has completed its metamorphosis into a the Onion-style joke fake news outlet with its latest “revelation” that Russian president Vladimir Putin was “personally involved” in the hacking of U.S. Democratic Party emails.
A study of the NBC report reveals that there is—as usual—absolutely no evidence whatsoever for the claim, and is a perfect example of the “fake news” over which the controlled media hypocritically whines about.
The NBC report provides observers with a nearly textbook perfect study case of how the controlled media goes to work manufacturing fake news to influence public opinion to their own agenda.
The way the controlled media goes to work in such cases is as follows:
Firstly, the allegation is made in the headline and the first paragraph of the story, without any substantiating evidence. This is done because many readers—especially of printed newspapers—will often not read further than the headline.
Secondly, a “discussion” of the implications of the claim will be made, posing as news, made either by a specially-generated “expert” or “anonymous sources” (the latter being almost always the journalists themselves) in which the original claim is accepted as fact.
Thirdly, hidden deep within the story, will be a “get-out” mention, which always admits that the original claim has not actually yet been proven. This is included so that the journalist can always later say—if and when the story is finally exposed as a hoax—that he or she did say this was a possibility, and thereby “protect” their “journalistic integrity.”
Finally, the “report” will then be syndicated out to all the other controlled media outlets, all quoting the original story—and by sheer repetition, will become a “fact.”
The NBC report follows this well-used pattern to the letter. The headline “U.S. Officials: Putin Personally Involved in U.S. Election Hack” carries the core of the allegation.
Quoting completely anonymous “sources”—who are never named—the story says that “U.S. intelligence officials” now believe with “a high level of confidence” that Putin was “personally involved in the covert Russian campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.”
It then says that “new intelligence shows that Putin personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.”
The source for this intelligence, NBC says, came from nebulous “diplomatic sources and spies working for U.S. allies,”—without ever saying who these “diplomatic sources” or “U.S. allies” are.
The “expert” is then hauled out for commentary on the claim—which is nothing more than vague, anonymous, and even preposterous allegations that the president of the Russian Federation has nothing better to do than organize computer hacking teams.
A “high-level intelligence source” expert is then quoted by NBC News as saying that “Putin’s objectives were multifaceted,” and began as a “vendetta against Hillary Clinton” which “morphed into an effort to show corruption in American politics” and to “split off key American allies by creating the image that [other countries] couldn’t depend on the U.S. to be a credible global leader anymore.”
How all these aims were to be achieved by master hacker Putin is never said, but the tactic of claiming “sources” to make the wildest allegations, which are then presented as “real news,” can be clearly seen at work.
The “get-out clause” then follows, deep within the story, where the NBC article admits that “Ultimately, the CIA has assessed, the Russian government wanted to elect Donald Trump. The FBI and other agencies don’t fully endorse that view, but few officials would dispute that the Russian operation was intended to harm Clinton’s candidacy by leaking embarrassing emails about Democrats.”
The article then goes on to allege that Putin “has grown rich through corruption and has ordered the killings of political adversaries,” a claim which is libelous and reveals clearly the political aim of the article and the allegation.
Thus, it can be seen there is no evidence whatsoever for the claim that Putin “personally intervened” in the hacking of the Democratic Party’s email system.
The controlled media—of which NBC is a prime example—desperate to explain why their campaign to elect Hillary Clinton failed, is now continuing with its torrent of lies and slander to maintain its own fake news agenda.
* NBC News has an established record of producing fake news. One of the best examples came in March 2012, when NBC News broadcast an edited segment from a 911 call placed by George Zimmerman before he shot Trayvon Martin in Florida, when the controlled media was falsely presenting that shooting as “another white shooting a black” (when in fact it was a Hispanic with a black grandfather shooting a black).
NBC’s deliberate editing of the 911 tape made it appear that Zimmerman had volunteered that Martin was black, rather than having responded to the dispatcher’s inquiry, to support a view that the shooting was racially motivated. Later, after their anti-white incitement was definitively exposed, NBC News was forced to issue an apology.