Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fake News, Retracted


For John, BLUFLegions of Fact checkers, doing nothing.  Nothing to see here; just move along.




There is no byline, as is to be expected in cases like this.  There is a dateline, Friday, 30 June at 5:32 PM EDT.

So, instead of all 17 Intelligence Agencies agreeing, a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), so to speak, it was just four of the 17.

That works out to 23.52 percent.  Two thirty five is not a good batting average.  Someone should be sent down to the Minors.

And USA Today doubled down back in October, with this headline:

Hillary is correct: 17 intelligence agencies really did say Russia was behind hacking
So, both Mrs Clinton and USA Today had it wrong.

By the way, don't look to Snopes for the straight skinny:

Fake news was a prominent part of the 2016 election cycle, and Americans got a crash course in the ways that foreign powers use propaganda to tamper in elections when the U.S. intelligence community revealed their consensus belief that Russian government hackers interfered in the months leading up to November 2016 to help President Donald Trump secure a victory.
Emphasis Mine
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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