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The piece referenced those 200 websites as "routine peddlers of Russian propaganda." The piece relied on what it claimed were "two teams of independent researchers," but the citing of a report by the longtime anticommunist Foreign Policy Research Institute was really window dressing.The meat of the story relied on a report by unnamed analysts from a single mysterious "organization" called Prop Or Not – we don't know if it's one person or, as it claims, over 30 – a "group" that seems to have been in existence for just a few months.The only difference was, Phillips didn't use emoticons: "We're getting a lot of requests for comment and can get back to you today =)" Prop Or Not told The Intercept."We're over 30 people, organized into teams, and we cannot confirm or deny anyone's involvement." "They" never called The Intercept back.Helping Beltway politicos mass-label a huge portion of dissenting media as "useful idiots" for foreign enemies in this sense is an extraordinarily self-destructive act.Maybe the Post doesn't care and thinks it's doing the right thing. The power of the press comes from its independence from politicians.Jump into bed with them and you not only won't ever be able to get out, but you'll win nothing but a loss of real influence and the undying loathing of audiences.
Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism says she was never contacted.Last week, a technology reporter for the Washington Post named Craig Timberg ran an incredible story.It has no analog that I can think of in modern times.They will soon enough denounce other reporters and begin to see themselves as part of the power structure, as opposed to a check on it.This is the ultimate in stupidity and self-annihilating behavior.