Fake news is one thing. Making real news fake is quite another thing.
“Seventeen agencies say the Russians hacked into the DNC computer system” is an example of how we are expected to sheepishly welcome what is authoritatively presented as truth. Actually, it was DDNI James Clapper, who said the Russians hacked the DNC computer system.
His statement was interpolated to include all the agencies under his jurisdiction. They include: Air Force Intelligence, Department of Treasury, Army Intelligence, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Coast Guard Intelligence, Marine Corps Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, National Reconnaissance Office, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Department of State, Navy Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency.
Director Clapper is responsible for the Department of National Intelligence (DNI) and the sixteen others listed above, but they did not all agree that the “Russians” were behind the breach. (Well, that is, perhaps until they were told to smile, nod and otherwise acquiesce or be disciplined.) Hell, neither the directors of some of the agencies nor their staff knew anything about the hacking until they read it in the New York Times. Why would the Department of Energy investigate a cyber transgression?
The truth is, to this date, not one of the directors nor any of their charges have defining proof as to what, which state, group or individual actually invaded the site. To be sure, it was October 7, 2016 when Secretary Jeh Johnson and Director Clapper issued a joint statement that “the intelligence community is confident the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations”. The statement went on to say that the disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks are consistent with the Russian-directed efforts. Nothing any more positive has yet been said.
I remember my marketing teacher saying, “There is an implied credibility with repetition”. This one joint statement took on a life of it’s own. It was repeated by virtually every news outlet, email thread and Twitter feed until it morphed into what we now hear as “seventeen agencies all agree that the Russians hacked the DNC computer system and influenced with our presidential election”.
This misdirection has no reason other than to set problems for the new administration. Barack is doing everything possible to cause chaos from January 20, 2017 forward so that his failed eight years won’t look so bad.
Back in October of last year <link> I wrote, They (Russians) may even be complicit in the information Wikileaks is sharing regarding Hillary’s unlawful email interactions and information storage. However, “What difference, at this point, does it make” if it is the Russians, Guccifer, the NSA, Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Dorothy and Toto who hacked the emails? It’s about the content, not who obtained it, how it was obtained or who shares it.
What did you read or hear today and accept as truth without checking further?