US Government Tries and Fails to Play Media Critic on RT
* I’m not an RT fan..not sure anyone really is any more than I’m a fan of the NYT. Regardless, this review is spot on, imo…the idea you’re not capable of discerning information across a spectrum is ludicrous in light of our corporate msm. No, I am not saying ours is a bad as Russian state sponsored news b/c its not, but our agencies certainly lack honesty/transparency…..glass houses and all that.
The much-anticipated Office of the Director of Intelligence (DNI) Report—the combined assessment of the CIA, FBI, DHS and others—on alleged attempts by Russia to influence the 2016 election was released on Friday to a combination of uncritical boosting and underwhelmed perplexity. To many, it was further proof of Russia’s involvement in the DNC and Podesta hacks; to others–even to typically bullish Daily Beast–it was remarkably thin on details and evidence.
As the New York Times (1/6/16) noted in paragraph five of their report on the release, “The declassified report contained no information about how the agencies had collected their data or had come to their conclusions.” The Guardian (1/6/16) conceded that the report itself “lacks detail.” So what was in it?
Filler, mostly. Indeed, the most bizarre part about the release was that it dedicated considerable effort—approximately 40 percent of the report’s content—to the Kremlin-financed Russia Today cable network. Skimming the PDF, one could easily miss the notation buried at the bottom of page six that this section was, in fact, cut and pasted from a 2012 paper on RT from the Open Source Enterprise, a federal intelligence office “dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating publicly available information of intelligence value” (Secrecy News, 10/28/16).Bearian, Mom Cat, OzoneTom and 3 othersOdd John, bemildred, Downwinder like this
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