NPR Attempts To Undermine WikiLeaks’ Credibility With Deliberate, Brazen Lie
by Caitlin Johnstone
As if we needed another reason to want the legacy media to die screaming all alone in an ill-reputed nursing home, National Public Radio has just added one more to the planet-sized pile. NPR, which just Wednesday released an anti-WikiLeaks attack editorial disguised as a movie review, has made a deliberate attempt to tarnish WikiLeaks’ 100% perfect record of authentic and accurately-vetted releases by going out of its way to report that the publishing organization had posted nine gigabytes of partially inauthentic documents.
Alleged multi-GB team Macron email archives. Could be a 4chan practical joke. We are examining http://archive.is/eQtrm
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Obviously, there is a massive difference between the notorious transparency advocacy site wikileaks.org and the things that its Twitter account tweets about; attributing the 9 gigabytes of documents to WikiLeaks just because the organization’s social media account made a tweet about them is like attributing the authorship of a Guardian article to J.K. Rowling just because she shared it on Twitter.
This establishment media tactic of deliberately conflating WikiLeaks’ Twitter account with the actual organization in order to smear its reputation is not a new tactic. In March MSNBC’s infinitely recursive self-parody Rachel Maddow deceived America in exactly the same way by telling her audience that WikiLeaks’ drops were the same as its social media posts about those drops, digging up a tweet from October and citing its timestamp as evidence that Russia Today knew about the WikiLeaks drop before it happened. RT had already defended itself back when this baseless conspiracy theory first popped up, pointing out that it tweeted about the drop before WikiLeaks did because it had been watching the actual website and not its Twitter account, and WikiLeaks pointed out this moronic plot hole as well. That didn’t stop Maddow from dredging it back up and pretending she didn’t know she was repeating a long-debunked lie that a ten-second google search would disprove, though:
WikiLeaks was quick to fire back at NPR’s obnoxious allegation.
Wikileaks posted 9 gigabytes of Macron’s campaign data, which is said to include both real and fake documents.http://n.pr/2qMDvkM
After keeping its deliberately deceitful headline on the internet for hours, influencing god knows how many of its seven million followers on Twitter and god knows how many others who viewed it elsewhere, the Maddow muppets behind NPR’s Twitter account thanked WikiLeaks for “clarifying”, and said they’d corrected the “implication”.
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Uhh, it’s not an “implication”, s–tbags — you didn’t “imply” anything, you f—ing said it. Plainly. In words. You reported as fact that WikiLeaks had posted nine gigabytes of partly inauthentic documents. You told your massive audience that WikiLeaks did something they did not do and never would do, and then you pretended it was a mistake and called it an “implication”, which is like punching someone in the face and then apologizing for accidentally bumping into them.
NPR then had the gall to completely ignore universal journalistic convention and label their retraction a “clarification”.
Clarification: NPR cannot confirm who originally uploaded the leaked documents to the Internet. https://twitter.com/NPR/status/860936844942430210 …