We ought to have learned from the Judith Miller episode. Not only do governments lie, they won’t hesitate to burn news agencies. In a desperate moment, they’ll use any sucker they can find to get a point across.
I have no problem believing that Vladimir Putin tried to influence the American election. He’s gangster-spook-scum of the lowest order and capable of anything. And Donald Trump, too, was swine enough during the campaign to publicly hope the Russians would disclose Hillary Clinton’s emails. So a lot of this is very believable.
But we’ve been burned before in stories like this, to disastrous effect. Which makes it surprising we’re not trying harder to avoid getting fooled again. Matt Taibbi. Rolling Stone
On this day in 1804 Haiti won its independence after the largest slave uprising since Spartacus, becoming the world’s first black republic. pic.twitter.com/HNVNUcHnD1
— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) January 1, 2017
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