This would be almost comical if it weren’t for the fact that there are people out there that still believe that the Washington Post and New York Times publish actual news. These two entities seem to be in a race to see who can debase themselves the most until one of them becomes The Onion.
Some malware was found on an un-networked laptop at a power station in Vermont and the Washington Post immediately published a story saying that the Russians are hacking our power grid. Hey, it furthers the story that Dear Leader has foisted upon us and that’s there job so what choice did the WashPo really have here? Equally unsurprising, ABC News and the NY Times quickly published their own stories that furthered the lie.
Alas, there was just one minor problem, namely that the entire article was completely fabricated. Apparently the esteemed “journalists” of the Washington Post didn’t even bother to contact the Burlington Electric Department to confirm their bogus story…and why should they…it fit the “Russian hacking” narrative so perfectly therefore it must be true, right?
Well, apparently not. The quick spread of WaPo’s “fake news” story forced the Burlington Electric Department to issue a clarifying statement assuring worried residents that, indeed, their electricity grid had not been hacked, but rather a single “laptop not connected” to the grid had been found to have a malware virus.
Not to be outdone by the stupidity and dishonesty on display by the WashPo/NYTimes/ABC, CNN (also unsurprisingly) rose to the occasion yesterday by doing a story on the Russian hacking lie and to illustrate the complexities of hacking, they used screenshots from a fucking video game (no, I’m not kidding):
CNN Uses Video Game Image in Fake Russian Hacking Story – Gateway Pundit
In a recent story about President Obama proposing sanctions against Russia for its roll in cyberattacks targeting the United States, CNN grabbed a screenshot of the hacking mini-game from the extremely popular RPG Fallout 4. First spotted by Reddit, the screenshot shows the menacing neon green letters that gamers will instantly recognize as being from the game.