Friday, November 04, 2016

On making stuff up

Stop press! Media malfeasance! Surely that rates some Drudge sirens, or even a BIAS ALERT at Fox?

Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized on Friday for reporting that federal investigators had determined that Hillary Clinton’s private email server had been hacked and that an investigation would lead to an indictment of Clinton after the election.

In fact, Baier said, after checking with his sources, there is no evidence at this time for either statement.

Oh, wait. That's the Washington Post. But there has to be some skulduggery by the lamestream media over at Fox!

No, not that. I mean, some indication that a couple of bogus stories that (ahem) anybody would be proud to lead the page with in the week before a national election were actually made up. Let's search and see what happens:

Some clarification, and some standing by, but otherwise, the wholesale fabrication of campaign news* is as invisible as -- oh, say, a monthly BLS report indicating that the expansion of nonfarm payroll jobs is continuing apace.

Any questions?

* "Knowledge of probable falsity or reckless disregard ..." damn, it's on the tip of my tongue.


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