Wednesday, December 21, 2016 by JD Heyes
The founder of online retail behemoth Amazon is a Russia propagandist and agent—did you know that?
Sure he is, by the logic of his own newspaper, the Washington Post.
So are the employees of the Internal Revenue Service, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Confused? Baffled? Shocked? We’ll explain.
As noted by Zero Hedge, the three entities above were added to a sham list of about 200 news and information sites put together by a shady, never-before-known group of “anonymous experts” who spoon-fed the bogus story to the Washington Post, which wound up having to print a sort-of retraction explaining how its reporter couldn’t really verify anything in the original story. It was so bad, in fact, that reliably Left-wing site The Intercept even chastised the paper for shoddy reporting in agreeing to publish the story.
In case you missed it, the premise of the story was that a shadowy group, PropOrNot, published the list and claimed all of the sites on it were willingly publishing Russian propaganda, in an effort to help Donald J. Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. This is where the “fake news” narrative is coming from; this story.
But since the 200-website list is completely bogus, that means the Post’s story is nothing short of the kind of “fake news” it accused those same sites of publishing.
Now, understand that the methodology behind the discredited list is “guilt by association.” If you’re on that list, there is no need for there to be any actual proof that the site you work for (Natural News was included on the list, by the way), was a purveyor of Russia-supplied fake news propaganda. You don’t have to actually publish the propaganda yourself, as an individual reporter for one of the aforementioned sites, but because you work there, you are guilty by association and subject to arrest by the state-owned secret police.
Understand, mind you, that neither the Washington Post—which has a journalistic (and legal) obligation to verify information and/or claims before publishing it/them—nor the PropOrNot organization combed through any of the tens of thousands of pages on our site (or anyone else’s) and found actual stories that had been force-fed to us by Russian intelligence operatives.
And the reason why this did not happen is because there are no such stories on the site.
Because we don’t work for or with Russian intelligence.
But this is how totalitarian logic works. Now, let’s take it a step further: Is it possible that Jeff Bezos is a Russian double agent or propagandist, simply because he allows a t-shirt that features Russian President Vladimir Putin in a favorable light to be sold on Amazon.com?
Or, how about this “Professional Russian” tee?
Or wait—if Donald Trump is “associated with Russia” because he has spoken of mending fences with Putin, what does that make Bezos for actually setting up shop in Russia with Amazon?
In reality, the FBI looked into that, specifically. And the bureau found no Trump connections to Russia, and certainly not the level of Bezos’ company’s association.
Now, as for the Census Bureau, IRS and St. Louis Fed, Zero Hedge notes it published a pair of reports that relied on information from one or more of those agencies. It added:
Sorry, U.S. Census Bureau, I.R.S. and St. Louis Federal Reserve–you’re issuing “Russian propaganda” according to The Washington Post’s shoddy “fake news” methodology. Your data enabled oftwominds.com and other independent journalist sites to issue content that was skeptical of official claims that are endlessly parroted by a bought-and-paid-for corporate media.
OfTwoMinds.com was on the Post’s fake news report about fake news spreading Russian propaganda.
And of course, what counts among the U.S. establishment media as “Russian propaganda?” Any factual data or viewpoint that differs or refutes their Left-wing ruling elite and corporate-media shills. Because they’re ‘so smart,’ anything that does not align perfectly with their views has to have come from what President Ronald Reagan once called the “Evil Empire.”