The Washington Post has promoted a claim that 200 named websites are stooges and tools of the Kremlin — a great news story, except for lack of evidence.
The notorious Sen. Joe McCarthy used similar techniques. Now, more than 60 years later, the pointed question that helped to bring him down can be appropriately directed at The Washington Post: “Have you no sense of decency?”
The following headlines from a variety of media outlets give you a sense of the cogent critiques that have been published since the Post put out its story on November 24:
* “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group”
— The Intercept
* “Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt”
— Consortium News
* “Journalists Denounce WaPo Fake News as Red Scare Redux”
— Common Dreams
* “The Washington Post ‘Blacklist’ Story Is Shameful and Disgusting”
— Rolling Stone
Let’s not allow ideological smears to trample dissent and further narrow political debate in the United States.
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