Rachel Maddow
Hun troede, hun havde det, den endelige kendsgerning som ville bevise, at nogen i Trumps kampagne samarbejdede med Rusland for at stjæle 2016 valget. Men da det forfalskede NSA dokument sendt til Rachel Maddow viste sig at være bare mere dårlig information fra flere anonyme kilder, efterlod det den korsfarende MSNBC vært i en "anspændt" tilstand. Derfor åbnede hun sit show i aftes med følgende segment:
"Der er nogen, som af én eller anden grund lader til at handle med temmelig overbevisende NSA dokumenter der foregiver direkte at implicere nogen fra Trumps kampagne i at samarbejde med russerne i deres angreb af valget."

"Dette er nyt fordi, hvorfor ville nogle handle falske dokumenter af denne art til nyhedsorganisationer, der dækker Trump-Rusland affæren?"

Kommentar: Delvist oersat af Sott.net fra Rachel Maddow's fake news scandal: Her "proof of Trump-Russia collusion" was a hoax
Artiklen går i detaljer med, hvordan det falske dokument blev dannet, og Edward Snowden har nogle kommentarer til Rachel Maddows og hendes teams håndtering af sagen.

Not surprisingly, Maddow uses the discovery to imply that someone within the Trump administration is intentionally planting fake information in an attempt to discredit her show. She goes on to imply that similar efforts may have caused the recent firing of 3 'journalists' at CNN who simply couldn't be bothered with verifying the anonymous tip they received.

Here are more details of Maddow's show from the Daily Caller:
On June 7, an unidentified person sent documents to an online tip line for Maddow's show, she said.

That was two days after The Intercept published legitimate NSA documents that were stolen by Reality Winner, a contractor for the agency.
And that's where Maddow's faux-outrage breaks down.

You see, if it's clear that Maddow received her forgery after the intercept published their documents then there's really no 'there' there. Pretty much anyone with an internet connection could have simply taken the Reality Winner documents from The Intercept website and used them create a forgery to send to Maddow.

Of course, Maddow knew that her whole story was bullshit unless she could convince her viewers that the forgery she received was created before The Intercept published it for the world to see. If she could prove that, then she could insist the forged document must have come from someone on the 'inside.'

So, she decided to get 'technical' and take a look at the "metadata" on the document she received. As it turns out, the "creation date" on the document she received was roughly 3.5 hours before The Intercept published their Reality Winner story. See, it's all laid out right here on this lovely timeline graphic. Checkmate, Mr. Trump!
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Except, not. Ironically, by stretching the truth in an attempt to prove that her story was in any way relevant, Maddow unwittingly proved exactly the opposite.

As The Intercept has subsequently pointed out, the "creation date" on the document received by Maddow (see the timeline above) perfectly matches, to the exact second, the "creation date" on The Intercept's Reality Winner document.

Why? Because that is the exact time in which The Intercept created their document and published it to their cloud server.

All of which simply proves that Maddow's source didn't have a sneak peak at the Reality Winner documents...they actually used The Intercept document as their source for creating their forgery.

Now, we could be wrong here...but, if the Trump administration wanted to dupe Rachel Maddow we suspect they could have gotten their hands on clean copies of the Reality Winner docs without having to lift them from The Intercept's website.

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So, what seems more likely to have happened here is that Maddow's staff could easily tell the "NSA document" was a forgery from the start and simply ignored it at first. After all, she received the document on June 7th and is just now deciding to talk about it a month later? Unlikely.

But, when 3 journalists from CNN lost their jobs for publishing fake news, Maddow saw an opportunity to launch a whole new narrative attacking the Trump administration by alleging that they're planting fake intelligence reports with the media. Never let a good crisis go to waste...as they say.

Edward Snowden summarized the situation the best in a series of tweets:
Maddow's lawyerly defense of why her implication was wrong is disappointing. Such caution should come prior to raising alarm on national TV.

When the media's credibility is under attack, rushing stories out before checking facts and contacting the subject is hard to comprehend.

That said, journalism is hard and mistakes happen. When they do, as in this Maddow case, apologies should be frank and unequivocal.

When we start getting economical with facts, we lose. This important story was mangled by needlessly injected an unsupportable conspiracy.

Each time the media gets a prominent story wrong right now, I wince. More than egg on a famous face, it risks a generation's trust in news.

If our most famous journalists are so proud they can't admit to what is now an obvious error, how can they hope to hold the public trust?

Most folks can't read three different papers every day. If we don't set the highest standard, many give up and say the truth is unknowable.

That is the twilight of an age.
Still, we do feel badly for the liberal 'journalists' of the world...all the embarrassing fake news stories of late means that they may have to actually start doing their jobs rather than just blindly running stories from 'anonymous sources.'