It was all over the place, in our newspapers, on the TV, on the radio, in the mouths of our politicians and media pundits: everywhere.
The report was taken up and repeated by all of the main news outlets.
Unfortunately for them PropOrNot is itself a purveyor of fake news. Not Russian propaganda: American propaganda.
None of these are fake news sites. They are sites critical of US foreign policy, which is an entirely different thing.
It’s a measure of the triumph of propaganda when all opposition becomes labelled as propaganda.
And, let’s be clear: pretty well all news outlets these days, including those you would normally consider reliable, are infected by the fake news virus.
To take one example: as the Syrian Army was fighting its way into Aleppo in December last year, there was a news report about a massacre that had taken place.
Here is an example of one of the headlines, from the Independent: “Pro-government forces slaughter at least 82 civilians while closing in on Syrian city, UN says”.
Trouble is, the UN didn’t say that. What the UN said was that it had received a report about a massacre.
Reporting the report of a report isn’t news, it’s Chinese whispers. It was uncorroborated at the time and, in fact, has never been corroborated.
It is a prime example of what, had it been reported on an opposition website, would have been described as “fake news”.
Instead, it was reported as real news at the time, and then quietly forgotten about when it turned out not to be true.
From The Whitstable Gazette, 19/01/2017