the latest example why the "mainstream media" is facing a historic
crisis of confidence among its readership, facing unprecedented blowback
following Craig Timberg November 24 Washington Post story "Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say",
on Wednesday a lengthy editor's note appeared on top of the original
article in which the editor not only distances the WaPo from the
"experts" quoted in the original article whose "work" served as the
basis for the entire article (and which became the most read WaPo story
the day it was published) but also admits the Post could not "vouch for the validity of PropOrNot's finding regarding any individual media outlet",
in effect admitting the entire story may have been, drumroll "fake
news" and conceding the Bezos-owned publication may have engaged in
defamation by smearing numerous websites - Zero Hedge included - with
patently false and unsubstantiated allegations.
It was the closest the Washington Post would come to formally retracting
the story, which has now been thoroughly discredited not only by
outside commentators, but by its own editor.