On December 24th, 2016 the Guardian newspaper published a fake news article. Written by Ben Jacobs this article made three central claims. The first claim is that “Julian Assange gives guarded praise of Trump and blasts Clinton in an interview.” The report also claimed that Assange “long had a close relationship with the Putin regime.” Then in a complete distortion of the truth, Jacobs claims that “In his interview with La Repubblica, [Assange] said there was no need for WikiLeaks to undertake a whistleblowing role in Russia because of the open and competitive debate he claimed exists there.”
Each of these claims are false, or are, to use a popular claim made against independent news media, they are ‘Fake News!’
But none of that happened. Those claims are made up. To read the full story of this see the Intercept article.
Lies travel easily
These false statements, or fake news, published by the Guardian, have been spread all over the internet by, causing hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions) to hear these false claims or fake news.
Facebook, Twitter and the like, though claiming to be fighting ‘fake news,’ where in fact used and powerful methods of spreading this fake news.
I hope whether or not you like or loathe Julian Assange, and you would agree that no one, and especially not a reputable newspaper should be publishing lies about him.
This article and the false narrative that it teaches plays into the hands of the Clinton supporters and those opposed to Trump who are trying to paint a picture that the Kremlin used its agents, like Assange, to support Trump and sink Clinton.
It is becoming increasingly clear that there is NO evidence to support the claim that the Kremlin supported or helped the Trump campaign and that it was the DMC who were responsible for their own downfall. However, when influential members of the media give credence to this claim, they are supporting those who are seeking to undermine a duly elected head of a sovereign country.