#FakeNews Awards: ‘Best Fake News Headline, 2016’ to WashPo for VT Russian hacking incident

By Staff Report

Earlier this month, Project Veritas awarded Katie Couric with the first ever #FakeNews award for ‘Best Deceptive Editing, 2016.’ We are continuing by awarding the Washington Post our second award, ‘Best Fake News Headline, 2016′.

Late last year, the Washington Post released an article titled Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say. But there was a problem–the computer that was hacked wasn’t even actually attached to the grid.

One fact wrong.

To make matters worse, there was never any actual proof that the Russians were involved–only a misunderstanding about a “mysterious code,” which turned out to be an employee checking his Yahoo email account.

Two facts wrong (and that’s just in the headline!).

The article was released on Dec 31, 2016 (it appears that the WashPo really wanted to make the cut for our 2016 #FakeNews Award–looks like it paid off!), and it took two days for them to write the follow-up piece regarding their mistakes.

This irresponsible journalism spread fear throughout the general populace. With mainstream media sources like ABC News, the Chicago Tribune, and others citing the Washington Post, the story became an instant sensation. The Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin commented:

“Vermonters and …read more

Source:: Project Veritas