On June 16th, Adam Johnson at FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) headlined «‘Allegedly’ Disappears as Russians Blamed for DNC Hack», and he broke an enormously important news story about the Washington Post’s propaganda for the US to go to war against Russia. It concerned the question of whether the Russian government had been, as the Post’s reporter Ellen Nakajima alleged, caught red-handed in a cyberattack against both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the US government (particularly former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton).

In Adam Johnson’s opening, here was his blockbuster:

«While the Post story by Ellen Nakashima was sourced to «committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach» – i.e., CrowdStrike, the security firm hired by the DNC – that attribution dropped out of the headline, presenting Russian government culpability as an unquestioned fact. This framing was echoed by dozens of media outlets who picked up on the story and uncritically presented Russian guilt in their headlines without qualification:

▪ Russian Government Hackers Broke Into DNC Servers, Stole Trump Oppo (Politico, 6/14/16)

▪ Russia Hacked DNC Network, Accessed Trump Research (MSNBC, 6/14/16)

▪ Russians Steal Research on Trump in Hack of US Democratic Party (Reuters, 6/14/16)

▪ Russian Government-Affiliated Hackers Breach DNC, Take Research on Donald Trump (Fox, 6/14/16)

▪ Russia Hacks Democratic National Committee, Trump Info Compromised (USA Today, 6/14/16)

▪ Russian government hackers steal DNC files on Donald Trump (The Guardian, 6/14/16)

▪ Russians Hacked DNC Computers to Steal Opposition Research on Trump (Talking Points Memo, 6/14/16)

▪ Russian Spies Hacked Into the DNC’s Donald Trump Files (Slate, 6/14/16)

▪ What Russia’s DNC Hack Tells Us About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server (Forbes, 6/15/16

Here was the opening sentence of Nakashima’s ‘news’ report: «Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.»