Debunked, Journalism

Jim Hoft Overplays An Old McCain Story

Giddy with dirt on a man that he hates, Jim Hoft, publisher of Gateway Pundit, gleefully exclaimed

“Wikileaks Document Shows John McCain Requested Donations from Russians” followed with an all-caps WOW.

Hoft acted like Wikileaks had uncovered a major news story, with one commenter saying

“Once again it’s the warriors in the “alternative media” who as citizen journalists find the truth that America needs to see.”

Except it’s not.  The story got plenty of airtime when it happened.  In 2008.  How do I know?  Because I wrote about it back when it happened. How else do I know?  Because the story I cited from Reuters is still available.  You can even read it right here.  The pertinent bits of info:

Moscow’s mission to the United Nations issued a terse statement on the Republican presidential candidate’s letter, saying that the Russian government and its officials “do not finance political activity in foreign countries.”

A spokesman for McCain, a long-time critic of Russia, had a simple explanation for the fundraising letter’s arrival at the Russian mission in New York: “It was an error in the mailing list.”

The letter was addressed to Churkin and sported a McCain signature near the bottom.

It’s worthy of note that Churkin did die recently, so I guess if you wanted to put your tinfoil hat on and say McCain coordinated an assassination to cover up a 9 year old story, that’s your prerogative, but I’m just gonna go with “it’s still a non-story and Jim Hoft is an ass.”

Debunked, Journalism

Spin it All You Want; Clintons Made Money From Uranium One Deal

Hillary Clinton didn’t “give up” 20% of U.S. uranium to Russia, but Uranium One donations to the Clinton Foundation might have influenced the State Department and Obama’s administration to approve the deal.

Was it merely coincidence that Uranium One officials were Clinton Foundation donors, or is there legitimate conflict of interest?

Also, did the FBI tape Bill Clinton’s speech at a Moscow bank?

There’s absolutely no way for Vox or any other Clinton public relations firm to spin the fact Bill Clinton received $500,000 from a Moscow bank with ties to the Kremlin.

Also, nothing said at Trump’s press conference refutes the fact Uranium One officials donated millions to the Clinton Foundation amid the sale of U.S. uranium to Russia.

Source: Yes, Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid U.S. Russian Uranium Deal | The Huffington Post

Fake News, Journalism

Fox News Spreads Fake News On Swedish Security Advisor Who Isn’t

President Trump’s statements about Sweden, based on a report on his favourite TV-channel Fox News, continue to drive the debate about the country in the United States. Sweden is portrayed as a nation plagued by crime and rape, in large part due to immigration.

This Friday the matter was the focus of debate during the conservative Fox-presenter Bill O’Reilly’s show, where Nils Bildt confirmed Donald Trump’s negative view of Sweden. Nils Bildt was introduced by Fox as a ”Swedish defense and national security advisor”, which has caused more than a few raised eyebrows.

Marie Pisäter at the Swedish Defense Ministry says that no-one called Nils Bildt works there. ”We have no spokesman by that name”, she said. The Foreign Office also denies that he works there. ”We do not know who he is.”

Oops. Caught.

Source: Fake Sweden expert on Fox News – has criminal convictions in US, no connection to Swedish security – DN.SE

Education, Journalism

DeVos Criticizes School, School Replies, WaPo Ignores The Fact That DeVos Is Right In Pro-School Puff-Piece

A high percentage of the school is not performing at grade level in reading or math, but by all means…  Amplify the voices of the teachers and the administration of this school that is clearly failing.

They never mention how poorly the school performs in this entire story, only how upset the teachers are for being called out on it.

Emma Brown is a terrible journalist.

 

Source: DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it – The Washington Post