Washington Post Caught Spreading More Fake News About "Russian Hackers"

Tyler Durden's picture

Readers of the Washington Post received some alarming news yesterday when the paper published a story alleging that those pesky "Russian hackers" were up to their no good tricks again and had managed to "penetrate the U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont."  The full headline read as follows:


The opening paragraph of WaPo's story directly linked the "hack" of the Vermont utility to the same "Russian hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe" that the Obama administration has blamed for the DNC and John Podesta email hacks.  Vermont's Governor, Peter Shumlin, told WaPo that "Americans should be both alarmed and outraged" by these actions perpetrated by "one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin," before seemingly calling for further retaliatory actions from the Obama administration.

Vermonters and all Americans should be both alarmed and outraged that one of the world’s leading thugs, Vladimir Putin, has been attempting to hack our electric grid, which we rely upon to support our quality-of-life, economy, health, and safety. This episode should highlight the urgent need for our federal government to vigorously pursue and put an end to this sort of Russian meddling.

Moreover, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy took the rhetoric to a whole new level by asserting a diabolical Russian plot to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in the middle of winter...a move that would most certainly kill off half the state's population in an instant.

VT Gov

Of course, it didn't take long for the New York Times and ABC to latch on to the story since it fits their "2016 election hacking" narrative so perfectly.


Alas, there was just one minor problem, namely that the entire article was completely fabricated.  Apparently the esteemed "journalists" of the Washington Post didn't even bother to contact the Burlington Electric Department to confirm their bogus story...and why should they...it fit the "Russian hacking" narrative so perfectly therefore it must be true, right?

Well, apparently not.  The quick spread of WaPo's "fake news" story forced the Burlington Electric Department to issue a clarifying statement assuring worried residents that, indeed, their electricity grid had not been hacked, but rather a single "laptop not connected" to the grid had been found to have a malware virus.

Vermont Utility

Which forced the embarrassed Washington Post to quickly tone down their provocative headline...


...and supplement their original article with the following "Editor's Note" admitting the entire premise of their original story was nothing more than "fake news."

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.

Which drew quick reactions from twitter...


...and Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, who blasted WaPo for their "irresponsible and sensationalist tabloid behavior."

THIS MATTERS not only because one of the nation’s major newspaper once again published a wildly misleading, fear-mongering story about Russia. It matters even more because it reflects the deeply irrational and ever-spiraling fever that is being cultivated in U.S. political discourse and culture about the threat posed by Moscow.


The Post has many excellent reporters and smart editors. They have produced many great stories this year. But this kind of blatantly irresponsible and sensationalist tabloid behavior – which tracks what they did when promoting that grotesque PropOrNot blacklist of U.S. news outlets accused of being Kremlin tools – is a by-product of the Anything Goes mentality that now shapes mainstream discussion of Russia, Putin and the Grave Threat to All Things Decent in America that they pose.

Ironically, a few weeks ago we noted that The Washington Post was all too happy to promote an anonymous website that described Zerohedge as "'dark gray' propaganda, systematically deceiving its civilian audiences for foreign political gain" (see "Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton 'Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools'"), all while presenting exactly zero evidence to support their preposterous claim.  Perhaps it's time for WaPo to dedicate a bit more of its time to self-reflection.

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Farmerz's picture

My mom has been saying that for 60plus years, and I still don't have any idea what she means?_@#%*(@$_

SWRichmond's picture

 most certainly kill off half the state's population in an instant

Only the city-dwellers, the country folks have stoves.

It's like self-correcting stupidity or something.  Three meals away from starving, twelve hours from freezing.  You know, STUPID.

tazs's picture

"Russian Hackers" is a more palatable way of saying TRUMP STOLE the election.


Vatican_cameo's picture


"The Post has many excellent reporters and smart editors. They have produced many great stories this year".

I believe this is referred to as "Doubling Down on Fake News"

HowdyDoody's picture

So lets get this right. A foreign country hacking into the US infrastructure is a serious crime, an act of war against the US. So deliberately spreading false stories about such events is a serious crime, an act of war by the US?

Uncertain T's picture

Yes, it's like yelling FIRE ... when there is none.... Blame the Bezos Blog.

Oldwood's picture

Building a consensus of stupid.

TheReplacement's picture

Speaking of acts of war, Alex, what is Stuxnet and Flame.

sun tzu's picture

Washington Compost never lets the facts get in the way of their stories

ModernMusket's picture

You are off your meds again, aren't you? That is a f--ed up website.

SoDamnMad's picture

Burlington Electric serves 19,600 customers.  Is that the whole state?  Where did everyone go since I attended school in Vermont 45 years ago.

Was there a die-off we haven't heard about?

A Nanny Moose's picture

One can only hope. How much of the population is alive only by the grace of gummint subsidy?

Citizen G's picture

That line made me laugh, could they be a little more dramatic. I wonder how many folks on the left are secretly embarrassed by the brazen ridiculousness.

WillyGroper's picture

another distraction...see my link below on what nuttyyawho just did.

Mareka's picture

Credibility of the Washington Post is currently well below that of the National Enquirer or the Sun.

WWII fighter plane found on Mars,
Beyoncé dating space alien,
Russians steal white house from Hillary.

Zarbo's picture

Just like "oh, man" and "oh, boy", it is replacing an interjection like "Oh, God" or "Oh, Jesus" that would break one of the commandments: "Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God's name in vain".  Kinda like saying "shoot" instead of "shit" or similar.

shovelhead's picture

Like "Jesus H. Christ"?

I always wondered what the H. stood for.

Is Herkimer a Jewish name?

swmnguy's picture

It is an odd expression, isn't mean.  Roughly it means "Well, Fuck Me Runnin'."

U4 eee aaa's picture

I think it means your daddy is not who you think he is

J S Bach's picture

The Washington Post IS the new National Inquirer.  The difference is... the original NI used to have obviously laughable headlines.  There is absolutely NOTHING funny about the lies spewed from the WaPo sewer pipe.  Their absurd headlines are a brazen attempt to lure the <80 IQ readership into senseless rage over make-believe effronteries of a potential Russian adversary.  It is criminal and all of those responsible for the evil propaganda should be tried and executed.  Their time is over... no more crying "fire" in our theaters... no more screaming as they stab US in the back.  They must be overtly called out without fear of ostracism.

BennyBoy's picture



The story was prefabricated!

fbazzrea's picture

hey... don't be badmouthing trailer trash (;

WaPo < pulp fiction. TP = highest & best use.

flush twice to remove the stink

FreedomGuy's picture

No, the WaPo said the trailer trash voted Trump.

Personally, I believe they are the DNC Pravda.

chunga's picture

Americans are alarmed and outraged at the world's worst thugs governor (((shumlin))), it just isn't who you think you fraud.

Lumberjack's picture

The regional ISO, ISO NE didn't mention anything at all.

That said, here is my next prediction for a renewables failure, similar units in Hawaii have a fire problem and are now shut down.


Lumberjack's picture

In other energy fiasco news:

Obama give Jamaica $30mm solar grant...


Does anyone think this $30 million grant to assist the Jamaican renewables legal process will deliver any value to the Jamaican people, other than a few well connected bureaucrats? But cancelling the grant will stir up diplomatic trouble for President Trump. Diplomatic trouble with Jamaica could impede joint efforts to stamp out drug smuggling into the USA.

dizzyfingers's picture

Elitist warmonger class, guarding their clubhouse.

shovelhead's picture

"Bat Boy is secret Russian Hacker"

risk.averse's picture

...and the columns written by WaPo columnist, Colbert King, are prime examples of WaPo's descent into trash "journalism". The latest opinion piece written by Colbert King (who the feck names their kid "Colbert"??) is a doozy. For his last column of the year, King actually opines that a Trump-Putin non-aggression pact is on the cards and that it would be the equivalent of the Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact of the 1930s. Wow! Christmas turkey must have really given this hack indigestion for him to come up with this flight of fancy.


What's next? When will we see "Mr Trump, When did you stop beating your wife?" articles??

Colbert King is an intersting chap with a background that suggests he's connected in the right places. Former executive director of the World Bank and a former Democratic staffer; former diplomat and former US Army officer. Methinks I smell a CIA guy here. Presumably, he is trying to ingratiate himself to the anti-Trump camp with such hatchet jobs on Trump.

Bravo, Colbert!!....you've managed to stoop so low that you've invoked Godwin's Law with your Hitler reference. Something you can boast about over New Years Eve drinks with your pals at Langely?? Better hurry...they've only got 3 short weeks to reward your "service" with some nice over-paid posting


Gosh, Trump isn't even President yet and the bullshite is already spewing out. Prepare yourselves for 4 more years of such crap.


Mr Pink's picture

That cuck Bezos got his orders at the Bilderberg meeting years ago. 

Time to put this blimp warehouse, drone army fuckwad out of business


sun tzu's picture

That $600 million contract from the CIA for Amazon Web Services buys more than just data storage services. Free propaganda from the Washington Compost

sun tzu's picture

That $600 million contract from the CIA for Amazon Web Services buys more than just data storage services. Free propaganda from the Washington Compost

sun tzu's picture

Washington Compost, owned by Jeff Bozos gets a $600 million AWS deal from the CIA and now consistently spreads CIA propaganda against Russia. Gee, no conflict of interest there. 




css1971's picture

It occurs to me that by creating the "Fake News" meme, they've just given us a stick to beat them with.


Recommend we do exactly that. Hard and repeatedly, to the point that the first thing anyone thinks of when the words Washington Post, and New York Times are mentioned is "Fake News".

nmewn's picture

Repeatedly and with gusto ;-)

auricle's picture

All of this narrative building, when does the false flag hit?

Socratic Dog's picture

It just did, in Instanbul.  CIA/Mossad has gone to war.  Trying to drive wedge beween new Turkey/Russia relationship, new since the <<failed>> CIA/Mossad coup attempt.

Don't think I'll be partying anywhere public tonight.  One is way overdue in the US.

I was reading Freddie's link, Dave McGowan's work on the Laurel Canyon music and murder scene, last night.  It really got me thinking....has the CIA really been a Mossad operation since the 60's?  Who benefitted from the 60's flowerchild bullshit?  I'd say, jews.  Israel.  That shit really took traditional western values off the rails.

Akzed's picture

Dave McGowan (RIP) pretty much nails it in Weird Scenes from the Canyon.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Ya it did. And, apparently most of the leaders of that movement were the children on senior intelligence and military officials. Crazy as hell. I looked into some of that on my own, and sure enough, all of that stuff is apparently true. What are the chances of that happening organically?Its nuts.


Also, dave's greatest work: http://www.whale.to/c/Dave%20McGowan%20-%20Wagging%20The%20Moon%20Doggie...



DeadFred's picture

I have dibs on the 6th... just because.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) DeadFred Jan 1, 2017 3:23 AM

You should get a '6th place' trophy then

FreedomGuy's picture

How do you tell the difference between a real attack and a false flag? Is it a set assumption you make?