The BBC is such a scurrilous organization:
US election hacking: Putin ‘sought to help’ Trump
For a start, this agreement in the media that anything between talking marks means it’s opinion, not established truth is not something everyone knows.
This was trumpeted as the main story on the BBC front page and though they’d claim – well, we did run another piece under it about Trump and the CIA falling out, for ‘balance’ [using their technique], there’s little doubt the impression they wanted to convey.
And of course, national intelligence is unimpeachable, isn’t it?
What makes the headline worse is that of course the rogue elements in intelligence are where the swamp is at its worst. See Operation Cyclone for details.
It was once Hoover and the FBI and it was a brave Nero Wolfe episode which took them on at the time.
Next of course is what does America expect with NATO/the CIA right inside the Ukraine on Russia’s border and up to all their old regional destabilization tricks of a scurrilous and satanic nature? Cue the downed plane for a start. Those rebels were that accurate?
What is Putin meant to do? What did America do when the Russians had missiles in Cuba?
You can argue with that all you like but the point is – it’s not a given truth in the least what the CIA says, especially in the light of the Saddam Hussein debacle.
And finally, society is deeply divided, as you know, between the credulous and the cynical, which plays out in various ways.