It has been revealed that a writer for The New York Times was a principle speaker at a conference convened to push a fake news “experiment” that was set up to destroy the candidacy of a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.
So, where is the media to attack The New York Times for being part of a left-wing, fake news effort to destroy a GOP political candidate? Why is the Times not being called on the carpet for this blatant bias? Isn’t the paper supposed to be a “news” outlet?
The news comes from left-wing BuzzFeed, of all places.
BuzzFeed found that Pulitzer Prize–winning Times national security reporter Scott Shane was involved in the organization set up to destroy the candidacy of Roy Moore — and was successful in doing so.
According to BuzzFeed:
Last week the New York Times revealed that money from tech billionaire Reid Hoffman was used to run a small disinformation “experiment” aimed at helping Democrat Doug Jones win last year’s Alabama special Senate election. That resulted in Facebook suspending five accounts and Hoffman issuing an apology.
But left unmentioned in the Times story was that one of its authors learned about the Alabama campaign when he spoke at an off-the-record meeting organized by the same group who ran the operation. A copy of a confidential report about the Alabama effort, obtained by BuzzFeed News, raises new questions about whether the project was — as the Times said — an “experiment,” or whether it was a straightforward Democratic attempt to replicate the model of the Russian Internet Research Agency.
Scott Shane, a Pulitzer Prize–winning Times national security reporter, was one of a handful of speakers at a meeting held in Washington in early September by American Engagement Technologies, according to an agenda obtained by BuzzFeed News. AET is run by Mikey Dickerson, who previously served in the Obama administration. The organization received $750,000 in funding that originated with Hoffman and spent approximately $100,000 of that on what was dubbed “Project Birmingham.”
BuzzFeed also reached Shane and he admitted that he was not only a part of the conference, but he signed a non-disclosure agreement so that he could not report on the event!
So, not only did this Times reporter participate in stark political operations, he did so secretly, AND agreed not to write about it to reveal what he knew of its operations.
Indeed, Shane told BuzzFeed that he didn’t need to tell readers about his complicity in the disinformation campaign:
“I don’t think there’s any kind of disclosure that’s relevant, though I’m happy to be corrected,” he said. “If you’ve been to meet with intelligence or defense officials at an off-the-record meeting … it’s always a trade-off as to what the ground rules are versus whether you get something useful for your readers. And in this case I did get something useful.”
No disclosure is “relevant”?
He is a reporter who writes about this stuff. And he doesn’t think he needs to tell readers of his complicity in the behind the scenes, political operations?
If a conservative had been in Shane’s shoes he’d have already been run out of the business and had his media career come to an abrupt end.
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