Sunday, June 25, 2017

Russian Hacking: Thanks Obama

Yeah, you know that Russian hacking that didn't happen?
Obama's fault.
Though, to give the devil his due, the Post's headline says that Trump is blaming Obama for "Russian collusion"...which would be much crazier, and is so obviously wrong that I'm suspicious that that's more anti-Trumpery by the Post. Blaming Obama for the hacking is one thing. Blaming him for Trump's alleged collusion would be utterly insane:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that headlines are largely picked based on engagement. They alpha-beta test a number of alternatives in a quick run then settle on the winner. Virtually all copy on the web is determined this way now, so it isn't just a WaPo thing.

I wouldn't be surprised if whatever copy-editor was running this just shoved "collusion" into one, then it won (for obvious, yellow-journalismy reasons).

9:53 PM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, but you can't sacrifice accuracy for such crap!!

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh it's definitely crap. And it will get worse.

But it is also important to consume major newspapers understanding that they are profit maximizing institutions in a dying industry playing to an ideologically monolithic consumer base. There is no way these organizations are going to be rational, honest information brokers. At least journalists in the early 20th Century were just competitive.

9:36 PM  

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