While the Washington Post has been forced to take the drastic step of effectively retracting two major articles involving the Steele Dossier, don't expect this to prompt much wider reflection about the journalistic failures of Russiagate. Because that'd indict the entire industry
Incredibly, these two Washington Post journalists -- whose article has now been effectively retracted -- received a PULITZER for their Russiagate reporting from exactly the same time period (2017). Kinda makes you wonder what else they got egregiously wrong, doesn't it? ImageImage
Despite how humiliating this episode is for WaPo, it still won't occasion any kind of comprehensive re-examination of the media's complicity in Russiagate fraud. Because if that were ever done, most of the US media ecosystem would have to "retract" itself
Also note: WaPo continues to euphemistically avoid admitting what they've actually done, which is retract the phony articles in question. I guess acknowledging they had to outright *retract* articles by their Pulitzer-winning Russiagate reporters could be a bit of a PR headache Image
Not much by way of explanation lately from the WaPo journalists who wrote the bogus articles, either. I don't know, if my Pulitzer Caliber Reporting had to be retracted years later in humiliating fashion, that's something I might want to clarify ImageImage

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