False charges of ‘Fake News’ Are Harming Our Free Press


This article first appeared on the History News Network. The front-runner candidate for the Alabama Senate seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became Justice Secretary, Republican Roy Moore, called The Washington Post “fake news” after the newspaper published a thorough investigation reporting on sexual encounters between Moore and multiple teenage girls, one as young as 14.

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For many, the Washington Post lost credibility by the 1990s via their highly negative portrayals of the poor. On their credibility today, they have been leaders in promoting anti-Russian propaganda following Clinton’s election defeat, up to and including recycling allegations that had already been proved false.