I just got my Saturday/Sunday New York Times (some of the Sunday sections are delivered today), and looked at the first page, where I saw this headline:
Conservatives First to Finance File on Trump
And its website headline?
Conservative Site Was First to Hire ‘Steele Dossier’ Firm
Both of those headline clearly suggest “conservatives” started the ball rolling on the Christopher Steele Trump/Russia dossier…
…which is a dead-on falsehood. 100% untrue.
Only if you actually click on the website article, do you get a third headline, which says:
Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier
That third headline – available only to people who a) read the Times’ website (not the physical paper itself) and b) who bother to look at a second headline after they’ve seen the first one – finally tells the truth.
The truth is that a conservative website, Washington Free Beacon (freebeacon.com) initially engaged Fusion GPS to get information about Donald Trump.
AFTERWARDS – “months later” if you read beyond the Times headlines – Fusion GPS was engaged by the Clinton Campaign and the Christopher Steel dossier was commissioned.
This barely subtle attempt to get misinformation into the heads of Times readers is exactly, precisely, 100% what Donald Trump means when he rails about “fake news”.
Does he have a point? You tell me.