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Russia, Vermont, and Fake News

January 5, 2017

I’ll report, you decide.

Here’s a Washington Post headline from December 31:

Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical grid security, officials say

Here’s an editor’s note at the top of that story:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Russian hackers had penetrated the U.S. electric grid. Authorities say there is no indication of that so far. The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid.

Here’s a headline in yesterday’s Washington Post:

Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation

If a newspaper’s fundamental obligations are: (1) get the facts, and (2) tell the truth, then how well has the Post done its job?

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