BREAKING: After Washington Post Publishes “Fake News” List, They Get DEVASTATING LEGAL NEWS


By now everyone is familiar with the hit piece that the Washington Post did on November 24, 2016, naming a large variety of legitimate news sites as so-called “fake news.” They went so far as to make accusations that various news sites are in fact run by Russian propagandists. America’s Freedom Fighters made the list and is featured on the front page along with others such as CounterPunch, Zero Hedge, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism, the Daily Caller, and many others.

The so-called research that the Washington Post cites is from the same left-wing organizatios that have been delivering outright leftist propaganda for years from a site called PropOrNot.  A recent report issued by the organization on Black Friday cites supposed research from the likes of Snopes, NPR, Buzzfeed, and the New York Times. Now Naked Capitalism has debunked many of the so-called “fake news” claims made by PropOrNot and irresponsibly cited by the Washington Post.


According to Naked Capitalism with regard to debunking PropOrNot

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The fake news site about fake news known as PropOrNot1 has been roundly derided, most recently by the New Yorker and the media watchdog FAIR, as an inept propaganda effort that has gotten far more attention that it ever deserved.


It’s worth noting that PropOrNot’s efforts, as Ben Norton and Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept, and Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone pointed out, were so obviously childish and overreaching that no reputable reporter should ever have regarded them as credible.

However, PropOrNot didn’t just make wild assertions that they can’t back up. They’ve routinely said things that are simply false.


A fresh incident involves the curious removal of five websites, including CounterPunch, from PropOrNot’s McCarthyite blacklist of 200 websites.

PropOrNot has been eager to get sites to contact them to engage in “constructive conversation,” as they suggested in Reddit that it would be just peachy if TruthDig “were to reach out to us, though, we would probably have a constructive conversation with them that would result in their removal!”

In other words, PropOrNot, contrary to its claims of merely providing analysis, is seeking to act as a censor. In corporate-speak, “constructive conversation” is the sort of thing one has with an employee who is being put on warning for possible termination.

Counterpunch disputed PropOrNot’s characterization of their, um, exchange. From editor Jeffrey St. Clair’s diary:

PropOrNot has since removed CounterPunch from their blacklist following our demand that they do so and issue a retraction. Their site now claims, falsely again, that we engaged in “constructive conversation” with them, which is a curious way to describe a threat to sue them, a threat which we fully intend to follow through on, hopefully in concert with other media outlets they’ve defamed.

Counterpunch, per Josh Frank’s article, did have a few additional words with PropOrNot, the result of having to deal with a situation that ought to be seen as absurd but nevertheless requires handling. Frank reproduces this howler from “The PropOrNot Team”:

If Truthout, Truthdig, Antiwar, BlackAgendaReport, etc, were to reach out to us like you did, things might well end up playing out very similarly to how this one has! We’ve asked people to do that on our site. Several have. Others have not.

This is a pretty bizarre effort to depict how PropOrNot capitulated as if it were PropOrNot getting an outcome it sought. As St. Clair said by e-mail:

Josh’s letter simply demanded removal from the list and a retraction. There was nothing at all “constructive” about the dialogue, except how quickly they wilted.

Now in a demand of their own Naked Capitalism has issued a letter via their attorney, James A. Moody, demanding an immediate retraction and their removal from this hit list of news sites by  “immediately removed from your website and all web-accessible archives. Fake News contains extremely damaging false allegations constituting defamation…..a prominent public apology for the false and defamatory accusations made in Fake News and for an equally prominent (i.e. not in a “Comments” section) opportunity to respond.”  You may remember Mr. Moody as high profile representations in such cases as  Westmoreland v. CBS and in his defense of Linda Tripp. As you can imagine, Mr. Moody is well versed in dealing with the Clintons and managed to negotiate some $850,000 settlement on behalf of Ms. Tripp in her sexual harassment claim against Bill Clinton.

Mr. Moody goes on to detail just how low the bar for what passes as “journalism” is at the Washington Post –

You did not provide even a single example of “fake news” allegedly distributed or promoted by Naked Capitalism or indeed any of the 200 sites on the PropOrNot blacklist. You provided no discussion or assessment of the credentials or backgrounds of these so-called “researchers” (Clint Watts, Andrew Weisburd, and J.M. Berger and the “team” at PropOrNot), and no discussion or analysis of the methodology, protocol or algorithms such “researchers” may or may not have followed. Fake News also erred in citing a “monitoring report” already published on inaccurately depicting it as not available to the public: “provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release.” Aurora had not only seen the site and its defamatory blacklist before your story appeared, but despite it being a holiday week, had already had extensive discussions with close contacts about it.

Not only was this report available on a Google share drive online, it had been out and available for some time before WaPo got it’s mitts on it. The document likely would have lived in relative obscurity if not for that.  Many mainstream publications have even gone on to decry the so-called “research” performed by WaPo’s Craig Timberg such as the New Yorker, the Hill, Patrick Maines – President of the Media Institute, and Media watchdog – FAIR.  Maines called this fake news story “perhaps the shoddiest piece of feature writing since Rolling Stone published its blatantly false story about a campus rape at the University of Virginia.”

To add insult to injury, the simplest internet search reveals PropOrNot to have no credentials or bona fides available for verification.  Little to no effort was made for any of the accused to comment, give a rebuttal, or even an opportunity to respond to these defamatory accusations, even though ample time has passed for them to do so.  They have THREE business days to respond to Mr. Moody’s demand on behalf of Naked Capitalism – it will be interesting to watch.  Comeuppance is definitely in order.


God Bless.



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