[Ed. – Fake news, then and now]
Case Study 1: Rathergate
My first case study is the episode known as Rathergate. It represents one of the great journalistic frauds of our time. It is a case study in the fabrication of fake news and partisan bias. The Rathergate scandal erupted from a 60 Minutes Wednesday segment rushed to air on the evening of September 8, 2004, in time to influence the approaching presidential election pitting George W. Bush against John Kerry, as it was clearly intended to do. The segment consisted of two parts that didn’t quite fit together except in their antipathy to Bush.
Case study 2: The smearing of Cleta Mitchell
The state of the art has evolved. I take as my second case study the smearing of Cleta Mitchell earlier this year by McClatchy News. I think it opens a window onto the Russia hoax in which we have been embroiled for the past two years. When I refer to the Russia hoax, I mean the proposition that the Trump campaign worked with organs of the Russian government to support Trump’s election as president. I have a package of documents, CLE style for this case study.