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Washington Post Backlash: Black Agenda Report, Counterpunch, and Paul Craig Roberts Join Us in Second Demand Letter Retraction and Apology for Defamatory “Propaganda” Story — naked capitalism

More sites team up to take on the Washington Post and the new “Russian propaganda/fake news” McCarthyism.

The Washington Post apparently hoped it had successfully tamped down the controversy over a story that defamed Naked Capitalism and many other reputable sites. As the letter below shows, that is not the case.

Three other publlishers, Black Agenda Report, Counterpunch, and Paul Craig Roberts, have joined us in again calling for the Post to retract the article by Craig Timberg, Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say, issue a prominent apology, and give us an equivalent opportunity to respond.

Truthdig and Naked Capitalism both sent letters to the Post earlier this month demanding the article be retracted. The Post instead appended an “Editor’s Note” at the top of the now-in-the-archives story and sent Truthdig’s and our attorney letters saying why the Post thought this response was sufficient.

The Columbia Journalism Review, the media watchdog FAIR, and many journalists on Twitter gave the “Editor’s Note” a thumbs down. Perhaps more important from the Post’s perspective, its failure to take adequate steps to remedy the damage done has led more and more of the defamed websites to combine forces.

As you will see below, Black Agenda Report, Counterpunch, and Paul Craig Roberts have joined us. We’ve also had five other sites say they would participate in a lawsuit against the Post, and one other prominent site is seriously interested. Mind you, we’ve gotten this level of interest despite doing almost no outreach…

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The Washington Post Responds to Our Letter Demanding a Retraction and Apology for Its Article Defaming Naked Capitalism and Other Sites — naked capitalism

The latest exchange in our effort to obtain a sorely overdue retraction and apology from the Washington Post.

In a variant of the classic problem of the shoemaker’s children going unshod, I have been so preoccupied communicating with other publishers who were smeared by the Washington Post in an article based almost entirely on the efforts brand new group of inept anti-Rooskie propagandists that would normally had been laughed out of the room had the Post not validated them. As a result, I’ve been remiss in not putting up the Post’s response to the letter we sent to them a bit more than a week ago.

Truthdig sent a letter (which they did not release) to the Post shortly before ours. They have published the Post’s response. You can see it there are substantial overlaps between the two letters. Also notice that the deputy general counsel issued both letters, which says the Post is not treating this matter as serious.

Aside from the stress and considerable frustration of having the hard-won reputation of Naked Capitalism and our writers savaged in such a casual and flagrantly inaccurate manner is that combatting with this injustice has taken me away from writing when there are many important stories to cover, such commenting on some of Trump’s Cabinet picks, the finally escalating Italian banking crisis, and Trump’s related battles over trade and US-China relations. I hope readers will continue to bear with our efforts to provide you with the analysis and commentary you’ve come to expect while we are forced to take up a fight to preserve a free and open Internet.

We will have more to say on this topic soon. Stay tuned.

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