WaPo “Corrects” 14+ Reports on Steele Dossier
Washington Post editor Sally Buzbee is working on the newspaper’s accuracy by correcting false information (AKA fake news) in published articles related to the infamous Steele dossier.
The Steele dossier is an amalgamation of rumors about Donald Trump compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele at the behest of the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was used by the Obama Administration to launch an illegal spying operation targeting the Trump transition team. As I wrote last year (click here to view article), it was discovered that the FBI lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee when they backed the credibility of the report.
Last week, The Washington Post corrected a series of articles pertaining to the dossier after Ms Buzbee said she could no longer stand by the reports’ accuracy. At her direction, the newspaper altered headlines, added editor’s notes, and deleted sections identifying Sergei Millian as a source of information for Mr. Steele.
In total, at least 16 articles were altered, amended, or otherwise changed.
The corrections made to the articles about the Steele dossier followed the conclusion of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe; an investigation which further discredited the validity of the dossier. As part of the investigation, Steele’s primary source of information – Igor Danchenko – was indicted. In 2017, Mr. Danchenko told FBI agents the information he gave Steele was “just talk” and that his sources were not worth a “grain of salt.”
Even Steele admitted Danchenko was a “boaster” and an “embellisher.”
As stated in an updated version of a WaPo article regarding a so-called affair Trump had that was described in the dossier: “Danchenko may have gotten his information about the hotel encounter not from Millian but from a Democratic Party operative with long-standing ties to Hillary Clinton.”
References to Millian as a source of information were removed from 8 additional articles published between March 2017 and April 2018. Last Wednesday, Danchenko pleaded not guilty to making false statements regarding the source of the information he gave Steele.
Author’s Note: Good on Ms Buzbee for trying to clean up The Washington Post, but unfortunately it is too late. Adding editor’s notes to articles is not going to change public opinion or make up for the lies that were published. Ironic that I just wrote an article about China changing its history (click here) with published statements praising the Chinese Communist Party’s glory and success.