Remember the November 2016 Washington Post story on the secretive outfit that furnished a list of purportedly Russian-backed “fake news” websites?
Well, thanks to some online sleuthing from a couple of bloggers/journalists, there’s good reason to believe that PropOrNot was the brainchild of Michael D. Weiss and the Interpreter staff.
- Hank DeBwankey in Who’s behind PropOrNot? I have a theory (with forensic linguistics!) connects the dots between what the media has reported about PropOrNot, and some startling coincidences between concurrent developments in The Interpreter. It finishes with an analysis of the similar writing styles of @michaeldweiss and @propornot on Twitter.
- George Eliason in PropOrNot Unmasked…, published the day after, reports on the results of a passive scan of the PropOrNot website that conclusively ties it to The Interpreter.
If this is true, it would mean that the “fake news” meme – which Trump turned against its original MSM promoters to the extent that the Washington Post was calling to retire that “tainter term” by January 2017 – was essentially kick-started by a neocon activist masquerading as a journalist who has pushed to have pro-Russian views equated with radical Islam.