Breaking news: Experts say Putin injecting journalists with nonsense-inducing substance — Don’t Panic! Lighten Up! —

Rob Slane

Experts believe that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has possibly discovered a substance which, when injected into journalists, causes them to write utter drivel. Suspicions have been growing for some time that Mr Putin has been developing such a chemical, but what once might have been consigned to the realm of conspiracy theories can, according to the experts, no longer be dismissed.

Confirmation that the theory might be true gained credibility after several media outlets published pieces alleging that Mr Putin has managed to poison Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton. The London Metro, for instance, ran a piece entitled, “Trump and Putin poisoned Hillary Clinton, warns top doctor” whilst the Washington Post ran with the headline “The man who discovered CTE thinks Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned,” before going on to implicate both Mr Trump and Mr Putin.

According to one expert we talked to, there are several tell-tale signs that readers should look out for in news pieces for signs that Putin might be behind them:

One thing to look out for is the use of ‘experts’ to add credibility to the piece, without ever telling us who they are or why we should believe them. Another sign is the existence of words and phrases like ‘possibly’, ‘probably’, ‘might have’, and ‘maybe’. This shows that the journalist really doesn’t know what they are talking about, has no hard facts to back up what they’re saying, but mysteriously they appear compelled to say it anyway. That such journalism has been on the rise recently is not really in dispute, but the question is who is behind it?”

According to the expert, there is probably only one candidate:

“The evidence points to Mr Putin who, as is well known, possibly has a desire to subvert mainstream journalism, and probably has the means to do it. He also might have a motive and therefore maybe responsible for a good many cases of bad journalism.”

via Breaking news: Experts say Putin injecting journalists with nonsense-inducing substance — Don’t Panic! Lighten Up! —


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