Cross-posted from Anti-War
It took a few days to get there, but the Washington Post has finally made the circuitous voyage from a headline declaring “Russian operation hacked a Vermont utility, showing risk to U.S. electrical security, officials say” to finally arriving at “Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation.”
One big thing you’ll notice about the second headline is that it’s not really a story in and of itself. Russia not hacking the US electric grid would not, on its own, be even a low level story in a newspaper, because every single day of history Russia has managed to not hack Vermont and not bring down the nation’s electrical grid.
Indeed, the only reason the second story exists at all is because the Washington Post released the first wildly irresponsible and obviously false story claiming Russia did something, and eventually decided that adding an “Editor’s Note” pointing out effectively that the story was false was simply insufficient…