School Newspapers Are Fake News

Many public schools have "journalism programs" which supposedly aim to teach students about ethics, honesty, and the value of thorough research. However, "student newspapers" have become liberal propaganda outlets, often pushing unsourced, borderline ridiculous claims which favor their political agenda - while masquerading as objective sources. 

Case in point - an article recently published by the "Raiders' Digest," the student publication of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Occupied Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public School system.

"As you most certainly know, Donald J. Trump is currently president of the United States of America. However, this outcome may have resulted from an outside force. What I am speaking of is the fact that Russia had hacked the election system, and proceeded to edit results to make the candidate they favor win. 

During his campaign, Donald Trump has had a history of connections with controversial figures such as Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon and David Duke. However, there is one person that he has been quite tight with: Vladimir Putin. After the primaries, Trump has went on and on, stating that this dictator was not only not morally irredeemable, but a friend. 

Now, if you were Putin, wouldn’t it make sense that you would want someone close to you holding the position of most powerful person in the free world? The CIA, the FBI, and even the Department of Homeland Security have all agreed that Russia intervened. But how could this happen? Well, it’s quite simple, the American voting machines are sitting ducks when it comes to security. It’s quite embarrassing, and these mistakes likely also allowed Bush to win. Twice. For a very long time, technological experts have warned us to be cautious of the security of these machines. 

Additionally, Russia knew that America had a bad relation with Clinton. Not saying that she is a bad person, I’ve donated money to her campaign before, but she is the least likable candidate out of the three choices that we could have chosen. Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley both had significantly less controversy in their history and aren’t married to one of the biggest enemies of the Republican party. Clinton fits both of those categories, however. Although Condoleezza Rice did the exact same thing, the media started hammering the emails scandal whenever they could. 

In addition, they tried to demonize Clinton on many occasions, and were successful most of the time. Putin knew that if he hacked in favor of Trump, then people wouldn’t have the same outrage if he hacked in favor of Clinton. The uneducated masses of the public started to mock Clinton’s assurance that Russia had hacked. 

In conclusion, Russia had interfered with the election, got the person they wanted in office, and knew that they would most likely get away with it, even if they got caught."

As is clearly evident, this article is full of inaccuracies, ridiculous, unfounded conspiracy theories, and blatant fake news. Many of the claims made have not even been alleged by the most radical liberal blogs. So much for honest, impartial, reliable student journalism!

First of all, not even the Obama "Deep State" or the liberal media has ever stated that Russia "hacked the election system, and proceeded to edit results."  The current party line, which is falling apart as time progresses, is that hackers located in Russia were involved with the alleged hacks of the Democratic National Committee and the email account of John Podesta, released by WikiLeaks. The story goes that the WikiLeaks documents then persuaded voters to decide against Hillary Clinton, thereby swinging the election to Trump.

This storyline is supported by two main pieces of evidence: a report by the cyber security firm CrowdStrike, a private corporation hired by the DNC; and an allegation by the Obama administration "intelligence community" that Russia was involved with the alleged DNC and Podesta hacks. However, both of those pieces of "supporting evidence" stand on extremely shaky ground. Firstly, CrowdStrike recently retracted key parts of their "Russian hacking" report, which was relied upon by the "intelligence community" to come to their conclusions. Secondly, the FBI was not even allowed by the DNC to examine their servers to prove if there even was a hack. On top of that, the Obama administration's intelligence report had a disclaimer stating that it is not guaranteed to be accurate!

Aside from the blatant falsehood about "Russian hacking", the author of the Raider's Digest article also alleged that President Trump has had "connections" with figures including David Duke, a former Louisiana state representative who was affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the 1970's and 80's. That is totally false, and even a cursory Google search of the issue would reveal that Trump has repeatedly "disavowed" the KKK and its former leader.

Also, President Trump has never called Vladimir Putin a "friend." He has said that Putin is a "tough guy", a factual statement that is not a judgement of Putin's moral character. In addition, he has said that unnecessarily antagonizing a nuclear nation over issues unrelated to our national security is not a good policy. Whether or not you agree or disagree with these statements, the Raider's Digest has clearly mischaracterized them.

But the most ridiculous and baseless accusation in this "news article" comes in the fourth paragraph, when the "student journalist" claims that Russia was involved in hacking the voting machines in the United States. First of all, only five states - New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina - use digital voting machines without a paper trail. Three of those states - South Carolina, Louisiana, and Georgia - were overwhelmingly won by President Trump, while two - New Jersey and Delaware - voted for Hillary Clinton. Also, the recounts in states won by Trump in fact increased his margins.

When then-candidate Trump was alleging that the election could be rigged by Hillary Clinton, the media called him crazy and released articles such as this one from CNN, entitled, "No, the presidential election can't be hacked." They actually ended up refuting many of the radical left's accusations made after Trump's victory, such as this article's claim that the voting machines were hacked by Russia to favor Trump.

Interestingly, the Raider's Digest "journalist" also believes that voting machine hacking allowed George Bush to win both the 2000 and 2004 elections - despite the fact that digital, Internet-connected voting machines were not even available, much less used, at the time. Apparently, any election result that the author doesn't like was stolen by the Russian Nazi Klan. Also, the 2008 and 2012 elections, according to the Raider's Digest, were  totally legitimate, right? Probably, Obama would have won by a landslide if the Russians hadn't had mercy on McCain and Romney and given them a couple hundred electoral votes!

The anonymous author of the article attacks the "uneducated masses of the public", but the author is the uneducated one. Not content to simply write a left-wing editorial, they spread misinformation and Fake News about our President.

Ironically, on the very same day that this piece of garbage was posted, the Raider's Digest also published an article, "All the Fake News That's Fit To Print." On the online version of the Digest, the article about fake news was right beside the "Russian hacking" post.

The definition of Irony

That should be the new motto of the Raiders' Digest, and all "student-run" newspapers like it.

All The Fake News That's Fit To Print

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