The headlines were striking, the content plausible, and the breaking news a scoop that couldn't be beat. Official Russian documents provided two weeks ago to Britain's Guardian newspaper reportedly revealed Vladimir Putin chaired a Kremlin meeting in 2016 that ordered his political warriors to put Donald Trump in the White House. Time may or may not tell whether the leaked memoranda are real, although their veracity isn't really the issue. The plausible story is only the latest to break atop the sea of disinformation inundating the news media. Unfortunately, few if any news organizations are giving the rising tide the attention it deserves.
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