One of America’s most garlanded journalists, Walter Pincus, writes an article full of falsehoods and innuendo to smear Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden. The article is published in one of the world’s most prestigious newspapers, the Washington Post.
Greenwald points out three major factual errors in the piece. Pincus grudgingly concedes one of them, while the WP dithers interminably on attaching a correction to the article. Meanwhile, the error-strewn article becomes one of the most read in the paper.
And the lessons are: the more mainstream the media, the more it prioritises the interests of power; journalists who win establishment awards are chiefly serving the establishment; not all errors are mistakes.