On Thursday, a major US news outlet will launch a “fake news” campaign in an attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
The Washington Post will be running a website called “Clinton Cash,” which will present stories and stories with the same tone and substance as the news outlet’s own articles.
The new site, which the Post says will be the first of its kind, is designed to be a “platform for legitimate reporting of Clinton Cash” while simultaneously serving as a platform for a political propaganda campaign against the former first lady.
“We’re going to start by saying we’re going after the Clinton campaign, and then the other candidate, but we’re also going after our own,” wrote Post managing editor Marty Baron in a statement.
“It’s the only way to keep our audience informed and to ensure that our reporting is accurate.”
The Washington Times has been a fixture of American politics since the 1980s, publishing the work of journalists such as James O’Keefe, who exposed the Clintons’ decades-long relationship with organized crime.
But the Post has largely stayed out of the media spotlight during the presidential campaign, choosing instead to focus on issues like the Flint water crisis and the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The publication’s decision to launch a political “attack” on the Clintons, however, will likely further alienate a critical section of the American public that has historically leaned Republican.
“If we’re not able to provide a platform where you can engage in legitimate journalism and talk about what’s really going on, then we can’t provide a forum where we can have a conversation about issues like climate change and what’s going on in Flint, Michigan,” New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said at a conference earlier this month.
While many Republicans, such as the President-elect, have criticized the media for its coverage of Trump, Baquet insisted the news media’s bias against Clinton was a “distraction” from the real issues facing the country.
“Our job as a news organization is to inform the American people, and to get to know them and have a relationship with them,” Baquet added.
“Our job is to tell the truth.”
Read more: The Washington Press Club and The New York Post