Yorkshire Post - - OPINION -

No tragedy is too great to be ma­nip­u­lated, as demon­strated by the Rus­sian state me­dia re­ports that the hor­rific chem­i­cal at­tack on Syr­ian civil­ians was a hoax.

Those same so-called news out­lets have con­stantly sought to muddy the wa­ters over the poi­son­ing of Sergei and Yu­lia Skri­pal in Sal­is­bury – even last week try­ing to un­der­mine the cred­i­bil­ity of in­tel­li­gence prov­ing that Yu­lia’s emails had been hacked by Rus­sia for years be­fore the at­tack.

Con­fu­sion over what is or is not true has been in­ten­si­fied by Don­ald Trump’s weari­some habit of bel­low­ing – usu­ally via Twit­ter – “fake news”, when­ever a new claim about the seed­ier or shadier as­pects of his past sur­faces.

Whether it con­cerns al­leged ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex, or busi­ness re­la­tion­ships that have the whiff of some­thing not

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