What’s the Next Fake News?

NEW YORK—On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz won the fabled Boston Marathon in record time and looked fresh as a daisy when the media descended on her following her crowning with a wreath à la Ancient Greece. Rosie answered all the questions. She loved running, this was only her second marathon, and no, she was never tired or doubtful of victory during the two hours and 32 minutes of the race. The newspapers and the hacks went wild.

Well, the reason for Rosie’s freshness, it later transpired, was that she had entered the race twenty minutes from the finish, having used regular transport to get there from the start. She had missed all the checkpoints, but in view of the fact that she was a Cuban-American and a woman to boot, the race marshals blamed themselves for missing her. For some strange reason we have never heard of Rosie since then, but now, age 66, I hear she’s doing fine. Oh yes, I almost forgot. Rosie had to return the medal and the cash to the rightful winner, a Canadian lady who throughout two hours and thirty-some-odd minutes thought herself leading, only to be told she was second after a record-breaking run.

Amazon.com $50 Gift Ca... Check Amazon for Pricing. Rosie has never complained about having to give back the medal, but in a somewhat similar situation, two women, a gray old hag and a gossipy middle-aged one without hair, both of whom were caught cheating, have refused to return their prizes. I am, of course, speaking of The New York Times and The Washington Post, both Pulitzer Prize winners for exposing Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia, something they decided to invent the moment The Donald was elected. And it was as easy as pie. Unlike Rosie, who at least ran for twenty minutes and worked up a sweat, these two old tarts didn’t even bother to go through the motions of investigating.

The very few unbiased Washington correspondents have thoroughly covered this farce of false Russian collusion charges, but here’s a different view, what might have been, if the two old hags had acted like proper news gatherers instead of paid agents of the left. They (the old hags) could have gone Greek, i.e., taken the high road. But that would have required talent as well as knowledge. Instead, a lachrymose and hysterical Roger Cohen sort of compared Trump to Hitler—a tired cliché, especially when one killed millions of Jews while the other moved his embassy to Jerusalem and recognized Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights. Try reading a bit of history, Cohen, and have a colonoscopy to clear up your brain.

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