Fake news is supposedly a new phenomenon. The term was invented by the corporate media mere months ago. They use it attack anyone who has the audacity to challenge their narratives. However, fake news is not new. It is as old as journalism itself.
Back in 1924, just four days before a general election, the Daily Mail and the Times published a letter from Zinoviev, the Chairman of the Communist International in the Soviet Union. The letter instructed British communists to enage in treason and terrorism. The letter instructed the communists to organise within the Labour Party and to use agitprop to undermine morale in the armed forces. The Mail and the Times made much of the letter, rather hysterically emphasising the supposed threat to democracy and national security.
Howver, the letter was a forgery. It had been provided to the newspapers and Conservative Party leaders by the intelligence service for the purpose of ensuring the Labour Party would lose the election.
MI6 had received the forgery from White Russians in Riga, who wanted a Conservative government in England as they hoped such a government would provide them with more assistance in their war against the Soviet Union.
Major Ball, the Head of MI6's B Branch, who passed the forgery to the Conservative Party Central Office, later moved to the Central Office, where he pioneered the dark arts of political spin, specifically by using intelligence for party purposes.
The parallels with contemporary events could hardly be more obvious. Sensational stories appear in supposedly reputable newspapers based on anonymous sources, who are often intelligence agents, promoting political propaganda. Indeed, the only real difference is that the intelligence agencies are prepared to public statements, a supposed openness that merely makes it easier for them to pass off blatantly false information as authorative to all those who are not paying attention or are wilfully blind.