Evil Empire Strikes Back!

Evil Empire Strikes Back!

PE Bias Grade : C

By: Allen Nitschelm on January 8, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Pro-Iran hackers tap into US website
Date 01/07/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A6 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Mihir Zaveri
Article Summary

Hackers strike back with cyberattack on a Library website.

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In a quest to highlight President Trump’s “flabbergasting” move to kill a terrorist given the title of General by the terrorist state of Iran, the Boston Globe is eager to showcase negative repercussions. Surely President Trump’s actions of cancelling the nuclear agreement, applying maximum sanctions, and retaliating against an attack on our embassy cannot be good policy since it is the direct opposite policy of appeasement pursued by former President Obama. And the Globe is at its core a partisan organization with a goal not to practice journalism, but to use journalism as a cover for the broad transformation of the U.S. into a socialist paradise. That is what the Globe’s support of Elizabeth Warren really means, and they are telling readers this—not in so many words—on a daily basis.

This narrative is advanced with the article in question, a bold and striking response by Iranian computer hackers into a “US website.” Wow, that sounds very serious.

Until you read the story. What a joke. Iranians hacked into a website used by library professionals. This is their retaliation for killing their terrorist General?

Now I’m not downplaying what Iran might actually try to do, or the risk of war, but this is about the lamest example of retaliation that could have been found, next to “Ayatollah stubs his toe when kicking effigy of Trump.” But the Globe is so eager to publish a story on Iranian retaliation that this was the best it could do. Pathetic.

A website with 600,000 page views is very small, and that is within a day. The site hacked had that many views in a year. It is used by librarians, which makes it even more irrelevant.

And in one of the best understatements of the year, a computer security expert is quoted as saying this about the cyber-attack:

“It kind of looks worse than it really is,’’ he said.

That is “The Onion”-quality reporting right there. A priceless quote from a completely irrelevant article.


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