The mangled history of mainstream media and the Steele dossier
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Inevitably, this week, we started to see the news media backing off – even adjusting their files – over stories published about the so-called Steele dossier a couple of years ago. The effect is to force renewed thinking about links between Donald Trump and Russia.
The reason for reconsideration ...
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