The story on the Skripal poisoning is being stage-manged by the intelligence services and No. 10 for political effect.
As usual the UK media does what is required of them and amplifies and broadcasts the preferred narrative.
One characteristic of the current rash of anti-Russia stories is how we move so quickly from probability to fact. For example; that Russia “hacked” the US election – was presented by US intelligence as a matter of probability, not as a fact. But soon in the media and political circles it is taken as absolute fact. The same with the Skripal poisoning. This was described as being “very likely” a state sanctioned hit. But now – a couple of weeks later – the discourse treats it as proven fact. This jump from probability to fact is strange; how do rational people justify this to themselves?
But sometimes they brashly base the story on what is admitted to be no more than a “claim”. This is a nice piece of fake news in the Telegraph about alleged Russian state Twitter activity. Here the author admits that the article is based on a “claim”.
The potentially fake accounts, which experts say could be linked to the bot factory in St Petersburg, retweeted a poll by a British user which ended with more than 15,700 votes.
“potentially fake” and “could be”. A decent journalist would not even bother with the story. (Based on ‘expert’ ‘research’ by the Atlantic Council – which is a NATO linked organisation).
In either case standards of journalism do not exist for the Western media. Either they make it up altogether or they print conjecture and claims that should not even have made it past the initial filtering stages. The aim is to smear and destroy Russia; they are hard at work – oblivious it seems to the fact that they are doing exactly what they accuse Russian state media of doing.