Three months ago, a reporter (ahem, “intelligence officer” - same thing) comes home tipsy from a night out with a source and fires off an email to her editor (ahem, “handler” – again, same thing) relating a stream of unverifiable, unverified rumors of the kind everybody heard from one buddy or another in the last few months about Chávez’s health. She rates her source’s reliability - on criteria known only to herself - as a ”B”.
The emails get stolen. Then they’re published…and, it just so happens, that publication – again, three months after the fact – coincides with a renewed bout of cancer.
What chances do you think there are that the lamestream media is going to be forthright and honest with their readers about the real circumstances behind the story? What are the chances they’ll refrain from headlines that imply the leak is fresh, relates to the current bout of cancer treatment and constitutes more than a rumor (ahem, “rumint”)?