On The Listening Post this week: after all the collusion hysteria, mainstream media in the United States reflect on their role in promoting the conspiracy theory. Plus, revisiting Ethiopia’s media scene, one year on.
The collapse of the Russiagate collusion narrative
It read like a spy movie – and had people gripped. Russiagate, the theory that Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to hijack the 2016 US presidential elections, was a story that was too big to fail.
But that’s what happened, and certain US news outlets now have some questions to answer because the Mueller report has found no smoking gun.
Having sold Americans the seductive and conspiratorial notion that the man in the oval office was a compromised foreign agent, now comes a moment