The Gray Lady has published yet another ludicrously inane piece of disinformation about Russia. On Sunday, Andrew Kramer wrote about a recent Kremlin effort to Photoshop opposition leader Navalny next to Boris Berezovsky under the headline “Smear in Russia Backfires, Online Tributes Roll In.”
The article is misguided at its core. The fraudulent photograph was not published online but in the physical press, and its purpose was not to undermine Navalny with his online supporters. To the contrary, it had the exact opposite purpose, to destroy any vestigial support Navalny might have with the mainstream press and in the general, non-virtual, population.