Monday night, Slate published an explosive new story suggesting shady ties between a server registered to the Trump Organisation and ones own by a Russian bank. While the Clinton campaign quickly pounced on the story as possibly “the most direct link yet between Donald Trump and Moscow,” security analysts raised doubts about the story’s conclusions just as swiftly. According to Noah Shachtman, the executive editor at The Daily Beast, his site ultimately declined to run the story itself due to the weakness of the evidence.
In the coming days, various experts will surely weigh in on whether or not Slate presented compelling evidence of nefarious activity. There is, however, another aspect of the article that needs to be addressed: its curious first sentence.
Never has a first paragraph needed to die more. https://t.co/1wVXanKjgj
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) November 1, 2016
“The greatest miracle of the internet is that it exists,” opens the story, “the second greatest is that it persists.”
To recap, here are the two greatest miracles of the internet, according to Slate dot com:
- That it exists.
- That it persists.