Since late 2016, in instance after instance, the narrative on Russia hacking the election has been slowly exposed as a massive farce. Last year, that slow crawl toward death turned into a full on sprint as CNN, not once, but twice admitted that they pushed fake Russian news with no proof — for ratings. Shortly after CNN, in their magnificent fall from the fake news pedestal, the New York Times quietly admitted their 'bombshell' backbone to the entire Russian narrative was simply not true.
Now, the Department of Homeland Security has even stepped in to lay the rumors to rest put out by NBC last week claiming that Russia "successfully penetrated" the voting system in several states.
According to NBC, in an "exclusive report" they received information from Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, who said she couldn't talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated."
However, this week, Manfra came forward to call NBC out for spinning her words to make it seem like the US had been hacked. "Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public with regard to Department of Homeland Security and state and local government efforts to combat election hacking," DHS cybersecurity chief Jeanette Manfra said on Monday.
Despite the fact that Manfra said an "exceptionally small number" of states were targeted successfully, NBC's headline on its website reads "Russians penetrated US voter systems, top US official says," which Manfra has accused of being misleading.