This Is "Reporting?"

NY Times today, in After 19 Years in Senate, Kerry of Today Is Far From Kerry of 1985:

“When he first entered the Senate, in 1985, John Kerry was a proponent of a nuclear arms freeze and he joined other liberal Democrats in challenging numerous elements of President Ronald Reagan’s military expansion. He called the build-up unnecessary and said some of the weapons systems were useless.

Mr. Reagan’s military expansion was subsequently credited for helping hasten the collapse of the Soviet Union.

WTF??? It was? Credited by who? The Soviet Union did not increase their spending by one thin dime in response to Reagan’s huge military buildup. It had nothing to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This is a good example of how lies, repeated over and over, become “conventional wisdom.”