People confronts Spanish riot police near a voting site at a school assigned to be a polling station by the Catalan government in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 1 Oct. 2017.(AP/Felipe Dana, File)

Spanish Media Blames “Russian Meddlers” For Catalan Referendum Crisis

There are many reasons for news and images from the historic and tumultuous Catalan day of voting on independence going viral. Yet it seems that “Russian meddling” has become an all-but-reflexive explanation for both embarrassing underlying events and their viral coverage.