The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.
If Republicans are said to have Islamphobia, I can see this article as one massive dose of Democratic Russiaphobia. The MSM has been trying to push the idea of “fake news” which pretty much means any news outlet that disagrees with their far-left Hillary loving opinion is deemed fake.
Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia.
Any more sophisticated than the American propaganda machine? I think not…
“Portrayed” Clinton as a criminal hiding potential fatal health problems? Where should I even start? Saying Clinton was being “portrayed” as a criminal is like saying Jeffrey Dahmer is being “portrayed” as a serial killer. The evidence was stacked against Hillary from the start. From her criminal destruction of evidence against her after she received a subpoena from the DOJ to her pocketing millions of dollars that she promised to Haiti after the earthquake. And her health problems are completely obvious. Hence the coughing fits that never end.
If anyone was trying to promote fear, it was the DNC and MSM, as proven through the Wikileaks, you arrogant pieces of shit. Even when you’ve been caught lying, you add another lie on top of it. Doubling down much?
Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem.
Two teams? Who? Name them! What technology? What are you even talking about?
There is no way to know whether the Russian campaign proved decisive in electing Trump, but researchers portray it as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders. The tactics included penetrating the computers of election officials in several states and releasing troves of hacked emails that embarrassed Clinton in the final months of her campaign.
Americans have had a deep distrust for U.S. democracy and it’s leaders long before Trump ever came along. This proves once again that the author of this article not only doesn’t have a clue as to how Americans feel at the moment. It also proves he doesn’t have the desire to reach out to better understand them.
Wikileaks already formally stated that Russia is NOT their source. But of course, this author doubles down on the “hacked” DNC emails story. And claiming that her emails were no more than an embarrassment when they proved criminal activity is the understatement of the decade.
“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who along with two other researchers has tracked Russian propaganda since 2014. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”
The Cold War? Really? The American people haven’t had faith in their government for years. And why would they? Sky high premiums through Obamacare, a disastrous trade deal with Iran that could lead to nuclear war in the Persian gulf, trashing our allies in Israel, Obama publishing 500 pages of more government restrictions after Trump’s victory, more troops being sent to the Middle East after the American people voted to get out of war, and proof that the U.S. government has expanded their spying on U.S. citizens as shown by Edward Snowden.
They say be aware of fake news. I say be aware of fake people. Craig Timberg, you’re on my shit list.