If this latest government overreach story is true, it has to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Did conservative websites colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton? If we did it’s not intentional Conservative sites, especially bloggers looked for any news that would help defeat Hillary. She would have been an awful President. Good sites first make sure the story is true and offer readers verifiable proof. Do they use Russian sources…if they are verifiable why not? I have used videos from interviews on RT the Russian News. Is that colluding? Well while federal investigators aren’t saying it is yet…but they are getting too close.
As part of the FBI’s investigation into whether or not the narrative – spawned by the left that Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to elevate him to victory – carries any weight, federal investigators are also looking into conservative websites and their role in possibly colluding with the Kremlin to spread ‘fake news.’
According to the narrative, Russia used ‘bots’ to spread negative misinformation about Hillary Clinton as well as positive misinformation about Trump. McClatchy reported:
“Russian bots and internet trolls sought to propagate stories underground,” said Mike Carpenter, a former senior Pentagon official during the Obama administration whose job focused on Russia. “Those stories got amplified by fringe elements of our media like Breitbart.”
“They very carefully timed release of information to shift the news cycle away from stories that clearly hurt Mr. Trump, such as his inappropriate conduct over the years,” he said, referring to the October release of a video in which Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals. That event corresponded with a surge in bot-related traffic spreading anti-Clinton stories.
An additional Russian tool was the news from its prime propaganda machine, Russia Today, with a global television and digital media operation and a U.S. arm, RT America.
Last Nov. 19, Breitbart announced that its website traffic had set a record the previous 31 days with 300 million page views, driven substantially by social media.
Okay, do you see how ridiculous this narrative is? What they’re describing happens in every single presidential campaign. Supporters of each candidate attempt to flood the internet with stories supportive of their preferred candidate and critical of their opponent. That’s politics.
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