During the 2016 election, the narrative that interference from “the Russians” had an impact on Donald Trump’s success was alive and well, and it was pushed heavily by the Washington Post. However, the Post is now claiming that the propaganda it accused Russian bots of spreading was actually American, and it was “factually accurate.”
In a new story titled “Russia used mainstream media to manipulate American voters,” the Post admitted that instead of creating and spreading “fake news,” the accounts it claimed were controlled by Russians actually focused on sharing stories from American mainstream media outlets, and one of their most used sources just happened to be The Washington Post.
Citing an analysis by Columbia University social-media researcher Jonathan Albright, the Post noted that the majority of the “Russian propaganda” spread by these accounts was made up of “factually accurate” stories from American sources:
“Some well-chronicled hoaxes reached large audiences. But Russian-controlled Twitter accounts, Albright said, were far more likely to share stories produced by widely read sources of American news and political commentary. The stories themselves were generally factually accurate, but the Russian accounts carefully curated the overall flow to highlight themes and developments that bolstered Republican Donald Trump and undermined his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Among the tweets Albright studied, the most common links were to Breitbart News, followed by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. The list of the top 25 linked sites had a conservative bent, with the Daily Caller, Fox News and the Gateway Pundit appearing.”
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) February 15, 2018
While the Post did not admit it directly, the claim that so-called Russian accounts on social media were frequently sharing mainstream media reports that elevated Trump or criticized Clinton, is a far cry from the claims the Post made during the election.
In November 2016, the Post published a story titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” in which it cited a list of 200 sites it accused of spreading Russian propaganda, compiled by “a group that insists on public anonymity.” However, the group, which went by the name of “PropOrNot,” lacked both credentials and evidence.
As The Free Thought Project reported following the hit-piece:
“Literally nothing in that Post article was true. None of the claims were backed by evidence, no research or investigation had been performed, nothing. WaPo just printed the claims of PropOrNot and inserted plausible deniability by failing to link to the list the site. A subsequent retraction at the top of the page was akin to plugging a crack in a dam that’s already burst—damage to many reputable and award-winning outlets listed had already been done.
Additional stories from the Post—none including any proof—blamed The Russians for everything from meddling in the U.S. election to install Trump, to hacking into the power grid in Vermont. ‘We’re all in peril because Russia,’ WaPo repeatedly claimed — without so much as a shred of evidence.”
The latest update from the Washington Post on alleged Russian meddling also cited Clinton Watts, a former FBI agent who is now working for the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He claimed that instead of using obscure alternative sources, the “Russian accounts” on Twitter opted to share American mainstream media stories because it appeared to enhance their credibility.
“The Kremlin, they don’t need to create a false narrative. It’s already there,” Watts said. “You’re just taking a narrative and elevating it.”
In the same way that the Washington Post is criticizing Twitter accounts for sharing links to their stories that promoted Trump or cast doubt on Clinton, the Post should also be held accountable for the many stories its outlet published pushing the narrative that Russian meddling and “fake news” were alive and well—only to then completely shift the story when the original claims fell apart.
Amarillo, TX — As news of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida dominated the airwaves this week, a massive hostage situation—which was quickly turning into a mass shooting situation—was foiled by a hero in a church. That hero, however, is now in the hospital after police showed up to the scene and shot him.
The situation was well on its way to becoming one of the deadliest shootings in history as the gunman took over 100 people hostage inside the Faith City Mission church on Wednesday.
“They said there was a gun in the building everyone started running all different ways,” said Clay Murdock, a student at Faith City Mission.
According to WLOX, Murdock said he tried to get as many people inside their sound room as possible.
“We’re standing in there and everyone starts praying,” said Murdock. “I went outside to see what was going on if I could get more people in there and right when as I went outside the guy was standing right in front of me with the pistol.”
Murdock then ran outside.
According to the Amarillo police, the initial call came in around 8:45 a.m. and indicated that there was an armed suspect inside who was holding 100 people hostage.
Sergeant Brent Barbee told reporters that when officers breached the building, they encountered an individual who had a handgun.
“The officers fired shots that struck the man,” said Barbee. “After some additional investigation, they’ve learned that the man that [had] the gun may have taken the firearm away from the original suspect in the call. The man who originally had the gun has been taken into custody.”
Later that day, police clarified that they indeed shot the wrong man.
APD investigating shooting at 401 SE 2nd. UPDATE https://t.co/NIAQedSsL7
— Amarillo Police Dept (@AmarilloPD) February 14, 2018
“The initial investigation indicates that the man the officer shot had originally been in a struggle with the original suspect and had taken away the gun from the suspect. The initial suspect has been taken into custody and is not injured. No other persons were hit by gunfire. This is very early in the investigation and more details will be available at a later time,” read the report.
As Amarillo.com reports, the hero of the story is a student at Faith City Mission church. After he and the private church security officers wrestled the shooter to the ground and got the gun away from him, one or more Amarillo police officers opened fire on the student.
“Members of the security team took the gunman down and one of our students was able to wrestle the gun away,” she said. “Our thoughts are with our injured student and we praise God for his protection while honoring the heroic actions of our security team, students and everyone else involved — which prevented the situation from becoming far worse.”
The student was taken to a local hospital. The gunman, Joshua Len Jones, 35, of Amarillo was taken to jail unharmed.
Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Taylor said the student, who was not identified, had surgery Wednesday but was in stable condition and remains hospitalized, reports Amarillo.com.
“One of our staff members visited the student that was shot and he is resting well after surgery,” Taylor said.
Predictably, this story received no coverage in the mainstream media as it is showed brave citizens in a positive light while highlighting the fact that cops shot and nearly killed the hero.
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The Trump administration has identified forces within the country that reportedly sow more discord than any alleged foreign attempts to meddle in US domestic matters.
During an interview on Fox & Friends TV show, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley singled out two groups in the United States “that have created chaos more” than the alleged Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election: Democrats and the mainstream media.
He further insisted that these groups continue “to push this lie on the American people for more than a year, and quite frankly Americans should be outraged by that.”
Earlier on Friday, February 16, the office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued an indictment against 13 Russian individuals and three entities for allegedly breaking the law with the intention to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein insisted, however, that the indictment includes no allegation that the purported Russian meddling altered the outcome of the presidential election.
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FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller published the indictment on Friday evening – just two days after a high-profile school shooting in Florida. Both factors are likely to reduce the media coverage of the release, which apparently falls short of expectations of a smoking gun to take down the administration of Donald Trump, which many ‘Russiagate’ proponents have been hoping for.
“The fact that Mueller dumped these indictments out today proves that he is kind of hoping to go undercover – as far as is possible – to go undercover with political news like that,” conservative radio host Dave Perkins told RT. “[Mueller] has indicted these Russians knowing that he will never actually have to bother to prosecute them. Which is why he indicted them for peculiar, almost not-named crimes, very low-level things.”
“What has happened is Mueller is setting himself up, having tossed red meat to the base on the left: here is your Russians, here is your conspiracy, see, they have tried to affect the outcome of the election. And then he can fade back into the hedge.”
The indictment targets Russian nationals allegedly involved in a campaign meant to sow discord in America through social media. The document does not mention the hack of the DNC server or the phishing attack on Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, which both resulted in leaks of sensitive emails. Nor does it indicate that any of the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign or any other individuals in the US. Nor does it claim that the persons indicted were acting on orders from the Russian government. The document says there was no evidence the alleged campaign had any impact whatsoever on the outcome of the election.
Friday afternoon is “a great time to release news if you want to bury the news,” Just Foreign Policy Group director Robert Naiman said, though he doubts this was done intentionally. He added that the new development in the Russia probe is unlikely to tip public perception of it in a significant way. “People who want to put forward the Russia story – many of them will see this as vindication. They won’t care really what the details are.”
“This is an indictment. In the US system this means that a threshold has been met for taking a case to trial. It doesn’t mean anything has been proved,” he said.
The details of the indictment make it a shaky case for trial, media analyst Lionel pointed out, arguing that most of the things the 13 Russians are alleged to have done are not even a crime and had been done by others during the election campaign.
“They were apparently Russian nationals that didn’t say, hey, we are Russian nationals” while conducting their election-related activities on social media, he told RT. “I have never seen an indictment so bereft of citation and case law… I would have loved to argue this one in a motion to dismiss.”
If the indictment was properly covered by the US media, Americans would realize there was not much to it, independent journalist, author, and former Wall Street Journal correspondent Joe Lauria believes, but this is unlikely the way the story will be remembered.
“If these things did happen – they may be guilty of identity theft and certainly didn’t register as foreign agents – but the idea that this had an impact on the election is farcical. And if it was seen that way in the United States, Trump would have nothing to worry about. But the corporate media is going to push this as the smoking gun.”
The reporting, he predicted “will put more fuel on the fire to create more smoke that somehow Russia helped Trump steal this election from Hillary Clinton, which this indictment does not show in any way.”
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Media Scoundrels Cheerlead Phony Indictments of Russian Nationals
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
They find new ways of sinking to new lows, featuring disgraceful rubbish. A contemptible NYT editorial headlined “Stop Letting the Russians Get Away With It, Mr. Trump,” saying:
“Are you sure you still want to call it fake news, Mr. President?”
“He dismissed the Russian subversion effort as a hoax by his opponents and the media despite voluminous evidence to the contrary – including the consensus of the American intelligence community – that it did in fact happen, and is sure to happen again.”
“Now come the indictments…(T)he(ir) sheer scope…is breathtaking,” suggesting a connection to Putin.
Fact: A same day article discussed the shameful witch hunt indictments, proving nothing but Washington’s dark side – not laying a glove on Russia or Trump, the Times and other media scoundrels implying it anyway.
Russian nationals are charged with the “crime” of free expression, using social media and other means to express views, what millions of people worldwide do all the time – in America a First Amendment right.
The Times disgracefully called it “collusion…impact(ing) on the election.” In a lead article, the Times turned truth on its head, claiming the indictments “unveiled a sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and to support the Trump campaign.”
Rubbish! The Times ludicrously called on Trump to “take aggressive measures to protect American democracy,” including by imposing more illegal sanctions.
The neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post headlined “What Trump still doesn’t get about Russian interference in the election,” saying:
DOJ indictments of 13 Russian nationals “presents powerful evidence that Moscow staged an attack on the United States’ democratic political process” – a bald-faced lie.
WaPo: “The indictment…undercuts any lingering suggestion that Russian interference is a myth or a hoax…”
They prove absolutely nothing – no Russian US election meddling, no Trump team improper or illegal dealings with Russia, no criminality by anyone.
WaPo: “(T)he evidence of a Russian assault on the US election is a serious development in and of itself that any responsible president would respond to in a serious way.”
“Such an attempt to delegitimize the American system could only have gone forward with the knowledge and approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
“It reflected the Kremlin’s all-too-accurate judgment that a divided and polarized US electorate would be vulnerable to the same sort of dirty tricks Russia has pulled in Europe.”
No Russian “assault” on the US electoral system occurred. No evidence suggests it.
Blaming Putin for what never happened continues WaPo’s disgraceful assault on a preeminent world leader – unmatched in the West. Claiming Russia interfered in European elections is another bald-faced lie.
WaPo: “The grand jury’s indictment shows how far Russia is willing to go to manipulate and discredit our democracy. “
No US democracy exists to discredit. America’s debauched system discredits itself – tyranny, not governance of, by and for everyone equitably.
Here’s a sampling of other headlines following the witch hunt indictments:
Wall Street Journal: “Russians Charged With Interfering in US Election” – the Journal falsely claiming “a systematic effort to discredit the results of the 2016 election.”
CNN: “How the Russians ran a shadow campaign,” citing a “Kremlin-linked troll group.”
Fox News: “13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections,” claiming a sophisticated plot to wage ‘information warfare’ against” America.
MSNBC: “Indictment crushes Trump’s ‘hoax’ claims about Russian interference”
ABC News: ” ‘Putin’s chef’ among Russians indicted by Mueller” – referring to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.
CBS News: “Rod Rosenstein announced indictments of Russians in US election meddling”
NBC News: ” ‘Information warfare’: How Russians interfered in 2016 election”
USA Today: “After Mueller indicts Russian nationals, Trump insists: ‘No collusion’ “
AP News: “Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race”
Reuters: “US charges Russians with 2016 US election tampering to boost Trump”
Chicago Tribune: “President Trump’s ‘Russia hoax’ turns out to be real in 37-page indictment”
Los Angeles Times: “Now we know for sure: The Russia story is not a ‘hoax’ “
The BBC: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has dropped another Friday blockbuster…”
London Guardian: “Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter”
Al Jazeera: “US charges 13 Russians, 3 firms with election meddling”
Friday’s “bombshell” was all smoke and no fire. It revealed lots more about America than Russia – more proof that its deeply corrupted system is too debauched to fix.
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How right was Trump to nickname the mainstream media “fake news media”… never believe a word that comes out of their mouths, get your news from us instead.
Okay so when the headlines came saying that Nikolas Cruz was a member of a READ SIEGE group in Florida called “Republic of Florida,” everyone was all blacky pilly.
I have recently been investigating the fed-posting Siege Cult, and have found that it is mostly just a satanic doomsday cult that is pretending to be political. So I was not at all shocked by the incident. I have expected and do still expect these SIEGE people to do mass casualty events.
But as it turns out, this Florida event was carried out neither by white nationalists or satanists. It was just what it looked like in the first place: some spic on SSRI drugs.
The claim that the spic was a member of a WN group was an elaborate (at least semi-elaborate – or perhaps “pseudo-elaborate”) troll performed by a Discord channel, who was doing it for teh lulz.
Basically, these guys got the idea to blame this group, and the guy who leads the group apparently went along with it. Jordan Jereb is his name. The series of events, as it appears, is this:
- A Discord channel got the idea to blame ROF
- They made a post on 4chan
- The ADL called up Jereb and he said that Cruz was a member
- The ADL told the media to do a massive media storm about these unsubstantiated claims, and as always, the media obeyed their masters
- The feds started showing up at people’s houses
- Jereb mad a post on Gab saying he was confused and said the wrong thing when the ADL called him up
- The media was like “oh… well… maybe I guess we could have misspoken… perhaps…”
BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz, alleged perpetrator in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was associated with white supremacist group Republic of Florida & participated in the group’s training exercises, according to the group’s leader. More info: https://t.co/eTCTx1fUdP
— ADL (@ADL_National) February 15, 2018
Here are all the screenshots of the discussion of the event. It goes without saying that I did not take these screenshots or upload them, and am in fact against whoever did, because this could have kept going for another day if someone wouldn’t have squealed. Or maybe not. The feds were showing up at people’s houses, so obviously at that point the jig is up.
No one should ever talk to the feds at all, let alone lie to them to support a troll.
Reasons This is Good
I have actually seen people saying this is not good. And I’m just like. lolwut.
Of course it is good. Humiliating the media is always good, and doing that while totally blowing the credibility of the ADL as a reliable source for information is quadruple good.
Basically, there was a 6 hour news barrage across the entire planet based on a 4chan post because the ADL will just believe any internet rumor they hear and order the media to spam it.
This demonstrates, fully, that Jewish ethnic activist groups such as the media and the ADL are so obsessed with blaming white identity movements for violence that they will act recklessly and in a totally deranged fashion.
This makes the whole idea of constantly blaming white people for everything look retarded, and it will lead to any future event where they try to do this being questioned. Because before this, they were able to get away with like, “oh this one thing he posted on Facebook – he’s a Nazi” – that shit isn’t going to fly anymore.
Beyond all of that: this shit is just fucking hilarious. This is your mainstream media, which claims that it is above reproach, not even attempting to confirm a story before they spam the entire planet with it. This was like a Sam Hyde shooter meme times six million.
Look at this shit.
And just to be clear: there is nothing illegal about this. You are 100% allowed to post fake shit on 4chan, you are allowed to lie to the ADL, you are allowed to lie to the media. And that is the only reason you should ever talk to these people anyway. If you’re not playing them, they’re playing you. Remember that.
This Jereb Guy
Jordan Jereb is getting a lot of shit in the tubes over this. I read his Gab and he is definitely a standard fed-posting Siegefaggot (unless that is a troll), which is something I am totally opposed to (we need to talk about that further – soon). But in this situation, if all he did was lie to the ADL to create this massive media debacle, then what exactly are people giving him shit about?
I’m not defending the guy, I’m just defending the troll. But it may well be that people just didn’t know who he was (I didn’t) and they’re looking at his shit and being like “wow bro fed-post much?”
And that’s fine.
I’m fed up with fed-posting myself. It has really gotten way the fuck out of control since Charlottesville when we’ve been flooded with feds who are making shit-tier autists think they’re allowed to like, plan terrorist attacks on Discord.
You are allowed to plan media hoaxes on Discord.
Jebeb is an asshole, for sure. But the troll itself. It were glorious.
Seriously though, stay away from this guy. Master troll or not, his entire Gab timeline is spammed with fed shit. Stay away from that shit if you don’t want to end up in prison for decades.
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The Social Media Neutrality Panel was held earlier this week at the Newseum in Washington D.C. The panel included several prominent conservatives and entrepreneurs including Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit, Pamela Geller of The Geller Report, Oleg Atbashian from The People’s Cube, tech entrepreneur Marlene Jaeckel, and Margaret Howell of Rightside Broadcasting, and topics ranged from the current tech climate to social media bias.
At one point during the event, Margaret Howell, who heads Right Side Broadcasting Network as their D.C. bureau chief, commented that tech giants like Facebook, Google and YouTube seem to be collaborating with left wing media outlets in order to censor conservative voices. Howell provided multiple examples to back up her argument, reminding us that many of these companies will go as far as to ban live video and video clips – even ones that don’t contain any political context whatsoever – all because they want to prevent any potential message that doesn’t align with the progressive agenda from getting through their gates.
Howell went on to describe a time when a video that she recorded during a White House press briefing was censored by YouTube, even though the mainstream media is allowed to broadcast identical coverage across all platforms. You can watch Howell’s full remarks in the video below:
This is hardly the first time that YouTube (which is owned by Google) has been accused of suppressing conservative content on their video sharing platform. In fact, back in October of last year, the conservative digital media organization PragerU filed a lawsuit against YouTube for unlawful censorship and free speech discrimination. Nearly 40 videos produced and published by PragerU on YouTube have been restricted as of October, including “Why America Must Lead,” “The Ten Commandments: Do Not Murder,” “Why Did America Fight the Korean War,” and “The World’s Most Persecuted Minority: Christians.”
“It looks like it’s the videos they don’t agree with ideologically,” explained PragerU CEO Marissa Streit in an interview with TheBlaze, adding that since PragerU’s videos are specifically designed to reach young people with its conservative message, the censorship hurts all the more. “As the person who runs this organization, I want fair treatment,” Streit went on to say. “I don’t want to be discriminated against… Our hope is to make a correction that will lead to goodness.” (Related: Is it time for the government to regulate Internet giants like Facebook and Google to prevent thought monopolies?)
But it’s not only PragerU that has been targeted by YouTube for censorship. As the Daily Caller reported back in August, a number of other conservative voices are having their free speech rights infringed upon as well. One of these conservatives is right-wing journalist Lauren Southern, who believes that “it would be insane to suggest there’s not an active effort to censor conservative and independent voices.” Southern added, “Considering most of Silicon Valley participates in the censorship of alleged ‘hate speech,’ diversity hiring and inclusivity committees. Their entire model is based around a far-left outline. There’s no merit hiring, there’s no support of free speech and there certainly is not an equal representation of political views at these companies.” (Related: If Google and Facebook are not regulated, their politically-motivated censorship will lead to open warfare in the streets.)
It’s now abundantly clear that Silicon Valley is actively trying to suppress conservative points of view, and as Margaret Howell pointed out, it’s likely that they are working with the liberal mainstream media to accomplish this goal. They care very little, if at all, about the freedom of speech and the First Amendment, and if this is allowed to continue, then one day the freedom of speech on the Internet won’t exist at all. Conservatives viewpoints will essentially be banned from the world wide web, and the liberals will have full control over what information the American people are allowed to view. We simply cannot let this happen.