The FBI wouldn’t comment for McClatchy’s article but that didn’t stop McClatchy from saying”far-right” websites like Breitbart and Infowars are being investigated by the FBI as Russian stooges.
Louise Mensch of HeatSt, a Trump hater, has a conspiracy theory about Russian bots controlling Breitbart and Infowars. McClatchy has joined the conspiracy huddle. Soros’s looney Daily Kos jumped on it and reported it as a news story.
Breitbart in particular is regularly under attack from the left-wing. Prior to accepting a position in the White House, Steve Bannon, who is now President Trump’s right-hand man, ran Breitbart, and Breitbart’s former national security editor, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, is now a White House security aide.
Bannon is often called – without evidence – a pusher of white nationalism, mostly because he wants to control the borders.
Perhaps they should look into the Soros’ organizations and other leftist conglomerate’s bots.
“This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence,” said one former U.S. intelligence official of the alleged Russian bot investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, according to McCaltchy.
Unnamed sources are becoming a bore.
The authors quoted partisan Adam Schiff accusing the Trump campaign of collusion with Russia and claiming there is “direct evidence…of deception”. They left out the part where FBI Director Comey said former DNI Clapper was “right” to say there is no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia.
McClatchy authors Peter Stone and Greg Gordon erroneously stated that Clinton campaign Chair John Podesta’s email account was hacked. In truth, Podesta himself admitted he fell for a phishing attack.
They say a top priority of investigators is to find out who delivered those “hacked” emails to Wikileaks, however, we don’t know for certain that Russia did deliver the emails to Wikileaks. They assume knowledge not in evidence.
The bots, the story goes, carry links to news stories and Democratic emails. Some spread links to fictional stories that accused Clinton of involvement in a child-sex ring. That was a very unfortunate and an obviously unfounded story. The left keeps going back to it. That’s all they’ve got.
Deep into the McClatchy conspiracy theory, they admit that there is no proof Russia is the source of the bot attacks.
Unlike counterintelligence investigators with more cyber-sleuthing capabilities, Howard [an Oxford professor] has not established that Russia was the source of the bot attacks he studied.
The story asserts that Russia used trolls, pretending to be Trump supporters posting stories or comments. The releases were carefully timed. That’s likely true.
The evidence presented that Breitbart and Infowars are Russian operatives? There is none, just the authors’ opinions that: Breitbart’s traffic set a record so Russian bots must be responsible; they think Bannon is a white nationalist: Bannon and Gorka are controversial – they accused Gorka of being a Nazi; and Infowars embraces conspiracy theories they say.
Anything unsubstantiated qualifies as news if it supports the narrative.
The article even quotes self-confessed liar, Donna Brazile, the former interim director of the DNC, who said that neither the party committee nor the Clinton campaign had used bots to widen the reach of their anti-Trump messages.
You can take that to the bank.
You know what they left out? They left out that the emails were accurate. If it was the Russians, the Russians only exposed the corruption!
It’s odd that the authors have no concerns about the fake news in this article. How about the fake news pushed by Media Matters, MoveOn, Daily Kos, Mother Jones? It’s only the alleged right-wing fake news they concern themselves with. That alone is fake news.
What about Obama’s collusion with Medvedev? Let’s not forget he sold out Eastern Europe’s missile defense system without anything in return. Let’s see a report about that.