NYT Russophobic Propaganda
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
In early September, The Times claimed “new evidence (sic) of Russian interference in the 2016 election (surfaced), Facebook disclos(ing) it had identified more than $100,000 worth of divisive ads on hot-button issues purchased by a shadowy Russian company linked to the Kremlin.”
No “shadowy Russian company” is linked to the Kremlin, no Russian government ads run related to America’s 2016 election, nothing by Moscow interfering in the process, no evidence proving otherwise – just fabricated rubbish, part of longstanding Russia bashing.
Commenting on the so-called “$100,000 worth of divisive ads,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “campaigns (ahead of last year’s US presidential election) spent hundreds of millions of dollars advertising online…1000x more than any problematic ads we’ve found.”
Overall, billions of dollars were spent by candidates, supportive super-PAKS, and other sources during last year’s presidential campaign season, $100,000 by anyone or groups of people inconsequential by comparison.
The Times embarrassed itself by its fake news report, disclosing its deplorable opposition to truth-telling, falsely claiming “evidence of the broad scope of the Russian influence campaign.”
No evidence exists, the self-styled newspaper of record not deterred, at it again with follow-up fake news, now claiming Russian Twitter accounts influenced last year’s election, saying:
“…Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans…used…large-scale automated messaging, using ‘bot’ accounts to spread false stories and promote news articles about emails from Democratic operatives that had been obtained by Russian hackers.”
Will Twitter go along with this rubbish or expose it the way Facebook’s Zukerberg did?
The Times cited the neocon anti-Russia/anti-democratic Alliance for Securing Democracy, its advisors a virtual rogue’s gallery of right-wing extremists, claiming it tracked 600 Twitter accounts linked to the Kremlin, including “Russia-linked Twitter accounts that posed as Americans, the platform was also used for large-scale automated messaging, using “bot” accounts to spread false stories and promote news articles about emails from Democratic operatives that had been obtained by Russian hackers.”
Twitter said nothing about alleged mischievous Russian accounts. No evidence suggests any exist linked to the Kremlin.
The House Intelligence Committee announced a hearing to be held in October on (nonexistent) Russian influence in America’s presidential election, Facebook, Twitter and Google to testify.
The Times: “This month, The New York Times reported on evidence of Russian operators creating hundreds or thousands of fake Twitter accounts to flood the network with anti-Clinton messages during the campaign.”
Fact: No fake Twitter, Facebook or other social media accounts linked to the Kremlin exist. The Times lied claiming otherwise.
The lies continued saying “(e)xperts inside and outside the government say President Vladimir V. Putin had multiple goals in last year’s campaign of hacking, leaking and stealth propaganda. He hoped to damage, if not defeat, Mrs. Clinton.”
Fact: There was no Russian “hacking, leaking and stealth propaganda.
Fact: So-called government “experts” are US intelligence community officials, mostly CIA ones, responsible for concocting the fake Russian hacking story.
Fact: So-called “experts” outside government are paid Russophobes going along with fabricated accusation.
The Times is a national disgrace, an imperial tool, an embarrassment to real journalism, entirely absent on its pages on issues mattering most.
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