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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:32 pm 
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Long article with multiple tweets. I will include snippets but you can read the entire article at the link below:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/01/18/hou ... ook-story/

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House Intel Committee Democrats Started The False ‘Russia On Facebook’ Story

Democrats spread a false story, the media picked it up without asking questions, and only months later do some grudgingly acknowledge that the whole thing is probably bunk.


Willis L. Krumholz By Willis L. Krumholz

JANUARY 18, 2018

As the scandal of the Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee-funded dossier only begins to blow up, those invested in the Donald Trump and Russia collusion narrative are growing desperate. The latest shiny object the media picked up is Russia’s supposed presence on social media during the 2016 election.



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Enter Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News’ intrepid reporter who loves taking stories from Fusion GPS, the DNC-funded firm that created the dossier. Isikoff was excited to report that Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate “Russian election interference,” has focused his sleuthing on whether the Trump campaign had anything to do with Russia’s activity on social media: “In just the last few weeks, his prosecutors have begun questioning Republican National Committee staffers about the party digital operation that worked with the Trump campaign to target voters in key swing states. They are seeking to determine if the joint effort was related to the activities of Russian trolls and bots aimed at influencing the American electorate, according to two of the sources.”

The story Isikoff advances here is that since Russia’s social media campaign was sophisticated and surely affected the election’s outcome, it is likely that Russia’s social-media trolls received marching orders from the Trump campaign. Not really.


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There’s No Evidence a ‘Sophisticated’ Effort Existed

Right away, The Washington Post’s Philip Bump committed a random act of journalism and correctly pointed out that Mueller’s entire premise (if Isikoff’s reporting is correct) is bonkers: “All of that, though, requires setting aside what we actually know about the Russian activity on Facebook and Twitter: It was often modest, heavily dissociated from the campaign itself and minute in the context of election social media efforts.”

Bump concludes: “As it stands, the public evidence doesn’t support the idea that the Russians executed a savvy electoral strategy on social media to ensure Trump’s victory. In fact, it seems less the case that they did so now than seemed might be possible back in July,” when the narrative of Russian activity on social media first came out.

So not only is there no evidence yet that Trump’s social media team colluded with a sophisticated Russian effort, there is no evidence yet that there was a sophisticated Russian effort in the first place. But Bump’s article misses another huge point. At the beginning of his article, Bump refers to the “popular sense” that Trump team members aided the Russians in a social media campaign. The article studiously avoids discussing where that “popular sense” came from: It came directly from Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).


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Intel-Committee Democrats Started This False Narrative
It began with what was obviously a leak from HPSCI Democrats to CNN’s Manu Raju in early October, shortly after the committee received the Facebook ads. Facebook scraped these ads together while Democrats just happened to be offering legislation that would regulate political speech on the platform. Facebook had previously claimed (correctly) that there was no substantial Russian activity on its social network.


CNN’s spin went like this: Because the Russian social media campaign was “highly sophisticated,” targeting swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin, collusion was a likely explanation. How else, apart from the Trump campaign, could the Russians have such a thorough understanding of American voting?

The spin was utterly bogus. Democrats on the intelligence committee cherry-picked a few Michigan and Wisconsin-focused ads and falsely presented them as representative of the entire batch. A few days later, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York wrote a corrective article that utterly shot holes in CNN’s conspiracy theories.

Using information from Facebook and government officials, reported by York and Bump, we now know that:

    The 3,000 ads in question were not sophisticated whatsoever. They were mostly written in broken English, and most of the ad-views occurred after the election (while nobody saw 25 percent of the rest). Ten million people saw the ads, but only about 5 million saw the ads before the election, and most of these views occurred in 2015.
    The vast majority of the ads didn’t mention voting, or any specific politician or political party. They mostly covered divisive cultural issues, such as immigration or the Black Lives Matter group.
    Only about a quarter of the ads were geographically targeted (relatively easy to do on Facebook’s ad service), and more targeted ads ran in 2015 than in 2016. The targeted ads were all over the map, with many running in non-battleground states. A statement from Sen. Richard Burr’s office (R-NC) notes that five times more ads were targeted at Maryland than Wisconsin (262 to 55), and that “35 of the 55 ads targeted at Wisconsin ran prior to the Wisconsin primary – before there was an identified Republican candidate…” Not one of those 55 Wisconsin ads mentioned Trump by name.
    The three most heavily targeted states were Maryland, Missouri, and New York, all relatively safe wins for one political party. Washington DC, whose electoral votes always go Democrat in recent years, received more ads than did Pennsylvania, a politically contested state.
    Of the ads that more than one person saw, only about a dozen targeted the contested states of Michigan and Wisconsin, and most of these ads ran in 2015. Of the ads that were seen, the majority were seen by fewer than 1,000 people. Most of the Michigan and Wisconsin ads were less than $10 buys.
    The total ad-spend for Wisconsin was $1,979, and all but $54 was spent before the primary in early 2016. The ad-spend in Michigan was $823. In Pennsylvania it was $300. More than five times the money spent on these states was spent in California.

Moreover, the Russian ads Facebook turned over contained “clickbait-type ads that had nothing to do with politics,” according to a government official familiar with the ads. This raises the question as to whether all of these ads were even run by the Russian government, or by Russians trying to make money on the Internet.


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But Democrats weren’t about to let facts get in the way of advancing their collusion narrative. The House Intelligence Committee released their cherry-picked examples of “Russian Facebook ads” in November.

Here’s Bump’s assessment of the Democrat’s chosen ads: “Of the 30 ads shared by the Democrats, six, viewed 1.2 million times in total, ran in 2015. Only seven ran in the last month of the campaign, totaling about 340,000 views. The ads targeted none of the four closest states in the election — New Hampshire, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — specifically; most were national ad buys. States that were targeted specifically included Texas and New York, neither of which was considered a swing state.”


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The evidence available to us today says that Russia’s activities on Facebook—if they even were sponsored by the Russian government—were no big deal. Twitter identified around 2,700 bot accounts possibly related to Russia. But if you realize how many bot accounts are on Twitter, let alone real accounts, this is just a drop in the bucket. Russians spent $46,000 on Facebook ads that ran before the election (of the reported $100,000). This compares to the Trump and Clinton campaigns’ combined $81 million spent on Facebook ads.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:23 pm 
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I thought I would toss in a post using one of Nero's favorite words:

From Ace of Spades HQ:

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Putin's Master Plan to Install a Pawn In the White House Who Would Greatly Amp Up Energy Production and Thereby Decimate the Russian Oil-Based Economy Is Nearly Compete
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In 2018, the US is expected to overtake both Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's greatest oil producer.

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Some NeverTrumpers immediately objected to this development, noting that as the US becomes energy-independent it gives them less pretext to start and lose wars in the Middle East.

Oh, and also Russia Something Kompromat.



You know.......for Nero and those that claim that Putin is this wiley puppet master who is manipulating Trump, his actions certainly seem to have some interesting outcomes:

Russia's oil income has declined because the US has boosted its oil and gas production
Russia has been sanctioned by the US for its activities.
Russia has been banned from sending a team to the 2018 Olympics

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Don't forget the secret DB deal...wait till Putin pulls the strings on that one...THEN Trump is in trouble and the US will be out of NATO inside a week.

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president Trump is a badass.

so it goes.

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The Generalissimo from Univision goes on Fox and says "the border wall will be useless"

If so, why is everyone in the "immigrant rights community" (whatever that means) so opposed to it? Is it the endangered Rio Grande Lesser Horned Skink? Maybe it's the money (meanwhile Medicare is spending mountains of money paying for the pregnancy care of illegals as they drop anchor babies)?

If I didn't know better I would say we are being bullshitted by wall opponents.

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The point of "security" measures is not to be perfectly impregnable; but to impose difficulties to passage.

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In 2018, the US is expected to overtake both Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's greatest oil producer.


Good. Let's smoke these fuckers and put them in the poor house.

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Asking TDS marchers what they think..

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Mac wrote:
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"inhales"

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Investigators for the Manhattan district attorney raided Newsweek’s offices on Thursday, removing 18 computer servers as part of a long-running probe into the company’s finances, according to witnesses.

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I've given up on the "Libtard"/"Cuntservatives" stuff. Too old for that shit anymore I guess. I don't understand ppl calling president Trump an orange pinhead. Look at what he's done. Watch videos of im meeting w/ ppl and conducting bidness. Everything he touches is turning into gold for crying out loud. He's a CEO. He's a badass. Go president Trump go!

Why are liberal women marching for women's rights when they've lost no rights at all? president Trump has done nothing to limit women's rights obviously. These ppl are cray cray.

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