OK, the media is saying don’t blame the media. You buying this? It’s Society’s fault. At least that’s what Amelia Irvine wrote in the Washington Examiner yesterday. I found her views on the situation very interesting. Listen I’m one who doesn’t believe that Russian tweets and comments on social media did Hillary Clinton in. Her past sins that she has accumulated over the years did her in.
From her piece. The Senate Intelligence Committee published two reports on Russian interference in the 2016 election in mid-December, detailing how Russian trolls are spreading propaganda on virtually every social media site: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube, Reddit, Vine (RIP), and even Google. Plus. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who released a paper describing 20 different ways to regulate social media companies in July, called the reports on Russian propaganda “a wake-up call,” and said, “I hope these reports will spur legislative action in the Congress and provide additional clarity to the American public about Russia’s assault on our democracy.”
Did the Russian tweets play on the sympathy of those who just couldn’t get over the fact that Hillary lost? Yes they did. But if you needed the Russians to make you feel like this, than it could have been Mongolian Joe from Uzbekistan. Now there is no Mongolian Joe. I just made that up to prove a point.
Now if you want to flip the trigger on a progressive read this from the Examiner. In late November 2016, a Russia-backed page on Facebook, Blacktivist, shared a piece of three white police officers holding down and accosting a person of color . The viral piece was a repost from Instagram “ wheeliewayne,” and Blactivist’s post received 539,012 shares. But a piece of racially-charged police violence have been going viral since at least 2014, when an online piece of Eric Garner’s death and a piece captured just after Michael Brown’s death spread across the Internet, catalyzing the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
In closing, I’m not 100% convinced that the left is that gullible. After reading the Examiner piece, maybe 90%. What say you?
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