Bozell & Graham Column: The Russian Facebook Fizzle

NewsBusters | 10/11/2017 | Staff
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In their book Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes report that within 24 hours of losing, Hillary Clinton was ordering her campaign to argue that the election was hacked by Russia. Just as reporters leaped to find “news” to corroborate her “vast right-wing conspiracy” allegations during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, they have lunged at stories of Russian interference to validate VRWC 2.0.

Second verse, same as the first. The media outlets most deeply invested in the narrative that Russia somehow masterfully manipulated the 2016 election are beginning to struggle as the actual facts tumble out. Getting a closer look at the Russian Facebook postings doesn’t help the Sore Loser Chorus. In fact, it demolishes them.

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The New York Times posted a story on October 9 headlined “How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics.” But there in the details was a dramatic shapelessness, a borrowing from the left and a borrowing from the right, ultimately underscoring why the article should have never been published in the first place.

Times reporters Nicholas Confessore and Daisuke Wakabayashi explained that one Russian-orchestrated page was called the United Muslims of America, which often shared posts and videos about American “Islamophobia.” They stole a YouTube video produced by a man named Waqas Shah, in which he paid actors to shove him around in New York City to see if bystanders would object, and they did not. So America is bigoted.

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But another Russian account called Being Patriotic spread a widely circulated Internet hoax about how Muslim men in Michigan were collecting welfare payments for multiple wives. So the Russians were both protesting “Islamophobia”....and promoting it. How is that “reshaping” our election process? It is what it is: an attempt to inflame both ends of...
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