The New York Times is still talking about Russia this time comparing a Joe Biden troll site to Russian disinformation that was in the 2016 election.
Yet in anonymously trying to exploit the fissures within the Democratic ranks â€” fissures that ran through this past weekâ€™s debates â€” Mr. Mauldinâ€™s website hews far closer toÂ the disinformation spread by Russian trolls in 2016Â than typical political messaging. With nothing to indicate its creatorâ€™s motives or employer, the website offers a preview of what election experts and national security officials say Americans can expect to be bombarded with for the next year and a half: anonymous and hard-to-trace digital messaging spread by sophisticated political operatives whose aim is to sow discord through deceit. Trolling, that is, as a political strategy.
Joe Biden’s campaign tied it to the Trump campaign
Mr. Bidenâ€™s campaign knew about the fake website for months, but had not been of aware of who was behind it, said T.J. Ducklo, a campaign spokesman. â€œImagine our surprise that a site full of obvious disinformation,â€ he said, â€œis the handiwork of an operative tied to the Trump campaign.â€
NYT then ties it again to Russia.
It is buyer beware, and not just for unwitting Democrats. In 2017, a group ofÂ Democrats took a page out of the Russian playbookÂ and posed as conservatives to try to divide Republicans in Alabamaâ€™s special Senate election, a race narrowly won by a Democrat. And as the 2020 campaign gets underway, election experts say they see signs that Americans from both sides of the political divide are getting ready to do the same. National security officials are also warning thatÂ Russia will again try to disrupt the electionÂ by spreading disinformation.
Meddling by foreigners is illegal. But trolling or disinformation spread by American citizens is protected by the First Amendment, and if Mr. Mauldinâ€™s work is any guide, Americans may well do a far better job deceiving one another than any Russian troll could hope for.
A Viral Hit
Unlike much of the Russian disinformation, which often has been crude and off-key â€” remember the Facebook ad promotingÂ Mr. Sanders as a gay-rights superhero?Â â€” the faux Biden site has been a viral hit. Mr. Mauldin even started selling mock Biden 2020 T-shirts through the website to capitalize on its success.
Click MSN above if you want to read the entire story they wrote. The only part of this that mattered to me was the fact that they decided to tie this to Russia. Political “disinformation or trolling” is commonplace in American politics and the idea that it has anything to do with Russia is ridiculous.
It is clear that the Mainstream Press and Democratic party are not going to stop talking about Russia and they will likely continue to push this narrative throughout the 2020 election.
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