Law and Crime.com did an analysis of the Russian Troll farm activities and what they found is that Liberal Pundit Joy-Ann Reid was their favorite news pundit to retweet.
According to an analysis of the raw data by Law&Crime, Joy-Ann Reid–recently and glowingly profiled as a heroine of the #Resistance by the New York Times–received some 267 total retweets by the private sector Russian troll brigade.
The next closest pundit favored by the Russian trolls was Sean Hannity–who received only a handful of their retweets during the 2016 election.
Was Reid aware of her Cyrillic-tinged media boosting? Did Reid herself receive payment for her Russian troll-favored work? Both circumstances are highly unlikely, but certainly worth exploring if the Russian links and interference are as serious as most liberals–Reid herself among them–contend. In any event, these questions are worth asking out loud.
Reid’s signal-boosting care of the Facebook bear is slightly ironic.
Reid, the host of AM Joy has long been one of the most vociferous Russiagaters and shows no signs of stopping. On Sunday, she tweeted, “Russia has played this game before — pretending to empathize with Black Americans’ plight as a way of playing them and stripping them of their rights. The Russian government is not our friend — NONE of us.” Reid was also heavily mocked after she tweeted that Russia is still communist in 2016–it is/was not.
In fact, Joy-Ann Reid has made somewhat of a sport out of criticizing Sanders’ over the Russian issue in particular. Last year, she criticized Sanders and his supporters for repeating claims of Democratic National Committee fraud as little more than a Russian plot.
All in all, Reid was elevated by Russian trolls above Sanders by a ratio of roughly five-to-one.
This story is funny because Joy-Ann Reid has been one of the biggest pushers the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory is Joy-Ann Reid.
As of today, Robert Mueller has done more to punish Russia for interfering in our election than Donald Trump (who Russians worked so hard to make president of the United States.)
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 17, 2018
here is another one:
… the sobering reality that far from being offended or outraged by Russia’s intrusion into our democracy on his behalf, Donald Trump welcomes it, and may even hope it happens again on behalf of him and his party… https://t.co/8k9yvICL2D
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 19, 2018
and another one:
It’s all connected. Trump isn’t in this alone, and the conspiracy to install him in the White House involved more than Russia. https://t.co/2Nv1izy1fb
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 12, 2017
This goes to show its important to have all of the facts before making claims. By making claims about Trump and Russia with no actual facts you open yourself up to getting hit back harder and Joy-Ann Reid most certainly got nailed on this one.