NYT Fake News Alleging Pro-Trump Russian Facebook Political Ads
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Leave it to The New York Times, America’s leading establishment publication, waging war on truth-telling, operating as a quasi-official ministry of propaganda – featuring managed news misinformation, Big Lies and fake news daily.
On September 6, it claimed “new evidence (sic) of Russian interference in the 2016 election (surfaced), Facebook disclos(ing) it had identified more than $100,000 worth of divisive ads on hot-button issues purchased by a shadowy Russian company linked to the Kremlin.”
No “shadowy Russian company” (if any exists) is linked to the Kremlin, no Russian government ads related to the 2016 election run, nothing by Moscow interfering in the process – despite fabricated claims otherwise, exposed yet unreported by The Times and other media scoundrels.
The Times: “The disclosure adds to the evidence of the broad scope of the Russian influence campaign, which American intelligence agencies concluded was designed to damage Hillary Clinton and boost Donald J. Trump during the election.”
“Multiple investigations of the Russian meddling, and the possibility that the Trump campaign somehow colluded with Russia, have cast a shadow over the first eight months of Mr. Trump’s presidency.”
Fact: Not a shred of evidence supports these and related spurious claims. Accusations against Russia and Vladimir Putin were fabricated. As long as Trump remains president, they’re not likely to fade away.
On September 7, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “(w)e have never heard of this. We know nothing about this, and we have nothing to do with these affairs.” The Kremlin should not be linked to “these Facebook stories.”
The firm’s chief security officer Alex Stamos claimed about $100,000 was spent for around 3,000 ads, occurring from June 2015 to May 2017 – connected to “about 470 inauthentic accounts and Pages in violation of our policies.”
“Our analysis suggests these accounts and Pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.”
Maybe so, maybe not. In either case, they weren’t bought by Russian officials. Facebook has no evidence suggesting it, presenting none.
On Thursday, Google said it found no evidence suggesting Russia used its platform to manipulate America’s presidential election.
Russophobe Senator Mark Warner jumped on the Facebook news, saying “the very social media sites that we rely on for virtually everything – our Facebooks, Googles and Twitters – it was my belief the Russians were using those sites to intervene in our elections.”
Months of allegations about Russian US election hacking failed to produce evidence because none exists.
Last month, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he has “no doubt” Washington will interfere in next year’s presidential election.
“We are used to American interference. We live with it. It’s the same as wire-tapping by US secret services,” he explained.
Putin is overwhelmingly popular. If he runs for reelection as expected, he’ll achieve a landslide triumph. Expected US manipulation and Western media vilification of Putin won’t prevent it.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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