Disreputable media source MSNBC ran a segment yesterday speculating that President Donald J. Trump has been a Russian spy since the 1980’s.
“Chait: Unlikely but possible that Trump has been Russian intel asset since 1987,” said the banner across the screen as New York Magazine writer
MSNBC invited Chait on air to discuss his most recent opinion piece, titled “What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987,” published in the once-revered magazine on Sunday. The segment was presented to the audience as “news.”
In his piece, Chait blatantly admitted that the political left has no actual proof of “collusion” with the Russians, but rather that the president’s detractors are simply making up conspiracy theories.
“And since trying to discern the size and shape of the scandal is an exercise in uncertainty, we focus our attention on the most likely outcome, which is that the story goes a little deeper than what we have already discovered,” he wrote. “Say, that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort told their candidate about the meeting they held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer after they were promised dirt on Hillary Clinton; and that Trump and Kushner have some shady Russian investments; and that some of Trump’s advisers made some promises about lifting sanctions.”
Twitter rightly scorched the network for its irresponsibility.
“What other theories should we give airtime to under the “unlikely but possible” standard?” asked Daily Caller reporter Peter Hasson.
What other theories should we give airtime to under the "unlikely but possible" standard? pic.twitter.com/ySX5jlaNAQ
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) July 11, 2018
“Unlikely but Possible: Jonathan Chait cheated on his SATs,” replied New York Post columnist Jon Podhoretz.
Unlikely but Possible: Jonathan Chait cheated on his SATs https://t.co/qA81dEla07
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 11, 2018
“Chait: Unlikely but we decided to put this broken crazy person on national TV anyway,” wrote Fox commentator Stephen Miller.
“Chait: Unlikely but we decided to put this broken crazy person on national TV anyway.” pic.twitter.com/uH3ifIAbmm
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2018
Unlikely but possible that the moon is made of cheese,” said journalist Michael Tracy.
Unlikely but possible that the moon is made of cheese pic.twitter.com/FeZx1gZ9tW
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 11, 2018
For an organization that gets awfully indignant when called “fake news,” MSNBC sure is playing fast and loose with the truth.
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Media Matters’ ‘Control Alt-Right Delete’ Campaign Seeks to Shut Down Conservative Speech
George Soros-funded Media Matters for America is launching a new campaign to pressure social media platforms into shutting down right wing speech.
“The social media networks Americans use every day, they’ve been weaponized against us,” Melissa Ryan, editor and Control Alt-Right Delete visiting fellow at Media Matters said in a Now This video. “So who’s doing this?”
“It isn’t one group, but a coalition with a lot of overlap including right wing media, far right online communities, home grown hate groups, and hostile foreign actors, most notably Russian trolls.” she continued.
It is obvious that Ryan considers everyone right of Bernie Sanders to be “alt right.” When she references “right wing media,” a picture of Fox anchor Tucker Carlson flashes across the screen. In the same breath, she mentions hate groups, and shows a photo of bona fide Nazi Richard Spencer, who has been consistently denounced by the political right.
Ryan provides no evidence for any of the nonsense she is spewing. She does not explain how this so-called “coalition” began. She shows no examples of “Russian trolls” sowing discord online. She simply states her conclusions as facts.
Ryan goes on to blame President Donald J. Trump for fueling divisive rhetoric, using the same old tired leftist talking points. On the “leftist talking points” subject, she also claims without evidence that “women and people of color are disproportionately the target of [internet] weaponization campaigns.”
She discusses “tactics” for these “weaponization campaigns” including spreading fake news, amplification, online harassment, and “fanning the flames,” which she defines as internet trolling.
The whole segment is an idiotic exercise in which Ryan claims that the political right is the only group using the aforementioned tactics, ignoring online death threats to the President from the likes of Kathy Griffin, and a bevy of examples of leftist hate online that would turn this article into a thesis if fleshed out completely.
So what is Ryan’s solution to the problem? Easy. Censor all conservative speech online.
“The best way to fight back against weaponization is to pressure the tech platforms,” she says. “I believe that social media can be a force for good again. But we can’t get there until [the tech companies] take responsibility for what’s gone wrong.”
The message from this ridiculous display is that “what’s gone wrong” is conservatives having a platform online. Media Matters and their ilk will stop at nothing to silence dissenting views.
Here's how the far right is exploiting social media to divide Americans
Posted by NowThis Opinions on Thursday, July 12, 2018
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