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The Democrats’ Biggest Expert Accusing Republicans of Russian Trolling Was a Russian Troll
FrontPage ^ | December 31, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 12/30/2018 6:36:24 PM PST by Louis Foxwell

The Democrats’ Biggest Expert Accusing Republicans of Russian Trolling Was a Russian Troll

They invented the Russian conspiracy, then they faked the crimes.

December 31, 2018

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

When the Democrats and the media wanted to prove that Russian trolls were everywhere, and supporting Republicans, they turned to Jonathon Morgan and Renee DiResta.

Morgan and DiResta had originally been part of Obama’s futile effort to fight ISIS on social media, before discovering a much more lucrative field. ISIS was losing on the battlefield and the Democrats were losing elections. The Hillary campaign had hatched a conspiracy theory blaming its loss on Russian trolls. And Morgan and DiResta soon became the experts providing the data linking Republicans to Russian trolls.

Every time there was a story on Russian election interference, Morgan would show up on CNN or NBC. And his message was the same, the Russian bots were everywhere and they were a major threat.

Morgan and DiResta soon had a company name, New Knowledge, and were brought on board by the Senate Intelligence Committee to produce a report on Russian influence operations in the 2016 election. Despite the fact that a second report found that most of the Russian trolling efforts had been directed at African-Americans, the New Knowledge report claimed that this was a Russian conspiracy to aid Trump.

The New York Times, which frequently promoted and published New Knowledge conspiracy theories, all but credited DiResta for having exposed the whole Russian-Republican troll conspiracy, and wrote that, “Senate and House staff members, who knew of DiResta's expertise through her public reports and her previous work advising the Obama administration on disinformation campaigns, had reached out to her and others to help them prepare for the hearings.” They seemingly included Senator Warner’s office.

And it wasn’t just the 2016 election. Morgan, who made no secret of his loathing for conservatives, claimed that the Russian bots were everything and aiding Republicans.

When the #ReleasetheMemo hashtag went viral, Morgan, now running his own company, New Knowledge, was there suggesting it might be Russian bots. The debates about gun control after the Parkland school massacre? More Russian bots. The migrant caravan? Obviously a fake news conspiracy.

"That whole news cycle was dominated by this type of conspiratorial fear-mongering," Morgan sniffed, even though his current career is based around conspiratorial lefty fear-mongering.

And the midterm elections?

"Russians Meddling in the Midterms? Here’s the Data," Morgan and Ryan Fox, a New Knowledge employee, warned. “Our company is currently detecting more overall activity in real time from continuing Russian online influence operations targeting the midterm elections than has been disclosed by social media platforms or detected by researchers during the same period before the election in 2016.”

The Russians were even going all the way into Alabama. “Russian trolls tracked by #Hamilton68 are taking an interest in the AL Senate race. What a surprise,” Morgan tweeted.

It wouldn’t have been much of a surprise to him because the “Russian trolls” supporting Roy Moore in Alabama were actually his trolls.

A New York Times story was forced to reveal that Morgan had participated in what a report described as, “an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet” thereby “radicalizing Democrats with a Russian bot scandal”

The goal was to “enrage and energize Democrats” and “depress turnout” among Republicans.

The bots used Cyrillic letters and pictures of celebrities. Just in case anyone still didn’t get the message, they included, “I love Russia” in their profiles. When the Moore campaign accused the Democrats of being behind the dirty trick, the Jones campaign doubled down on the Russia smear, declaring, "Maybe Moore should check with Vladimir Putin, who shares his views on depriving people of their civil rights."

But Moore had been telling the truth. It had been a Democrat operation. The media’s greatest expert on Russian trolling had not only falsely claimed that Russian trolls were backing Moore, he was involved.

Morgan, the New York Times and the Washington Post attempted to spin this as an experiment, but influencing an actual election is not an experiment. When Morgan’s people faked Russian bot support for a Republican candidate, and Morgan then helped spread the allegations, that’s not an experiment, it’s a dirty trick. And it raises serious questions about the Democrat’s entire Russian troll narrative.

How can we know that an Alabama special election was the only time that Democrats tried to frame Republicans with false flag operations meant to portray them as traitors and tools of foreign interests?

The Alabama project may have been an experiment, but not an abstract academic one. Its funding allegedly came from LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman who has poured millions of dollars into ventures to harness “Silicon Valley” smarts to help Democrats win. Hoffman had previously been caught backing another slimy Facebook effort targeting conservatives and Trump supporters.

An internet disinformation campaign headed by a disinformation expert would be very “Silicon Valley”.

Hoffman had teamed up with Mark Pincus, the co-founder of Zynga, a slimy Facebook firm  whose unofficial motto was allegedly, “Do Evil”, on WTF, to explore new strategies.  New Knowledge also had backing from French-Iranian billionaire Pierre Omidyar who had made his fortune with eBay. Silicon Valley lefties have been pouring money into new tech efforts for the Left.

It’s worth asking whether some of the dot com billionaires who backed Morgan, New Knowledge or similar efforts to push regulation of Facebook had a plan for profiting from its fall.

The Alabama project’s success could have been used to convince Hoffman and other lefty dot com donors to back similar false flag campaigns targeting Republicans around the country.

Alabama likely was an experiment in tactics. Morgan’s exposure won’t make it go away.

Hillary’s Russian conspiracy theory has evolved into a Cloward-Piven strategy aimed at free speech on the internet in which disinformation is used to attribute conservative speech to a Russian conspiracy requiring immediate regulation of Facebook and other social media companies to avert the crisis.

And if the Russians won’t cooperate, the Russian bots will be lefty hipsters funded by Silicon Valley.

Jonathon Morgan had tweeted, “Facebook and the other social media companies should not be trusted to police themselves. The self-serving attempts to undermine the credibility of those holding these companies accountable are reprehensible.”

New Knowledge's Director of Research, Renee DiResta, had written an editorial titled, “Why Facebook and Twitter Can’t Be Trusted to Police Themselves”.

After years of demanding that regulators force Facebook to crack down on Russian fake news trolls, Morgan finally got what he wanted when Facebook suspended his account over Russian trolling.

Russian election interference was a crisis that the Democrats had manufactured and that their media echo chamber had amplified. Morgan is accused of manufacturing it in the most explicit way possible.

But we can’t really know to what extent Morgan’s experiment has already been replicated. What we know about Russian election interference has largely come from experts like Morgan and New Knowledge. The internet is a shadowy realm and it’s not hard for actors to impersonate one another.

The Russians may have started out by impersonating Americans, only to have Americans impersonate Russians. When public trust in institutions fails, conspiracy theories and conspirators thrive. Morgan’s dirty tricks arose from the same paranoid atmosphere of conspiracy theories weaponized into investigations, opposition research transformed into armed raids, research being secretly planted into the DOJ, and national emergencies being declared over Facebook memes, in which he thrived.

The Russian conspiracy theory had given Democrat outrage form, substance and an agenda. Having invented the conspiracy theory, they also had to invent the crimes that made it real.

To paraphrase Pogo, the Democrats had finally found the Russian troll enemy and he is us.

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1 posted on 12/30/2018 6:36:24 PM PST by Louis Foxwell
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2 posted on 12/30/2018 6:37:23 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (The denial of the authority of God is the central plank of the Progressive movement.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

You don’t look behind the door unless you’ve hid there yourself. You can tell what the American revolutionary socialist Democrat party is doing by seeing what they accuse others of doing.

3 posted on 12/30/2018 6:41:54 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Justice will never be served on these culprits in the extreme measure that they deserve.

4 posted on 12/30/2018 6:47:06 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Putin knows who’s on the Kremlin payroll, and it’s safe to say a lot of people with D’s by their name probably appear on that list!

5 posted on 12/30/2018 6:47:57 PM PST by dowcaet
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To: Louis Foxwell

“Biggest expert” meaning that this was the heaviest? The tallest? English is a wonderful language, some people should try using it.

6 posted on 12/30/2018 6:57:27 PM PST by RedStateRocker
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Keyword: election2018

7 posted on 12/30/2018 7:07:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (and btw --
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To: Louis Foxwell
1) This story should be nation news.

2) Republicans should be organizing Senate hearings to get to the bottom of this.

That's the Democratic Media Complex isn't reporting this daily in detail and Republicans appear to be doing nothing is more proof we're screwed.

8 posted on 12/30/2018 7:40:23 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: yesthatjallen

of course this story is massive, because it is very likely “New Knowledge” were the “Russian bots” allegedly trying to get Trump elected. all part of Spygate.

Built In Austin: New Knowledge

9 posted on 12/30/2018 8:50:39 PM PST by MAGAthon
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To: Louis Foxwell

How The Russian Social Media Effort Boosted Bernie

10 posted on 12/30/2018 9:05:45 PM PST by familyop ("Welcome to Costco. I love you." - -Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: familyop

Deep State-ers:

Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, writing about discourse and the internet. She studies narrative manipulation as the director of research at New Knowledge, is a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation and trust, and is affiliated with the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard and the Data Science Institute at Columbia University. In past lives she has been on the founding team of supply chain logistics startup Haven, a venture capitalist at OATV, and a trader at Jane Street

Renee DiResta’s Twitter page
Renee DiResta re-tweeted:
Mark Warner Tweet: Incredible. These bombshell reports demonstrate just how far Russia went to exploit the fault lines of our society and divide Americans, in an attempt to undermine and manipulate our democracy. Here’s what we’ve learned
17 Dec 2018

Aspen Ideas Festival: Speaker: Renee DiResta - June 2018

11 posted on 12/30/2018 9:16:37 PM PST by MAGAthon
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To: BenLurkin

coup attempts deserve the death penalty

12 posted on 12/30/2018 9:22:13 PM PST by morphing libertarian (Use Comey's Report; Indict Hillary now; build Kate's wall. --- Proud Smelly Walmart Deplorable)
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To: Louis Foxwell
Morgan, the New York Times and the Washington Post attempted to spin this as an experiment, but influencing an actual election is not an experiment. When Morgan’s people faked Russian bot support for a Republican candidate, and Morgan then helped spread the allegations, that’s not an experiment, it’s a dirty trick.

Someday we'll discover the whole 'charlottesville thing' was a dem dirty trick...

13 posted on 12/30/2018 9:26:49 PM PST by GOPJ (DC Swamp critters can't sell influence or American blood in the Middle East. Thanks President Trump)
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hoping someone will post this separately as an “article”:

30 Dec: Boston Herald: Adriana Cohen: Democrats’ fake data scheme in Alabama sheds doubt on James Comey investigation
What if the president is right that the “Russian collusion” investigation really is a hoax waged by a witches brew of political foes to derail his administration?...
Here’s the kicker: It wasn’t the Kremlin using deceptive propaganda tactics to dupe Alabama voters — it was former President Barack Obama’s allies in Silicon Valley who orchestrated the shadow operation...

In addition to Hoffman who poured $750,000 into AET and millions more into other political organizations and “dark money” groups to help Democrat candidates last election cycle, the fake Russian botnet group is run by Obama administration alumni — including appointee Mikey Dickerson among others.
Hoffman has since apologized and now feigning ignorance. How convenient — and a tad too late — given that the Alabama Senate seat long held by conservatives for two decades has already flipped to Democrats — thanks in part to “Russian collusion” lies paid for by Democrat operatives.
Sound familiar?...

Voters would be naive to believe anything Comey’s FBI’s tells us when it used a “salacious and unverified” dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee to spy on political opponents. A discredited dossier fabricated by Russian informants and an ex-British spy who was fired by the FBI for lying...
Bottom line: Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker must appoint a new special counsel to investigate all of the above...

14 posted on 12/30/2018 9:58:06 PM PST by MAGAthon
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It wasn't a "dirty trick" as much as it was commie theater of the absurd. I remember flicking through the TV a couple of years ago and on the news they brought out a 13 year old black girl reading platitudes about how raciss a statue that no one ever noticed was...THAT, to me, was a typical false-flag setup. Then as the commies in the city gubmint and news media continued to pimp out the narrative, the city government decided to grant the KKK a permit to "march" downtown. Apparently they couldn't find any KKK members in Virginia, so they had to import 6 or 7 old guys from NC. Pretty pathetic!

As I pointed out repeatedly the d-bags obviously WANTED the "KKK" to march. There was no impetus or precedent that required the city gubmint to grant a permit to march downtown. If the "liberal" denizens were afraid of being sued (or some nonsense) for refusing to grant the people they supposedly loathe so much a permit, they could have only granted a permit to march on the edge of town. That was the setup...throwing red meat to the hungry wannabe commies in C'ville.

So behold...a nutjob from Ohio who they tried unsuccessfully to paint as a rightwing extremist gets life, a dumb woman (who amongst the other idiots who went downtown that day) dies, 2 cops die in a helicopter crash (I am sure that got cheers from the mob)...all so the "liberals" can dramatise their anti-passion play and no one can remember what caused all of this to happen in the first place.

I am sure there will be a line of morons who will insist it was all about a statue or racism or something, but in strictly political terms the district that encompasses Charlottesville is still represented by a Republican in congress, 2 Democrat delinquents in the Senate, and the elected town council still gets tingles up their legs when they see a Che Guevara t-shirt.

Interesting notes: The nutjob driver got a life sentence plus plus. A good friend of mine was on the jury and the word I got was his woman lawyer was really bad. A second year law student could have gotten the trial moved out of C'ville, and although the threshold for Not Guilty by Insanity is very high in Virginia, the guy is a for real headcase as was proven in the trial. He needs to be in an institution, but although that plays perfect for all the idiots who think all conservatives are crazy, their Kabuki theater got people it always does. The proof to me that whatever scam they were trying to pull off failed, is how little the national media coverage the trial got. Also, after all was said and done, the only people who followed the rules required by the city permits to march was the KKK!! What does that tell you?

15 posted on 12/31/2018 6:31:08 AM PST by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
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To: yesthatjallen

And THAT is the problem.

NOTHING can be done , is being done. BIGGEST criminal scandal of all time, an attempted coup and no investigations, no special counsels. Only frustrated tweets from POTUS since he lost control of the DoJ after “ the insurance” Sessions recused and appointed Mueller to protect the Democrat party.

AND, its gonna get worse. After Jan 03 Pelosi will launch wave after wave of subpoenas. Everything and anything Trump will be officially investigated by the House of Reps.
Mueller is going nowhere. He’s there until 2020 to protect the coup from becoming a legal issue for the neo-marxist Democrat party.

16 posted on 12/31/2018 9:07:50 AM PST by Para-Ord.45 (Americans, happy in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own dictators.)
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To: Louis Foxwell


17 posted on 12/31/2018 10:50:54 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: yesthatjallen
1) This story should be nation news.

This article is based on an article in the NY Times.

But the Times spins it as a slightly shady "experiment" that was a misguided attempt to explore the sort of Russian influence that cost Hillary the election.

It's why I always tell people that reading the NY Times makes you stupider. But they still have great control on the spin of all news, and every other MSM outlet will go with the Times lying angle on the story to dismiss it and let the truth remain unreported.

18 posted on 12/31/2018 12:17:19 PM PST by dead (Our next president is going to be sooooo boring.)
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19 posted on 12/31/2018 12:21:57 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: gr8eman

My guess is if someone had walked around they would have found the parked buses and holding areas for signs and props... I was a volunteer with The Woodlawn Organization many years ago... Organizing looks easy to people who have never done it... and the gullible buy it.

20 posted on 01/03/2019 8:53:38 PM PST by GOPJ (Demand a list of Americans who gave 'speeches' in the UAE & Saudi Arabia in the last 20 years.)
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