In a totalitarian state, media is read between the lines.
The media blasting out the two reports for the Senate Intelligence Committee produced by outside organizations, one from Oxford and one explicitly lefty partisan one from New Knowledge, have shifted the tone a little bit to accommodate some problematic facts.
Russian trolls had targeted African-Americans far more than conservatives, the Oxford report notes.
As my upcoming article notes, “It also reveals that the Russians bought over 1,000 ads targeting African-Americans and less than 300 targeting conservatives. There were 81 social justice ads and only 24 patriotism ads, 66 pro-gun ads and 70 LGBT ads, 43 veteran ads and 57 Muslim ads, not to mention 143 Latin American culture ads.”
“The African-American ads also produced over 1.5 million clicks while the conservative ads produced well below 500,000. The former ads also racked up over 15 million impressions while the conservative ads scored below 6 million. Not only did the Russians seem to spend less time and achieve fewer result by targeting conservatives, but they produced more clicks, 548,139, by targeting Latinos.”
So of course the media skewed its stories to claim that the Russians targeted African-Americans to depress their voter turnout to help Trump.
All contradictory evidence is thus rolled into the central conspiracy theory. Which is how you can tell it’s a conspiracy theory.
When everything that disproves a conspiracy theory is treated as a deeper level of the conspiracy, it’s a conspiracy theory.
The current conspiracy theory is that the Russians pushed black nationalist memes… to help Trump.
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