Despite evidence showing the Russian troll farm had zero impact on the 2016 election, Democrats are not ready to give it up. The click-bait operation, according to Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, is “the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor.” He told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes the Russians “are destroying our democratic process.”
While Nadler’s assertions are entirely laughable, they should be taken seriously. If Democrats take back the House later this year, Nadler could very well become head of the House Judiciary Committee. This would likely keep the idiotic Russian election hack allegations alive, as well as move forward an effort to impeach Donald Trump.
The corporate media is taking the Justice Department’s indictment of the Russian Internet Research Agency seriously despite the admission it had no influence on the election. As the Moon of Alabama blog detailed on February 17, the so-called “influence operation” was in fact a click-bait scheme designed to make money.
“There was no political point to what the Russian company did. Whatever political slogans one of the company’s sock-puppets posted had only one aim: to increase the number of followers for that sock-puppet. The sole point of creating a diverse army of sock-puppets with large following crowds was to sell the ‘eyeballs’ of the followers to the paying customers of the marketing company.”
“The whole ‘Russian influence’ storm is based on a misunderstanding of commercial activities of a Russian marketing company in U.S. social networks,” the Moon of Alabama explains. This effort was exploited by Democrats for political purpose after Hillary Clinton lost the election, which took the establishment by surprise.
All of this needs to be put into perspective. The masters of flipping elections are not Russian, they’re American.
Not only has the US meddled in dozens of elections over the last century—in Honduras, Iran, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, and many other countries—it has also assassinated disfavored leaders and orchestrated the murder of thousands of political opponents, most notoriously in Indonesia. According to research conducted by political scientist Dev Levin, both the US and Russia meddled in 117 elections between 1946 and 2000.
The establishment and its media have ignored the fact the US meddled in the 1996 Russian election during Bill Clinton’s time in the White House. This was admitted by Time Magazine, but has been studiously ignored ever since….