The Nation (finally) casts doubt on Russia-gate: Piece by Aaron Mate

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    • #8247
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement in US Politics

      …The reports…do provide the most thorough look at Russian social-media activity to date. With an abundance of data, charts, graphs, and tables, coupled with extensive qualitative analysis, the authors scrutinize the output of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) the Russian clickbait firm indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018. On every significant metric, it is difficult to square the data with the dramatic conclusions that have been drawn…

      Based on all of this data, we can draw this picture of Russian social-media activity: It was mostly unrelated to the 2016 election; microscopic in reach, engagement, and spending; and juvenile or absurd in its content. This leads to the inescapable conclusion, as the New Knowledge study acknowledges, that “the operation’s focus on elections was merely a small subset” of its activity. They qualify that “accurate” narrative by saying it “misses nuance and deserves more contextualization.” Alternatively, perhaps it deserves some minimal reflection that a juvenile social-media operation with such a small focus on elections is being widely portrayed as a seismic threat that may well have decided the 2016 contest.

      That it is even considered possible that the Russian campaign impacted the black vote displays a rather stunning paternalism and condescension. Would Axelrod, Times reporters, or any of the others floating a similar scenario accept a suggestion that their own votes might be susceptible to silly social-media posts mostly unrelated to the election? If not, what does that tell us about their attitudes toward the people that they presume could be so vulnerable?

      Mate (son of Dr. Gabor Mate, well-known for his work/writings on addiction and the impact of various kinds of trauma (loosely defined) on human well-being)…there are more posts in the same twitter thread casting doubt on Russia-Russia-russia



    • #8255
      Joe Shlabotnik
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      He’s so good at cutting through the msm  cesspool, and presents the facts in such a sober and compelling way. Hope this  guy has a bright future as an honest and truly nonpartisan, adult voice in journalism.

      ~ All good things are Wild and Free ~

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      “Entertaining the possibility that Russian social-media posts impacted the election outcome requires more than just a contemptuous view of average voters. It also requires the abandonment of elementary standards of logic, probability, and arithmetic. ”


      His body recovered from his torment and became hale,
      but the shadow of his pain was in his heart;
      and he lived to wield his sword with left hand
      more deadly than his right had been.

    • #8275
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      Politics was simply one of many hot-button issues used to encourage people to click on links, on behalf of advertisers.

    • #8683
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It shows the tide is turning. When one cannot afford an unexpected $500 expense, one simply ain’t got time for that Russiagate nonsense.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #8747
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      in the words of the now ousted CBS exec Les Moonves: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS…. The money’s rolling in and this is fun.”

      Now the MSM says, “Look over there! Blame someone else for Trump!” 

      The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.

      "Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.

    • #9039
      Woman Hear Me Roar!!
      • Total Posts: 63

      And how much time has been wasted chasing down non-existent Russia interference. Even Bernie supported the silliness.

      Well I guess the sky is not falling anymore and we are all safe from the dreaded Russians.

      Finally women are being heard...finally women are roaring.....

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