Say it with me, THERE WAS NO RUSSIA. More accurately, there was such a negligible amount of involvement from Russian backed IRA — it’s quite accurate to posit there was virtually no Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. However, the Intelligence community most likely did.
How much were you influenced by suspicious political social media posts during the election? Did Russian’s convince you to vote for Trump on election day and you ran out to do their diabolical bidding?
If you’re anything like me, you barely saw anything posted on facebook that wasn’t linked to CNN, The Atlantic, New York Times, and the rest of the propaganda machine. Sure, there may have been the odd post from a questionable site here and there like Mother Jones— but who trusts unverified sources now days anyway?
According to new data from the Pew Research Center, the answer is — not conservatives. Conservatives distrust a whopping 24 out of the 36 news sources measured in their study. Pew Research concluded that conservatives are much less likely to blithely accept information from sources of unproven veracity.
But, surely social media played a huge role in the Russian narrative though right? Nope. Russian social media meddling has already been debunked by the big boys themselves. Facebook’s Colin Stretch, Twitter’s Sean Edgett, and Google’s Richard Salgato went before Congress on October 31st 2017 to testify on the subject. It was revealed that Russian backed IRA had generated comparatively few posts from 2014-2017.
Mr Stretch states, “In aggregate these ads and posts were a very small fraction of the overall content on facebook.” Sean Edgett of Twitter stated Russian related political content was comparatively small, “Around one one-hundredth of a percent.”
Richard Salgato (Google’s Law enforcement and information security director) states that a whopping two whole Russian backed accounts connected to the 2016 election meddling were found. He continues stating “on Youtube 18 channels were found” with very low view counts adding up to 43 hours of content. By Contrast “People watch over a billion hours of content a day” he added.
(Facebook’s Mr Colin Stretch)
Instead of focusing on the truth that Russian influence was factually barely there at all, the liberally biased media focused on perpetuating the misleading narrative that they influenced the election to great extent. They dutifully marched out the likes of lying James Clapper as sufficient evidence to prove a Russian influence over the election to de-legitimize Donald Trump’s victory.
Never you mind that during the time frame of their study, Facebook served over 33 Trillion — with a T — posts. Let that sink in. This is not a trifling fact. In light of those 33 trillion posts, the reported 80,000 possible exposures are significant like a drop of water in a five gallon bucket filled to the brim is significant.
This analogy isn’t an exaggeration. So why is this important? It basically means you probably didn’t even see one of the Russian backed IRA polical ads. If you did, you saw it maybe once without it making an impact on you.
This means Russia had 0.0001% influence over your decision to vote for Trump if you did. Rational people would not consider that interference.
Why this matters should be self evident. Yet, here we are a year and half later after wasting millions of dollars on Mueller’s investigation to find out if Trump colluded with Russia, and complaining when “it’s a nothing burger” as CNN’s Van Jones candidly admitted. If Russia didn’t even hack the election, then logic would suggest there wouldn’t be any collusion to find.
With the hacking of the DNC likely to be an internal leak, the Clinton emails proven by former ICIG Charles McCullough III to be hacked by the Chinese (not Russia), and a fake dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign given to the intelligence community as the basis for the Mueller probe, it should be painfully obvious that Russia had no real involvement in election tampering.
Mueller’s conclusion was inevitable because the Russian investigation violated the law of non-contradiction. Trump couldn’t be guilty of Russian collusion with regard to election meddling if that tampering never existed. The only question facing the nation now is, why did the intelligence community create so much obfuscation over nothing?