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Disinformation Campaign Has Begun

Postby KeithE » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:01 pm

Be advised the Democrats running of President are already being targeted with false ads.

Analysis Shows 2020 Online Disinformation Campaign Already Well Underway
"It looks like the 2020 presidential primary is going to be the next battleground to divide and confuse Americans."

Researchers and others interviewed for this story say they cannot conclusively point to the actors behind the coordinated activity. It's unclear if they are rogue hackers, political activists or, as some contend, foreign state actors such as Russia, since it bears the hallmarks of past foreign attacks. One of the objectives of the activity, they say, is to divide the left by making the Democratic presidential primary as chaotic and toxic as possible.

Research by the pro-democracy tech firm Guardians.ai found that Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as well as former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas)—who has not formally announced his candidacy for president—appear to be the top targets.

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Re: Disinformation Campaign Has Begun

Postby William Thornton » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:26 am

Common Dreams disinformation...got it.

I'm guessing the Dems will be chaotic enough on their own. Did Putin plant the O-C green goofball proposal?
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Re: Disinformation Campaign Has Begun

Postby Sandy » Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:18 am

This isn't really surprising. The Trump administration has done nothing to prevent Russian meddling, in spite of having the facts right in front of them, because they are depending on their help again if Trump's multiple attempts to stop the Mueller investigation somehow lead to his still being around to run in 2020. Other than actually hacking into voting machines, which I think was a problem the last time and which Mueller's investigation will uncover, I don't think Russian help will keep him from being beaten worse than any candidate in modern history. Since the GOP doesn't control both houses, they can't stop investigations into Russian meddling nor can they cover up the information that is brought to light like they've tried to do for the past two years.

Trump has come close to making a career out of obvious attempts to keep the information Mueller's investigation uncovered from coming to light, including strong-armed manipulation of the justice department. Remember all the shrieking and lip flapping Republicans did when Hillary was being investigated and Bill met with Loretta Lynch on a plane in Phoenix? Can you imagine their holy horror if President Obama had appointed an attorney general who openly stated that he wasn't going to prosecute Hillary even if the investigation turned up wrongdoing?

The candidates are on to the tactics by now. And so, by the message they sent in November, are the voters.
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