Damning Report Alleges Michael Flynn Pushed Russian Troll Farm Propaganda
Michael Flynn did more for the russians than initially thought
The Russian interference in the 2016 general elections had two main parts to it: the first was, of course, direct interaction with members of the Trump campaign, though the extent of those communications is still being investigated. But the second part was more widespread, and a textbook example of how to wage a successful propaganda operation in the 21st century.
It involved purchasing anti-Clinton ads and creating memes on social media and sending them out en masse to specific areas around the United States in order to create political dissent and spread fake news. Facebook and Twitter were the primary recipients of this information war, with the former revealing that over 126 million people received the Russian content. Congressional hearings have gone underway to get down to the bottom of it.
There is a lot of debate regarding just how big a difference internet memes or links can drive political influence, but the truth is advertising plays a significant role in persuading the electorate. If the alarming success of fake news-spouting outlets like Fox News, InfoWars, and Breitbart has taught anyone anything, it is that people are gullible. Especially when news stories confirm their pre-established world views. Many of these fictitious allegations are often taken apart by fact-checkers, yet continue to remain popular among right-wing voters.
This makes it all the more concerning that Michael Flynn, a decorated Lieutenant General, would allegedly participate in these anti-American, anti-truth actions by a foreign government. But that is exactly what happened, according to a new report from The Daily Beast. The Beast claims that Flynn was following five Russian troll Twitter accounts — and actually re-tweeted their posts at least three times in the last weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Unfortunately, the accounts associated with the original tweets were deleted, resulting in no visible proof that these messages were posted outside of a lucky screenshot here and there, one of which can be seen on The Daily Beast’s coverage. Regardless, Flynn has plenty of mud surrounding him, which Special Counsel Robert Mueller is still actively investigating. Readers should keep in mind that, while campaign manager Paul Manafort was actively being looked into by the Justice Department, it was the selection of Flynn to be the National Security Adviser that really helped kick the Russia-gate scandal into the public discourse.
Let’s hope justice prevails. Which disturbingly seems like a crap-shoot in the era of Donald J. Trump.
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