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‘Neocon warmongers’: NBC slammed for drawing on dodgy Russiagate org in Gabbard smear

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Via RT

NBC’s claim Tulsi Gabbard is supported by a Kremlin propaganda effort is based on data from a cybersecurity firm already exposed for creating fake Russian bot accounts, prompting a sharp rebuke from Gabbard and mockery online.

The network published an article claiming “Russia’s propaganda machine” had discovered Gabbard, and said experts tracking Russian-linked social media saw “stirrings of a possible campaign of support.”

It has since been revealed by The Intercept that the NBC report relied on the claims of a discredited cybersecurity firm exposed in December as making up fake Russian bot accounts to create misleading stories about Russian influence.

Gabbard shared the Intercept’s article Sunday, saying NBC “used journalistic fraud” to discredit her campaign in order to “to smear any adversary of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party – whether on the left or the right – as a stooge or asset of the Kremlin.”

The NBC article cited the firm New Knowledge, which created fake Russian troll accounts on Facebook and Twitter in order to drum up false claims that the Kremlin was meddling in the Alabama Senate election to undermine Democrat Doug Jones and promote his rival, Republican Roy Moore. According to an internal report seen by the New York Times, the company boasted about such, saying it had created an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation.

New Knowledge CEO Jonathon Morgan created the false accounts and then used them to mislead both the public and the US national media.

The organization wrote a Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian social media election interference. It created the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Hamilton 68, a dashboard which claims to track Russian disinformation through monitoring social media accounts it says are linked to Russian disinformation and has been criticized for not being conclusive (by one of its own creators) and for not being transparent about its methodologies.

It also created a similar dashboard, Disinfo2018, which the NBC article referenced, claiming it had discovered that three of the top URLs shared by social media accounts deemed to be Russian propagandists were about Gabbard.

Out of the 15 top URLs listed by Disinfo2018, one was a Medium article from journalist Caitlin Johnstone and the other two were unspecified tweets, amplifiers of the Disinfo data said.

However, according to a screen grab posted by one of those sharing the data, the tweets listed consist of Hillary Clinton calling Trump a puppet, Meghan McCain slamming Gabbard for her past anti-LGBT stance, journalist Max Blumenthal referencing a Joe Rogan episode where Gabbard talked about North Korea, and a Washington Post tweet of an article reporting that Russian voter targeting doesn’t exist.

NBC has not yet amended its story or responded to queries on social media about the article’s claims.


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Adrian E.
Adrian E.
February 4, 2019

The “deep state” and its servants in the media probably much more worried about the prospect of Gabbard becoming president than about Trump. But I think such tactics could backfire on them. First, I think presenting Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian stooge would lead to more people understanding that the main reason for the secret services’ attacks on Trump is that he was seen not as sufficiently reliable for neoconservative regime change wars, not other, legitimately questionable features of Trump. Many liberals and progressives were ready to go along with conspiracy theories about Trump and Russia because they dislike Trump… Read more »

Robert McMaster
Robert McMaster
February 5, 2019

Gabbard should take the smears as an accolade. Considering they issue forth from apoligists for bombing wedding parties, militarized cops beating citizens, framing them, pushers of austerity for most, ever more for the rich, for a decaying infastructure, debt, debt, debt. And everything else odious. Let them draw the line. I look forward to finding that lot on the wrong side of the barricades.

John Nolan
John Nolan
February 5, 2019

Amazia, the nation, the citizens, are in a desperate state of childish, immature paranoia, which, one suggests, are the final stages of self destruction. Amazia has nothing but lies dribbling out of the ‘wind up mouths’ of their politicians, priests, banksters, including this Gabbard. They are full of verbal pancreas, their psychotic behaviour admirably demonstrates their inablity to behave as sane, humane beings, worthy of the attention of the community, and they should be isolated, from all global activities, lest their evil, mind and world destroying behaviour is contagious! We are watching the suicidal behavior of a seriously drug effected… Read more »

February 7, 2019

If Gabbard was a true “Progressive”–in the tradition of John Basil Barnhill and Teddy Roosevelt–she’d be running for the presidential nomination of the American Progressive Party ( and not for the nomination of the Party of Senator Byrd and Jim Crow. But, she’s not doing that so, as with Bernie, the Democrat Party ganged up on her and unleashed their “Fake News” press to publish defamation and slander to stop Gabbard’s growing popularity with “Progressive Patriots.” I’m an Independent voter but I always thought Gabbard was a decent human being. I am loathe to see her embroiled in a John… Read more »

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