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Rolling Stone: #ReleaseTheMemo Popular Due To Russian Bots

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Published on: January 21, 2018

Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.  Rolling Stone magazine apparently wants to continue down the road of some sort of Russian collusion fantasy that Democrats have been fleecing the American people over for a year.

In a piece titled “Release the Memo: What’s the Conspiracy Behind the Right-Wing Meme?” author Bob Moser suggests that those calling for the release of the FISA memo, which reportedly is “worse than Watergate” is being helped along on Twitter by Russian bots.

No, I’m not kidding either.

Moser writes:

On a day like Friday, with a shutdown looming and DACA in the balance and Chuck Schumer huddling with President Trump in the White House, you might logically expect right-wing Twitter to be blowing up – but not, necessarily, with the seemingly unaccountable hashtag that’s dominated the platform since Thursday evening: #ReleaseTheMemo. But then again, you might not logically expect American conservatives to work in concert with Russian state propagandists and Twitter bots – though by now, God knows, nobody should be surprised.

The “memo” in question is a confidential four-page document assembled by a stealthy group of House Republicans, led by Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, over the past month. These members, as part of the G.O.P. effort to discredit Robert Mueller and demolish his investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russian collusion, undertook to “probe” whether the FBI and Justice Department misused the infamous dossier compiled by British intelligence expert Christopher Steele. Surprisingly enough, they seem to have found what they set out to find – judging, at least, from the dark and hysterical hints about the contents of the memo that right-wingers in Congress began to issue last evening.

Now, it’s several representatives who have read the memo that want it released, and then there are simply those in the public who think it should be released if it does expose a particular crime of the Obama administration, especially one that involved the used of an unconstitutional FISA court order.

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While the infamous Russian dossier continues to be touted to this day, even though it’s been debunked, as a reason to pursue investigations into imagined Russian collusion between the incoming Trump administration and Russia, they seem pretty mum on the issue of this FISA memo.

Perhaps, we could get Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to lose some of her mental faculties again and release it for us.  I doubt that will happen.

Still, how does Moser know that evil Russian Twitter bots are the cause for the popular #ReleaseTheMemo?

What’s remarkable about this meme isn’t the fact that it’s being spread far and wide – it’s how much it’s dominated Twitter these last two days, with so many other banner headlines in the news. The Hamilton 68 Dashboard, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States which tracks more than 500 Russia-influenced Twitter accounts to gauge the reach of disinformation campaigns, shows a massive surge behind the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag in the last 48 hours, led by the usual mix of right-wing platforms like Breitbart, Fox News, and The Gateway Pundit – along with Russian bots and state media outlets like Tass, RT, and Sputnik.

Five hundred accounts?  That’s it?  Seriously?  Wouldn’t any of the sites listed have at least ten, a hundred, or a thousand more followers tweeting out that message than 500 Russian bot accounts?  One would think so, but notice how Moser lumped “right-wing” sites in with Russia.  That’s the same ploy the Democrats have used.

The #ReleaseTheMemo craze is not just wishful right-wing thinking. It’s not simply your run-of-the-mill right-wing plot to distract Trump voters from Stormy Daniels, “shitholes,” and the shutdown. It’s one more piece of powerful evidence of how Russia and its Twitter bots are teaming with right-wing Republicans in a concerted pro-Trump propaganda campaign. The actual memo, as soon as its contents are leaked or revealed in full, is bound to disappoint those screaming for its release – and sure to raise red flags about the sources and methods of the House Republican staffers who put it together. But that won’t stop the next Russian-Republican propaganda shitstorm from taking over social media; in fact, it guarantees exactly the opposite. The American right is doing the work of Russia

No one actually cares whether Trump actually said that word or not Mr. Moser.  Even you Sir, back immigrants both legal and illegal coming here “for a better life.”  A better life to what, I ask?  The crappy place they came from?  Aren’t you saying the same thing, just not the same word?  But I digress.

Some have said that deals with Democrats should include releasing the memo.

I think not.  President Trump can simply authorize its release if that is what he wants to do.  He is the executive after all.

However, perhaps what we are witnessing is going to build up that Democrats don’t believe the memo actually contains anything serious in it and they will be willing to go “Mad Max-ine Waters” on it and that’s when the release will occur to demonstrate they can’t be trusted, which many of us knew all along.

Still, the issue of Russian bots and their influence over the popularity of the hashtag was summarily dealt with by PJ Gladnick at Newsbusters, who wrote:

Even if there were 500 “Russia-influenced” Twitter accounts posting that hashtag, it would only be an infinitesimally small number of the total. Of course, Moser could do what I did and check out at random the authenticity of those posting the hashtag but it would ruin the premise of his fantasy.

Former Obama Secret Security agent Dan Bongino must have used that hashtag a hundred times on Friday alone when he said the memo would show everyone “The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see.”

That doesn’t even count all those who retweeted and sent out their own tweets on the subject.

No, this has nothing to do with Russia.  It has to do with the fact that people have been getting fed up with Washington for a long time, and as adults, we think we can handle the truth just fine, thank you.

In fact, perhaps that’s why the powers that be don’t actually want this memo released because if it is and it is as damning as we have been told, the people might actually demand a justice for the usurper-in-chief, as well as anyone involved fitting for a traitor.

Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost

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