Media narrative on "Russia" indictment is wrong

February 20, 2018 |

There’s something wrong with the hysterical reporting that has resulted from Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and entities for “meddling” (there’s that word again) in our 2016 election.

Under ominous headlines, wire reports describe it as “...a sprawling indictment that unveiled a sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and support the Trump campaign.”

Not so fast. Comments from people in a much better position to know –- Russian journalists who exposed the “trolling” months ago, as well as Rob Goldman, VP of Ads for Facebook, which cooperated in Mueller’s investigation –- reflect a starkly different take. Goldman claims that many in the media are ignoring key facts in order to fit the “main narrative of Trump and the election.”


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We all know that narrative. The Russians, led by Vladimir himself, wanted to hurt Hillary and install Trump in as their puppet-in-chief, so they “meddled.” They “hacked.” They even “colluded” with the Trump campaign. We hear this day after day on CNN and MSNBC, and we read it in the headlines of newspapers that run with wire reports.

But here’s what Goldman tweeted: “Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today. We shared Russian ads with Congress, Mueller and the American people to help the public understand how the Russians abused our system. Still, there are key facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood.”

He went on: “Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to affect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitely that swaying the election was “NOT” the main goal.” “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump (sic) and the election.”


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“The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort,” he continued, “is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”

Indeed. I wonder if the Russians had any idea how effectively their “meddling” would foment chaos in America. What a bang for their buck! And they have to thank not only their own worker-bees placing Facebook ads and organizing demonstrations, but also Democratic operatives and media accomplices who are all too eager to bring down a duly elected government. Why, if Hillary HAD won, she would have clamped down so hard on any investigation of her wrongdoings that nothing could have stopped her from smoothly cementing herself into power. But the way this has unfolded, the Russians get to watch as the DNC and the media and the rabid partisan investigators all "collude" to delegitimize an American President. Break out the vodka for a round of toasts.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2018/02/17/facebook-vp-of-ads-slams-media-coverage-of-russian-interference-n2450722

As for those Russian journalists who, last October, revealed much of the information about the “troll factory” disclosed in the Mueller indictment, their comments also stray from the American media narrative. They say that when they first published the details in RBC, a Russian business magazine, it was no bombshell. And they express wonder at the long list of people named in the indictment. They identify a few who participated during the campaign but note that others were “very incidental.”


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“I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get,” says Andrey Zakharov. “Some...worked there in 2014 –- but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections."

Zakharov even echoes what Goldman said: “...Everyone has focused on the pro-Trump groups. What we saw was that they were trying to spread tension in society, talking about problems...with black people, Islam and so on. They organized anti-Trump rallies also. Yes, they were active against Hillary, but they were not always pro-Trump. They were also active after the election.”

Just like we’ve been saying all along about what the Russians were doing. Nice to know we seem to be the ones in touch with reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/18/the-russian-journalist-who-helped-uncover-election-meddling-is-confounded-by-the-mueller-indictments/?utm_term=.6b765c5380a3

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  • JR hutto

    02/20/2018 08:43 AM

    So nice to see there is a truth another these indictments the media is hiding.

  • Dorothy Goodwin

    02/20/2018 08:42 AM

    I pray that the American people will open their eyes and see what is happening to our country. Unfortunately some are so filled with hate for Our president that they will not believe anything good about him.

  • Bruce Slaughter

    02/20/2018 08:34 AM

    What incensed me is the cost of this judicial revelation, the waste of taxpayer dollars. The incessant investigations for the sake of billable hours. The only lesson here is an old one, the only winners are the lawyers.

  • Rita LeDoux

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    And it worked! We are beau coup divided!!!

  • Mark Evans

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    Love your commentary, another suggestion on one may be good ole boy George Soto’s!

  • Rodney Pitchford

    02/20/2018 08:03 AM

    I think inditements need to be handed down for most of the news media outlets for “meddling” and colluding with the Russians trying to devide the nation.

  • Raymond "Rich" Sheldon

    02/20/2018 08:02 AM

    It is a sad state of affairs, indeed, when foreign operatives can manipulate public opinion so masterfully with no real recourse from the mainstream media, our leaders in government, or the general population. In many ways, we have become so self-absorbed and singularly-minded as to miss opportunities for dialogue and personal growth. I hesitate to point the finger but I will offer a few thoughts:
    1. If a person has not learned the inherent value of life itself...
    2. If there is no "North Star" from which to gain one's bearings (e.g. truth, goodness, and beauty)...
    3. If individuals merely echoes words like stones skipping across the water, rather than diving into the depths of meaning and considering (i.e. assessing, evaluating) what has been conveyed...
    Then, it is to be expected that people will be swayed by "fake news" and propaganda. When truth became "relative," the wise became fools. "Although claiming to be super-intelligent, they were in fact shallow fools" (Romans 1:22, Passion Translation NT).
    Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for bringing such foolishness to light again and again. And may God bless.

  • Donya Schweizer

    02/20/2018 07:58 AM

    Ironic how well the Russians plan to divide us worked. We were already splintered badly, now we may well be beyond repair. Our own media doing no different than the Russians by telling lies and not printing facts.

  • Bonnie Miller

    02/20/2018 07:54 AM

    Well, I do wish someone would explain to the world WHY Putin would want to help Trump get elected? Here's a dictator, thug & killer from the KGB, the ultimate control freak, supporting election of a capitalist businessman? Why would he not support the party that gives away everything to our enemies? There's no reason for this line of thought; it's an obvious excuse to deflect what "they" planned if elected, called misinformation. Keep the media hyped up; nothing new here.

Media narrative on "Russia" indictment is wrong

February 20, 2018 |

There’s something wrong with the hysterical reporting that has resulted from Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and entities for “meddling” (there’s that word again) in our 2016 election.

Under ominous headlines, wire reports describe it as “...a sprawling indictment that unveiled a sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and support the Trump campaign.”

Not so fast. Comments from people in a much better position to know –- Russian journalists who exposed the “trolling” months ago, as well as Rob Goldman, VP of Ads for Facebook, which cooperated in Mueller’s investigation –- reflect a starkly different take. Goldman claims that many in the media are ignoring key facts in order to fit the “main narrative of Trump and the election.”


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We all know that narrative. The Russians, led by Vladimir himself, wanted to hurt Hillary and install Trump in as their puppet-in-chief, so they “meddled.” They “hacked.” They even “colluded” with the Trump campaign. We hear this day after day on CNN and MSNBC, and we read it in the headlines of newspapers that run with wire reports.

But here’s what Goldman tweeted: “Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today. We shared Russian ads with Congress, Mueller and the American people to help the public understand how the Russians abused our system. Still, there are key facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood.”

He went on: “Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to affect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitely that swaying the election was “NOT” the main goal.” “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump (sic) and the election.”


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“The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort,” he continued, “is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”

Indeed. I wonder if the Russians had any idea how effectively their “meddling” would foment chaos in America. What a bang for their buck! And they have to thank not only their own worker-bees placing Facebook ads and organizing demonstrations, but also Democratic operatives and media accomplices who are all too eager to bring down a duly elected government. Why, if Hillary HAD won, she would have clamped down so hard on any investigation of her wrongdoings that nothing could have stopped her from smoothly cementing herself into power. But the way this has unfolded, the Russians get to watch as the DNC and the media and the rabid partisan investigators all "collude" to delegitimize an American President. Break out the vodka for a round of toasts.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2018/02/17/facebook-vp-of-ads-slams-media-coverage-of-russian-interference-n2450722

As for those Russian journalists who, last October, revealed much of the information about the “troll factory” disclosed in the Mueller indictment, their comments also stray from the American media narrative. They say that when they first published the details in RBC, a Russian business magazine, it was no bombshell. And they express wonder at the long list of people named in the indictment. They identify a few who participated during the campaign but note that others were “very incidental.”


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“I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get,” says Andrey Zakharov. “Some...worked there in 2014 –- but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections."

Zakharov even echoes what Goldman said: “...Everyone has focused on the pro-Trump groups. What we saw was that they were trying to spread tension in society, talking about problems...with black people, Islam and so on. They organized anti-Trump rallies also. Yes, they were active against Hillary, but they were not always pro-Trump. They were also active after the election.”

Just like we’ve been saying all along about what the Russians were doing. Nice to know we seem to be the ones in touch with reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/18/the-russian-journalist-who-helped-uncover-election-meddling-is-confounded-by-the-mueller-indictments/?utm_term=.6b765c5380a3

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Comments 51-59 of 59

  • JR hutto

    02/20/2018 08:43 AM

    So nice to see there is a truth another these indictments the media is hiding.

  • Dorothy Goodwin

    02/20/2018 08:42 AM

    I pray that the American people will open their eyes and see what is happening to our country. Unfortunately some are so filled with hate for Our president that they will not believe anything good about him.

  • Bruce Slaughter

    02/20/2018 08:34 AM

    What incensed me is the cost of this judicial revelation, the waste of taxpayer dollars. The incessant investigations for the sake of billable hours. The only lesson here is an old one, the only winners are the lawyers.

  • Rita LeDoux

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    And it worked! We are beau coup divided!!!

  • Mark Evans

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    Love your commentary, another suggestion on one may be good ole boy George Soto’s!

  • Rodney Pitchford

    02/20/2018 08:03 AM

    I think inditements need to be handed down for most of the news media outlets for “meddling” and colluding with the Russians trying to devide the nation.

  • Raymond "Rich" Sheldon

    02/20/2018 08:02 AM

    It is a sad state of affairs, indeed, when foreign operatives can manipulate public opinion so masterfully with no real recourse from the mainstream media, our leaders in government, or the general population. In many ways, we have become so self-absorbed and singularly-minded as to miss opportunities for dialogue and personal growth. I hesitate to point the finger but I will offer a few thoughts:
    1. If a person has not learned the inherent value of life itself...
    2. If there is no "North Star" from which to gain one's bearings (e.g. truth, goodness, and beauty)...
    3. If individuals merely echoes words like stones skipping across the water, rather than diving into the depths of meaning and considering (i.e. assessing, evaluating) what has been conveyed...
    Then, it is to be expected that people will be swayed by "fake news" and propaganda. When truth became "relative," the wise became fools. "Although claiming to be super-intelligent, they were in fact shallow fools" (Romans 1:22, Passion Translation NT).
    Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for bringing such foolishness to light again and again. And may God bless.

  • Donya Schweizer

    02/20/2018 07:58 AM

    Ironic how well the Russians plan to divide us worked. We were already splintered badly, now we may well be beyond repair. Our own media doing no different than the Russians by telling lies and not printing facts.

  • Bonnie Miller

    02/20/2018 07:54 AM

    Well, I do wish someone would explain to the world WHY Putin would want to help Trump get elected? Here's a dictator, thug & killer from the KGB, the ultimate control freak, supporting election of a capitalist businessman? Why would he not support the party that gives away everything to our enemies? There's no reason for this line of thought; it's an obvious excuse to deflect what "they" planned if elected, called misinformation. Keep the media hyped up; nothing new here.

Media narrative on "Russia" indictment is wrong

February 20, 2018 |

There’s something wrong with the hysterical reporting that has resulted from Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and entities for “meddling” (there’s that word again) in our 2016 election.

Under ominous headlines, wire reports describe it as “...a sprawling indictment that unveiled a sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and support the Trump campaign.”

Not so fast. Comments from people in a much better position to know –- Russian journalists who exposed the “trolling” months ago, as well as Rob Goldman, VP of Ads for Facebook, which cooperated in Mueller’s investigation –- reflect a starkly different take. Goldman claims that many in the media are ignoring key facts in order to fit the “main narrative of Trump and the election.”


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We all know that narrative. The Russians, led by Vladimir himself, wanted to hurt Hillary and install Trump in as their puppet-in-chief, so they “meddled.” They “hacked.” They even “colluded” with the Trump campaign. We hear this day after day on CNN and MSNBC, and we read it in the headlines of newspapers that run with wire reports.

But here’s what Goldman tweeted: “Very excited to see the Mueller indictment today. We shared Russian ads with Congress, Mueller and the American people to help the public understand how the Russians abused our system. Still, there are key facts about the Russian actions that are still not well understood.”

He went on: “Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to affect the outcome of the 2016 US election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitely that swaying the election was “NOT” the main goal.” “The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump (sic) and the election.”


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“The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort,” he continued, “is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”

Indeed. I wonder if the Russians had any idea how effectively their “meddling” would foment chaos in America. What a bang for their buck! And they have to thank not only their own worker-bees placing Facebook ads and organizing demonstrations, but also Democratic operatives and media accomplices who are all too eager to bring down a duly elected government. Why, if Hillary HAD won, she would have clamped down so hard on any investigation of her wrongdoings that nothing could have stopped her from smoothly cementing herself into power. But the way this has unfolded, the Russians get to watch as the DNC and the media and the rabid partisan investigators all "collude" to delegitimize an American President. Break out the vodka for a round of toasts.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2018/02/17/facebook-vp-of-ads-slams-media-coverage-of-russian-interference-n2450722

As for those Russian journalists who, last October, revealed much of the information about the “troll factory” disclosed in the Mueller indictment, their comments also stray from the American media narrative. They say that when they first published the details in RBC, a Russian business magazine, it was no bombshell. And they express wonder at the long list of people named in the indictment. They identify a few who participated during the campaign but note that others were “very incidental.”


Commentary continues below advertisement


“I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get,” says Andrey Zakharov. “Some...worked there in 2014 –- but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections."

Zakharov even echoes what Goldman said: “...Everyone has focused on the pro-Trump groups. What we saw was that they were trying to spread tension in society, talking about problems...with black people, Islam and so on. They organized anti-Trump rallies also. Yes, they were active against Hillary, but they were not always pro-Trump. They were also active after the election.”

Just like we’ve been saying all along about what the Russians were doing. Nice to know we seem to be the ones in touch with reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/18/the-russian-journalist-who-helped-uncover-election-meddling-is-confounded-by-the-mueller-indictments/?utm_term=.6b765c5380a3

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Comments 51-59 of 59

  • JR hutto

    02/20/2018 08:43 AM

    So nice to see there is a truth another these indictments the media is hiding.

  • Dorothy Goodwin

    02/20/2018 08:42 AM

    I pray that the American people will open their eyes and see what is happening to our country. Unfortunately some are so filled with hate for Our president that they will not believe anything good about him.

  • Bruce Slaughter

    02/20/2018 08:34 AM

    What incensed me is the cost of this judicial revelation, the waste of taxpayer dollars. The incessant investigations for the sake of billable hours. The only lesson here is an old one, the only winners are the lawyers.

  • Rita LeDoux

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    And it worked! We are beau coup divided!!!

  • Mark Evans

    02/20/2018 08:26 AM

    Love your commentary, another suggestion on one may be good ole boy George Soto’s!

  • Rodney Pitchford

    02/20/2018 08:03 AM

    I think inditements need to be handed down for most of the news media outlets for “meddling” and colluding with the Russians trying to devide the nation.

  • Raymond "Rich" Sheldon

    02/20/2018 08:02 AM

    It is a sad state of affairs, indeed, when foreign operatives can manipulate public opinion so masterfully with no real recourse from the mainstream media, our leaders in government, or the general population. In many ways, we have become so self-absorbed and singularly-minded as to miss opportunities for dialogue and personal growth. I hesitate to point the finger but I will offer a few thoughts:
    1. If a person has not learned the inherent value of life itself...
    2. If there is no "North Star" from which to gain one's bearings (e.g. truth, goodness, and beauty)...
    3. If individuals merely echoes words like stones skipping across the water, rather than diving into the depths of meaning and considering (i.e. assessing, evaluating) what has been conveyed...
    Then, it is to be expected that people will be swayed by "fake news" and propaganda. When truth became "relative," the wise became fools. "Although claiming to be super-intelligent, they were in fact shallow fools" (Romans 1:22, Passion Translation NT).
    Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for bringing such foolishness to light again and again. And may God bless.

  • Donya Schweizer

    02/20/2018 07:58 AM

    Ironic how well the Russians plan to divide us worked. We were already splintered badly, now we may well be beyond repair. Our own media doing no different than the Russians by telling lies and not printing facts.

  • Bonnie Miller

    02/20/2018 07:54 AM

    Well, I do wish someone would explain to the world WHY Putin would want to help Trump get elected? Here's a dictator, thug & killer from the KGB, the ultimate control freak, supporting election of a capitalist businessman? Why would he not support the party that gives away everything to our enemies? There's no reason for this line of thought; it's an obvious excuse to deflect what "they" planned if elected, called misinformation. Keep the media hyped up; nothing new here.