BLOCKBUSTER REPORT: Russian Propaganda Campaign Backing Trump Behind Election 2016 Fake News

A Russian propaganda campaign was behind fake news efforts designed to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, according to a Washington Post report.

According to the paper, Independent researchers say the fake news flood was aided by “a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy.”

Russia’s army of bot networks, paid trolls, and networks of fake websites and social media accounts were employed “echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers.” The paper also reports that the campaign was designed to hype tension of combat between the United States and Russia at Clinton’s direction. In fact, many of these sites repeatedly claimed Clinton would trigger “World War III,” a concern many people who voted for Trump had.

Efforts to hack election computers and the theft and leak of internal Clinton campaign emails (later released by WikiLeaks and promoted by Julian Assange) also played into the disinformation campaign.

The Post cites a research report from PropOrNot, a “nonpartisan collection of researchers” that “identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans.”

The report found some of the information in the disinformation campaign could be traced to RT and Sputnik, news sources that are funded by Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia.

Putin was amongst the first world leaders to congratulate Trump on his victory, and Trump spoke to Putin days before he would contact the U.S. State and Defense departments.

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  • NeoKong

    Damn…If only this came out sooner.

    • Phil Scott

      Damn, if only there were any facts in this ” report”.

      • Hans Olo

        WOK. Nice critical thought you have. Excellent use of fallacy though.

        • Phil Scott

          Deflect, deflect, deflect.Git gud,git facts.Clownshoe.

  • John

    Just suppose for one moment they did and it was true, wouldn’t you consider doing the same if an opposition party in another country was intent on attacking you?
    Did you watch the Valdai International Discussion Club? Hard to report falsely when it comes from someones mouth.

    • Marla Hughes

      Putin’s so called Discussion Club? Yeah, we’re going to listen to them………

      • John

        Yeah, but you will believe everything you read from a country who attacks others for its political gain, backing up a wahhabi regime in saudi arabia, where is the 2 sided news coverage covering whats happening in Yemen on this site?
        Why don’t you try looking at other sides. No, because you have been told they are evil. Keep bleating.

        • Marla Hughes

          Does not change the fact that everyone there was there as a puppet of Putin.

          • John

            OK. Nice critical thought you have. Excellent use of fallacy though.

  • labman57

    Congratulations, GOP — you succeeded in putting a Moscovian Candidate in the White House.

  • Carl Collins

    Well whatever is effective is usually what is used to win. I would like to congratulate President Trump and also send a warm welcome and thank you to Mr. Putin for his support. Sometimes you have to capitalize on the corrupt media machine and beat the devil with his own devices… Now let’s make American great again. Right now it sucks! Who screwed it up? Liberal Democrats and the Bush Administration war machine! They sold us out to the New World Order, Bilderberg, CFR, and George Soros. Do you ever wonder what they are doing in Masonic Lodges in your own neighborhood? The devil only knows… I fully supported Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. If you don’t like it, you can suck a ding ding!