As Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation continues to dig for evidence of alleged collusion in the 2016 election between then-candidate Donald Trump and the Russian government, the mainstream media is now alleging that another politician — this time a Democrat — is also receiving assistance from the longtime foreign rival of the United States.
NBC News uncritically reported that the “Russian propaganda machine” that supposedly helped Trump win in 2016 has now begun to shift its support to the 2020 presidential campaign of Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is known for standing outside of the establishment of her party.
Tulsi Gabbard and Russian trolls
The NBC article claimed that several Russian news outlets and social media accounts seemed to be showing an abnormal level of support for Gabbard’s campaign, granting her excessive and positive coverage while reporting negatively on other Democrat candidates.
The article proceeded to paint a picture of Gabbard — an Army National Guard veteran who served two tours in Iraq — as a “Putin puppet” because of her strong stance on peace and non-interventionism, particularly in places like Russian-allied Syria, where she doesn’t believe the U.S. has much reason to be involved in its protracted civil war.
Though the NBC reporters acknowledged that nothing even approaching the level of Russia’s alleged 2016 interference has been seen yet in relation to Gabbard, they nevertheless cited a group of “experts” on the topic as expressing concern over “chatter” they allegedly witnessed on Russian sites that promoted Gabbard’s candidacy.
Not so fast there, NBC
However, Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept called foul on that NBC report, and for good reason, as the “expert” analysts cited by NBC for evidence of Russian support for Gabbard — representatives of a firm known as “New Knowledge” — are known liars who were just exposed less than two months ago for blatantly fabricating similar “evidence” of Russian interference during the 2017 special Senate election in Alabama.
The New York Times reported that the firm manufactured supposed Russian support for embattled and failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama special election.
That group created fake “Russian” troll accounts on social media that followed and linked to Moore and helped feed leaks into a willing media ready to report on alleged Russian support for Moore, one of the several unfounded rumors that ultimately led to him losing the close race to the Democrat in a deep red state.
Greenwald went on to report that New Knowledge even admitted in an internal memo that they created a “false flag” campaign against Moore to link him to Russia, using the same tactics they believed Russia used in 2016 to help Trump and hurt failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
He noted, “In any event, NBC News, to smear Gabbard as a Kremlin favorite, relied on a group that it heralded as ‘experts’ without telling its audience about the major fraud which this firm just got caught perpetrating in order to fabricate claims of Kremlin interference in the Alabama Senate race.”
The obvious implication in all of this is that the Democrat establishment, working in conjunction — “collusion,” even — with like-minded members of the media, will attack and smear anyone who threatens that establishment by alleging links to and support from Russia.
This is perhaps the “collusion” and electoral interference into which Mueller’s team should be digging, instead of the similarly manufactured and unproven Democrat claims of Russian support for President Trump.