So it turns out that the fake news smear against the Covington Catholic students was initiated by a fake Twitter account that has now been suspended.
Just how did the edited #CovingtonCatholic video go viral so quickly? A network of anonymous accounts worked in overdrive to amplify the video & the false narrative it set. Most of the world fell for it & in the process was likely being used by bad actors. https://t.co/VdS1hARrve— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) January 22, 2019
A network of fake accounts owned by foreign people with thousands of followers pushed the fake news about the Covington Catholic High School students and sent it viral. https://t.co/bPOPrQh4hL— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 22, 2019
Wow. Real life imitates a plot from Homeland.
I know a lot of you stopped watching Homeland after Season 5, so you might not know this. But in Season 7, there is a Russian cell operating in the US that uses fake accounts on Twitter to spread fake stories in order to divide and disrupt the country while undermining the President.
During a stand-off between “white, gun-owning rednecks” and the FBI, one of the young men is shot by an FBI agent and is rushed to the hospital.
The Russian operative who runs the cell turns up at the hospital, photographs the boy lying on the gurney at just the moment everyone working on him is out of the frame.
Then the photo is put out on social media with the narrative that the hospital left the young man to die alone. Only, the boy didn’t die and he wasn’t alone. But no matter.
Social media spread that image far and wide – in part through the use of additional fake accounts who retweet it until it goes viral.
Without checking on the facts, the news media reports the viral story as if it is true.
And the smear casserole is complete.
The family of the boy (still in the standoff with the FBI) see the news report and start shooting at the feds. More than a dozen are left dead – along with four or five HRT officers.
I admit, I rolled my eyes at the plotline. It seemed so far-fetched to me.
But this is exactly what happened this weekend.
A fake account tweeted an out-of-context video. It went viral. Then the supposed “Guardians of the Truth” did zero fact-checking — simply reporting the story as true. They let the drum-beating asshole have a spotlight all to himself from which to tell any lie he wanted without any follow-up or fact-checking from the useful idiots at CNN or the Washington Post.
As a result, we have countless death threats, a Catholic school that had to cancel classes due to security risks, and innocent young men libeled and threatened with wild abandon by “reporters,” pundits, on-air cable news personalities, celebrities and random Twitter trolls.
It doesn’t matter that this fake account has been suspended from Twitter.
The damage is done — the objective achieved.
Suspending that fake account is pretty much shutting the barn door after the horse gallops away with the Washington Post, the New York Times and every major cable news outlet riding on its back.
And even after learning that this story was deliberately faked, the news media is still looking for ways to slander and smear these kids.
They’re not journalists; they’re useful idiots – led around by malicious actors exploiting social media for their own rotten ends.
And what makes it particularly galling is despite the fact that they now know they were duped, these useful idiots just can’t stop beating the drum on this fake story.
And what’s even more obscene is they act as if they had nothing whatsoever to do with the harassment, death threats and terror unleashed on these kids.
They’re like the guy who yells “FIRE” in a crowded theater then stands in surprised disbelief when people are crushed in the subsequent stampede.
From the Washington Post to USA Today to the New York Times to CNN – none of these useful idiots is blameless.
It might have started as a coordinated attempt to divide via faked accounts and social media sock puppets.
But the useful idiots in the news media are the ones who took that smear mainstream without even a cursory fact-check. They’re the ones who rushed to get that drum-beating asshole on camera to spew lie after lie without any due diligence.
And the fact that they still insist on perpetrating this fraud even after it’s exposed is reprehensible.
For crying out loud, CNN – the very outlet that reported that this all started with a fake account in Brazil – is still pushing the lying drum-beater’s libelous interview.
But the useful idiots have finally crossed the Rubicon.
When the news media climbed aboard the Smear Kavanaugh train, many people warned that if they were willing to do this to a public official, what’s to stop them from smearing private citizens.
And that is exactly what has happened.
Smearing and slandering not just any private citizens, but minors, is a thousand times worse than any of the slanders they’ve perpetrated against President Trump or even Justice Kavanaugh.
They’re attacking innocent Americans with no political power or influence.
They’re attacking children for crying out loud!
Keep in mind, these are the same idiots who wring their hands when President Trump calls the fake news “the enemy of the people.”
“He’s going to get us hurt!” They howl in sputtering rage.
Yet they did not hesitate to spread libelous garbage that unleashed a barrage of death threats on innocent children.
And the irony is, by doing so, they proved the President right: these useful idiots are, in fact, the enemy of the people.
They have not only abandoned any journalistic standards. These fools are now willing to be the useful idiots of fake social media accounts whose methods are nefarious and whose objectives are evil.
They have gone so far beyond “Fake News” at this point, they can’t even see it in their review mirror.
And there’s no turning back from what they’ve become.
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