Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, February 04, 2018

On Tuesday morning -- the day after the House Intelligence Committee voted along partisan lines to send Rep. Devin Nunes' memo, alleging abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to President Trump for declassification -- presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway was confronted with the idea that Russian trolls were promoting the #releasethememo hashtag online. She was offended. Russian trolls, she told a television interviewer, "have nothing to do with releasing the memo -- that was a vote of the intelligence committee." But her assertion is incorrect. The vote marked the culmination of a targeted, 11-day information operation that was amplified by computational propaganda techniques and aimed to change both public perceptions and the behavior of American lawmakers. And it worked. By the time the memo got to the president, its release was a forgone conclusion -- even before he had read it.

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This bears repeating: Computational propaganda -- defined as "the use of information and communication technologies to manipulate perceptions, affect cognition, and influence behavior" -- has been used, successfully, to manipulate the perceptions of the American public and the actions of elected officials.

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This is a really good article that breaks down exactly how the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag started and went viral:

The analysis below, conducted by our team from the social media intelligence group New Media Frontier, shows that the #releasethememo campaign was fueled by, and likely originated from, computational propaganda. It is critical that we understand how this was done and what it means for the future of American democracy.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-04 01:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

By the time the memo got to the president, its release was a forgone conclusion -- even before he had read it.

Right, like Trump ever read it.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-04 02:53 PM | Reply

Maybe Trump is worried about Mueller not because he colluded with Russia but because he is still actively colluding with Russia.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-02-04 05:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Twitter bots and Trumpfans is redundant.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-05 06:56 AM | Reply

Right, like Trump ever read it.

#2 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-04 02:53 PM | Reply | Flag

Listening to Cheetolini stammer through his explanation of the memo on Friday it was painfully obvious he never read it and only knew what Nunes told him, that it was "bad".

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-05 06:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

726

Of course Trump never bothered to read it.

Which explain Paul Ryan's long and equally painful explanation of what "isn't" in the memo, all the time ignoring the original intent was to find some reason to fire Rod Rosenstein for malfeasance and eventually get rid of Mueller and the investigation.

It's astounding that none of the three, Ryan, Nunes or Trump, read the FISA warrent and had no clue about the arduous process for obtaining one.

Once again, it's Checker vs Chess.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-05 07:27 AM | Reply

It's astounding that none of the three, Ryan, Nunes or Trump, read the FISA warrent

The GOP proves over and over just how extremely incompetent they are. Yet they manage to convince dolts to vote for them over and over.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-05 08:01 AM | Reply

726

" Yet they manage to convince dolts to vote for them over and over."

That's not hard to do. The dolts who vote for them know less than them.

Nunes depended on it 100%.

#8 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-05 08:30 AM | Reply

"Maybe Trump is worried about Mueller not because he colluded with Russia but because he is still actively colluding with Russia."

Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-05 10:21 AM | Reply

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