Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, July 09, 2018

NEW YORK -- Adorama, an electronics store on West 18th St. in Manhattan, bills itself as, "more than just a camera store." On July 5, the store found itself uncomfortably involved in more than cameras, as it became embroiled in the heated feelings surrounding the Walk Away Movement.


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Brandon Straka, the founder of the movement that encourages Democrats to walk away from their party, had gone there to purchase media equipment for his burgeoning role as a mediator between the left and the left's apostates: Democrats who find themselves on a spectrum from loving President Donald Trump to hating the hatred of Trump and his fans.


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This is sort of cool. I think I'm going to refuse service to anyone who believes fluoridation is safe and effective.

Anyway, here is the counterpoint: www.rawstory.com

Apparently he's controlled by Russian bots.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-07-09 01:12 AM | Reply

#Walk away seems to be a thing. The further left the Democratic Party drifts, the more people become alienated and disenchanted. This is quite an accomplishment considering that their primary competitor is the damn Yankee at 1600 Penn Ave. Are y'all going to nominate Hillery again? Trifecta.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-10 10:26 AM | Reply

Pro-Trump/Russian-Linked Twitter Accts Posing As Ex-Dems

As pundits, politicians, and other Very Serious People spent last weekend admonishing "the left" for not being civil enough in their approach to pushing back against the Trump administration's cruel policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents, a peculiar and carefully crafted narrative began to take shape on social media. A closer look at this emerging narrative -- a self-described "grassroots movement" of former Democrats fleeing the party -- revealed an astroturfed campaign driven by pro-Trump Twitter users and amplified by automated and Russian-linked accounts.

Using the hashtag #WalkAway and claiming to be former Democrats, social media users shared their stories of leaving the Democratic party after being turned off by the "hate" and "division" of "the left." Many of them cited the incidents involving Sanders and Waters as examples of the "intolerance" and "bullying" that supposedly drove them to support Trump after years -- in some cases, decades -- of voting for Democrats.


#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-10 10:33 AM | Reply

3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday Yea, it's those damn Russians again. They control the media, the internet and hire thousands of actors to create this fake news.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-10 10:44 AM | Reply

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Updated on July 10, 8:41 AM

The #walkaway movement, a campaign highlighting alleged discord among the left, got a boost this week from accounts linked to Russian influence operations. The first use of the #walkaway hashtag from accounts monitored on Hamilton 68 was noted in early June (a few weeks after the grassroots campaign began), but engagement remained relatively low throughout the month. Activity spiked on July 2, when Hamilton 68 noted 73 unique tweets using #walkaway, and roughly another 50 using related campaign hashtags (e.g. #walkawaymovement). The late engagement suggests Kremlin-oriented accounts are trailers rather than leaders of the campaign, but the high-level of current engagement indicates an effort to astroturf support for the movement and hijack the narrative. This includes several monitored accounts that have changed their handles to include the hashtag, or that have shared their own supposed walkaway moments. The campaign also received a direct boost from Russian propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik, both of which ran stories on the movement.


#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-10 10:52 AM | Reply

The #WalkAway hashtag has also been among the top hashtags tweeted by accounts classified as bots and trolls by software developer Christopher Bouzy's Bot Sentinel tool. In the network of bots and trolls tracked by this tool, #WalkAway emerged as the #2 hashtag on June 25 and quickly jumped to the top spot, where it remains as of July 2.

Of course, this doesn't mean that everyone using the hashtag is a bot.* There are obviously humans participating in this astroturfed campaign, but their tweets are being amplified by automated accounts, artificially expanding their reach and creating the impression that the "movement" is larger than it actually is. This also has the effect of gaming algorithms so that the hashtag and associated keywords appear as "suggested search terms" on platforms like Google, YouTube, and Twitter, while URLs associated with the campaign get pushed to the top of search engine results.


#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-07-10 10:55 AM | Reply

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday Youtube is controlled by the Russians? The last time I heard the term "AstroTurf" Nancy Pelosi was referring to the TEA party, who were able to put half a million on the mall. Propaganda doesn't work unless it resonates with the hearer. With millions of views and shares, this obliviously has resonance with a lot of people.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-10 11:29 AM | Reply

If the only people who know about the massive movement on the left are Trumpers, then it's a Russian scam.

#8 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-07-11 01:12 AM | Reply

"Propaganda doesn't work unless it resonates with the hearer."

All sorts of things resonate with chumps like you.

#9 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-07-11 01:16 AM | Reply

Oh look, a thread where people pretend that the guy being denied service in Manhattan is actually a Russian bot.

#10 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-07-11 08:32 AM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Avigdore, So if an individual says or does something you don't agree with they must be in league with the Russians? Any evidence? The goal of the Russians is to sow discord and to undermine the public's confidence in the government. Really, that is a pretty low hurtle.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-11 08:52 AM | Reply

Read better, Docnjo.
I said that people are pretending that this guy (a real live person with real thoughts & ideas, and the creator of the walkaway movement) is actually a Russian bot.

#12 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-07-11 09:03 AM | Reply

#12 | Posted by Avigdore, Assumptions are not evidence. Did anyone find a money trail, or just assume that everyone in the #walkaway movement is a Russian bot? Fact is the #walkaway movement scares the crap out of leftists. They own and control the Democrat party. The more left the party moves, the more outrageous and silly they become. That is the source of the movement, but I am sure the Russians will take advantage of anything that falls into their laps.

#13 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-07-11 11:32 AM | Reply

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