"They hate us for our freedom" 2.0
The NY Times just posted one of the most atrocious pieces of journalistic malpractice I have ever read.
Less than two weeks before pivotal elections for the European Parliament, a constellation of websites and social media accounts linked to Russia or far-right groups is spreading disinformation, encouraging discord and amplifying distrust in the centrist parties that have governed for decades.
European Union investigators, academics and advocacy groups say the new disinformation efforts share many of the same digital fingerprints or tactics used in previous Russian attacks, including the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
That's a powerful statement.
There's just one problem: the article doesn't present a single bit of proof. Just anecdotes.
In fact, it doesn't even quote anyone to back up these claims, but for one single exception.
“The goal here is bigger than any one election,” said Daniel Jones, a former F.B.I. analyst and Senate investigator whose nonprofit group, Advance Democracy, recently flagged a number of suspicious websites and social media accounts to law enforcement authorities. “It is to constantly divide, increase distrust and undermine our faith in institutions and democracy itself. They’re working to destroy everything that was built post-World War II.”
Russia is why people are losing faith in our government institutions. Not because they are owned by oligarchs.
If you listen closely you can hear President Bush.
So who is Daniel Jones and Advance Democracy? That's an interesting story.
According to a report published this morning, he notes that the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which has received “significant funding” from technology billionaires, funneled $500,000 to the non-profit group Advance Democracy. That organization shares a street address with The Democracy Integrity Project.
That’s because both organizations were founded by former Senate Intel staffer Daniel Jones, who at that time worked for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who hails from just down the road from Silicon Valley in San Francisco. As TruNews has previously reported, those connections to the Senate Intel Committee have played a significant role in the ongoing “Russia Narrative” drama in Washington, D.C.
Jones has been previously identified as a central figure in the investigation who served as potential go-between with the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner, and former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. That’s because TDIP, which receives significant funding from George Soros, funneled some of that money toward Steele’s research for Fusion GPS that led to the infamous dossier on President Donald Trump.
However, as Ross reports today:
“Mystery surrounds both of Jones’s operations. The identities of both groups’ donors have largely been kept secret, as Jones has avoided revealing his backers.
Nothing to see here.
Just two sketchy political organizations sharing the same street address. Perfectly normal.
“The election has yet to come, and we are already suspected of doing something wrong?” the Russian prime minister, Dmitri A. Medvedev, said in March. “Suspecting someone of an event that has not yet happened is a bunch of paranoid nonsense.”
It's not nonsense. It's scapegoating. There's a difference.