Well that settles it

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Who are you to question Captain America?
And yes, that is a real news story.

So is this one.

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But if you really want to sum it up, I suggest headlines like these.

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It brings up the important question: What happens when we are all Russian bots?

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Oh wait, we already have the answer to that question.

American descendants of slaves identifying themselves with the hashtag #ADOS have been openly critical of 2020 presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Cory Booker over the past weeks.

Some prominent black political commentators are now speculating that these critics are Russian bots.

Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator and board member of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, has said she believes that some ADOS arguments are not organic, but were “paid for by Russia.” She added that she’s “not saying everyone who uses the hashtag is a Russian bot,” but she does believe “it originated from Russian bots.”
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On a segment of Joy Reid’s MSNBC show titled “how to spot a bot,” Shireen Mitchell, founder of Stop Online Violence Against Women, argued that the ADOS hashtag is a way to identify foreign influence. “A lot of the ones that are pretending to be black people, black women in particular, who are focusing on black identity, have these sort of aspects in the ways that they’re talking about language,” she said. She went on to say that bots are posing as black Americans using “the vernacular or the language of someone that believes they are a part of our community” to claim authority to represent black Americans.

“This has become a challenge particularly for the Democratic candidates because obviously, in 2016, all this activity was directed to help Donald Trump, or to hurt Hillary Clinton, to do both,” Reid said.

Could MSNBC and CNN pundits, the very same pundits that repeatedly slandered and lied about Sanders supporters, be disingenuous?
Not when we are talking about Russia.

Moore said that accusations like Reid’s are a McCarthyite tactic in the same vein as the attempts to publicly discredit Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s troubling, the lengths that these people will go to undermine authentic Black advocacy in order to prop up the Democratic establishment,” he said in an email. An MSNBC spokesperson declined to comment.

Indeed, people of color who challenge the Democratic Party from the left are often erased or dismissed as somehow not being real. During the 2016 Democratic primary, the hashtag #BernieMadeMeWhite spread as a response to the “Bernie Bro” stereotype, which wrongly claimed that nearly all Bernie Sanders supporters were young white men.

Being black and a woman won't protect you from being slandered when you dissent on the only "identity" that matters - partisan loyalty.

People of any color who challenge the Democratic Party from the left are bigger enemies than Republicans.
You see, "moderates" are the most rabidly partisan.
This is the exact opposite of what the news media tries to sell us, and yet it is obvious.
With little of ideological substance to distinguish them from their opponents, partisan tribal-based politics is the only game in town.

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Amanda Matthews's picture

to ‘change’.

Fuckwits didn’t learn one damn thing after the last election.

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I'm tired of this back-slapping "Isn't humanity neat?" bullshit. We're a virus with shoes, okay? That's all we are. - Bill Hicks

Politics is the entertainment branch of industry. - Frank Zappa

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@Amanda Matthews

just like Her did. Well at least Harris waited until she declared unlike Her who did it before she did and while she was still giving paid speeches to the banks. Barbara Lee is getting slammed for joining Harris' campaign as the woman who was a big part of the civil rights movement. People are patiently waiting for John Lewis to line up behind her.

Nope. Not a damn thing has changed since last election. So either the fix is in for Harris or the super delegates will split and Hillary will be installed at the convention. I'm still going with this. Especially since she is still paying her staff.

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America is a pathetic nation; a fascist state fueled by the greed, malice, and stupidity of her own people.
- strife delivery

GreyWolf's picture

@snoopydawg I'm sure the corporate zombies here loved her

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enhydra lutris's picture

repelled by a fearsome counter attack carried out by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Imran Awan. How did they sneak back in?

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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he grand total for all political ad spending in the 2016 election cycle, according to Advertising Age, was $9.8bn. The ads allegedly produced by inmates of a Russian troll farm, which have made up this week’s ration of horror and panic in the halls of the American punditburo, cost about $100,000 to place on Facebook.
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For thoughts on the finely tuned calculations behind this propaganda campaign, the Washington Post on Saturday turned to Brian Fallon, a former Hillary Clinton press secretary, who referred to the alleged Russian effort as follows: “It seems like the creative instincts and the sophistication exceeds a lot of the US political operatives who do this for a living.”

Of what, specifically, did this sophistication consist? In what startling insights was this creativity made manifest? “Fallon said it was stunning to realize that the Russians understood how Trump was trying to woo disaffected [Bernie] Sanders supporters ...”

The Post added a few suspicious examples of its own. The Russian trolls figured out that battleground states were important. And: they tried to enlist disgruntled blue-collar voters in what the paper called the “rust belt”.

Okay, stop here. Since when is it a marker of political sophistication to know that some states are more persuadable than others? Or to understand that blue-collar voters are an important demographic these days?

If you’re one of those people who frets about our democracy being in serious danger, I contend that the above passages from the Post’s report should push your panic meter deep into the red.

This is the reason why: we have here a former spokesman for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, one of the best-funded, most consummately professional efforts of all time, and he thinks it was an act of off-the-hook perceptiveness to figure out that Trump was aiming for disgruntled Sanders voters. Even after Trump himself openly said that’s what he was trying to do.

For a veteran politico to be stunned by this unremarkable fact, one of two things has to be true: either Democratic “political operatives” are incredibly bad at what they do, or else they are feigning amazement in order to get themselves off the hook for the lousy job they did in 2016. They themselves blew millions and came up empty, but to this handful of bargain-basement Russian trolls they ascribe all manner of ability. Clinton’s glittering Jedi army was simply powerless against them.

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Shahryar's picture

I like the guy, really. I've known him for a long time. I'm not sure, though, where his head is at, with posts like this...

"Heard an interesting comment that a lot of this anti-vaxxing argument is being perpetrated via Russian troll farms that seek to sow divisiveness and distrust in the US...and have found a receptive audience. Given what we are learning these days about such intervention in our public life, I would not be surprised."

It indicates that anything out of mainstream thinking can be dismissed by claiming, with no evidence of course, that it's from a russian bot.

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@Shahryar
batshit crazy.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

@UntimelyRippd give this Enough Putins!!!

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Makes sense when you're against “exacerbating a new Cold War” .

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dance you monster's picture

. . . clicking on the Putins in this thread.

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ggersh's picture

they just haven't a clue as to how/why
that will occur.

Thanks Vlad

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"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." William Casey, CIA Director 1st staff meeting, 1981

The usa government only exists to govern the military

@ggersh
Trump Derangement Syndrome just might allow the Democrats 4 more years or so to enable the Republicans and the oil and weapons masters to destroy everything.
Thanks Donald!

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A PROUD Hillary hater since 1993

jobu's picture

This is the scary part:

They know we know. They know we know that they know we know.

And their still doing it.

My guess is this (along with WoB) is just the beginning. My tinfoil-brain guess is there will be a mass purge from Twitter, Reddit, Book-Face et al. All in the name of protecting us from Russian meddling.

Will they come for C99? Would not be surprised if they do, Comrades.

Happy Friday.

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Is very bad to steal Jobu's Rum, is very bad...

@jobu my Rum, but I’m willing to share with Jobu!
Let them come for us! Punch Up and Right!
Never Down and Left!

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Ya got to be a Spirit, cain't be no Ghost. . .

Oh wait, before Trump and the Russians America looked like a Rockwell painting. America was Bush giving Michelle a candy in an act of racial harmony.

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detroitmechworks's picture

Seeing as you wisely didn't re-up when your tour was over, I think Captain America should be more Smedley Butler and less General Ripper. (Either One)

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I do not pretend I know what I do not know.

CB's picture

The diabolical Putin has had his chemists modify their Novichok nerve gas into Goof Gas and the Rooskis have secretly released it in America.

Here's proof:

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EdMass's picture

The Russian Bot was a friend of mine.

You, Sir, are no Russian Bot.

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Help me Mr. Wizard!

Drizzle, Drazzle, Druzzle, Drome;
Time for this one to come home.

Stop the War!

Raggedy Ann's picture

Tulsi-bot.
Pleasantry

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"The herd management intent is simply to get you into one of the corrals. Nobody is right, if everybody is wrong.
I am a free range DFH."
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