NBC News Reporter Smears House Republicans as ‘Joining Together’ With Russian Propagandists on #ReleaseTheMemo Campaign
This is how a media smear works. House Republicans view a secret memo on the Obama administration’s spying on the Trump campaign, express outrage at what they learned and demand the memo be released to the American people so they can see what their government was doing.
There has been a real attempt to undermine this President & it comes from the scariest of places. The key reason all Americans need to see this memo is that it names Names. Why don’t the Democrats want the American people to know the truth? #ReleaseTheMemo https://t.co/2A7FF9m17I
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 19, 2018
I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2018
I viewed the classified report from House Intel relating to the FBI, FISA abuses, the infamous Russian dossier, and so-called "Russian collusion." What I saw is absolutely shocking.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) January 19, 2018
A left wing site, Hamilton68, that tracks alleged, but unnamed, “Russia-linked influence networks on Twitter” announces those alleged networks are promoting the Release the Memo hashtag.
Then NBC News reporter Ken Dilanian trumpets the unsubstantiated findings of the left wing group with a false statement accusing House Republicans of working with Russian propagandists, “Russian propagandists and House Republicans have joined together to embrace #releasethememo. https://dashboard.securingdemocracy.org/
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) January 19, 2018
Of course The Gateway Pundit is listed on the Hamilton68 site as one of the ‘Top Domains’, ‘Top URLs’ and ‘Top Trending URL’s in its report on Release the Memo.
Business Insider published an article that tried to diminish the Release the Memo campaign as a Russian influence operation.
Republican lawmakers are pushing for the House Intelligence Committee to release a memo written by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, that outlines purported surveillance during the transition period against President-elect Donald Trump by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
And Russia-linked Twitter bots have jumped on the bandwagon.
#ReleaseTheMemo is the top-trending hashtag among Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations, according to Hamilton 68, a website launched last year that says it tracks Russian propaganda in near-real time.
The frequency with which the accounts have been promoting the hashtag has spiked by 233,000% over the past 48 hours, according to the site. The accounts’ references to the “memo,” meanwhile, have increased by 68,000%.
The most-shared domain among the accounts has been WikiLeaks, and the most-shared URL has been a link to WikiLeaks’ “submit” page.
WikiLeaks said on Thursday that it would reward anyone with access to the “FISA abuse memo” who chooses to submit it to the site. The Russia-linked accounts have evidently been sharing the “submit” page to push the memo’s release…”
Screen images of The Gateway Pundit listed on Hamilton 68 – GMF Securing Democracy Alliance website on January 19, 2018.
Naturally, Hollywood Democratic Party activist Alyssa Milano repeated the House GOP-Russia smear.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 19, 2018
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) joined the smear attack, “Dear @housegop: When Russian bots & Wikileaks are cheering your brainwashing #TrumpRussia memo, you should ask yourself whose bidding are you really doing.”
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 19, 2018
See how this works?