Did you know Russia helped influence the election through Facebook? If you’ve been paying attention to liberal talking heads over the past week, you may have “learned” that the election was swayed thanks to 200 Russian accounts that purchased over $100,000 in political ads (for 3000 ads total) during the 2016 election.
Who knew the Russians could be so influential? Well, they aren’t, and it takes a special kind of person to believe that in a $2 billion presidential race, a hundred grand was somehow the deciding factor.
But because “Russia” is in the story, it’s continued to circulate, including on MSNBC on Friday. According to the Daily Caller,
MSNBC host Joy Reid spread a discredited and unsupported claim about “fake news” influencing Twitter users before the election on “AM Joy” Saturday.
Reid reported that Twitter users saw, “more information from Russian outlets, Wikileaks, and fake news sites, than from actual news outlets, and that tweeters in swing states saw more misinformation than those in uncontested states.”
Those claims are not supported by facts. The “fake news” line rests on a study from Oxford that didn’t even use the term “fake news,” but rather “junk news.” Moreover, the definition of junk news includes legitimate websites like Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner.
Also, despite the implication that shady “Russian” news was involved, Russian news was only 3 percent of the “polarizing and conspiracy content” identified by the study — and, “Russian content” included anything from openly state-funded news websites like Russia Today or Sputnik.
While it was true that some swing states say higher levels of misinformation, the highest concentration was in West Virginia and Montana – two states that aren’t exactly swinging.
Another day, another bogus narrative.