For nearly two years, the Media has been obsessed with “Russian bots,” “election interference,” and “collusion.”
2017 Senate candidate Roy Moore, inparticular, was accused of unsavory dealings with the Russians.
Roy Moore just picked up a whole bunch of twitter followers. But they ain’t from around here, comrade. pic.twitter.com/vJBPVxqWIW
— The Ostrich (@ALostrich) October 16, 2017
But it turns out these “Russian bots” were no more than Democratic operatives seeking to discredit Moore, and destroy his hopes of getting elected.
Daily Caller has more:
The operatives, who were funded by liberal billionaire Reid Hoffman independently of Jones’s campaign, created more than a thousand Russian-language accounts that followed Moore’s Twitter account overnight, The New York Times reported Wednesday evening.
Hoffman gave the operatives $100,000 for their project, which included creating fake conservative Facebook accounts to dissuade voters from supporting Moore, according to the Times.
“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the operatives recounted in an internal report obtained by the Times.
Media outlets — both in Alabama and nationally — fell for the ploy and amplified the false narrative in October 2017.