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Russia, fake news, and Ben Shapiro

November 28, 2016

Anyone who read the right-wing news sites this campaign saw the constant swirl of fake stories, from Clinton’s allegedly failing health to an alleged coup at Incirlik. The right-wing audience damned the mainstream media, both for debunking such stories and for failing to cover them. I don’t know how much to credit the notion that Russia ran a disinformation campaign to help elect Trump; it seems entrepreneurs generate plenty of fake news for those who want it. And quickly figure out who that is:

We’ve tried to do similar things to liberals. It just has never worked, it never takes off. You’ll get debunked within the first two comments and then the whole thing just kind of fizzles out.

If Russia did generate some of that, or was responsible for some of the email hacks as US intelligence agencies claim, Putin no doubt is enjoying the result. That hacking was the email issue far more deserving intense investigation during the campaign, than the humdrum content it produced.

Ben Shapiro takes umbrage about the darker side of his alt-right colleagues. He tries very, very hard not to call them racist, even when they make racist slurs regarding his newborn child. After all, if he were to label them racist, then he would be participating in identity politics or giving succor to liberals by acknowledging that racism exists or something Shapiro doesn’t want to do. And he wonders if conservatives in his particular sect will stand up to the heresies he sees in Trump. Here’s a clue for Shapiro. You don’t show integrity by working for Breitbart, for years putting up with their propaganda and nativism, leaving them only when they go full-Trump.

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