CNN hates it when President Donald Trump calls them “fake news.”
But time and time again, they are caught publishing fake news.
And after their latest fake news reporting they got smacked with their worst news yet.
Left-leaning media outlets like CNN like to report stories about “Russian bots” on the internet spreading fake news regarding President Trump.
Headlines like “Russian bots are rallying behind embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham as advertisers dump her show” are common place with many media outlets.
But as it turns out, the data the media is using to propagate stories about “Russian bots” is extremely misleading, making their reporting “inherently inaccurate” according to the group behind the data they used to source their stories.
The data used to blame “Russian bots” comes from the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
But the alliance’s communications director, Bret Schafer stated that “we don’t track bots, or, more specifically, bots are only a small portion of the network that we monitor.”
Schafer emphasized the fact that the group has tried to make that point clear, but that it hasn’t stopped many media outlets from spreading misleading claims about their data.
As reported by The Daily Caller:
“Media outlets are spreading “inherently inaccurate” stories about “Russian bots” on Twitter, according to the group behind the data cited to support many of those stories.
Outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN have used the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s Hamilton 68 dashboard to blame “Russian bots” for boosting conservative issues and conspiracy theories on social media.
Most of the reporting on the dashboard is “inherently inaccurate,” the alliance’s communication’s director, Bret Schafer, told The Daily Caller News Foundation over the weekend.
“Most notably, and this is the most common error, we don’t track bots, or, more specifically, bots are only a small portion of the network that we monitor,” Schafer said.
“We’ve tried to make this point clear in all our published reporting, yet most of the third party reporting on the dashboard continues to appear with some variation of the headline ‘Russian bots are pushing X …’” he said. “This is inherently inaccurate.”
Examples abound of the kind of article Schafer described.
Business Insider on April 1 published an article titled, “Russian bots are rallying behind embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham as advertisers dump her show.” The article racked up over 100,000 views.
The Washington Post told its readers that “Russian bots have flooded Twitter with false information” about the Parkland school shooting, citing the BI report in an article the next day titled, “Russian bots are tweeting their support of embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham.”
The articles leaned on two sources, both of which were misrepresented.”
Many liberals like to claim that anyone they disagree with on the internet is a “Russian bot.”
It plays off the falsehoods of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation, and is simply used to try to silence conservative voices.
The media is knowingly contributing to that lie.
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