“Even for those of us who are numb to Russia-related media disgraces, this NBC News item bashing Tulsi Gabbard is one of the most egregious examples of bottom-feeding gutter journalism in recent memory. The reporters/editors involved are pathetic slimeballs.”
Tulsi Gabbard’s nascent campaign is being attacked by the usual suspects in the fake news MSM. Incredibly, they didn’t appear to learn that attacking a candidate with constant fake news will eventually bite them in the ass.
The only “expert” cited by NBC in support of its key claim was the firm New Knowledge, which just got caught by the New York Times fabricating Russian troll accounts on behalf of the Democratic Party in the Alabama Senate race to manufacture false accusations that the Kremlin was interfering in that election.
This NBC News report is a total disgrace from top to bottom. It’s a joke using the most minimal journalistic standards. But that’s because NBC is in partnership with the Democratic Party (and intel community) to smear any Dem adversary, on the left or right, as a Kremlin tool
Glenn Greenwald offers some clarification:
And just for the record: no, my objecting to NBC’s use of a disgraced firm that just got caught in a major fraud scam involving Russia, a scam NBC concealed from its readers, does not justify Democratic smear artists claiming I support Tulsi Gabbard’s candidacy, since I do not.
What NBC — amazingly — concealed is a fact that reveals its article to be a journalistic fraud: That same firm, New Knowledge, was caught just six weeks ago engaging in a massive scam to create fictitious Russian troll accounts on Facebook and Twitter in order to claim that the Kremlin was working to defeat Democratic Senate nominee Doug Jones in Alabama.
The New York Times, when exposing the scam, quoted a New Knowledge report that boasted of its fabrications: “We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the [Roy] Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.’”
What’s particularly unethical about the NBC report is that it tries to bolster the credentials of this group by touting it as “the company the Senate Intelligence Committee used to track Russian activities in the 2016 election,” while concealing from its audience the fraud that this firm’s CEO just got caught perpetrating on the public on behalf of the Democratic Party.