On Monday, hosts of MSNBC’s morning lineup scoffed on the notion that some Americans nonetheless place confidence in Congressman Nunes’s FISA memo, and even within the President himself. Some attributed the phenomenon to ignorance or foolishness, whereas others advised that Trump supporters had been deceived by Russian bots on Twitter.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe flirted with each explanations, derisively characterizing Trump supporters as a mix of basement-dwellers and purveyors of Russian bot accounts:
[Trump] will throw anyone or something beneath the bus, together with the most effective curiosity of this nation…
And if there’s anyone all through that questions that, I am unable to wait so that you can seize your Cheetos, and put in your tighty whiteys, and go all the way down to your mother’s basement and begin typing that weblog away.
“Join the bots,” Brzezinski added.
Meanwhile, the hosts of MSNBC’s Live With Velshi and Ruhle reasoned that those that nonetheless put inventory within the memo had been stubbornly ignoring actuality. In a dialogue about supposed far proper echo chambers, Stephanie Ruhle mentioned the next:
We’ve seen this FISA, Nunes, Fusion GPS noise popping out of the far proper for the final 12 months. All they want is Trump’s base to imagine this and it really works. So you and I might stroll by this all day lengthy and shine gentle and rationality; they don’t want rationality.
Ali Velshi agreed, “There’s some people who aren’t listening.”
The consensus on the set of Andrea Mitchell Reports was that Russian bots had been in charge, with Democrat political marketing consultant Stephanie Cutter even theorizing that the Trump administration had been actively colluding with Russians to push Nunes’s memo.
“He had an unwitting ally, the Russian bots, pushing the ‘release the memo’ meme,” Andrea Mitchell exclaimed. “So the Russians are still at it.”
Cutter questioned Mitchell’s premise, “Unwitting? It might not be so unwitting.”
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele agreed:
And that’s the irony of it, to have Republican members on the Intel Committee exit and push this factor, figuring out that it’s the Russians behind it, those truly pushing this out into the general public’s bloodstream.
The narrative about Russian bots pushing faux information had been round because the 2016 election. Now, nonetheless, the cost seems to be that the Russians aided not simply the Trump marketing campaign, however Republicans usually. Democratic Senators Feinstein and Schiff have even solicited consumer info from Twitter and Facebook within the hopes of studying who was behind the #LaunchTheMemo hashtag.
Senator Feinstien’s web site cites as proof for her considerations a research achieved by the German Marshall Fund. The research described simply 600 Twitter accounts with a “clear connection to Russian influence,” just one subsection of which had engaged in “automated behavior.” The pattern additionally included accounts whose customers “may or may not understand themselves to be part of a pro-Russian social network.” Additionally, Twitter’s inside evaluation discovered that Americans had been the progenitors and first disseminators of the hashtag.
Yet regardless of these findings, MSNBC’s protection means that the excitement on social media generated by the memo was largely a psy-op orchestrated by Russian hackers and bots. This dishonest narrative paints President Trump’s base as gullible simpletons who’ve fallen for Russian propaganda.