WashPo: 'That Sophisticated, Specific Russian 2016 Voter Targeting Effort Doesn't Seem to Exist'Chris Menahan
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Facebook data indicates Russians did not specifically target voters in swing states to sway the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump, according to a report shared Wednesday in The Washington Post.
Philip Bump writes in The Washington Post, "That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist":
The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump's 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, had shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor of speculation about the significance of the move. This is what one of the Russia-Trump collusion scenarios looks like: someone from Team Trump passing data to the Russians that the latter group could use to target voters and influence the election. After all, the common understanding is that Russia's interference efforts included sophisticated targeting of specific voting groups on Facebook, which could have made the difference in states that Trump narrowly won on his way to an electoral-vote victory.
More than half of the actual clicks on ads, in fact, came after the election.
A few things to notice immediately: There was an early push to target ads in Missouri, Maryland and Ohio. That's in part because the Russians had started assessing American politics in 2014 and seized on the polarized Black Lives Matter movement as a focus of energy. A lot of the ads in those states in that time period actually targeted specific cities or regions, like Baltimore and Ferguson where there had been days-long protests.
Not exactly a strong exhortation to vote for Trump.This whole Russia witch hunt is the biggest hoax of all time.
On Wednesday, The New York Times "corrected" their story on Paul Manafort allegedly giving some mostly public polling data to "a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin" named Oleg Deripaska. They said the data was instead allegedly passed on to "two Ukrainian oligarchs, Serhiy Lyovochkin and Rinat Akhmetov" who had "financed Russian-aligned Ukrainian political parties that had hired Mr. Manafort as a political consultant."
Every last one of the lying media's so-called "bombshells" have collapsed and all Robert Mueller has busted people on is fake "process crimes" he manufactured out of thin air.
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