January 8, 2019
This "Dry Alabama" Facebook page was the creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Roy Moore https://t.co/neu4swPZ2D
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 7, 2019
The party of ultimate moral righteousness and purity of human spirit has been caught in another ratfuck scandal that they engaged in during the Roy Moore campaign.
If you include the fake claims of having tried to bang some 14-year-old 35 years ago, this totals now at three ratfucks that we know about.
Of course, the evil Republicans won’t fight fire with fire… because of principles and so on.
Even as sexual assault allegations tanked his Senate run, Alabama candidate Roy Moore was targeted by two Democrat-linked online operation. One tried to link the conservative with a fake anti-alcohol campaign and alienate voters.
Comprising a Facebook page and Twitter feed, ‘Dry Alabama’ looked like it came right out of the Puritans playbook: Graphic images of car wrecks and domestic abuse accompanied calls for a statewide alcohol ban in Alabama, along with an exhortation to all good Christian voters: “Pray for Roy Moore.”
The campaign wasn’t the work of hardcore, teetotalling conservatives, however, but of a progressive group out to split Moore’s supporter base – between the pro-alcohol business conservatives and anti-alcohol hardliners – and guarantee a win for his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, a New York Times report has revealed.
“Re-enact Prohibition and make Alabama dry again!” read one post, cooked up not by a Birmingham pastor, but a Democrat hiding behind a fake online persona.
The group responsible was cybersecurity company New Knowledge, a firm that ironically claims to specialize in “protecting brands from social media disinformation attacks.” Among the staff who worked on the ‘Dry Alabama’ campaign was Evan Corer, a progressive activist, who according to the Times works for a government office handling classified documents. Needless to say, Corer refused the Times’ requests for comment.
Dry Alabama’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have both been suspended as of now, but featured New Knowledge’s staff faking Alabama accents in videos to impersonate conservatives, among other gems.
Another staff member and activist said that such dirty tactics are necessary to win elections.
“If you don’t do it, you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back,” Matt Osborne told the Times. “You have a moral imperative to do this — to do whatever it takes.”
If all of this sounds a little familiar, that’s because it is. ‘Dry Alabama’ was the second campaign by New Knowledge to swing the Alabama election. Last month it was revealed that the firm also tried to smear Moore as some kind of Russian operative by creating armies of fake Russian social media accounts to follow the Republican candidate before the election – a political death sentence in the age of ‘Russiagate’ hysteria.
In New Knowledge’s own words, the company “orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet.”
The kicker? New Knowledge actually authored a Senate report on the very same ‘Russian’ meddling they engaged in themselves. New Knowledge’s CEO, Jonathon Morgan, is also one of the developers of the Hamilton 68 Dashboard, a McCarthy-esque blackist that purports to monitor Kremlin trolls active on Twitter.
After all the skulduggery, was New Knowledge’s campaign actually effective? The company itself thinks so. A leaked after-action report claims that the disinformation campaigns dropped “hard Republican” turnout by five percent across the state, and were successful in “forcing targeted communities to interact with our narratives,” meaning lots of people saw posts from the tens of thousands of fake accounts manufactured.
“Our campaign was cheap and anonymous,” New Knowledge boasted in its report. “We spent $100k….however, is spite of our impact, not a single story about our activities appeared in any press outlet, including far-right internet-focused conspiracy sites.”
The thing about this is – based on the Mueller indictments of Russians for allegedly posting memes under false pretenses, I thought that it was now some kind of a crime to engage in political dirty tricks on the internet?
This is absolutely open and deliberate election-meddling by a Democrat group. I don’t think it should be illegal. Besides the fact that it is free speech, it would just be too complicated to attempt to regulate something like this.
But I don’t understand these rules created by the Mueller probe.
This is a lot worse and more sophisticated than what the Russians are accused of doing.
(To be fair, the memes were so shitty they might deserve to be charged with a crime for that. Though I do not think “shittyass meme work” is the charge Mueller is going with.)
So what exactly is the rule now? What new law has Mueller created with regards to doing politics on the internet?
Does this new law only apply to Russians? If so, how exactly does that work?
Speaking of Mueller – where is that guy?
Wasn’t he supposed to be dropping a major bombshell that proves once and for all Trump is literally Goldfinger?