Even Blockhead Bernstein Thinks Louise Mensch is Going Off the Rails in Her Anti-Russian Witch Hunt

Andrew Anglin
Daily Stormer
April 22, 2017

Former Heat Street editor Louise Mensch (who is not Jewish but married to one) is on an insane rampage to accuse everyone who disagrees with her of being a Russian agent.

Now, even the Buzzfeed Jew Joe Bernstein AKA Viewtiful Joe AKA Blockhead is calling her out for going off the rails in her deranged, perverted quest to claim that all right-wing figures are part of a vast Putinist conspiracy to… I dunno, do whatever.

Bernstein writes for Buzzfeed:

Since last November’s election, the former British politician Louise Mensch has transformed herself into the leader of a wide-ranging internet investigation into Russian espionage and influence in American politics, media, and business. Every day, Mensch and her network of online detectives unravel what they claim is a massive conspiracy linking the Kremlin, the Republican Party, armies of internet trolls, and moneyed puppet masters around the world.

Mensch, who sometimes tweets hundreds of times a day, has claimed or implied that targets ranging from top government officials to journalists to teenagers to anonymous Twitter users are in thrall to Vladimir Putin.

Just since Inauguration Day, according to an extensive review of her tweets, the New York–based Mensch has accused at least 210 people and organizations of being under Russian government influence.

Mensch’s campaign has played out largely on Twitter and, since January of this year, a blog called Patribotics. But she has also been validated at the highest levels of English-language media: She published an op-ed in the New York Times, appeared on MSNBC and Real Time With Bill Maher earlier this year, and was the subject of a flattering Guardian profile. And her relentless tweets and passionate following have made her a central figure in a new obsession with Russian influence that recalls Cold War–era divisions over Communist infiltration.

Mensch’s list includes 35 American politicians and government officials, 26 journalists, 26 organizations and corporations (among them think tanks, banks, media outlets, foreign intelligence agencies, and security firms), 18 Russians, 18 US citizens notable for political donations or affiliations, 80 low-profile Twitter accounts Mensch has characterized as “Putinbots” or similar (many of which appear to belong to Americans who support President Trump), and two British politicians. The list includes figures as disparate as Bernie Sanders and Sean Hannity.

Mensch’s specific allegations draw on the reality of a large-scale and widely documented Russian campaign to influence the US election. But in many cases, she lacks strong, or any, evidence connecting her targets to that campaign.

In addition to the journalists, media personalities, and politicians, among those fingered are a Twitter comedian, a fake White House staff account, and a 15-year-old girl who Mensch suggested does not actually exist except as a Kremlin fabrication (BuzzFeed News interviewed the teenager via phone after first visiting her home).

Mensch’s criteria for accusing someone of being under Russian influence vary. Sometimes she cites her own and others’ reporting. In some cases, she points out suspicious geotags and catfishing attempts. In others, mangled English syntax appears to be enough to prove Russia ties. She has accused people of being affiliated with Russia simply for disagreeing with her or calling her theories far-fetched, but she has also called someone a Russian agent for being too enthusiastic about her own theories.

Many of the people Mensch has accused vociferously deny involvement with the Russian government. Many of those share the attribute that nobody other than Mensch has ever accused them of it.

Reached for comment by Twitter direct message, Mensch said that, if anything, the number of Russian agents she identified was understated.

No, I doubt that number is accurate. I am quite certain the number is going to be a lot larger than 210 people or organizations once the trials are finished. It takes a village to elect a President who is working hand in glove with the Kremlin both in terms of propaganda and hacking collusion – and that’s before we even get to the money laundering.

Mensch went on to say that her criteria for determining whether or not someone was a Russian agent depended on “Intelligence, from sources; actions; words, such as tweets; and other primary source material.”

Mensch had a colorful and storied career in British public life, which reached its peak when, as a Tory member of Parliament, she grilled Rupert Murdoch over his role in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. She moved to the US in 2012, at one point founded a social network intended to rival Twitter, and in April 2016 started a conservative news site for Murdoch’s company, News Corp. (She left the site, Heat Street, in January, and tweeted in March that she had left News Corp, which a company spokesman confirmed.)

An ally of intelligence services and a fierce critic of Edward Snowden and the press who published his leaked material, Mensch in 2016 established herself as a prominent voice on the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. Her following grew in November, when she published a blockbuster story alleging that the FBI had been granted a FISA warrant in order to examine connections between Trump and Russia. Other media outlets later reported that the US government had indeed obtained a FISA warrant in connection with the Trump campaign, though the details of those reports have differed from hers. That story won her legitimacy among close followers of the Trump-Russia story (BuzzFeed News reporters, among others, spoke to her to see if she had information that could advance reporting on Russia), and she has continued to use it as a calling card. And Mensch told BuzzFeed News that her reporting on Trump’s connections to Russia are being borne out.

But recently — and particularly over the last month — Mensch has become increasingly outspoken in labeling accounts who disagree with her “Kremlin shills,” “Putinbots,” and “RIS,” Russian intelligence services.

Some of her targets say they are puzzled and alarmed by her attention.

“It’s been very frustrating to encounter people who assume I’m a Kremlin propagandist simply because one of my jobs has the word ‘Moscow’ in it,” said Kevin Rothrock, the web editor of the Moscow Times, whom Mensch referred to as “Vlad” — her oft-used shorthand for an agent of Vladimir Putin — after Rothrock chided Mensch for “tweeting the dumbest shit.” The Moscow Times, which is known as a training ground for foreign correspondents, has a reputation as a rare independent voice in Russian media. Mensch did not respond to a query about why she thinks Rothrock may be a Russian agent.

Mensch’s critics have accused her of fomenting an anti-Russia panic. In an article last month in Rolling Stone, journalist Matt Taibbi warned of a resurgent “case of mass hysteria” about Russia among politicians and journalists.

(Mensch has speculated that Taibbi, who once lived and worked in Russia, “might be a Russian agent.”

“I am not a Russian agent,” Taibbi said to BuzzFeed News. “I have never been engaged in any kind of espionage work.”

Mensch did not respond to a query about why she thinks Taibbi may be a Russian agent.

Some have accused Mensch of going too far. Cassandra Fairbanks, an American social media personality and journalist, filed a complaint with the FBI against Mensch, alleging a “months long campaign of cyber stalking and harassment.” (Fairbanks works for the Russian-owned Sputnik.) Others, including Taibbi, suspect that going too far may be part of what has made Mensch such a popular figure.

“A lot of her success has come from some of the same instincts that have given Trump success,” Taibbi said. “The ability to generate headlines [is] a quality that is good to have if you are an attention-seeking person in the internet age.”

And one way to generate headlines and amass a following in a bitterly divided political climate — as Donald Trump has demonstrated — is to find someone to blame.

Buzzfeed itself has played a big role in the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping the nation (actually, it isn’t sweeping the nation, it is only sweeping the national media).

They were, after all, the only organization willing to publish the #Pissgate “dossier” that was later picked up by CNN and others.

My thought on why Buzzfeed is now concerned about Louise Mensch accusing random teenagers on Twitter of being Russian agents is that they are worried – with good reason – that she is making a mockery out of the entire Russian conspiracy narrative.

It’s a little bit similar to the way I get irritated when people accuse people who are not Jews of being Jews. There are enough Jews everywhere that we don’t need to accuse people who are not Jews of being Jews, as it makes us look silly.

Of course, the difference there is that there is a Jewish conspiracy, while there is no Russian conspiracy. But Buzzfeed and the rest of the Jewish media are selling a Russian conspiracy, and they want it to be a conspiracy that a certain number of people take seriously.

When you have someone like Louise Mensch out there saying anyone who uses wrong grammar on Twitter is directly employed by Vladimir Putin, it’s a lot more difficult to hold your narrative together.

This woman actually believes – or claims to believe – that Russia is responsible for everything that happens on earth.

She has accused Russia of funding the Ferguson riots:

She says Baked Alaska is a Russian shill:

She says Andrew Breitbart was murdered by Putin:

She says the leftist radicalist ProPublica is run by Steve Bannon, who is a Russian agent.

She blames Russia for Jew Jon Ostoff losing the recent Georgia special election.

She says the GOP Jew Jason Chaffetz is controlled by Putin.

Devin Nunes, Jeff Session, both Russian agents.

Jeremy Corbyn is a Russian agent.

She claims Russia is hacking her neighborhood wifi.

She blamed Russia for the German soccer bus bombing.

Russians ran an anti-black campaign against Hillary.

Basically, if I was Russia, I would fund this woman, just to make Russian conspiracy look ridiculous and insane.