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September 27, 2017

What They Promised: Smoking Gun Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion
What They Walked That Back To: Russia Bought Some FaceBook Ads
What It Is Now: Russian Ads Promoted Black Lives Matter

So, the media has departed entirely from the "Russia promoted Trump" Narrative, and is now settling on the "Russia sought to sow discord and chaos in the US" Narrative, which is, coincidentally, what many conservatives said they were doing -- as Russians have done throughout history.

But the leftist media doesn't know that, because history began for them January 2008, and Russia only became a hostile enemy state November 9, 2016.

So, here go: Russian ads promoted Black Lives Matter "protests" in Ferguson and Baltimore.

Strange -- they seem to have been targeting an audience that generally hews to the political and social left! What a change from their past 70 years of subversions.

At least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, sources with knowledge of the ads told CNN.

Ferguson and Baltimore had gained widespread attention for the large and violent protests over police shootings of black men. The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically targeted advertising to sow political chaos in the United States, the sources said.

Facebook has previously said that roughly one-quarter of the 3,000 ads bought by the agency were geographically targeted, but it has not revealed any specific locations. Facebook has also not revealed which demographic groups and interest groups were targeted by the ads.

Given that they haven't revealed it, let me take a wild flying guess and say it sought to target left-leaning antifa and BAMN types. Because, if it was targeting White Nationalists, per the preferred Ruling Caste Narrative, they'd've just proclaimed it from the rooftops.

The Black Lives Matter ad appeared on Facebook at some point in late 2015 or early 2016, the sources said. The sources said it appears the ad was meant to appear both as supporting Black Lives Matter but also could be seen as portraying the group as threatening to some residents of Baltimore and Ferguson.

Nice save -- the ad superficially appears to support BLM, but it "could" be seen as "threatening" to some.

Kind of like Black Lives Matter protests are intended to be, and in fact routinely so, no Russian encouragement needed.

In fact, had you even suggested that such exhortations to violence were Russia-directed propaganda before, you'd have been called a conspiracy theorist by the leftist media.

But then the leftist media learned to stop worrying and love conspiracy theories.

New descriptions of the Russian-bought ads shared with CNN suggest that the apparent goal of the Russian buyers was to amplify political discord and fuel an atmosphere of incivility and chaos, though not necessarily to promote one candidate or cause over another.

By the way: Turns out the Red Peril we've heard so very much about this past almost-a-year-now was somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000 in FaceBook ads.

$150,000 wouldn't even buy you a Plus One at a Hillary Clinton speech about the great virtues of selling uranium to Russia-dominated groups.

After 11 months of this lunacy -- this is what you have?

Conceding conservative media critics were right, but pretending that this somehow vindicates your wild narratives about collusion and rigged elections?


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