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PBC News & Comment: Some Nuggets of Truth Buried in Hyped Russia Reports

Following Mueller indictments of Russian trolls, corporate media buries qualifiers in reports that exaggerate scope and impact of online “meddling”…–Scott Shane of NY Times offers some history and context on Sunday,  but by Tuesday he’s returned to the usual

–botwatching is the new American pastime, as NY Times reports wave of activity after Parkland shooting and Newsweek reports that alt-right bot network based in Japan took down Al Franken but the WashPost debunks the bot effect

–in new, in-depth interview, Aaron Maté of The Nation and The Real News comments on Russiagate and continues to dig for evidence

–Mueller splits TrumpCo, as McMaster says Russian meddling “incontrovertible”

–in weekend tweetstorm, Trump blamed Obama for not stopping the Russian meddling that Trump has previously denied

–in 2011, Pentagon bragged it was developing software with sock puppets to secretly manipulate social media

–at Salon, Sophia McClennan says Russiagate is Benghazi for the Left

–at Consortium News, Bill Binney and Ray McGovern warn that changes in US nuclear policy include response to cyberattacks

–Greenwald notes that members of both parties have already concluded that Russia committed an “act of war”, inferring that war is the correct response

NY Times Magazine covers the Valve Turners

–running for Ohio governor, Dennis Kucinich vows to end all oil and gas drilling in the Buckeye state