Democrats Blow The Lid Off Of Fox News/Hannity Russian Propaganda

House Intelligence Committee Democrats have released over 3,000 ads that the Russians purchased on Facebook to elect Donald Trump, and the ads specifically seek to sow division in the country while targeting among others Sean Hannity fans and Fox News viewers.  NBC News reported, “In the two final ads purchased by the Russian propaganda campaign in August of last year, the troll farm pushed an ad for its anti-immigration page “Secured Borders” to fans of Fox News primetime personalities Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Bill O’Reilly, and to followers of the channel itself. The same page targeted followers of right-wing personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, and Michael Savage, along with Facebook accounts that “liked” President Trump and Jesus Christ.”  House Intelligence Committee ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement, “There’s no question that Russia sought to weaponize social media platforms to drive a wedge between Americans, and in an attempt to sway the 2016 election. They did this by creating fake accounts, pages and communities to push divisive online content and videos, and to mobilize real Americans, unwittingly, to sign online petitions and join rallies and protests. Russia sought to divide us by our race, by our country of origin, by our religion, and by our political party. They attempted to hijack legitimate events meant to do good – teaching self-defense, providing legal aid – in support of their malign object. They sought to harness Americans’ very real frustrations and anger over sensitive political matters in order to influence American thinking, voting and behavior. This was accomplished by engaging in online communities built around common interests and that appeared organic and American, but were actually run by a troll farm in St. Petersburg.”The Russians targeted Fox News viewers in a campaign that matched Trump’s
The stench of conspiracy is all over the Russian ads, as they perfectly match exactly what Trump was talking about during his campaign.

The Russians organized anti-Hillary Clinton events:  The Russian Facebook campaign had vast exposure in the US
Here are the numbers via House Intel Democrats:

– 3,393 advertisements purchased (3,519 advertisements were released today);

– More than 11.4 million American users exposed to those advertisements;

– 470 IRA-created Facebook pages;

– 80,000 pieces of organic content created by those pages; and

– Exposure of organic content to more than 126 million Americans.

The Russians knew who they were targeting. They pitted Black Lives Matter and the police against each other. They fed endless pro-Trump and anti-Clinton messaging to Fox News viewers. They targeted voters in swing states, and all of these efforts mirrored the language and priorities of the Trump campaign/Trump White House.

Fox News is state-run TV to such a degree that its viewers are an easy and common sense target for Russian propaganda. The next time Sean Hannity moves his lips pay close attention and you’ll be able to hear Putin’s whisper.

 

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‘Take that down!’: Watch Fox host Howard Kurtz panic after graphic shows Fox News is least trusted network

Tom Boggioni  08 Apr 2018 at 15:52 ET
In what was undoubtedly a painful moment on Fox News this morning, media analyst Howard Kurtz frantically implored his producer to take down a graphic that showed Fox is the least trusted of the big three cable networks.
Speaking with pollster Frank Luntz about Donald Trump’s Twitter habits, with Luntz calling the president’s use of “fake news” detrimental to his cause, Kurtz brought up a recent poll from Monmouth University on news trustworthiness.  That is when things took a hilarious turn.
“Speaking of fake news, there is a new poll out from Monmouth University.’Do the media report fake news regularly or occasionally?’ 77 percent say yes,” Kurtz exclaimed before noticing the graphic instead showed “Who do you trust more?” with CNN at 48 percent, MSNBC at 45 percent and Fox News bring up the rear at 30 percent.
“That is not the graphic we are looking for. Hold off,” the Fox News host protested before pleading, “Take that down, please.”
Kurtz later came back to the graphic, to put it in context, but Fox News still came up short in credibility behind CNN and MSNBC as the numbers showed.

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Fox News ratings plummet as evidence of Trump’s scandals piles up

By Eric Boehlert –
March 8, 2018

Sean Hannity’s audience shrinks as Trump is hit with deluge of bad news.
Fox News hates to play defense because they know it makes for crummy ratings.
But the right-wing network has definitely been caught in a defensive posture in recent weeks as a mountain of new evidence has poured in from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — at the same time that the White House is tripping over itself trying to explain hush-money payments that Trump’s lawyer made to a porn star.
Then, right in the middle of all of this, the same administration unveiled plans to impose radical tariffs that even Republican members oppose. For Fox News, this adds up to falling ratings — especially primetime ratings, where Sean Hannity has been caught losing badly to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the 9 p.m. time slot.
In fact, Maddow this month has posted some of the biggest ratings of her career as she continues to methodically break down the Russia story. Meanwhile, Hannity’s ratings have dropped during the same time period.
Last month, Hannity averaged 3.3 million viewers each night. But recently, he’s lost nearly 400,000 viewers, averaging 2.9 viewers between the nights of February 27 through March 5.
By contrast, Maddow is now attracting 3.2 million each weeknight.
Previously, Maddow had been able, periodically, to top Hannity among viewers 25-54. But now her program outdraws Hannity among viewers of all ages. That represents a huge setback for the Fox News host.
On the night of March 2, Maddow had the top-rated program on all of cable television, not just cable news.
But it’s not just Maddow’s show that is surging — it’s up and down the MSNBC lineup:  The encroaching Russia storyline seems to be problematic for Fox News.
For most of the winter, Fox pundits tried to counter that mega-story by sponsoring a GOP-led witch hunt against the FBI. Hysterically implying that there’s some kind of vast left-wing conspiracy fueling law enforcement in America, Fox News for months echoed every wild charge lobbed at the FBI by Republicans.
But none of the unhinged allegations have come to fruition. Not a single one. So while Fox News still presses those buttons, the energy and passion is missing — and viewers seem to be noticing.
As for the unfolding Stormy Daniels hush-money saga, Fox News has done its best to minimize the embarrassing Trump story.
On the night that news broke about Daniels’ lawsuit, the only person who mentioned her name on Hannity’s show was a Democratic guest — and the host quickly changed the topic. That same night, host Laura Ingrahm suggested the Daniels story of hush-money payments represented a distraction from other, more important issues.
Fox hosts seem completely lost on the Daniels story because there are no Democrats or liberals to blame for Trump cheating on his wife with a porn actress and then having his lawyer pay the woman to stay quiet.
These days, it’s hard for Fox News to play offense. And it shows in the ratings.

 

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Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld: Kids Are “Soft Targets” For Terrorists And Should Be Taught Hand-To-Hand Combat

February 15, 2018 Crackpots, Terrorism

“Society is changing. You have to teach kids how to respond. You have to be rational about it, which means hardening soft targets through drills and training. Learning combat. Learning hand-to-hand combat. This works, by the way, for terror, if there’s a terror attack, and it works for school shootings. How do you improve upon this rationally? Well, you train them. That simple. Self-defense classes are the best thing for a kid.” – Fox News host Greg Gutfeld.

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