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RealClearPolitics Secretly Pushed Far-Right Wingnut Memes & Conspiracy Theories


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#1 LFC

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 09:54 AM

RCP has always had an obvious rightward bent but this is just sleazy and, obviously, it's disturbing that they felt it was OK to peddle these lies (as long as they didn't get caught).

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The company behind the non-partisan news site RealClearPolitics has been secretly running a Facebook page filled with far-right memes and Islamophobic smears, The Daily Beast has learned.

Called “Conservative Country,” the Facebook page was founded in 2014 and now boasts nearly 800,000 followers for its mix of Donald Trump hagiography and ultra-conservative memes. One recent post showed a man training two assault rifles at a closed door with the caption “Just sitting here waiting on Beto.” Others wink at right-wing conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s “ties to Islam” or the Clintons having their enemies killed, or portray Muslim members of Congress as terrorist infiltrators. The page is effusive with praise for Vladimir Putin, and one post portrays Russia as the last bastion of freedom in Europe.

It’s a far cry from the usual fare on RealClearPolitics. Founded in 2000, the site was an early online aggregator of political news, curating links to widely read politics stories and opinion articles in other major outlets. The site has become synonymous with its polling aggregator, which is regularly cited by news organizations on both sides of the aisle as an objective metric of major political races. In recent years, the site has expanded to cover health care, finance, foreign policy, and more.

There’s no hint of Conservative Country’s provenance on its Facebook “about” page, which reads in total, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (It’s an apocryphal quote attributed to George Washington.) But in 2017 Conservative Country was linked as the official Facebook page for a now defunct political news site using the same name and logo, ConservativeCountry.net.

That website featured professional writers instead of memes, but it too omitted any mention of who owned or operated the site. The Daily Beast connected ConservativeCountry.net to RealClear through archives on the Wayback Machine, which show that the website had RealClear’s Google Analytics tracker code and that some of the site’s images were served from the WordPress account of RealClear’s chief technology officer. Interviews with former editorial staff of ConservativeCountry.net confirmed that it was a stealth RealClear property.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 12:09 PM

I'll link here to a comment I made regarding that fake George Washington quote a little over five years ago.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 06:02 PM

I guess we can ask the Somalis how they like not being slaves to government.
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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:12 AM

View PostAnBr, on 08 October 2019 - 06:02 PM, said:

I guess we can ask the Somalians how they like not being slaves to government.
Those entrepreneurial Somalians should be selling copies of Atlas Shrugged on every street corner.
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 12:27 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 09 October 2019 - 11:12 AM, said:

Those entrepreneurial Somalians should be selling copies of Atlas Shrugged on every street corner.
Actually, I don't know why Paul Ryan hasn't used his retirement to start a travel agency that focuses on Somalia as THE destination for small government Republicans to go on vacation. And why are there no plans for the Mogadishu Trump Tower to start breaking ground? What's holding up Don Jr. and Eric from getting some land cheap and building a capitalist paradise on the shores of the Indian ocean? Who needs to worry about hiding law breaking when there is no law to begin with?
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 09:43 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 11 October 2019 - 12:27 PM, said:

Actually, I don't know why Paul Ryan hasn't used his retirement to start a travel agency that focuses on Somalia as THE destination for small government Republicans to go on vacation. And why are there no plans for the Mogadishu Trump Tower to start breaking ground? What's holding up Don Jr. and Eric from getting some land cheap and building a capitalist paradise on the shores of the Indian ocean? Who needs to worry about hiding law breaking when there is no law to begin with?

But those are s*#thole countries. No one who is important ever goes there.





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