Er Clinton Watts et sandhedsvidne?

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DR ved Steffen Kretz har i går i Søndagsavisen og her til morgen refereret en Clinton Watts som sandhedsvidne vedrørende Fake News.

Vi har tidligere vist, hvordan Steffen Kretz tilsyneladende ikke er bleg for at finde personer, der vil udtale sig på en måde, som passer ind i Kretz’s agenda, selvom han ved, det er løgn.

Jeg så denne her i kommentarerne på Uriasposten (skrevet af Ulrik #20) og huggede den:

Steffen Kretz var, som “klima korrespondet” i Grønland, her hvor jeg bor. En af mine venner er fisker og fanger og Steffen Kretz opsøgte ham og forklarede ham at han i et interview gerne ville have ham til at sige: “Man kan ikke længere skyde sæler på isen pga klimaforandringer”, min ven svarede at det ville han ikke, for det ville være en løgn, godtnok forandrer naturen sig, måske menneskeskabt, måske ikke, men sæler kan man altså stadig skyde på isen. Steffen Kretz sagde så: “Men kan du så henvise mig til en fanger der vil sige det?”.
Hvad driver mon sådan en journalist!

Denne gang har Kretz fundet frem til en ‘ekspert’ i Fake News Clinton Watts, som DR refererer til som sandhedsvidne.

Det er meget lidt, der findes af kritik at Watts. Der er masser af links fra de sædvanlige suspekte medier som MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Guardian osv.

Men det temmelig venstreorienterde medie Alternet har en debunking af Watts, som beklikker hans troværdighed i høj grad.

Though Watts is best known for his punditry on Russian interference, it’s fair to say he is as much an expert on Russian affairs as Harvey Weinstein is a trusted voice on feminism. Indeed, Watts appears to speak no Russian, has no record of reporting or scholarship from inside Russia, and has produced little to no work of any discernible academic value on Russian affairs.

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Whatever took place, it appears that Watts and his Cold Warrior colleagues are now waging another expensive influence operation, this time directed against the American public. By deploying deceptions, half-truths and hyperbole with the full consent of Congress and in collaboration with the mainstream press, they have managed to convince a majority of Americans that Russia is “trying to knock us down and take us over,” as Watts remarked at the FPRI’s gala.


Hvis det er rigtigt hvad Alternet skriver, passer det meget godt ind i billedet af Steffen Kretz.

Vi leder videre, for DR’s historie om Rusland og Fake News lugter meget langt væk………..af Fake News.

I indslaget på DDR P1 Morgen i dag brugte man som eksempel på Fake News at der har været meget skriveri på nettet om valgfusk i Sverige. Det er jo notorisk kendt, at det svenske valgsystem er udemokratisk og lægger op til svindel, så endnu engang lyver DR.

Her er der en anden kilde, som hænger Watts ud som svindler:

Clint Watts’ Con: The Deep State Smears Trump With ‘Active Measures’

However, it is Watts’ claims about Trump which seek to tap dance around the complete absence of any evidence that the Russians altered U.S. vote tallies, and in his faith rather than fact based belief that the Russians had the power to convince millions of Americans to reject Hillary Clinton as a sick and corrupt politician, that the man becomes a quasi-official mouthpiece for the desperado deep state. In fact, Watts cannot point to a single voter who has come forward to testify to the U.S. Senate panels or anyone else that they were tricked into voting for Trump by fake news they saw on Facebook or Twitter — disinfo that turned out to have originated with the Russian media or even just plain garden variety pro-Russian accounts on these sites (which do exist, and were read by this Russian Analyst long before the election).

Even Watts probably wouldn’t dispute that the most alarming aspect of what he views as amazingly successful ‘Russian active measures’ is the lack of confidence outside fiercely partisan Democrat and media bubbles in the supposedly ironclad conclusions of the Senators citing the ‘Intelligence Community’ consensus that Russia ‘attacked our democracy’. Democrats have been whipped into a social media fueled frenzy of hysterics, while most Republicans, particularly younger and better informed Trump supporters, are distinctly unimpressed with the quality of the U.S. intelligence ‘assessments’ (half of which consisted of complaints about RT originally drafted in 2012) released on Russian influence over the 2016 election. 

Man kan jo spørge sig selv om, hvad den pludselige fornyede jamren om Fake News og russiske bots drejer sig om? Er det i virkeligheden en blødgøring af masserne mhp yderligere censur af alternative medier og Internettet generelt?

Der er da vel ingen – selv ikke DR-journalister – der tror på at opdigtede russiske bots har nogensomhelst indflydelse på hvor danskere sætter deres kryds til Folketings- og EU-valg?

How if Americans are to suspect that Russians are posing as God fearing, gun rights loving tea party patriots from Alabama who show cleavage like sexy Instagram models, can we also be sure hordes of Ukrainian or EU/NATO paid trolls from abroad aren’t posing as ‘woke #TrumpRussia’ Democrats from Florida? Certainly Democratic bots demanding for example that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) step down or Trump’s impeachment are easy enough to spot on Twitter. Who’s to say there’s no foreign connection to these bot operations, including via commercially available Russian botnets which can just as easily be hired by Democratic as Republican operatives?

Clinton Watts der kommer ud af ingenting, uden ekspertkendskab til Rusland, bliver mediedarling for Venstrefløjens konspirationsteorier om Putin og Trump. Og Steffen Kretz og DR hopper med på vognen, fordi det passer ind i deres (og andres politiske dagsorden?).

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