Twitter was abuzz today after Shep Smith reported on the possibility that Russian bots were responsible for the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag on twitter. This is after the entire fake narrative was debunked and it was reported that actual twitter users were responsible for the trending hash tag. Why is Fox News allowing old AND fake news to be reported by this Ding-a-ling?
Shepard Smith – @FoxNews you've hit a new low!
He just said, "you've seen the hashtag, now you know where it came from, Russian Bots, and the EXTREME RIGHT." You've seen the texts! They're just innocent lil texts right? Riiiiiiiiiiiight.#ReleaseTheMemo #MAGA@realDonaldTrump
— Scott Atkins (@ScottFantasy) January 24, 2018
Yes, real people and not a Russian bot…
Shepard Smith just said that Russian Bots are interfering with the investigation into Russia. Total hammerhead.
— Mike (@Fuctupmind) January 24, 2018
There were many tweets calling out Fox News on how Shep Smith should be at CNN…
— Skyy ❤️ Patriot ⏳ (@CovfefeScarlett) January 24, 2018
He really needs to keep up with the latest news…
Via Daily Caller:
Over the past few days, journalists and Democratic politicians have pushed the idea that Russian bots and trolls influenced #ReleaseTheMemo, the viral social media campaign aimed at forcing the release of a four-page report put together by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee alleging abuses related to the Steele dossier and secret surveillance warrants.
But that claim — which culminated in a letter that two Democratic lawmakers sent to Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday — appears to be off base.
Schiff and Feinstein (who have done nothing but leak/obstruct) sent a letter to Twitter’s CEO Dorsey & Facebook CEO Zuckerberg demanding they investigate “Russian bots & trolls” surrounding the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. This is how desperate they’ve become. h/t @ByronYork pic.twitter.com/VNWpetKkhW
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) January 23, 2018
The Daily Beast reports Twitter’s internal analytics show that #ReleaseTheMemo was largely pushed not by Russian troll farms but instead by red-blooded Americans.
According to The Beast:
A knowledgeable source says that Twitter’s internal analysis has thus far found that authentic American accounts, and not Russian imposters or automated bots, are driving #ReleaseTheMemo. There are no preliminary indications that the Twitter activity either driving the hashtag or engaging with it is either predominantly Russian.
In short, according to this source, who would not speak to The Daily Beast for attribution, the retweets are coming from inside the country.