PBS: Trump and Putin Use Facebook to ‘Exploit’ Nation’s Division

NewsBusters | 1/15/2020 | Staff
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Even Facebook admits the 2016 Trump campaign benefited from the platform. But the liberal media tries to interpret the use of a tool as something sinister.

State-funded PBS thinks both President Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin worked to use social media against the Democrats. In the second part of a Frontline documentary aired on Jan. 14, several people who worked during the Obama administration, as well as never-Trumpers, gave their opinions about the 2016 election. Trump was described as “sowing discord and chaos.” But Putin’s “cyberattack” struck at “the fault lines of American democracy.”

Ex-GOP - Strategist - Steve - Schmidt - Frontline

Ex-GOP strategist Steve Schmidt told Frontline: “Putin certainly has our number as a country. He understood how easily Americans could be turned against each other with Facebook. What Facebook does is obliterate the ability to tell the lie from truth, where what is real, and what is fake, is not discernable and not knowable.”

This use of the internet opened the floodgates for the manipulation of Trump voters. Bulwark editor Charlie Sykes claimed that Trump was “counting on” people’s unwillingness to accept the corrections to “fake news.” Trump supporters fell for “the flood of these misleading or outright false stories.”

Frontline - Trump - Attitude - Conflict - Outrage

Frontline stated that Trump profited from this attitude and used “conflict and outrage” to collect a base. Former Obama strategist David Axelrod said that “this guy who was...
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