Tue Jan 22nd, 2019 at 06:44:39 PM EST
Very precise the narrative I found out from mid-campaign in 2016 to the upset victory and inauguration in January 2017. A documentary I watched on Al Jazeera (Doha, Qatar), the state estranged from the Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The feud splitting the military support for Sunni rebels fighting in the Arab Uprising from 2011 forward. The feud that prohibited finding a political solution to the ethnic/civil war in Syria at the Geneva talks.
Watching a part today I found it based on facts and good analysis from experts on the Middle East from the UK, France and the US. Yet when the major part of the election cycle is reviewed the story is quite shocking indeed. And the people have gotten away with it due to the preoccupation of DNC Democrats with finger pointing at Russia's Putin. Putin's part is very minor relative to the billionaires working behind the scenes in the Trump campaign.
Paul Singer and Robert Mercer are both hedge fund billionaires, excellent mathematicians who knew how to manipulate through social media enough voters to tip the scale in Trump's favor. With 77.000 votes the Republicans "stole" three states: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. HRC won the popular vote by more than 3 million, the EC votes count for the winner.
More below the fold ...
The scenario will repeat itself in the 2020 presidential election year.
○ Steven Bannon has a shadow press office, it may violate federal law
○ Cambridge Analytica: Facebook dark posts to swing election for Republicans
Interesting to see the persons backing the campaign of Donald Trump and the Republican party by means of the guest list after he got the nomination for the GOP.
A person I found on the guest list was Len Blavatnik, a Russian oligarch I recently wrote a diary about ...
○ Russian Oil Wealth, Kremlin and Oligarchs
Unfair Game: How Trump Won | Al Jazeera - May 2018 |
According to Politifact, an independent fact-checking website, only four percent of Trump's statements during the 2016 campaign were true. False information was constantly circulating, and eventually became self-propagating.
"Conservatives only get their news through Fox News or alternative sites like Breitbart, so that's the only news they see," explains pollster Ben Tulchin. "They only get their news via very slanted sources. And Trump picks up his information from these same news sources ... so the voters say 'I heard that on the news, and I heard that from President Trump, so he must be telling the truth'. There's a silo, and it is hard to break that silo, it's a self re-enforcing cycle of mistruths."
It became increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction and the traditional press was brushed aside.
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Facebook Analytica and the man behind Trump's success
In the shadows of Trump lies an enigmatic billionaire, Robert Mercer, a man who has poured millions of dollars into conservative causes for a decade, including Trump's campaign.
He controls Breitbart News, an ultra-conservative website turned into an alt-right propaganda machine, headed by Steve Bannon, a white nationalist and Trump's former chief strategist.
Mercer's psychometric firm, Cambridge Analytica, obtained big data from Facebook, Google, banks, credit companies, social security and more, to learn all about voters in order to try and change their political opinions and influence the election in Trump's favour.
In the days before the election, using a little-known Facebook feature, "dark posts ", Trump's campaign - with the help of Cambridge Analytica - deployed highly manipulative and personalised messages, which could be seen only by the user before disappearing. In the darkness of the web, democracy was trumped by data.
From my earlier diaries ...
○ Cambridge Analytica (Mercer) the Real Election Cycle Culprit
○ Election of Trump: Cambridge, Aleksandr Kogan, Facebook
○ SCL Group parent company Cambridge Analytica, director Steve Bannon
SCL received British government contracts and shared in military secrecy ...
○ MoD granted 'List X' status to Cambridge Analytica parent company, SCL Group
○ Erik Prince's Trump Card: Mercenaries in the United Arab Emirates
Related reading ...
○ Inside the British Army's secret information warfare machine | Wired |
○ How Secretive Manhattan Heiress Rebekah Mercer Became One of the Most Powerful Women in Politics
○ 'I made Steve Bannon's psychological warfare tool': meet the data war whistleblower