May 13, 2018


We read every one of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians. Here's what we found (Nick Penzenstadler, Brad Heath, Jessica Guynn, 5/11/18, USA TODAY)

The Russian company charged with orchestrating a wide-ranging effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election overwhelmingly focused its barrage of social media advertising on what is arguably America's rawest political division: race.

The roughly 3,500 Facebook ads were created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, which is at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's February indictment of 13 Russians and three companies seeking to influence the election.

While some ads focused on topics as banal as business promotion or Pokémon, the company consistently promoted ads designed to inflame race-related tensions. Some dealt with race directly; others dealt with issues fraught with racial and religious baggage such as ads focused on protests over policing, the debate over a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and relationships with the Muslim community.

The company continued to hammer racial themes even after the election.

Donald and his base are united by their hatreds.  So long as he remains anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant they'll excuse everything else.

Posted by at May 13, 2018 8:15 AM