When the heads of the different intelligence agencies appeared before the Senate last week, they warned that Russia had not just interfered in the 2016 election, but was ramping up attempts to affect American politics. That became clear on Wednesday.
A hysterical Daily Kos claims that in the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida school shooting, which resulted in 17 deaths, troll and bot-tracking sites reported an immediate uptick in related tweets from political propaganda bots and Russia-linked Twitter accounts.
What’s the position of the Russian bot army? Solidly pro-NRA and against any regulation of guns. The biggest “fact” being pushed by the Russian bots following the Valentine’s Day shooting is a story about how we’re over-counting school shootings … because the statistics are adding in just plain old murders at schools instead of being limited to instances where the shooter intended to commit mass murder.
Additional stories being pushed by the Russian bot-farms attack the same point that Russia specialized in during 2016: Fear of the other. These stories paint the shooter as a member of some foreign terrorist group and paint him as sympathetic to Muslim extremists.
Considering the ties between the NRA and Russia, there should be no surprise about which way these bots are steering the news, and apparently hapless American journalist can’t figure any of this out.
Why is Russia so intent on pushing guns in the US? Not only does it make money for Russian manufacturers, it results in increased violence, more divisive politics, and more dead Americans. They like that.