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Twitter owner Elon Musk agreed with a journalist's claim Monday that Russiagate, the derogatory term for the theory and sprawling investigation into whether Donald Trump and Russia colluded to fix the 2016 election, was "one of the most deranged and unhinged conspiracy theories in modern times."
Glenn Greenwald, a journalist and co-founder of The Intercept, was reacting to an analysis in the Washington Post headlined "Russian trolls on Twitter had little influence on 2016 voters," written by Tim Starks.
Greenwald said Russiagate was pushed by the "vast majority of media corporations, ‘scholars,' think tank frauds and NYT/NBC's ‘disinformation units.’"
Musk responded to Greenwald's tweet and said, "true."
The Washington Post's report focused on a study which found Russian influencers in the 2016 election reached very few users on Twitter, and any who were reached were likely to be partisan Republicans inclined to oppose Hillary Clinton.
Justin Tucker, an author on the report, told Starks that the story "got way overhyped."
"Now we’re looking back at data and we can see how concentrated this was in one small portion of the population, and how the fact that people who were being exposed to these were really, really likely to vote for Trump," Tucker said. "And then we have this data to show we can’t find any relationship between being exposed to these tweets and people’s change in attitudes."
Major media outlets consistently pushed the narrative that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election throughout his presidency. The Robert Mueller investigation dominated much of his first term and was a subject of near-endless hype from liberal media outlets.... (Read more)