Russia interference in the election is a topic we have heard about on a near constant basis since 2016. Not only was it a large propaganda tool of the 2016 election, but it lead to a 3 year investigation as to whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with or rig the election against Hillary Clinton.
The conclusion to such a lengthy investigation was no, as NPR was forced to report while desperately trying to distort due process to instead say Trump obstructed the investigation. This hasn’t had any impact on narratives however.
CNN is particularly latching onto this narrative. In an interview with Kamala Harris, the “Russia Interference” question was asked. Harris confirmed interference in 2016, and when put in the position agreed that “theoretically yes,” Russia interference could cost her and Joe Biden the election. However, she then chose to deflect into racial discrimination while CNN maintained the banner, “Kamala Harris: Russian Interference Could Cost Us The Election.”
Peter Strzok is reiterating possible Russia collusion. Strzok was part of the Mueller investigation team until he was removed and fired from the FBI for text messages about Strzok’s personal political opposition to Trump. Others involved with the Mueller investigation have turned in phones that have been wiped to the DOJ.
CNN’s continued distortion of the news becomes more clear when looking at how they depict asserted interference by other countries that would in fact favor Biden rather than Trump. In yet another Russian meddling piece, CNN sites whistleblowers as alleging that Trump is direction attention away from Russia and towards China. The true irony is that they downplay the possibility of China and Iran having an impact on the election, putting all of the emphasis on Russia and citing a report that seems to do just the opposite.
In fact, the report which comes from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence summarizes the strategies being used by each country. Russia is seen as attempting to “denigrate former Vice President Biden” by spreading information. An example given being “pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party.”
In other words, it is an information campaign coming from Russia favored Ukraine who has been the subject of scandal involving Hunter Biden.
Much is the same about the claims of Iran, who are not favorable to Trump as he has maintained political pressure on the country. Iran is accused of “on-line influence, such as spreading disinformation on social media and recirculating anti-U.S. content.”
China on the other hand does in fact get a little more complicated. According to the DNI, “China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”
Using influence to pressure political figures is a pretty direct form of interference. In addition to a simple social media narrative, this effectively puts politicians in the forefront of media. After all, China has their hands on quite a bit of our industries, and Trump has not been shy about changing economic advantages.
Russia may have a political preference in the outcome of our election. So does China, so does every other major nation. Just like the United States has an interest in the outcomes of elections in foreign countries. Many times, we even orchestrate regime changes. So why would our politicians and media try so hard to obscure where the largest outside influence is coming from? Especially if it poses the threat we are told that it does.