When I Googled this topic, why were the first two sources VOX and the BBC? Why not the New York Times and other major traditional American news sources? To be fair, the NYT and the Atlantic was mentioned on the first page of the search but they were near the bottom of the page.
VOX is a general interest news site and in 2019, readership was estimated to be 33.4 million visitors to its website, less than 10% of the US population. Vox is an American news and opinion website owned by Vox Media. The website was founded in April 2014 and is noted for its concept of explanatory journalism. Media Bias/Fact Check rates VOX as Mostly Factual for its reporting, a bit lower than the BBC’s rating.
The BBC’s global reach is 468.2 million people a week and it is one of the most trusted news sources in the world, but it is based in the UK, not the US. Media Bias/Fact Check rates the BBC high for factual reporting.
VOX.com reports, “Yes, Russia is interfering in the 2020 election. It wants to cause chaos again. But it’s also learned some lessons from 2016”
… “Discrediting democratic institutions, including free speech and freedom of the press, is all part of Russia’s election interference playbook. Yet PeaceData offers an intriguing glimpse into how Russian election meddling is evolving. The trolls and bots of 2016 are being replaced by outsourced writers, including, in this case, Americans. Obviously, fake news is being swapped out for articles with a particular slant or point of view.”
“Mueller’s team investigated the ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia. Mueller and a sweeping Senate investigation both documented numerous contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians linked to the Kremlin, but ultimately did not find evidence of conspiracy or coordination.
“Yet the Russia investigation, and Trump’s assault on it, helped transform a foreign adversary’s attack on US elections into a partisan issue, and has muddled the core fact that both Republicans and Democrats initially agreed on: that Russia meddled in the 2016 election and had designs on 2018, 2020, and beyond.” …
The BBC reports: “US election 2020: Who do Russian, China and Iran want to win?”
“These questions are on the minds of the US intelligence community in the run-up to November’s vote. An assessment from a top official warns foreign powers will use “covert and overt influence measures” to try to sway US voters, singling out Russia, China and Iran.
“The three should not be compounded, as each, in the view of US intelligence, has their own goal and their own capabilities.”…
“Last month a Republican-led Senate panel gave further support to the view Russia wanted Trump to win, concluding his campaign was an easy target for foreign influence but stopping short of alleging criminal conspiracy.” …
“What do the candidates say? Joe Biden recently warned there would be a “price to pay” if Russia continues to interfere, calling Russia an “opponent” of the US.
President Trump has frequently downplayed allegations of Russian interference, putting him at odds with his own intelligence experts.”
Concerning China and Iran, the BBIC reported that the U.S. intelligence community says these two countries don’t want Trump elected again because he represents chaos and uncertainty, the same thing Putin’s Russia wants.
Curious I Googled Fox News to find out if it was reporting on Russia’s meddling in the 2020 election and found this: “Wray: Russia ‘very active’ in efforts to influence election, ‘denigrate’ Biden. FBI director says Russia has sought to ‘sow divisiveness and discord’
Note that FBI Director Wray was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 7, 2017 to replace James Comey, who Trump fired. Why did Trump Fire Comey?
Why isn’t this factual news about Russia’s meddling in our 2020 election being reported everyday on prime time TV news and the front pages of every reputable newspaper in the United States?
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005). He is the award winning author of several books.
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