Clueless Joe™ Biden was in Virginia on Tuesday, mumbling and stumbling his addled little heart out for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe against rival Republican Glenn Youngkin. Except Biden barely mentioned Youngkin’s name, choosing instead to continue his TDS fixation with Donald Trump.
As we know, Trump ran against — and largely ran his presidency against, as well — the “fake news” media, principally CNN and MSNBC — and anyone else who made up crap about the former president. Enter Terry McAulliffe. As reported by Fox News on Wednesday, a Fox News investigation found that McAuliffe has spent nearly $100,000 advertising “fake news” websites on Facebook during his flagging campaign.
But it gets worse.
You know what they say — if you’re buying ACTUAL fake news ads to mislead and misinform, you’re clearly very confident in your chances.
Congratulations @TerryMcAuliffeFor some great lows, you can create your own campaign. https://t.co/vlzfeQlbV5
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) October 27, 2021
Based on the investigation, Fox was able to report that McAuliffe’s “advertisements” — which have been viewed up to 3.5 million times so far, are Hidden on Facebook pagesYou can control your shock, amazement and surprise by giving the website a name comparable to that of a local news agency. These ads lead to third-party sites that purport to publish local news but are only there to support Democratic candidates.
McAuliffe, like most candidates for political office, has his own Facebook page to promote his campaign. However, McAuliffe, a former governor, also uses that Facebook page. This blurs the line between political campaigns and disinformation as Fox pointed out.
The page, which was quietly launched by McAuliffe in June, is called “The Download VA.” While the name of the page sounds similar to that of a news organization, it Has not published any photos or posts., and only 67 people had “liked” the page as of the Fox News report.
— Hold My Beer (@RealLibSmacker) October 27, 2021
Here’s more, from Fox News (emphasis, mine):
Instead (of “liking” or participating on the page), most voters who have encountered “The Download” Paid advertising has been a way to do this.This is a. Although the ads don’t appear directly on the page, they are available through a Report on Facebook Ad LibraryA tool Journalists and researchers can use it. McAuliffe campaign has spent $471,044 on ads distributed by this page since JuneThis is. There are likely to be more ads before the election because there were many at publication.
Advertising usually includes a comment. A link to a major news article which covers the campaign favorablelyIt is. Seven advertisements, along with dozens more variations, are scattered among links to legal media. websites widely considered to be “fake news”
No. Why I never…
McAuliffe is portrayed as a lazy candidate who uses falsehoods to win elections. But … we knew that already, no?
Too fun to check: Is McAuliffe hoodwinking voters with fake-news websites?https://t.co/SpTnFOLQU3 pic.twitter.com/tk75bcMJyd
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) October 27, 2021
An advertisement for July You can download wrote about McAuliffe’s views on small businesses. The advertisement included a link that took you to an article on McAuliffe’s views regarding small businesses. Dogwood bills itself as a local news website, noted Fox, with daily articles about local issues in Virginia, dedicated sections for key topics, and a newsletter to give Virginians “all the news you need.” The Dogwood says (lies) on a page describing its publication that it delivers “credible, fact-based reporting.”
An October 19, article entitled The Partisan News Network Expands ahead of Election in the Wall Street Journal, the WSJ reported that as local news outlets suffer cuts, political donors see a way to influence election coverage — including pushing “fake news” and once again proving Donald Trump right.
The WSJ cited Reid Hoffman and George Soros, multibillionaire Democrat donors, as two examples. Even left-leaning Axios reported Tuesday that the “newsroom” is owned by influential Democrat Tara McGowan’s “Good Information Project,” which is backed by many of the same investors.
In another October “article” — propaganda piece — The Download wrote that Youngkin has a “very concerning” policy on COVID vaccination, and included a link to an article published by a third-party website called The American Independent. Fox reports:
The Independent The website is designed to look similar to a news web site. In an “About” section, the website says it is a platform for “progressive news,” and elaborates that it reports “With honesty and integrity, shine a light upon those in power as well as the progressive political movement,” suggesting to readers that it offers an objective assessment of the movement.
Although it states that the website is supported by The American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (although it does not disclose how much of its funding comes from the foundation, but it is the only investor listed on its “Company” page
McAuliffe early on was widely expected to run away from Youngkin — or so most Democrat pundits thought — but is instead locked in a tight race with Youngkin, with the race appearing “up for grabs” with just five days before go-time.
According to the Independent, reported Fox News, the foundation is on a mission to “compare and contrast progressive and conservative solutions.” Au contraire. It is actually a well-known liberal “dark money” organization, founded by sleazy David Brock, a wealthy and influential Democrat donor who is also a close ally of the Clinton family. Brock’s group spent $59.7 million to oppose Republican candidates in the 2020 election cycle, according to the campaign finance tracking organization OpenSecrets.
The Fox News report continues with other serious “fake news” allegations against McAuliffe, hardly a surprise to those of us who have long seen McAuliffe for exactly what he is: a lying sleazeball who will do or say anything he has to do or say to win — honesty and integrity be damned.
Observations — three scenarios.
McCauliffe wins Youngkin’s election by a significant margin on Tuesday. Democrats who are running to reelect themselves in 2022 and beyond elections will continue beating Trump until the final polls close. If McAuliffe wins, or Youngkin loses, Democrats (make that) Should) learn that continuing to focus on the Devil’s spawn — Donald Trump — is no longer a winning message, particularly with independent voters.
It is not clear whether Democrats will heed this message. The history suggests that they wouldn’t.
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