US #FakeNews timeline – Trump, Putin, Facebook and Mueller – an annotated infographic

On the one hand, Donald Trump has been largely responsible for, and has relied heavily upon, the creation and dissemination of so-called ‘fake news’ in order to elevate himself (or have himself elevated, depending on how you care to view the 2016 US election process) to the dubious position in which he finds himself today.

On the other hand, he regularly decries ‘fake news’ to summarily dismiss the work of legitimate, unflinchingly precise and true journalistic reporting.

Which is it, Donald? Is fake news a good thing or a bad thing? Are you for it or against it? Do you not even know yourself? Do you not care either way, but you merely change your tune to suit whatever made-up song you need to sing today?

This orange buffoon is the President of the United States of America. What an age we live in. At least he has the lowest ratings of any President ever, by any known measure, so it seems that most sensible American citizens have largely come to their senses, even those that voted for him.

Senior executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google have all testified before a Senate judiciary subcommittee, also appearing before Senate and House intelligence committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

The House intelligence committee publicly released much-anticipated copies of Facebook ads purchased by the Kremlin-based Internet Research Agency.

As we all now know, Russian agents spread inflammatory posts that reached 126 million Facebook users, published more than 1.4 million messages on Twitter and uploaded more than 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service. Much of that political propaganda – or rather, all of that political propaganda – was heavily pro-Trump, anti-Clinton.

There are no coincidences.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Fake news infographic

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