Just more Repub lies. Can these people do anything but lie for power?
And "T" always believes the lies! Not really - he really knows the truth
- it's just routine Repub power politics.
"A pay-to-play network of partisan websites masquerading as local news
is promoting yet another false story about voter fraud, and right-wing
figures are echoing the falsehood — this time in the form of a baseless
accusation about Nevada’s voting records.
Last week, a website called Silver State News published a story
featuring an analysis by the newly formed Voter Reference Foundation
that claimed to have found 15 out of Nevada’s 17 counties had logged
more votes than voters in the 2020 election. (The story wasn’t true; a
quick glance at Nevada’s 2020 voting data clearly shows more registered
voters in the 2020 election than votes.)
But the false accusation is nothing new. In the aftermath of the 2020
election, Nevada was one of several battleground states targeted with
election-related misinformation — so much so that the secretary of
state’s office published a “Facts vs. Myths” page debunking the surfeit
of conspiracy theories targeting the state.
And in April, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican,
issued a report categorically denying voter registration shenanigans:
“Our investigation revealed that these allegations and others are based
largely upon an incomplete assessment of voter registration records and
lack of information concerning the processes by which these records are
compiled and maintained.”
Although the Silver State Times' core finding is easily debunked, the
article also contained a number of other red flags. The Voter Reference
Foundation, described in the article as “non-partisan,” is headed by a
GOP activist named Doug Truax, a failed Illinois senate candidate whose
PAC was financed by Chicago-based conservative megadonor Dick Uihlein.
The article also neglects to mention that the only person quoted in the
story, Voter Reference Foundation’s Executive Director, Gina Swoboda,
previously worked for the Trump campaign.
Silver State News, the outlet behind the story, is one in a network of
thousands of hyperpartisan websites disguised as local news but whose
coverage is directed by right-wing political activists.
The site’s parent company, Metric Media, is a collaboration between
former journalist and conservative businessman Brian Timpone — whose
previous local news venture went up in flames after its publications
were revealed to have plagiarized stories, falsified quotes, and
published fake bylines — and a number of Trump-aligned political activists.
The New York Times reported that content on the network's sites is
“directed by political groups and corporate P.R. firms to promote a
Republican candidate or a company, or to smear their rivals.”
In the runup to the 2020 election, Metric Media’s sites were responsible
for misleading stories in Michigan and Illinois (where the East Central
Reporter is owned by Metric). Last fall, Media Matters identified
similar bogus Metric Media stories that were shared by right-wing actors.
Yet the fact that the Nevada voting story was false didn’t deter several
prominent Trump devotees from sharing it online. Liz Harrington,
spokesperson to former President Donald Trump, tweeted a link to the
story that garnered more than 8,500 interactions. Disgraced Trump
attorney Jenna Ellis shared the story on Facebook. So did former
Republican National Committee official Harmeet Dhillon.