Shareblue Is Now Saying That ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Actually Russian Bots. Hold Me Back.

Caitlin Johnstone
Apr 4, 2017 · 7 min read
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Five reasons David Brock’s latest manipulation makes me hate him even more than I already did.

The David Brock propaganda mill Shareblue has published an article titled “Watching the hearings, I learned my ‘Bernie bro’ harassers may have been Russian bots”. I’ve been pacing around all day trying to figure out a way to articulate my rage at the absolute gall of these horrible people to write something so immensely offensive to human intelligence, but so far all I’ve managed is a strange, guttural sound somewhere between a trumpet full of water and a goat getting kicked in the balls. I gotta try, though, so here is a list of reasons why the aforementioned article makes me hope someone replaces David Brock’s heart medications with caffeine pills.

1. “Bernie Bros” are a fictional invention designed to smear Bernie Sanders, and David Brock probably had a hand in its creation.

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Despite the total absence of facts and evidence, the “Bernie Bro” narrative was regurgitated as fact by pundits and presstitutes throughout mainstream media, to the point where Sanders himself was being asked about it in interviews as though it were a real thing. As noted last year by Aussie journalist Michael Brull, this is likely because journalists would have been included in the targeted propaganda campaign David Brock’s Correct the Record was openly engaged in. Which takes me to my next point:

2. David Brock’s other organization, Correct the Record, is known to have employed actual, literal shills.

So that is an extraordinary act of faux innocence, is it not? To be hired by a guy who hired shills, but to be all smelling-salts fainting at the thought of their existence on the other side.

So there’s that, but that doesn’t drill down to the truly teeth-grinding hypocrisy in this.

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3. Russian trolls would not go around actively making Bernie Sanders look bad… but CtR shills might.

That’s right, you dear little woolly-headed liberal, your boss may have even employed the very people you’re so upset about to go around being an asshole, being a “Bernie Bro” and harassing nice ladies like you who might otherwise have had a look into that Bernie Sanders guy and liked what they saw. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but your boss is, to put it mildly, a thug. David Brock does those kinds of things. Next time you catch him at the water cooler, ask him what he meant when he said in his “apology” to Bernie Sanders that his drive to get Hillary Clinton in the Whitehouse “led me to take too stiff a jab.” Ask him exactly what he meant by that, and watch his body language carefully.

So yeah, I totally agree that what happened to you was deeply unsettling, and in the bigger picture a violent impediment to real human relations, and zooming out even further, I would even go so far as to say that such deliberate acts of aggravation, provocation and divisiveness are a crime against humanity. So maybe you could bring that up with Brock next time you see him around the office?

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4. There is zero evidence that there were any pro-Sanders Russian shills.

“In general I would not take seriously any claims about Russian trolls and bots unless they list specific accounts/pages to back it up,” Chen tweeted.

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5. Shut up about Russia.

I am getting so sick of this shit. Watching an entire nation get crazier and crazier is deeply disheartening. Hopefully there’s only so far the American psyche can be twisted before it breaks, and maybe then reality will be able to get a word in edgewise amid the constant deluge of propaganda.

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