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Before the election, new Bernie Sanders communications chief David Sirota pushed this bizarre graphic about the Clinton Foundation. It was part of a large-scale effort to discredit a charitable organization that has helped millions. 1/
Though he's scrubbed his tweets, the trail remains. Quoth Sirota: "What the Clintons say and do are often the opposite. The CF defense is rooted in the same CU ruling logic." 2/
His IBT piece was timed right when Bannon/Breitbart/others were pushing the Uranium One story. Curiously, Sirota pushed the Uranium One story a year and a half *after* it posted – the exact same time that Bannon and others were doing so. ibtimes.com/political-capi… 3/
The summer after the election, Harvard's Berkman Klein Center published a paper called 'Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election' - a deep dive into the disinformation war. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf… 4/
From the report: “Over the summer and fall of 2016, the Clinton Foundation became a focus of media attention. The Clinton Foundation story played two distinct roles. First, it focused attention after the Democratic Convention on allegations of Hillary Clinton’s corruption ... 5/
"...which proved an irresistible topic for traditional professional media seeking to establish their political independence. Second, it provided a key narrative within the right-wing media ecosystem to establish belief in both the personal corruption of Hillary Clinton ... 6/
"...and the 'fact' that she had sold out U.S. policy interests to historical and current strategic adversaries: Russia and Islamists."

And here's the kicker... 7/
"These dynamics originated within right-wing media, and their uptake by mainstream media reinforced the credibility of the far right’s paranoid conspiracy theories."

To repeat: "originated within right-wing media."
8/
Conclusion: "While the influence of this right-wing narrative around the Clinton Foundation on mainstream agenda setting was likely more important in influencing the outcome of the election ... 9/
"..., the dynamics within the right-wing media ecosystem likely better explain the stability of support for President Trump among his core supporters."

That's not some guy on Twitter. That's an in-depth Harvard study. Great team you got there @SenSanders. #/
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