Joe Biden - and all of us - SHOULD be furious that media outlets are spreading what is very likely Russian propaganda.

1/ I’ve seen the intel. The mainstreaming of misinformation is Russia’s 2020 goal. Here’s what we know, and why we can’t take it lying down.
2/ Russia knew it had to play a different game than 2016. So it built an operation to cull virulently pro-Trump Americans as pseudo-assets, so blind in their allegiance to Trump that they’ll willingly launder Kremlin constructed anti-Biden propaganda.

Guiliani was a key target.
3/ Andriy Derkach was a top Russian agent. He was unmasked by the Treasury Dept this summer. Derkach and his team recruited Guiliani and have been feeding him info all year. The White House knew this.…
4/ Whether he knows it or not, Giuliani is effectively a Russian asset now. It’s almost certain that any anti-Biden info he has is fed to him by Derkach and Russian intel.

This should be patently obvious to any reporter worth his or her salt.…
5/ And you don’t have to believe me. Believe the Department or Justice - Trump’s own FBI is investigating the “leaked” Hunter Biden emails as Russian spycraft.…
6/ Further, media don’t need a Pulitzer to see the whole story as super fishy.

A pro-Trump computer repairman mysteriously comes across Hunter Biden’s laptop, copies the files, and guess who gets them? Russia’s top American asset - Rudy! Coincidence!!…
7/ Why is it important for media to not simply pick this story up and amplify it? Why should we be offended that the VP is being asked about it?

Because this is Russia’s bet - that America, and its media, is so hungry for salacious stories that no one will vet their lies.
8/ And American media do have major credibility, for good reason. They do amazing work, and get most stories 100% right.

Russia wants to use this credibility to their advantage. And that’s why we all have to be vigilant. Democracy depends on it.

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