A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT Pro-Trump news site targets election workers, inspiring wave of menace

  

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Via:  hallux  •  8 months ago  •  15 comments

By:    PETER EISLER and JASON SZEP

A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT Pro-Trump news site targets election workers, inspiring wave of menace

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The Gateway Pundit, which started as a tiny opinion blog, saw readership surge to nearly 50 million views a month as it amplified Donald Trump’s false stolen-election claims. Reuters documented the impact: 25 election workers targeted by more than 100 violent threats or hostile messages citing the Pundit.
The story had a bombshell headline: “Thousands of fake votes” had been discovered in Madison, Wisconsin, two weeks after Democrat Joe Biden narrowly beat then-President Donald Trump in the state.
The bogus report from the far-right website Gateway Pundit drew attention to a set of initials – MLW – inscribed on what it claimed were “fake” ballots. Then a reader posted a comment on the story correctly identifying MLW: Maribeth L. Witzel-Behl, the Madison city clerk, whose duties include administering elections.
Other commenters soon called for Witzel-Behl’s execution. She found one post especially unnerving. It recommended a specific bullet for killing her – a 7.62 millimeter round for an AK-47 assault rifle.
Witzel-Behl was stunned by the threats and the angry calls that poured into her office. Contrary to the story’s insinuation that the initials meant the ballots were fake, in reality she and her staff wrote her initials on all absentee ballots, before they were given to voters, as a matter of policy.
Witzel-Behl is among 25 election officials and workers

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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    8 months ago

Don't like this article? Not to worry, anti-Xi and anti-China squirrel seeds are aplenty to distract you from internal sins.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Hallux @1    8 months ago

Why would her hand written initials be on the ballots...instead of pre-printed?  jrSmiley_26_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    8 months ago

Gee, I dunno ... do you order your cheques with your signature preprinted on them?

 
 
 
Thomas
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1.1.2  Thomas  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    8 months ago

Conversely, why would you self identify on fake ballots? Seems akin to robbing a bank with some personalized stationery for a holdup note...

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    8 months ago

his designated power of attorney does that...

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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1.1.4  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    8 months ago
Why would her hand written initials be on the ballots...instead of pre-printed? 

Maybe because the paper was made of bamboo from China and resists pre-printing and needs to be written in alien Lizard blood that could only come from the baby eating Democrats who voted for Joe Biden? /s

Fucking psycho conspiracy theories, that's all these right wing conservatives have which is truly a sad testimony as to where we are in American politics today.

" a survey conducted by Citizen Data found that 62 percent of conservatives   believe in at least one core conspiracy theory  born from the (Qanon) movement "

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    8 months ago
Thehas faced some commercial blowback for its false and incendiary content. In September, it lost a major revenue source when Google stopped placing ads on the site, citing its publication of “demonstrably false” election stories. Over the previous 10 months, the Pundit earned an estimated $1.3 million from ads placed through Google’s AdSense program, according to an analysis by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which combats online extremism.

Google is full of shit. Gateway Pundit has been printing demonstrably false stories for 17 years. 

I suppose better late than never though. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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2.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  JohnRussell @2    8 months ago

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JohnRussell
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2.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1    8 months ago
Gateway Pundit is a great news and opinion source!  

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devangelical
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2.1.2  devangelical  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1    8 months ago

you should publish more articles from it here.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  devangelical @2.1.2    8 months ago

He probably would if it werent banned from NT for being a lying rag of shit. 

On 6/6/2021, Media Bias Fact Check officially downgraded the far-right conservative   Gateway Pundit   to its lowest rating level. Before today, the Gateway Pundit was rated low for factual reporting, which indicates the site has a history of publishing misinformation and needs to be fact-checked on a per article basis.

MBFC   has been monitoring the   Gateway Pundit   since the 2020 Presidential Election and has found that the site has increased its disinformation campaign. They indicate in their review that they are failing fact checks on a near-daily basis since the election. For example, over the last 24 hours, they have failed fact checks   here   and   here . The disinformation generally centers around Covid-19 and election fraud conspiracy theories in support of former President Trump. Based on the consistent publication of false and misleading information, they have been lowered to a rating of Very Low in factual reporting, which results in even less credibility as an information source.

Questionable Reasoning:   Propaganda, Conspiracy, Nationalism, Some Fake News, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating:   EXTREME   RIGHT
Factual Reporting:   VERY  LOW
Country:   USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type:   Website
Traffic/Popularity:   High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating:   LOW CREDIBILITY
 
 
 
Hallux
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2.1.4  seeder  Hallux  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1    8 months ago
Gateway Pundit is a great news and opinion source!

Indeed! However, they don't hold a candle when it comes to your personal array klieg lights.

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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2.1.5  XXJefferson51  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1    8 months ago

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XXJefferson51
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2.1.6  XXJefferson51  replied to  devangelical @2.1.2    8 months ago

If I could I would. 

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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2.1.7  XXJefferson51  replied to  Hallux @2.1.4    8 months ago

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