CNN Loses Its Mind – Claims Russia Used ‘Pokémon Go’ In Effort To Influence Election Through Liberal Activism

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This has got to be some sort of mass social experiment to determine how stupid people are.

CNN is reporting that Russian propagandists used the popular Pokémon Go 'outdoor scavenger hunt' game in an effort to stoke racial tensions, sending players to areas in which police brutality had occurred. Players were then encouraged to name their Pokémon after black victims, such as Eric Garner, who died after a NYPD officer put him in a chokehold.

To be clear, CNN is claiming that Russia tried to trick Americans into taking up a traditionally liberal cause, in alignment with Black Lives Matter (BLM), to divide America through racial tension and somehow drive voters into the arms of Donald Trump. The other logical conclusion which CNN somehow overlooked, is that said propaganda would have encouraged left-wing political activism – bringing sympathetic social justice warriors to the polls – ostensibly voting for Hillary Clinton.

CNN reports:

The campaign, titled “Don’t Shoot Us,” offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms, amplifying a campaign that appears to have been run from one source — the shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that the Don’t Shoot Us Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down after the company determined they were linked to the IRA. CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page and the other Don’t Shoot Us accounts.

The Don’t Shoot Us campaign — the title of which may have referenced the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” slogan that became popular in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown — used these platforms to highlight incidents of alleged police brutality, with what may have been the dual goal of galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.

The evidence…

CNN reports that the “Don’t Shoot Us” campaign Facebook page was linked to one of 470 Facebook accounts deemed to be linked to a Russian propaganda effort. The campaign’s YouTube videos lead people to, which links to a Tumbler account. In July 2016, the Tumbler account announced the Pokémon Go contest to go find areas with reported police brutality

Their evidence that “Don’t Shoot Us” is Russian? A guy named Daniel Reed, described as the “Chief Editor” of, emailed interview answers for an article to student-journalist Arpita Mitra of the website IPF (International Press Foundation) in a Word document, which Mitra forwarded to CNN. Upon analyzing the document’s metadata, CNN claims the Russian word for "name" was found in the document’s properties. 

From that, CNN says two cybersecurity experts who reviewed the document said it was likely created on a computer or program running Russian as its primary language.

Not quite a smoking gun - but CNN has decided to run with it. 

The motive…

CNN can’t really figure out why the Russians would take up primarily liberal social justice causes, writing “It’s unclear what the people behind the contest hoped to accomplish, though it may have been to remind people living near places where these incidents had taken place of what had happened and to upset or anger them.”

Who participated?

Nobody, apparently.

CNN has not found any evidence that any Pokémon Go users attempted to enter the contest, or whether any of the Amazon Gift Cards that were promised were ever awarded — or, indeed, whether the people who designed the contest ever had any intention of awarding the prizes.

There you have it – Russians influenced US politics by taking up liberal social justice activism in alignment with Black Lives Matter, their endgame being to stoke racial tensions and somehow, some way, influence the election in favor of Donald Trump.

I wonder if Comrade Silverman is in on it too? 

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nmewn Got The Wrong No Thu, 10/12/2017 - 21:21 Permalink

"...he looks black to me..."No wait, that was the completely unbiased NBC network, ya know the, Brian "THERE'S AN RPG HEADING TOWARD MY FACE!" Williams network.Or was it the explosives tied to the gas tank of a Pinto network or the "creased pant" or "leg tingle" network I get totally confused by the Alinsky Columbia Skool of Journalizm affiliates ;-)

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Manthong peddling-fiction Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:55 Permalink

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  That’s not all… Bert and Ernie were really Ivan and Pyotr and were masters of subliminal message implantation. ..and Boris and Natasha used moose and squirrel hunt as a front while all along passing deep state intelligence from moles to the KGB.

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John_Coltrane Manthong Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:04 Permalink

"..and Boris and Natasha used moose and squirrel hunt as a front while all along passing deep state intelligence from moles to the KGB."

Your explanation makes a lot more sense than CNNs. We know squirrels like burying nuts in the ground, exactly where moles like to dig their tunnels. So, a perfect opportunity to pass nutty "intelligence" from squirrel to mole.

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gregga777 Thu, 10/12/2017 - 21:17 Permalink

Sarah Silverman is part of the Khazarian Mafia that is destroying America and getting the American Armed Forces to fight Apartheid Israel's wars. It's a "twofer" for them.

jin187 True Blue Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:38 Permalink

Yeah, a Harvard professor did a study on this. A black guy no less. The whole point of his study was to prove the opposite, and he was shocked to find out that blacks get shot less often. What he found was that cops are reluctant to shoot black suspects just because they don't want the bad press.

He also found that this leads to police escalating the use of non-lethal force much quicker with black suspects than any other. They're so afraid of having to shoot black people, that rather than give them the benefit of the doubt like they do others, they taze, spray, send in the dogs, etc, much quicker, and with less provocation than other suspects.

As anecdotal as it is, I've watched a lot of these cop reality shows over the last thirty years, and you can see the truth of this pretty easily just by watching a bit of those. They can't wait to get the black suspects in handcuffs, not out of racism, but because they don't want to take even the slightest risk of resistance escalating into something deadly. You'll see them let the white and latino suspects just hang around until they decide to arrest them, but the black guys are usually approached guns/tasers drawn, dogs straining at the leash before they even have positive ID.

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Throat-warbler… Thu, 10/12/2017 - 21:30 Permalink

It's hard to believe that the mindless, phone-fixated, wandering Pokemon zombies would have the initiative to do anything but hunt firerangers for their collections.  Stupid target for social destabilization, dontcha think?

Reaper Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:03 Permalink

Crooked Hillary was picked as the Demorat candidate by Putin to allow Trump to be elected.  Charge her with treasonable collusion.

any_mouse Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:36 Permalink

In the days of The Soviet Union, Soviet PTB claimed the Soviets invented most things.

Now in The USSA, USSA TPTB claim that Russia invents everything.

"Weird Times", at the least.

any_mouse Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:46 Permalink

Knew Sarah Silverman was an idiot when she got her TV show. Watched once, never again.

Then realized Kimmel was an a-hole when he married Silverfish. He was cool with Corolla on The Man Show. The Juggies. Household tips from porn stars. Al Bundy would have approved.

LyLo any_mouse Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:13 Permalink

I miss the Man Show.  Every blue moon, I think about the ending to the episode with the Juggies on trampolines, and it always makes me happy.  I'm a straight female--but bouncy pretty ladies always makes me smile.  How could it not?...Addendum: so I'm sitting here drinking coffee, and thinking about the Man Show, and my mind wanders to a Jimmy Kimmel skit where he's a basketball player.  That basketball player was not white.  Am I...  Am I remembering a certain Jimmy Kimmel in blackface?  *quick google*  Why yes.  Yes I am.Are we cool with blackface now?  Has Kimmell ever apologized?  (I know he's had to issue a bunch of apologies, but I'm not going to dig through them all.  Nothing coming up immediately so I'm assuming no...)

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scraping_by Kina Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:25 Permalink

Not credible, just plausible. This one's past JFK, past Alex Jones, and all the way to alien lizards.It's also rather silly. The Dems have been riding identity politics like a borrowed mule for decades. A conspiracy to make people believe they're riding identity politics? Mindbender.

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shutterbug Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:00 Permalink

Zombie level stupidity is extremely contagious in 'Mericana ...Might be a good idea for all real humans with a working brain to start avoiding these zombies.

PT Fri, 10/13/2017 - 05:25 Permalink

Dear CNNShe lost.  She wasn't good enough.  Get over it.  Oh, but you can't let it go now can you?  Gee, I wonder why?And why do you continue to neg Trump over imaginary crap while ignoring his real failures?Gee, I wonder ...

Albertarocks Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:56 Permalink

CNN is not a news channel.  It is nothing more than one of the propaganda branches for the left, for those who's goal is to literally destroy the USA as we know it.  Just pull their license and start laying charges, because CNN is the single greatest cause of division and destruction to the American psyche since 1776.  I don't think the people realize exactly how destructive to the USA that CNN has become.  Pull their license and start jailing.  I am a fan of free speech for sure.  But that does not mean we should be supporting destructive hate speech and an endless stream of insulting lies aimed at reducing the USA to cities of rubble.

OCnStiggs Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:55 Permalink

The Progressive Liberal establishment is desperate. What they don't realize is this: They very tactics they employ to try and persuade people are turning them against the liberal dogma. The Liberal tactics no longer work. Liberalism is collapsing.About time.  

Honest Sam OCnStiggs Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:48 Permalink

The hijhacking of the word "Liberal" by these fascists is the one thing that goes pretty much unnremarked upon.It is not liberalism that is collapsing. There isn't anything remotely wrong with being liberal. It's a shame such an innocuous word like 'liberal' is just accepted and not shouted down by the pundits, that liberals are not liberal, they are fascists in drag perverting and deconstructing our language to further their power thru pure propaganda, no different that Tokyo Rose or Hitler. Liberality is alive an well on the Conservative side, the one entity that is still fighting for first amendment.

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