You know when something is really bothering the mainstream media when they go out of their way to discredit or ‘explain’ a situation or a group. Mind you it’s always something to do with the support of Trump that they attack and never any from the left.
Take CNN for instance. They spend a lot of time scouring the internet looking for ways to debunk or fact check anything on the right, but you won’t see them fact check the left. Not once have I seen them take on the likes of Occupy Democrats that have a massive 7 million reach on their facebook page and spread so much disinformation and fake news that they put the so-called Russian meddling to shame.
CNN reached out to the Daily Beast of all publications to ask the question that has obviously been plaguing them for a while now: “What is Qanon?.”
Their conclusion? “QAnon’s impact on politics — and Trumpworld — is dangerous.” and possibly a “troll” or “Russian psy-op”
Dangerous is calling for a support base to attack another support base, dangerous is spreading fake news by the hour, dangerous is allowing a page with seven million likes to lie each and every day. But I digress, take a look at this interview with CNN’s Chris Cillizza (who was completely wrong when he said Trump was lying about 13 Democrats working for Mueller) and the Daily Beast’s Will Sommer:
Cillizza: Let’s start simple: Where the heck did QAnon come from? And do we have any sense how many “members” it has or whether it is growing?
QAnon started last October, when an anonymous person or group of people called Q started posting cryptic clues on 4Chan. Trump supporters eventually found these clues, which they call “breadcrumbs,” and spun them into a whole counter-narrative that’s contrary to just about everything that’s actually happening in the world.
So, for example, Robert Mueller isn’t investigating the Trump campaign — QAnon believers think he’s actually working with Trump to get Hillary Clinton.It’s hard to gauge the extent of QAnon believers, but I’d say that it’s pretty wide-reaching among really hardcore Trump supporters. In April, QAnon believers marched in DC and they numbered something like 200 people, and it’s only grown since then.The other thing is that a lot of tenets of QAnon, especially the part about a “deep state” plot, aren’t that different from what’s on Fox [News Channel] or talk radio every day. So when a person already prone to support Trump hears about QAnon, they’ve been primed to believe this stuff by the rest of conservative media.
Unlike something like birtherism or Pizzagate, QAnon is a kind of mega-conspiracy theory that sucks in just about every conspiracy theory you can think of. Pizzagate is part of it, birtherism is part of it — but so is the JFK assassination conspiracy theory, the idea that all these mass shootings have been deep-state false flags, and much more. The vague nature of the Q clues also means that you can sort of imprint whatever your personal issue is onto it.The other strange thing about QAnon is that it’s fundamentally a story being told by the side that’s already in power. Normally, conspiracy theories, like the idea that George W. Bush stole the 2004 election or that Barack Obama was an illegitimate president because he was born in Kenya, are coming from a group that’s trying to explain why they’re out of power.Instead, QAnon believers got the guy they wanted elected in the White House, but they didn’t get everything they wanted or were promised. For example: they chanted “lock her up,” but Hillary Clinton was never locked up. So they retreat to a fantasy world where Hillary Clinton will soon be sent to Guantanamo Bay.
There are a lot of theories about who Q is. QAnon people believe in fanciful ideas like, maybe it’s Trump or Dan Scavino or Michael Flynn. They’re always on the hunt for clues or acknowledgments from the administration. For example, Trump said “17” a lot in his speech Tuesday night, which they took to be an acknowledgment of Q — the 17th letter of the alphabet!That’s also why they’ve been bugging White House reporters to ask Sarah Sanders about Q. [Editor’s note: White House press secretary Sanders was asked about QAnon in Wednesday’s briefing: “The President condemns and denounces any group that would incite violence against any individual,” she said.]QAnon critics, on the other hand, tend to focus on various hucksters promoting QAnon. Lots of conspiracy theorists on the right have become alienated from QAnon after Q accused them of trying to profit from the movement, so it’s become kind of a circling firing squad of people accusing each other of being Q.I think Q is just some random person or group of people who started a troll that has gotten way out of hand. Or maybe, as with so many things these days, it’s a Russian psy-op!
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