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"I should do regarding the shutdown. If you were me, would you shut it down with me? Would you shut it down? He wouldn't answer. On the view. And he said, look I haven't seen any evidence of Trump or anybody in his campaign colluded with the Russian. I just haven't seen it. All triple eight nine seven one S A G E, triple eight nine seven one seven two four three Larry elder, relieffactor dot com studio. Now on Friday. I with ask. Where I got part of that opening of my show where I have this pay attention. You just may learn something here. And I was asked where they came from. And a number of people wrote me and told me where it came from one said it with Brad Pitt. Another one said, it was some other actor. Actually, it's the actor who played uncle junior on the sopranos. His name is Dominic Johnson. She and easy pay attention. You just may learn something here. So that's where it from. It's from the sopranos, and I never saw sopranos all the way through. So I was unfamiliar with that with that particular episode. But someone contacted me and said that's where it came from. I check it out. And that is exactly where it came from. Thank you very much for that. I appreciate it. Pay attention. You just may learn something here now. Did the Democrats? You think media create a fake website? The generated fake media stories in the Doug Jones ROY Moore race in Alabama. This is an interview on NPR. And they speak with a reporter who has uncovered this. And then they speak with the gentleman who actually engaged in setting up the fake website. Listen to this in the past month, the hotly contested 2017, Alabama. Again, this is on NPR. Not Fox News. Not Breitbart because on NPR in the Paris month, the hotly contested twenty seventeen Alabama special election for US Senate has risen from the news grave, according to the New York Times and others the triumph of democrat. Doug Jones over arch conservative judge ROY Moore was sullied by online dirty tricks, not from Russians but from American Democrats with tactics borrowed from Russian interference in the last presidential campaign. A group called project Birmingham used social media to falsely associate more with unpopular policies in an election with more than a million votes. Cast Jones beat him by fewer than twenty two thousand votes. Scott, Shane national security reporter for the New York Times. Broke the story last month. We called him to bring us up to date. Scott. Welcome back to the show. Thanks for having me on there were two clandestine operations that took place in that race only one was actually called project. Birmingham. Would you tell me about it? And both these projects were done by Democrats. He's now talking to Scott, Shane New York Times reporter, and again, this is NPR. It's so project Birmingham was the effort of a small number of social media savvy. Democrats they wanted to try out what the Russians had done in the two thousand sixteen presidential election. And they went so far as to create a conservative Facebook page. They were contacted by a write in candidate. And they endorsed the write in candidate a conservative candidate to draw support from ROY Moore. And it's not exactly certain how they did this. But they appear to have either created or bought a lot of Twitter accounts. Some of them appearing to be rough. Russian using Sorolla letters and set them up to follow the Twitter account of ROY Moore, and that actually led to some mainstream media coverage that suggested that somehow the Russians were supporting ROY Moore. Pretty unbelievable. Then there was a second operation, which was more devious still. Yeah, the second one was operated only in the last two weeks of the race. What they had decided to do was to play on a divide among Alabama Republicans between those who basically like to drink and those who think that alcohol is a tool of the devil. So they created a Facebook page called dry Alabama. That certainly appeared to be the work of sort of hardcore Baptists against alcohol hoping business conservatives in Alabama who don't want to see the state ban hall would associate ROY Moore's candidacy with a sort of hardcore Christian approach and therefore either not turn out not vote or vote for the democrat. So there was dry Obama. And then there was another page called southern caller, which essentially had the same message. They were posing as extreme religious conservatives who lived in Alabama. But most of these people were progressive Democrats who live far from Alabama. We hear a lot these days about false flag operations mainly insane. Conspiracies floated by the likes of Alex Jones, and they're usually dismiss because they're more running. But now there is this case in which Democrats, I'll be it. In a tiny little operation have been caught red handed trying to influence a senatorial election with false flags. Am I overstated the case? I wouldn't compare either of these operations to Alex Jones info wars in terms of scale. But I had written a lot about what the Russians didn't twenty sixteen. And I had thought about this question of would these same techniques appeal to dirty tricksters in American politics? The thing is these operations can be carried out in a very secretive way. I learned about them both basically because insiders ought to me if you don't have an insider, who's going to tell you that you would never know. So my suspicion is that this has been tried much. More broadly, almost certainly on the Republican side and on the democratic side. Both these operations happen to be Democrats. And I do think that special Senate election in Alabama because it came along when you think about it was in December of two thousand seventeen these sort of exposure. Of the Russian operations on Facebook and Twitter. And so on in two thousand sixteen cook months really to come out that took place in the summer and fall of seventeen there were congressional hearings. So then December of seventeen there's this very hard fought, very important Senate election, and I think that's maybe one reason why folks decided to use it as a testing ground. Now this NPR hostess named Bob Garfield. He's a New York City NPR hosts and the democrat progressive activists who set up the fake. Facebook page is named Matt Osborne. Well, certainly Democrats have lost some if not all moral authority on the subject of manipulated elections. And they've been playing the moral authority card through the entirety of the Muller investigation. It seems to me that the political damage here is incalculable. Again, that is an NPR hosts Bob Garfield, the political damage of Democrats using these dirty tricks setting up fake web accounts generating fake news stories. Shows you that. They do not occupy the high moral ground when they making these arguments that Donald Trump people that engage in these kinds of things. When we come back. John Carl ABC news is actually saying the Miller report will probably have no bombshells. He went on the view and said we've seen zero evidence of Trump or anybody in his campaign colluding with."