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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:13 PM

RealClear Media Has a Secret Facebook Page to Push Far-Right Memes


RealClearPolitics has carefully cultivated a non-partisan image—while in the shadows its parent company pushes images of killer Clintons and a freedom-loving Kremlin.

Kevin Poulsen Sr. National Security Correspondent
Maxwell Tani Media Reporter
Updated 10.07.19 9:05PM ET / Published 10.07.19 9:00PM ET

The company behind the non-partisan news site RealClearPolitics has been secretly running a Facebook page filled with far-right memes and Islamophobic smears, The Daily Beast has learned.

Called “Conservative Country,” the Facebook page was founded in 2014 and now boasts nearly 800,000 followers for its mix of Donald Trump hagiography and ultra-conservative memes. One recent post showed a man training two assault rifles at a closed door with the caption “Just sitting here waiting on Beto.” Others wink at right-wing conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s “ties to Islam” or the Clintons having their enemies killed, or portray Muslim members of Congress as terrorist infiltrators. The page is effusive with praise for Vladimir Putin, and one post portrays Russia as the last bastion of freedom in Europe.

It’s a far cry from the usual fare on RealClearPolitics. Founded in 2000, the site was an early online aggregator of political news, curating links to widely read politics stories and opinion articles in other major outlets. The site has become synonymous with its polling aggregator, which is regularly cited by news organizations on both sides of the aisle as an objective metric of major political races. In recent years, the site has expanded to cover health care, finance, foreign policy, and more.

There’s no hint of Conservative Country’s provenance on its Facebook “about” page, which reads in total, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” (It’s an apocryphal quote attributed to George Washington.) But in 2017 Conservative Country was linked as the official Facebook page for a now defunct political news site using the same name and logo, ConservativeCountry.net.


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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:34 PM

1. Not shocked

Why else would I go to the RCP homepage and mixed in with NY Times and Politico articles is there DC Examiner, Breitbart, and Townhall? They are posing as a legit site while red-pilling people looking for legit political news.

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Response to boomer_wv (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 11:50 AM

2. That's the problem - they fail to dismiss faux news sites like Breitbart and Towhall...

...that's why I never frequent the site, or link to it.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 8, 2019, 06:57 PM

3. Na.

I don't think it's a failure. I think putting those sites there is the point. They know what they are doing.

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