On Thursday The Wall Street Journal published a story claiming that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer who was convicted last month for tax fraud and lying to federal investigators, paid a small technology firm in 2015 to rig online polls so that his boss would come out on top.
The paper reported that Cohen hired RedFinch, an IT firm owned by John Gauger, who is also the chief information officer at Liberty University, to manipulate a pair of online polls as then-GOP candidate Trump was beginning his campaign, as a way to falsely promote his popularity and help him win the nomination.
As the paper reported, Gauger’s efforts to manipulate two online polls were ultimately unsuccessful. What’s more, Cohen — who charged the Trump Organization Gauger’s full $50,000 fee but only paid him about $13,000 in cash — never told his boss what the money was for.
When contacted by the paper about the cash payments, Gauger’s comments, and the online poll-rigging, Cohen said, “What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump, which current POTUS lawyer Rudy Giuliani called “bulls**t.”
“The real takeaway from your story is, didn’t he steal $37,000?” Giuliani told the WSJ.
At this point, who knows whether the story is valid or whether Cohen’s allegations are true or not. He appears ready to say anything, to do anything, to get out of as much prison time as possible and to ingratiate himself with the far Left (which won’t work, Michael, by the way — not in the long run). Couple that with the fact that so much of this Trump-related stuff turns out to be fake news, and you can color us skeptical.
What is real, however, is the genuine political manipulation by unregulated social media behemoths including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as additional manipulation by Democrat-aligned tech firms, in Alabama and nationally.
Let’s examine the social media manipulation first.
Recently, research psychologist Robert Epstein revealed that Google, in the past, has demonstrated it is capable of changing a 50-50 split among undecided voters into a 90-10 split without anyone realizing they had been manipulated, and without making it apparent to outside observers, based on a set of search suggestions that can be implanted into algorithms.
But Epstein made another startling revelation in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Thursday: A single shift in Google search results on Election Day 2018 very likely shifted anywhere from 800,000 to 4.6 million votes to Democratic candidates.
He noted that “individual employees at Google have the power to manually remove material, remove content that we see, and they do so often with political ends.”
“I guarantee you that this past election was affected,” Epstein said, adding that he has research data he will be releasing — perhaps by early March — substantiating his claim. He said Google’s posted reminder to “go vote” on Election Day in November shifted perhaps millions of votes to Democrats.
There’s more. In recent weeks details have emerged about a Democrat-linked operation in Alabama, in which a small technology firm linked to Fusion GPS and another George Soros-funded group used “Russian-style” techniques to turn a special election for the U.S. Senate against the GOP candidate, Roy Moore, and in favor of the Democrat, Doug Jones.
A Texas-based cybersecurity company called New Knowledge was behind this false flag operation known as “Project Birmingham,” which many now believe was responsible for narrowly turning a solid red Senate seat blue.
“Democracy is kind of an illusion at this point because we have let these companies — Google more than any other — go completely wild,” Epstein told Carlson. “There are no rules, no regulations, no laws that restrict anything they do.” — J. D. Heyes
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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