At his Wednesday night rally, Donald Trump made one of his frequent complaints about the media not devoting enough attention to Hillary’s awfulness. But this time, he got pretty specific. "Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton," Trump said, apparently referring to Google searches during the first presidential debate on Monday night.
Conspiracy theories about Google aren’t new, but the idea that they tilt search results was thoroughly debunked months ago. So just where would Trump get the idea to bring this up now?
Trump didn't cite a source to back up his claim, but the most recent report alleging this came from Sputnik News, a Russian state-owned news agency.
A state-owned Russian news agency spreading conspiracy theories? Why would anyone credit such an accusation? You would have to be crazy to treat something like that seriously.
Conservative news outlets, including Breitbart News, whose chairman became Trump's campaign CEO last month, linked to the report.
The Google CT wasn’t just in Trump’s rambling off-the-cuff remarks. It was baked into the TelePrompTer Trump portion of the program. But why shouldn’t Trump be getting his news from Russian sources? He’s been making news for them.
Just last month, Donald Trump appeared on another Russian media outlet.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized U.S. foreign policy and the American political press corps Thursday during an interview on RT America, a state-owned Russian television network.
And when he was delivering up a message for Russia, who did Donald Trump blame for his poor performance at the time?
Asked during the RT America interview what has surprised him most about the political process, Trump unloaded on the American press.
“Well, I think the dishonesty of the media. The media has been unbelievably dishonest,” Trump responded. “I mean they’ll take a statement that you make which is perfect and they’ll cut it up and chop it up and shorten it or lengthen it or do something with it.”
They’ll chop out things like how you’re complaining about America, and about American media, on Russia media.
And they’ll chop out things about how you’re trying to sell a crowd in Wisconsin on the idea that Google is crooked, because the boss of your campaign is treating Sputnik News as a reliable source.
What was that, American media?
Trump has been repeatedly criticized for being too praiseworthy of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for promoting foreign policies that would benefit Russian interests around the world. And several of his top advisers -- most notably his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort -- have extensive ties to Russian government officials and oligarchs.