Ever since the ‘secret CIA assessment’ dropped claiming the Russians had been involved with hacking the DNC and phishing John Podesta, the media has been talking about the ‘election being hacked.’
This kicked up another notch after President Obama announced sanctions against Russia for the alleged cyber attacks, despite the FBI and DHS report being rather light on facts to pin on Russia even for the alleged DNC hack.
CNN blasted out a tweet saying “Obama issues an executive order against 6 Russian individuals and 5 Russian entities over election hacking.”
Politico’s breaking news tweet read: “White House sanctions Russia over election hacks,” as did NPR’s, stating “President Obama orders sanctions against Russian intelligence services officials in response to election hacking.” The New York Times’ headline stated: “U.S. Punishes Russia for Election Hacking, Ejecting Operatives.”
Tom Winter of NBC News tweeted out the name of an alleged suspect wanted by the FBI for his role in the “election hacking.”
Matthew Dowd of ABC News, in a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump, tweeted: “What is more problematic for US national security: few thousand Mexicans coming across the border for work, or Russia hacking our election?
Yet, there has been no evidence at all produced that the actual election was hacked in any way, i.e. that the vote was affected. Indeed, the Obama administration has stated quite clearly that the vote was not compromised. Even Loretta Lynch stated this.
It would be difficult, if not impossible, to hack the election on a national scale as machines are operated differently from state to state. Some, such as those in Pennsylvania, are not even connected to the internet, so you would somehow have to crack them individually to have an influence.
But that hasn’t stopped the media in spreading this untruth.
And it’s having its effect, at least on Hillary Clinton supporters, 50% of whom believe that the actual election, i.e. the vote, was somehow hacked by Russia to help Donald Trump win.