How politicians troll the media

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  • Published on:  Monday, March 5, 2018
  • Politicians are trolling the media to advance their own agendas.

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    Between Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) secret memo, allegations of missing text messages, and the panic over a so-called “secret society” in the FBI, the past few weeks of political news coverage have been dominated by Republican pseudoscandals. And while each of these alleged “bombshells” has turned out to be a dud, these stories raise questions about whether GOP politicians are intentionally baiting journalists -- trolling them into covering conspiracy theories in order to raise doubts about the FBI and the ongoing Mueller investigation.

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  • Science with Katie

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    The inclusion of Charlie Brown in this video made it 100 times better, loved it! 😊💛

  • BroKhalidMuhammad

     (Jul 30, 2018)

    Science with Katie I agree

  • James Burgess

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    It's like the media never heard of "The boy who cried wolf". Half of these politicians who are supporting these fake stories have *already* been exposed as liars.But because they're congressmen, "well, we gotta give attention to their assertions, because of politics blah importance blah blah."

  • vincentmuyo

     (Dec 10, 2018)

    "Politician that has told the same lie multiple times tries again. We're not holding our breaths.Now, on to the real news, PRT projects show some local success..."

  • TC Does Stuff

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    There is this saying where I live:「人不要臉,天下無敵。」, translated to English is roughly: "A shameless man in invincible".Yeah, I felt those vibes in this vid.

  • Grudo Yugin

     (Jan 2, 2019)

    This is coming from a person whose country detains millions of muslims and forcefully converts them. Try calling your president as a shameful person before attacking americans

  • Jakiyla Gamble

     (Nov 8, 2018)

    I’m learning Chinese and I’m so happy that I recognized a few characters! Also a great observation

  • Frdyan

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    So it sounds like the fix to this would be to have a news cycle that focuses on actual stories instead of huddling around drama like a bunch of highschoolers.

  • Cheesemonkey2889

     (Mar 14, 2018)

    not profitable enough for murica

  • Antoine Fauconneau

     (Mar 12, 2018)

    Except that the news outlets also have to obey the laws of the market. If one news outlet doesn't play along and focuses on the verified (and therefore already known) stories, they will lose their audience to the ones who keep producing segments about troll news.

  • Grimm GooseGirl

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    This is also called "argument inoculation" in social psychology. You introduce an idea to a group, you give them a simple defense of the idea and then they are more resistant to new/conflicting information about the idea even if the idea is clearly false.

  • vincentpol

     (Aug 17, 2018)

    This is the most scientific definition of what trolling used to be that I've ever read. Thanks!

  • travi

     (Apr 11, 2018)

    st011396 examples?

  • Matthew Montgomery

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    Hillary's e-mails are another prime example of trolling the media that had devastating consequences. Remember that whole "New Hillary e-mails on Huma's server, required reopening the FBI case" that turned out to be nothing after all but credibly cost her the election.


     (Mar 18, 2018)

    Matthew Montgomery And Huma's husband turned out to be pedophile. Oh wait that was REAL hahaha Dems are pathetic- Keep those delicious tears coming libtard

  • DeadTroperSociety

     (Mar 11, 2018)

    so people should just have voted for Hillary because she's a woman?

  • Archive

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    gosh, please don't put high pitch noise in your video.

  • Gopala Sundari

     (Aug 23, 2018)

    Yea totally agree!

  • Mr. Boomguy

     (Mar 21, 2018)

    albb0920 - Yes. It hurt my head

  • hellhero999

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    Warning, triggered republicans coming

  • LimeGreenTeknii

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    Lol, Daniel you sound like a triggered republitard to me.

  • lazyperfectionist1

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    "What comes to mind when you hear the word 'troll?'"An unsightly creature of legend living under a bridge in the countryside. Naturally.

  • Jules Brags

     (Sep 15, 2018)

    Man of culture

  • Stevie84s

     (Mar 5, 2018)

    People are overusing the term "troll" to the point that they think it's a form of online street cred. What politicians are doing is lying and misleading the public, which has been happening centuries before current internet terminology. Call it what it really is...bullshitting. No need to sugarcoat things.

  • Just the Coolest Dude Yo

     (Mar 7, 2018)

    I think "trolling" is the accurate term here; this behavior isn't just politicians lying, it's lying in an outrageous way to provoke a response. While it's not a particularly new element of politics, I think the terminology fits well for that reason (no reason we can't use a newish definition of a word to explain an old behavior!)

  • HammerBroGH

     (Mar 6, 2018)

    GreenLeaf Same reason why they called it collusion and allegation instead of accusation2 of them sound more legit