Given that a number of talented individuals and teams have created tools to identify and track the activity of Russian-affiliated bots, bot networks and trolls that are active on Twitter, I wonder if journalists would be willing to cover this daily activity as news? Reporting on the president’s tweets - which I find to be absurd, as it is not news, but propaganda - can only be counterbalanced by showing what Russian-affiliated bots are doing every night (US time) to push right wing, divisive, conspiratorial topics and hashtags to trend by the time Americans get up in the morning and look at Twitter.
If you haven’t looked at botsentinel I highly recommend it. Also, if you’re not aware of the conspiracy theory many right-leaning Americans have bought into, in which all news that is damaging about Trump is part of an elaborate conspiracy to stop him from exposing a child slavery and sex ring in which - I kid you not - the Clintons, Obamas, John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and George Soros are involved, I invite you to see where the hastag of this fake deep source, QAnon, rates every day. The podcast Reply All did an episode in which the explained what QAnon is all about - Episode 122, The QAnon code(https://www.gimletmedia.com/reply-all/122-the-qanon-code#episode-player)).
While the tone of the Reply All hosts’ discussion bothers me -I honestly don’t think this is funny at all - the explanation is excellent. I’d welcome ideas on how this kind of information might get covered. If we wonder why millions of Americans respond in seemingly inexplicable ways to news of human rights abuses and deeply troubling behavior and policies, this is part of how to understand the answer - it’s what’s in their feeds, amplified and magnified by sharing among Americans and by well known figures.