Prominent political website RealClearPolitics’ parent company has secretly been running a far-right Facebook page trafficking in memes about assassinating Muslims at prayer, racial stereotypes, and conspiracy theories, according to the Daily Beast.
The site is run by RealClear Media, which owns the news-link and polling aggregator. While RealClearPolitics has taken “major pains to be seen as nonpartisan and non-ideological in its reporting,” the Daily Beast wrote, the “Conservative Country” page has around 796,000 followers and pushes the kind of right-wing meat slurry one could usually find dished out at Infowars or Breitbart. Nowhere on the page is it disclosed that the page is run by RealClear Media. The page’s also another reminder of how easy it is for pretty much anyone to reach mass audiences with sloppy propaganda on Facebook while simultaneously hiding both their motives and who’s behind it.
Recent hits include an image of guns aimed at a door captioned “just sitting here waiting on Beto [O’Rourke],” numerous “Mexican word of the day” posts with various Democratic politicians photoshopped wearing a sombrero, and a cartoon of a Muslim at prayer captioned, “Here’s my new invention I call it the Muhammed-3000 a landmine that looks like [sic] a prayer mat. Prophets are going through the roof.” Others portray Muslim members of Congress as terrorists, contain misogynist jokes, and spread conspiracy theories.