FAKE NEWS: RGA Caught Building Phony Newspaper
RGA Used ‘Free Telegraph’ to Pretend to Be Journalists, Then Tried to Cover its Tracks
Today, the Associated Press reported that the Republican Governors Association is behind a new media outlet, The Free Telegraph. According to the article, the RGA uses the site to push press releases and spin they couldn’t get published in real news outlets.
In a clear effort to hoodwink voters into believing the site was legitimate, The Free Telegraph had no identifiers tying it to the Republican organization – until real journalists caught them in the act.
Funding a propaganda outlet marks a new low in the RGA’s troubled relationship with truth and facts. But with President Trump leading their party, it’s not surprising Republicans would resort to Putin-esque propaganda tactics.
AP: GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda
“The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected.
“Only after The Associated Press inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph’s pages identifying the publication’s partisan source.
“‘It’s propaganda for sure…’ said Republican communications veteran Rick Tyler, whose resume includes Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign.”