In a meeting with the head of Cambridge Analytica — the political data firm used by the Trump campaign in 2016 — reporters from NBC News’ U.K. partner ITN Channel 4 News posed as potential clients interested in changing the outcome of the Sri Lankan elections.
The reporters, who were trying to find out how the company operated, quickly learned about the novel and deceptive methods employed by the company, including bribes, blackmail, and misinformation campaigns. The findings were broadcast by the network on Monday.
On hidden camera, the reporters recorded Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, discussing the idea of hypothetically entrapping an opposition leader. He described how the company could record a person accepting a bribe, "an offer he can't refuse" or "send some girls around to the candidate’s house."
When I saw this video, I thought, hey...wait a minute. Where have I seen this before?
Yeah, I remember Acorn. The difference here is that James O'Keefe was a hack, and he destroyed an organization that essentially did nothing wrong because he selectively edited a video. The Cambridge Analytica people are in such deep shit right now that they couldn't resist claiming that they were the victims of an unethical sting operation:
A spokesperson for Cambridge Analytica denied to ITN Channel 4 News that it used any of the tactics discussed in the videos.
“We entirely refute any allegation that Cambridge Analytica or any of its affiliates use entrapment, bribes, or so-called 'honey-traps' for any purpose whatsoever," the spokesperson sent in a statement.
CA received millions from a Trump supporter, a billionaire named Robert Mercer. His daughter came out today and defended them. Do you think that if a billionaire who gave money to the Clinton Foundation got caught supporting a company like CA that it would get a pass from the media?
Of course not.
Fuck these people. They need to be shamed and driven into the wilderness for what they've done to our democracy.