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Puppy memes & Pokemon: How Russiagate went off the rails, with Aaron Maté (Ep. 8)

Episode description

Moderate Rebels episode 8 - Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal discuss how the narrative of Russian "hacking" of US politics has gone off the deep end, with supposedly serious news reports on how the Kremlin purportedly used puppy memes and Pokemon to undermine American democracy.

We are joined by journalist Aaron Maté to discuss the madness.

This episode also features an ad for an upcoming documentary film series, "Russia's Plot to Make America Racist."

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