dark pattern politics

We've talked about Dark Patterns in web design (manipulative page layouts that trick you into subscriptions, etc) but we also encounter them in media and politics. The Clintons are masters at them. One example is claiming a "Russian hack" to deflect attention from their dirty tricks against Bernie Sanders. Another is having Muslim parents of a deceased Iraq War soldier speak at their convention. Predictably their opponent spouts some Islamophobic nonsense and this shiny object diverts the media away from the Clintons' support of the war that put the soldier in harm's way.