Tag: disinformation

We’re talking impeachment, criminalizing speech, and fake groundhogs on Thursday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they roll their eyes at most questions being asked by senators in the impeachment trial and then discuss how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suddenly seems to have the votes needed to end the push for more witnesses and end the trial soon. Even though it’ll never happen, they also cringe as Elizabeth Warren panders for more votes by promising to impose civil and criminal penalties for online platforms that publish what she considers to be disinformation. And they have a lot of fun with PETA’s absurd demands that famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil be freed from the cruelty of his annual duties and be replaced with an animatronic groundhog equipped with artificial intelligence. But despite the lunacy, Jim sees some room for common ground!

Alarm Over Russian Interference Is Beyond Silly

 

Of course, the Russians (and Chinese and others) tried to interfere with our elections. They have been doing it since the origination of the KGB in 1954. In his seminal book on the history of Russian intelligence, The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and The Secret History of the KGB (1999), Christopher Andrew sites dozens of examples of KGB interference including some fun tidbits about KGB covert operations against former President Ronald Reagan, which began five years before he became president.

What has happened to our educated classes in America? As kids, we learned in Mr. Lafontaine’s 6th grade Social Studies class that the Russians were causing street demonstrations, placing false op-eds, and buying off journalists to try to get Richard Nixon elected because Kennedy was touting the Missile Gap, back in 1960.

We had to read The Ugly American by Lederer Burdick, which was filled with countless stories of the Russians using disinformation (we’d send wheat to some African nation, and upon its arrival, the Russian bureaucrats would stamp the bags “A gift from Russia,” before distributing them). These tales are etched in our brains.

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Would it be useful to the Ricochetoisie to have an ongoing topic thread compiling the false and totally bunk political memes that they come across online, along with links rebutting the hipposcat with extreme prejudice? To illustrate, this meme has been popping up on my Facebook feed a fair bit recently: Preview Open

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