Tag: Russian propaganda

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I admit I get excited when I get a text to @claire Go Fund Me site. I always hope it’s the launch of her new book – I think the last title consideration was, “The Rise of the Csars (or Caesars) in the Age of Trump”. She says the Spectator approached her to turn her […]

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Russian fingerprints seem to be turning up everywhere in the news lately and it is more than concerning. Remember Reagan’s famous speech, “Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” The fall of the Soviet Union came with a crashing sound that echoed throughout the free world. The idea of introducing freedom into a major communist offered so […]

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The recent, highly charged US Presidential election brought out a new word – Fake News. We were bombarded by information on both sides of the aisle, via social media, cable news, and other avenues. There were charges that Russian propaganda was influencing our elections by elevating unflattering stories about Hillary Clinton, therefore creating an unbalanced view. […]

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Is Jill Stein, of course. From her website, now repurposed as a conduit for dark money towards lawfare by recount: Stein attended a dinner Thursday night, sitting at the table with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “While the objective of that dinner was not to engage in serious discussions, Putin did appear to respond in his formal remarks […]

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The Genesis of Misinformation

 

I just stumbled across an article by Peter Pomerantsev that explains the genesis of one of the weirder rumors about France I’ve seen reported as fact in the US media: The idea that one in six people in France support ISIS. The notion is so outlandish that I was astonished anyone could believe it, but I’ve seen this so-called statistic repeated over and over — albeit never by anyone in France. The article is about cyber-propaganda. As Pomerantsev puts it,

The internet has transformed propaganda. No longer do the state and media elites have a monopoly on public opinion — now anyone has the power to be their own Murdoch, Churchill, or Goebbels. This has empowered both crusading dissidents and the darkest sides of the ideological spectrum, posing new challenges for how democratic governments should respond and opening up new opportunities for states willing to mess with other countries’ information environment.