Simple chart depicts what we face today across all media avenues
(And of course, word of mouth, too)
Re-edited and re-posted from previous post with legal stuff and up-to-date stuff added on the same timely subject:
What could truly bring America and other great nations down? War, sure; famine, certainly; terrorist attacks, yep; trade wars, maybe; disease, always; but more importantly this item, if left unchecked or not stopped in any way. I mean the free-wheeling Internet and the phenonomum of the so-called “social” networking.
I don’t mean a clamp on free speech, but I mean a filter on speech that is freely given or posted, but false, fake, and purposely placed to deceive and cause harm that appears real, but is not. Nowadays that aspect is more and more out of control for attention seekers and revengeful posters, despite the efforts of Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and Google otherwise to screen and block it.
So, what’s at the heart of all this that is behind the seemingly harmless “social networking?” Actually, pretty simple: a lot of targeted disruption of our brand of democracy due to:
The word is the English transliteration of the Russian word: дезинформация that is: “dezinformatsiya,” which was derived from the title of the former KGB’s “black propaganda department” handbook titled: DisinformationIt documented how Joseph Stalin coined the term by giving it a French-sounding name to falsely claim it had a Western origin. Precise Russian use of the word began with in the old Soviet Union’s “Special Disinformation Office” in 1923.
Another example: Operation INFEKTION (Operation: Infection) also was an old Soviet disinformation campaign to influence opinion that said the U.S. had “invented and spread AIDS.” Ironically, the U.S. did not actively counter Soviet disinformation until around 1980, when a fake document reported that the U.S. supported apartheid and moved us into counter-action.
In the 2016 election, we saw it up front, personal, targeted, and coupled with the new Internet phenomena called: Bots (which means: Web Robots). They were slick and highly-expensive Russian political Ads that were all linked and posted on a wide range of social media sites. And then Guccifer 2.0 hacked the DNC we now know by the Russians who funded DC Leaks – a domain they tried to pass off as American owned. It was Russian, thus they aimed to blame us by deflecting any blame and damage from themselves.
The damage as we now know was significant.
What actual impact and damage was on the final vote tally? Well that is very hard if not totally impossible to assess and measure without asking each individual voter: “Did those Ads influence your vote in any way – if so, how?”
So, yes, all that it true and it would please George Orwell in any update of his famous novel, 1984, only this time highlighting “Big Brother” as Vladimir Putin.
It is all tied to Trump today more so than ever:
Background from CNN via MSN. The story contents is startling and damn scary vis-à-vis how Trump reacts to FOX News stories vs. all other media outlets, which he calls “Fake News” but never labels FOX in such a way – they are his Bible and rock-solid source for his “news,” and he constantly reminds everyone on every speech – that is slick propaganda: Enforce the lie – it will stick long term. Trump apparently regards FOX as the ultimate prophet and soothsayer.
This is excellent related article (from ned.org) (Their topic: Distinguishing disinformation from propaganda, misinformation, and “Fake News”).
Another excellent example of Trump’s M.O. (via tweet to spread lies and false information):
Monday (June 25, 2018): President Trump tweeted that Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, had encouraged liberals to “harm” supporters of “the Make America Great Again movement” and warned her to “be careful what you wish for.”
By Tuesday, the tweet was shared more than 40,000 times, and many users included comments critical of the president. Both critics and supporters of Mr. Trump said the tweet contained a veiled threat against the congresswoman, who called on people to confront Trump officials in public as a form of registering their disapproval.
This kind of Twitter outrage cycle has repeated itself countless times since Mr. Trump began his presidential campaign in 2015, and it is one of his tried and true methods for injecting disinformation into public discourse, experts said.
Iranian nuke deal lie from above by Trump: No part of the Iranian nuclear deal (official name is JCPOA) in any shape, form, or fashion granted U.S. citizenship or legal resident status to any Iranians. So where is Trump getting this explosive information, and does it hold up?
Background: This unsubstantiated claim first gained attention on Monday (July 2) with story on FOX News website that relied solely on the word of an Iranian cleric who is also a member of the country's parliament. The FOX article was written by Chris Irvine, FOX News senior editor. Irvine cited an Iranian news agency that cited an Iranian newspaper that quoted the single Iranian cleric. That single cleric said the Obama administration provided citizenship to 2,500 unidentified Iranians during nuclear deal negotiations.
The article itself quoted, toward the end of the story, the network's own commentator, former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, who said: “This sounds like totally made up BS.” The story also said that DHS and State both declined to comment, and that a representative for former Obama DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, could not be reached.
(I add: Then the FOX-Trump “Spin” Machine Kicked into High Gear).
Prior to the FOX News article, the claim had not received any noticeable attention from any U.S. media. However, soon after FOX News published its story, other outlets, primarily in the conservative media space, published similar stories like on: The Daily Mail, The Gateway Pundit, and Town Hall. Those claims were further shared on Twitter by FOX’s Sean Hannity and frequent FOX guests David Clarke and Charlie Kirk.
Then just hours before Trump's tweet, the story hit on “FOX & Friends First” the network's early morning show who then from there it was aired on FOX’s “America's Newsroom” – their late-morning news program.
(I note: FOX and Friends is Trump’s early morning go-to news source).
Jeff Prescott, the former senior director on Obama's NSC called Trump's allegation “Absurd and entirely false.” Prescott then shared with CNN immigration data from DHS which showed that the number of Iranians naturalized in the United States over the course of both the Obama and Bush administrations was relatively consistent and he added: “There was no connection between the Iran nuclear deal and immigration policy” and concluded: “It shouldn't be lost on anyone that this is a case of Trump parroting FOX News, which is peddling the claims of an Iranian hardliner.”
Jake Sullivan, a former Obama official and on CNN’s “Situation Room,” who was involved at the start of the Iran nuclear negotiations, also skewered Trump for relying on Fox News' thin report to make what he called a “completely false” claim,” and added: “What is interesting about this is that what happened is a hard line crank in Iran just randomly made this comment, FOX News writes a story on it, and then Trump tweets it. Trump had every opportunity to call people in his own DHS and State Department and ask whether or not this was true. And they would have told him it wasn't. Instead, he relies on FOX News. And the scary thing is that he's increasingly relying on sources like FOX News to get his intelligence rather than the professionals in his own government.”
FOX News or the White House did not respond with any comment that subject.
Related from Cornell Law on this subject: