A reporter contacted me today but could not understand the concept of how Russian propaganda works. So, please allow me to dedicate one entire blog to showing how Russian propaganda and fake news, almost interchangeable terms, work.
One of the ways I’ve tracked Russian propaganda through the years is to track certain unique phrases the Russian propagandists copy and use in specific articles. Last week I was tracking a story on a known Russian-proxy propaganda dissemination site,. My definition of a Russian propaganda site is that the site must contain at least 20% Russian propaganda, the rest is fluff, filler or “cover” – to make the site appear legitimate. I don’t care what the fluff looks like as much as that 20% propaganda.
The story I was tracking at YourNewsWire is “Obama To Sign Bill Making ‘Alternative Media’ Illegal“. In the story, the phrase “measures by Russia to exert covert influence” appears, already in quotation marks. I plugged that phrase into Google to see where else it appeared.
Reuters published this (I added the emphasis), which appears to be the original: “The top U.S. intelligence officer has asked Congress to drop a provision in a pending bill that would create a special committee to combat Russian efforts to exert covert influence abroad, saying such a panel would duplicate current work and hinder cooperation with foreign allies.” Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-intelligencwe-russia-idUSKBN13R2GB. Please notice two different directions taken by these articles, the original story in Reuters says the effort is stopping, the propaganda story in YourNewsWire says the effort is continuing. If there is any doubt that
Please notice two different directions taken by these articles, the original story in Reuters says the effort is stopping, the propaganda story in YourNewsWire says the effort is continuing.
If there is any doubt that When Truth-Telling Becomes Russian Propaganda“.is a Russian fake news site, here is their version: “
This is one of the many ways that Russian propaganda works, because most Americans do not check if a story is real. I saw the phrase on RT, where it most likely began and was then spread through a network of other Russian and Russian proxy propaganda sites.
When I did the search, I took the top 60 results and copied them into a document for later analysis and reporting. It is too voluminous to include here. Perhaps tomorrow…