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New Russian Propaganda Tactic: Attack And Expose Western Counter-Propagandists


An old Russian propaganda tactic is: if you can’t attack the message, attack the messenger.

Now Russian propaganda efforts appear to focus on those attempting to expose and counter Russian propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, and fake news.

The first recent attempt was a multi-faceted attack on Molly McKew.  I highlighted her here, RT Attacks Molly McKew, Amusing “Experts” Contribute.

To be certain, this is not the first time Molly has been attacked, Molly McKew “Information Warfare Expert?”.  Approximately the same time this article was published, I had a luncheon meeting with Molly.  I vetted her thoroughly.  I’ve been doing Information Operations and Information Warfare since the mid-90s, and there is a test called “they get it”. I’ve caught quite a few “experts” who aren’t.  To conduct the test, one sits down with an information warfare expert who can quote line and verse from the books, is intimately familiar with all the players, and know the tactics, techniques, and procedures.  That part can be easily replicated. What makes Molly and other actual experts unique is to move into theoretical and emerging situations and question what might be done better, how, who might better do it, and what is needed to get that done.  “Molly gets it.”

But, Molly was attacked recently.  It appears to be a long list of integrated, coordinated, and synchronized articles against Molly.

Going through this list gives one insight into the Russian propaganda network and the amplifiers.  I could do the same analysis on social media, especially Twitter, and find the links and make a network.  I thought this is interesting, Russia is attacking someone who is exposing Russian propaganda.

Then I saw this today.

His crime?  “The Canadian apparently drew the ire of the activist by highlighting some of his connections to the Integrity Initiative (II), a clandestine propaganda outlet funded by the UK government.”

It’s a slow news day. Russian propaganda has to fill its pages.

Is this a new Russian propaganda tactic?  We shall see.  Two attacks does not make a trend or a tactic.

According to RT’s punchline, “Question More”.  Okay, I’ll bite. RT, are you having a bad news day, reducing yourself to utter junk by attacking Western counter-propagandists, those who expose and oppose you?

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