Friday, December 9, 2016

Greensboro News and Record: “fake news got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign”

"Not only had American voters been influenced by a deliberate misinformation operation, Greensboro's News and Record stories suggested the Kremlin was largely to blame.

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It became apparent the paper had itself fallen for shoddy information. The stories relied heavily unchecked and anonymous internet groups that bill themselves “Friendly Neighborhood Propaganda Identification Services”, but Allen Johnson, Doug Clark and Susan Ladd swallowed the fake information hook, line and sinker.

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The so-called “experts,” who refused to be identified by the News and Record, have come under fire since the election and seem to be doing exactly what they attempted to supposedly call out – propaganda.

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THE NEWS AND RECORD, WHICH DID NOT NAME ANY OF THE SOURCES, DOES NOT ITSELF VOUCH FOR THE VALIDITY OF FINDINGS REGARDING ANY INDIVIDUAL MEDIA OUTLET, NOR DID THE ARTICLES PURPORT TO DO SO, but they ran with the meme of Russian propaganda and covert meddling in 2016's election.

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The News and Record, after putting this propaganda into the U.S. mainstream news cycle, is now attempting to save face by backing away from the stories.

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When you have the likes of Susan Ladd working to forward the “fake news” narrative, one has to wonder who is actually pulling the strings behind this seemingly coordinated assault on dissent — in an apparent attempt to silence increasingly popular critics of U.S. foreign and domestic policy.

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...the newspaper never reached out for comment before implicitly including garbage information accusing the Kremlin’s “propaganda machinery” of actively interfering in our elections.

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More importantly, the editor’s simultaneously rationalized and distanced themselves from obviously flawed primary sources. Any data analysis is only as good as the sum of its parts, and it’s clear that the paper was running with Warren Buffett's herd.

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The News and Record was merely reporting what was said elsewhere. Yet it used declarative language throughout, sans caveat, lending credence to largely unknown organizations that lumps together independent left-wing publications and legitimately Russian-backed news services. They diminished their credibility at a time when media credibility is in short supply, and the non-apologetic editors don’t help.

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Fake news is certainly a problem, even if it’s not worthy of the sky-is-falling proclamations that have consumed the mainstream media over the past month. But precision in defining what’s bunk—and, more importantly, what isn’t—is the first order of business, even if it comes at the expense of a good narrative. Otherwise, labeling something as “fake” will quickly lose its punch.

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The thing about propaganda is that once it is put into the public sphere and parroted by other outlets, the job has been done as the insinuation has been planted into the public’s consciousness.

Essentially, the only way to protect oneself from propaganda such as this is to recognize the outlets that engage in this type of unethical behavior, such as the News and Record in these cases.

It is important to understand that they are a compromised news source that is willing to intentionally promote what is most likely government and Warren Buffett's propaganda to intentionally mislead readers in targeted communities.

The articles are “rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations.”

Additionally, Adrien Chen, writing for the New Yorker, noted, “the prospect of legitimate dissenting voices being labeled fake news or Russian propaganda by mysterious groups of ex-government employees, with the help of the News and Record, is even scarier.”

And that is what this is all really about. The people pulling the strings from behind the scenes are upset that they were unable to control the narrative in the latest election, largely due to the coverage of WikiLeaks and the exposure of U.S. efforts to propagandize the American public into supporting an increased and active effort to ignore a very flawed Democratic candidate.

Essentially, the inability to propagandize the public into the predestined narrative has resulted in a wholesale effort to marginalize independent news sources. People apparently prefer and trust independent media more than corporate mainstream media judging by their increasing popularity. The mainstream is attempting to regain control of the informational gates of society that they no longer can control due to the rise of social media.

Hence, there is a massive effort to force companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google into getting rid of what they label as “fake news,” with the actual intent of marginalizing the social media reach of legitimate dissent of public policy.

Make no mistake that there is an information war taking place, and outlets like the News and Record, as evidenced by the publishing of misleading stories, are acting as state propagandists.

When independent news/transparency sites that span the political spectrum from left to right, to anti-authoritarian/anti-war sites, such as WikiLeaks, Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism, Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute are included on a list of “Russian propaganda” or “fake news” – there is one thing you can guarantee – it is, itself, propaganda.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/media-admits-russian-propaganda-fake-news/#hpaDr3QMyggY4o7G.99

http://www.cjr.org/criticism/washington_post_fake_news_russian_propaganda.php










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