Sunday, November 27, 2016

What We Are Reading ... by gimleteye

Russian Operation Boosted Fake News phenomenon, USA Today

“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who co-authored a report on Russian propaganda, the Post reports. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”

Germans watch, aghast, as Trump's America begins to take shape, The Daily Beast

... in America I have encountered a growing minority of people for whom conspiracy theories and fake facts that strangle rational debate are a kind of political and social kudzu, spreading fast over trees, stealing the light and the nutrients from the soil until only the parasitic vines survive.

A short history of fake news: Conservatives believed all sorts of crap long before Facebook, Salon

"... earlier report from BuzzFeed does highlight some information that rings true. According to the site’s Craig Silverman and Lawrence Alexander, at least 100 pro-Trump fake news websites are run out of a single town in Macedonia."

How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News, BuzzFeed News identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory: "This is all about income", NY Times

By some estimates, bogus news stories appearing online and on social media had an even greater reach in the final months of the presidential campaign than articles by mainstream news organizations.

In Scotland, Trump Built a Wall, Then He Sent Residents The Bill, NY Times

The Milnes now fly a Mexican flag from their hilltop house, a former coast guard station that overlooks the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Links, whenever Mr. Trump visits.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clint Watts is the same guy who said there was zero connections between the U.S. government and ISIS. Then wikileaks showed emails where the State Dept. armed AQ in Iraq to fight Assad in Syria which lead to the caliphate. BTW, he said that in April. Watts is another government shill writing fake news.