Russia has realized that the internet is a marvelous means for spreading propaganda. Releasing fake news is all that is needed. Without having to recruit and pay many agents, an army of helpful trolls sends and resends the message. This may have been decisive in electing Donald Trump. What else might have been influenced?

  • Congressional elections
  • Support for the UN, UNESCO
  • European independence–Scotland, Catalonia
  • Isolationism–America first
  • Obamacare
  • Brexit
  • Islamophobia
  • sex scandals
  • White supremacy

We can’t be sure about these, but the more we learn about Russian propaganda, the more we should be concerned.

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9 Responses to Propaganda

  1. Arthur Ahrens says:


    Russian Propaganda?? Small potatoes.
    What about Fox News, Hannity et al? Breitbart? Alex Jones and Infowars, Innumerable domestic propaganda bots on various social media platforms?
    How’s about Sarah Huckabee Sanders — who is allergic to truth?
    How about The Donald himself who has no interest at all in investigating the Russian connection and who delights in calling anything critical of him FAKE NEWS.
    How about Trump’s supporters (40% of Americans!!!!) who believe anything that the serial liar says.
    What is so special about Russia’s efforts? Looks like icing on the cake to me.

    And why should we be concerned?
    The 2018 elections approach, and the Congress (Republicans and Democrats) are doing nothing about Russian hacking.
    What, me worry?



  2. Carol says:

    My cousin in western NY still adamantly believes that Bill and Hilary Clinton ran a child sex ring in Mexico. I guess he still thinks it still associated with the pizza shop basement!

    The damage certainly has been done, and will continue to be done, since our government doesn’t seem to care as long as it promotes their misogynistic Islamophibic homophobic white nationalist agenda. And I wonder if their lack of caring is another form of voter suppression.


  3. whungerford says:

    Isaac Azimov wrote a story, “Jokester,” in which he imagined computer scientists studying the origin of jokes. Computers grind the data, finally concluding that jokes are of extraterrestrial origin. Similarly, Brietbart et. al. may not be the source of fake news, but only the vehicle for disseminating it on behalf of foreign interests.


  4. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Breitbart is much more involved in domestic propaganda than the international variety.


  5. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Carol —

    Thanks once again for your input.

    Your post prompted me to do some research about the Clinton sex ring lie.

    Entities involved in the propagation of this malicious lie:

    Michael Flynn
    True Pundit
    Blackwater CEO Erik Prince (whose sister is Betsy Devos)

    Flynn, Breitbart, Prince and Devos are of course close to Trump, the propagandist in chief.

    Go Figure!


  6. whungerford says:

    I figure that Trump may have been close to the source, but not necessarily the source himself. He often picks up and runs with ideas from others. The birther story may be an example.


  7. Arthur Ahrens says:

    About Trump’s role as the head of the Ministry of Truth—

    Vanity Fair reported in 1990 that Trump’s first wife, Ivana, “told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, ‘My New Order,’ which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed.” The magazine pointed out that “Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.” (At the time, Trump said, “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”)

    Trump has mastered the art of disseminating propaganda.

    He uses caveats as shields, “I was told,” “Lots of people are saying” .
    He uses qualifiers to distance himself, “people think”, ”many people say”, ”some say”
    He outright lies, “President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls” to the families of fallen soldiers.
    When he was caught in this lie, he predictably said, “That’s what I was told.”

    I’ve noticed that this rhetorical technique has regrettably been picked up by his supporters who love to say things like ‘Many people…” “I know a lot of people…” Even some Trump supporters who post here!

    Who can forget the dotard discovering a new fact and saying, “A lot of people don’t know that.” as an excuse for his ignorance.

    His propaganda demeans the office of the presidency, weakens the truth, and weakens us as a nation.

    Even many Trump supporters have begun to say that! 😉


  8. Arthur Ahrens says:

    Propaganda is defined as information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

    Let’s examine some propaganda, recently published on this blog, published in response to Jeff Flake’s patriotic and selfless takedown of Trump….

    “Jeff Flake campaigned as a small government conservative but then voted like a big government Progressive Liberal.”

    How does this statement align with facts?

    According to, Flake voted in line with Trump 90.0% of the time.
    Flake has a Lifetime Score of 95% at the conservative site Freedom Works.
    PoliticsThatWork reports that he is quite conservative: ‘Flake opposes taxing businesses, restrict money in politics, disaster relief, funding education, environmental protection, gun control, hawkish foreign policy, public health, foreign and humanitarian aid, humane immigration policy, labor rights and wages, avoiding default, poverty amelioration, racial equality, increasing revenues, taxing the wealthy, a robust safety net and supports big business, taxing the middle class, military spending.’
    According to Vox, “Trump critics, meanwhile, have reacted with eye-rolling and skepticism of Flake. They point out that the Arizona senator has voted overwhelmingly for Trump’s appointees and his agenda,”

    Four separate sources disprove the propagandist’s assertion.

    Why was the untruthful statement made?

    Ignorance? Was the author ignorant of faces? Or too lazy to familiarize himself with the facts?
    Stupidity? Is the author incapable of assimilating facts?
    Ideology? Are lies in the service of Trumpism acceptable?
    Maliciousness? Any lies that muddy the waters are good lies!
    A cry for attention?

    In any event, one can use past history of posts like this to evaluate the validity of future posts and the truthfulness of the author.


  9. Arthur Ahrens says:

    “CNN: Manafort indicted. MSNBC: Manafort indicted. Fox News: Is it mongooses or mongeese? We talk to experts,”


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