We have learned more about propaganda


The special counsel detailed how a Russian effort to widen divisions in American society launched in 2014 morphed into active support for the candidacy of Donald Trump.–David A. Graham, The Atlantic

The indictment filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller details how the Russian government sought to interfere in the 2016 election. This sheds light on posts seen on Tom Reed’s facebook page which may reflect Russian Propaganda. Subjects brought up include:

  • Support for a nativist immigration policy
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Second Amendment
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Abortion
  • Religious intolerance
  • Voter ID
  • Depreciate Trump’s rivals (Cruz, Rubio) and supporting Clinton’s rivals (Sanders, Stein).
  • Discourage voting
  • Promote dissension by promoting both sides of controversial issues (Second Amendment, Planned Parenthood, Abortion)

Surprisingly, White House officials were among those echoing Russian propaganda. When people echo this propaganda, they aren’t necessarily Russians or their dupes, but one might well be suspicious.

Note: I don’t believe a “constituent badge” on a facebook post is a sure sign that it was posted by a person or that the person is a constituent. Such things are easy to fake.


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7 Responses to We have learned more about propaganda

  1. garymccaslin says:

    This is like some kind of weird Christmas; the presents we are invited to open, almost daily, just keep coming and coming and coming…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. whungerford says:

    A troubling fact–If Russians spend millions to influence elections, that’s illegal. If the Koch brothers spend millions to influence elections, that’s ok.


  3. BOB McGILL says:



  4. cathkestler says:

    I am unable to post on Reed’s pages nor can I get a constituent badge…lol
    Guess he’s not able and doesn’t want the truth for his constituents.


  5. whungerford says:

    I don’t believe Tom Reed has any control of facebook “constituent badges.” It should be possible to get one for Tom Reed or any legislator. Facebook identifies your representative based on your address (I am not sure how your address is determined.) If is possible to get a constituent badge for another representative, but not for Tom Reed, that would be interesting. Possibly if you are blocked from posting, you are also blocked from getting a badge, but why would they care? Read more here:


  6. whungerford says:

    More on “constituent badges:” Click on anyone’s badge; click on manage, your address should be displayed at the top of the screen. To change it click on edit address.


  7. whungerford says:

    On being blocked: In one case I’m told, a vigorous protest to Tom’s Communication Director, coupled with a strident demand for an explanation, solved the problem. I don’t know if this would work for others.


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