From the Los Angeles Times, August 2014: GOP Campaign Launches Fake News Sites against Democrats

First posted October 5, 2016.

Updated June 16, 2019

According to #TheMuellerReportRussia began operations targeting the
United States in 2014.

In 2014 The National Republican Congressional Committee launched fake
news sites
to attack Democrats running for Congress in the mid-terms.

Did Putin stack the House and Senate to protect his Puppet?

A collage that shows people from the 1950's running from a television set under the title Fake News Invasion
There is nothing humorous about dressing up political propaganda as legitimate news. It diminishes the credibility of legitimate news organizations. PoliticsUSA

This 2014 article from PoliticsUSA refers to a 2014 LA Times article
about the use of fake news blogs by the GOP in the mid-terms.

Both articles shed more light on the single most outstanding feature
of the 2016 Elections in the United States:  Right-Wing propaganda
that do nothing but spread lies.

They even lie about events that are easy to fact check.

The GOP is using a weapon developed by the Kremlin . 

The goal of weaponized disinformation is to confuse the public with
so many lies we won’t know what to believe.

This strategic use of lies to subvert reality is called gas-lighting
when used in interpersonal relationships.

We call the people who use gaslighting abusive sociopaths.

A graphic that describes gaslighting
“Sociopaths and narcissists consistently transgress social mores, break laws, and exploit others, but typically are also charming and convincing liars who consistently deny wrongdoing. Thus, some who have been victimized may doubt their perceptions” Wikipedia

From the Los Angeles Times, August 2014: GOP Campaign Launches Fake News Sites against Democrats

At first glance, the “Central Valley Update,” the “Augusta Update” and the “Aurora Update” appear to be doing what any news site would do: hold local candidates accountable.

Problem is, they’re not real news sites.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched more than 20 of these fake news sites to attack Democrats running for Congress, creating a media uproar and drawing protest from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC’s counterpart.

“If anyone was wondering why voters don’t trust Congress, look no further than the NRCC’s brand new voter outreach strategy—fake news sites,” said Josh Schwerin, national press secretary for the DCCC, in a statement.

Read more here: The Los Angeles Times

We now know that Putin began targeting the U.S. in 2014.

Download and Read #TheMuellerReport


9 thoughts on “From the Los Angeles Times, August 2014: GOP Campaign Launches Fake News Sites against Democrats

  1. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:

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    1. It may take awhile for the GOP to figure out that people are on to them. My mantra is this: Who needs Putin when one of America’s two political parties uses weaponized disinformation to win votes.


  2. I’ve gotten onto one of these sites and at first believed it was real, I always try to scroll to the bottom but I don’t always do, what I “try” to do. Anymore, I just look at the footer on TV ads and decide if I believe the ad based on who sponsored it. What a lousy way to make a decision but I’m LAZY. ~~dru~~

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    1. At this point these fake news sites don’t bother to announce what they are.

      The only people putting a check on these brazen right wing lies are the people on Comedy Central.

      What I find truly offensive is that fake news is corrosive to the health of the nation.

      I expect better behavior from the members of the Republican Party; especially after listening to them lecture us on personal accountability and morality for the past 40 years.

      It looks as if their is no bottom to the depth of their moral bankruptcy.

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  3. Dear Rob,

    You are so right on this. This is a great idea for an entrepreneur to fact check all of these stories. This would be a full time position requiring at least 3 investigative reporters or bloggers.

    This problem is so insidious and is in effect today. There is so much disinformation out there, that all it takes to do real harm is for a few to gain traction like President Obama is a Muslim who was born in Kenya, and HRC is a congenital liar versus a typical politician.

    Thanks for this blog, Gronda

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    1. You know…if every blogger on WordPress who sees the media as part of the problem used their blog to fact check the press…IDK, seems to me the blog ranks right up there with the printing press as a tool for spreading democracy.

      “In pictures commemorating the reading of the Declaration of Independence, we see how that exchange worked. The final version of the Declaration, a piece of writing that had been drafted by a committee and revised in response to countless debates, was copied by hand and printing press so it could be sent out to the people. Riders carried copies to George Washington and a series of towns and cities, and at each location a person would read the Declaration aloud to the people. ”

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