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
outlets that do nothing but spread lies.
They even lie about events that are easy to fact check.
If the GOP was using weaponized disinformation in the mid-terms
of 2014 maybe Putin isn’t behind the DNC Hacks.
Maybe the Kremlin hasn’t tried to tamper with our political
Both articles essentially state that the GOP is willing to subvert
the democratic process with a weapon developed by the Kremlin
to–subvert the democratic process..
The goal of weaponized disinformation is to confuse us
with so many lies we don’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.
From the Los Angeles Times, August 2014: GOP Campaign Launches Fake News Sites against Democrats
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