A screen shot from a March 2016 Political Ad that refers to Obama's Presidency as lawless.

Disinformation: The Use of Ignorance to Steal Votes

Check this political ad released by the GOP in March 2016 at the
bottom of the post.

Notice how it makes you feel.

Does it make you feel anxious?

Does it make you feel threatened?

Notice that the ad assumes you’re ignorant.

Screebshot of a political Ad released by the GOP that claims that Obama is trying to secure his 'lawless' Presidency by nominating a replacement for justice Scalia
Screenshot from a March 2016 Political Ad released by the RNC

Do you know that your President has a constitutional obligation  to make nominations to the Supreme Court?

Do you think that by doing his job President Barack Obama wants to silence
your voice as a Citizen?

Do you know that when you vote for your State Representatives you are sending your voice to Congress?

A political ad like this has no impact on the vote of an informed citizen.

For the uninformed this GOP ad campaign is an attack that uses ignorance
to steal votes.

This ad would not persuade someone with a basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution to vote Republican.

The GOP specifically targets the uninformed.

There is no shame in being ignorant.

The shame is on those who know better and prey on it.

The political ad is from the political archives of the Internet Archives.

 

Read more:

Washington Post, November 24, 2016: Russia Spread Fake News to Subvert the 2016 U.S. Election

A screenshot log of the disinformation campaign against
Hillary ClintonA Gilded Throne of Lies – The Right Wing War on Truth

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24 thoughts on “Disinformation: The Use of Ignorance to Steal Votes

  1. My biggest concern, perhaps, is that there ARE so many uneducated, ill-informed that will buy into whatever they are told. Whatever happened to common sense and to ‘thinking for oneself’? It is not as much the snake-oil salesman that worries me as the hundreds, nay millions, that line up outside his wagon …

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    1. The problems is that we cut funding for public education which means that children are no longer taught what will need to know to make informed decisions as adults. We forget that the entire purpose of a good public education is to prepare children to participate ion a political system that requires critical thinking. I don’t know if children are taught civics but I do know that this add targets people who are semi-l;iterate. Semi-literates know how to read simple text and to write a twitter rant but who don’t know how to think critically. There must be a significant population of such people for the GOP to spend millions of dollars to produce this political ad which is actually an attack on our system of government.

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      1. True, and as Hugh Curtler has said more than once, colleges and universities no longer seem to value the free exchange of ideas … the very thing that taught most of us to actually think, rather than to simply learn a set of facts.

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      2. Right. It seems as if the founding intention of public education was replaced with a ‘career path’ which provides a specific kind of education but not the kind of well rounded education that creates an informed public. I can’t imagine any of the adults of my childhood falling for a con-man like Donald Trump.

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      3. Exactly! More and more I hear of high school grads being urged toward vocational schools or tech training, and less toward a well-rounded liberal arts education. Education should be seen as a preparation for life, not simply for a job! Sigh.

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      4. The truly sad thing about the current condition of the United States is that we knew that this would be the outcome when the cuts to public services started in the 1980’s. 52 percent of republican voters believe that Donald Trump won the popular vote despite the well publicized fact that this simply isn’t true. Either they are too ignorant to understand the need to get their news from multiple credible sources or they are not fully literate and don’t understand words. Either way, the result is that a foreign dictator’s puppet is preparing to take the office of President.

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      5. I suspect it is a combination of both: they do not recognize credible sources and get their news from stupid Facebook memes, and they don’t understand (or believe) the words. Interestingly, Nicholas Kristoff’s column in the New York Times referred to Trump as Putin’s poodle, ie. lapdog.

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  2. This is a terribly frightening time, and I worry that it will get worse. The GOP preys on the ill-informed with misinformation, and when things go poorly, they blame everyone but themselves. Trump is the monster they created and I worry that we will all suffer for it.

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    1. This video is so damning. People get big money to research and target an ad like this. What makes it criminal is that the men and women who run the RNC DO know the President has a responsibility to nominate, they DO know that his presidency isn’t lawless and they DO know that his nomination to the Supreme Court is about fulfilling the constitution. There are many times in my life when I have been foolishly ignorant of important facts. I still don’t know what I still don’t know. But I do know a strategy of psychological abuse when I see one; and this ad reeks of it. It infuriates me that rich and educated political leaders would stoop so low as to create a political ad designed that lies to the people they are supposed to represent as it treasonous smears our President.

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      1. Unfortunately, Rob, the lying has gone on for years. The Iraq War was based on a lie, the proliferation of guns is based on lies, death panels were a lie. Denial of climate change is a lie. The list goes on and on. The GOP has used fear and lies to fire up their base and created a whole culture and movement based on lies. They’ve worked it for years. Now, what they created is tumbling out of control. Some of them are all for it, cheering the destruction of America on as if they are somehow immune to the destruction. Most of them are going to get crushed as what they created mows them down. I share your anger and can’t shake my cloud of doom. 😦

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      2. And the fact that they cynically pick and choose targets for their moral outrage makes everyone cynical about morality in general. What can you say about a political party that ignores evidence of war crimes but spends millions of tax payer dollars to investigate a mistake in handling email. No wonder so much of their base assumes everything everyone does is a lie.

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      3. I think I understand that sigh. Today the FBI confirms that the CIA is correct in its assessment. The FBI is an agency that normally says nothing unless there is hard evidence, except in the case of Hillary Clinton. So the top story is that the government of the United States is in the hands of leaders who are so unscrupulous that they prey on the ignorance of people who are semi-literate rather than working to find ways to help them to become fully literate. .

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    1. I’m not shocked because I’ve always known that there are people in this country who think democracy is something we reserve for those with money and property. This is the first time they’ve managed to gain control of our government. What shocks me is that they did it by colluding with an enemy nation–and they did it so openly.

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      1. I don’t know that people accept it. The reason I made that tweet the banner is because I don’t think that people will accept it. I think that our biggest problem is a kind of information overload/isolation. I think that most of the people who read my blog night never see that tweet because it’s not part of their world. I’m a like an internet cat. I find dead things and drag them home for people to gross out over. 🙂

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  3. There is this interesting, more intense than ever before, family of origin values conflict being played out in national politics Those raised by the right conflict in a zero sum game with those raised by the left.
    Sometimes I worry my perceptions might be just as spotty as theirs.
    However donald dump is a unifier.
    He is, just simply, horrifying.

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