A Gilded Throne of Lies – The Russian War on Truth

In this post I offer a screenshot timeline of the disinformation campaign
against Hillary Clinton from June through November of 2016,  though
GOP smears against her go back decades.

This post was first published as A Gilded Throne of Lies: The Right-
Wing War on Truth.

I’ve changed the title to illustrate what the U.S. government confirms
as fact: Russia attacked the United States with a new form of
propaganda spread by new technologies.

“Russian disinformation takes its roots from the Soviet dezinformatsiya, which consisted of operations aimed at influencing opinion in the West through fakes and forged ‘disinformation’. 

in Russia, press freedom has been very limited.

The tradition of opposition media was totally annihilated during the communist era and despite the hopes for the development of free media environment after the collapse of the USSR, Russia has followed the path of heavy propaganda. Recently, a new global strategy has been set in motion, linked to the notion of soft power.

President Putin himself recognized the concept of weaponisation of information.  In a 2014 interview, he declared: “The rapid progress of electronic media has made news reporting enormously important and turned it into a formidable weapon that enables public opinion manipulations. The intense media warfare has become a mark of the times, when certain nations attempt to monopolize the truth and use it in their own interests”. Since then, the so-called “weaponisation of the information” has become an essential tool of Russian foreign policy, and several specialists acknowledged that Russia has been using information as a weapon. The term “information warfare” was coined a while ago, taking its roots in the Cold War and the rise of communication technologies, however, “weaponisation of information” appears to be a rather new phenomenon.

Russian propaganda has evolved in sophistication, intensity, reach and impact.

Russian efforts are carefully orchestrated, thoughtfully targeted, generously funded and professionally produced.

The truth is not important and there is a strong sense of relativism.

The Kremlin exploits the idea that the ‘truth’ is a lost cause and that reality is essentially malleable.”

from To inform, or disinform: Russia’s new propaganda war

In simple terminology, weaponised disinformation is the use of mass social media to subvert reality to such a degree that the people are no longer able to trust their own perceptions.

Russian Disinformation as a weapon is designed to erode the trust between the people and their institutions which is essential to the success of free and open democracies.

If you want to bring down American Democracy the best way is to erode the people’s faith in their own system of government.

 

Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!
Wikileaks BOMBSHELL Reveals that Hillary Clinton has Double Agents at Fox News!



The result of this attack against the United States was that false allegations based on a daily leak of unverified rumors about Hillary Clinton dominated the media despite video taped evidence of Donald Trump bragging about his sexual assaults on women.

Despite the revelation that he has not paid taxes in decades.

Despite accusations of rape.

Despite his own demonstrable lack of insight, qualifications, and
fitness to be President.

Even now, as our government attempts to assess the damage of this attack, Trump’s team argues that President Obama’s sanctions against Russia are excessive.

Screenshot of Trump's Press Secretary saying that Obama's sanctions against Russia are excessive
Trump’s Team seeks to normalize the disinformation campaign launched by Russia to place Trump in the White House.

The incoming President doesn’t think an attack on our political process
is a big deal.

How did this happen?

Let’s review a timeline on Russia’s 2016 assault on reality that gave the
Presidency to Donald Trump.

There is no evidence for any of the accusations made against Clinton
or the Democrats in the clippings below.

Screenshot of fox news reports that Obama would sign martial law before election
June 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
sceenshot of house probe into bengazi
July 8th-Click to enlarge

 

screenshot of house probe into Clinton Perjury
July 8th -Click to Enlarge

 

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July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
screen shot from yahoo news reporting on Clinton's email
July 11, 2016 Click to enlarge
Screenshot of fox news explains why FBI director comey should have jailed hillary clinton
July 20, Krautheimer reads FBI Director Comey’s Mind
screenshot August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump
August 11, 2013 Tweet from Trump

 

August 13 Yahoo News Report
August 13 Yahoo News Report

 

August 14, 2016 screnshot of The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 14, 2016 The Allen West Website-Click to Enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
August 15, 2016 Screenshot from Yahoo News. Click to enlarge
Screenshot from MS bing
August 19th Screenshot from MS Bing

 

August 20th, 2016 - Yahoo News Screenshot
August 20th, 2016 – Yahoo News Screenshot – Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of a wikileak accusing Clinton of ordering a hit
August 20th, 2016 click to enlarge

 

screenshot of google results regarding Clinton's Health
August 20, 2016 — Clinton’s Health – Click to enlarge

 

 

Screenshot from MS Bing Political News
August 29, MS Bing Political News

 

September 21, Clinton's Body Double
September 21, Clinton’s Body Double

 

Screenshot of a report about a GOP congreessman who says that people on minumum wage will spend their money on drugs
September 30th, 2016

 

Twitter Screenshot of wikileak headline claiming Hillary sold weapons
October 1st, 2016

 

Screenshot of commentary on a CNN article that says Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide
October 10th, Jews are Responsible for the White Genocide – Click to Enlarge

 

October 11, 2016 - Click to Enlarge
October 11, 2016 – Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot from October 11, 2016
October 11 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screen shot from State of the Nation
October 13, 2016

 

Screenshot October 21st, 2016 Click to Enalrge
October 21st, 2016 Click to Enlarge

 

Screenshot of October 21, 2016 headline about Hillary Clinton's Email
October 21, 2016

 

screenshot from Yahoo headline about Hillary's email gate scandal
October 21, 2016-Click to enlarge

 

Screenshot of an online poll asking if Hillary Clinton should be arrested
October 21, Should Hillary be Arrested
October 25th 2016 - Sean Hannity
October 25th 2016 – Sean Hannity
Screenshot of October 25th 2016
October 25th 2016

 

Screenshot of October 25th Hannity offers to send Obama back to Kenya
October 25th
screenshot October 26th, 2016
October 26th, 2016

 

Screenshot October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton's email
October 26, The FBI Announces it will investigate Clinton’s email

 

Screenshot October 28, Yahoo Headline
October 28, Yahoo Headline

 

 

Screenshot October 28 MSNBC Headline
October 28, 2016 MSNBC Headline

 

Screenshot October 28 Daily News
October 28, Daily News
Screenshot October 28
October 28,
Screenshot October 29th FBI has no warrant
October 29th FBI has no warrant

 

Screenshot Trump tells supporters to vote twice
October 30th, the election was in fact rigged, but not against Mr. Trump.

 

October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal
October 30th, Hillary Clinton linked to child sex scandal

 

Screenshot October 30 Twitter meme
October 30 Twitter meme

 

October 30, Fox new
October 30, Fox News
Screenshot October 31
October 31

 

Screenshot November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted
November 2nd, Fox Reporter Announces that Clinton will be Indicted

 

Screenshot of November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 4th, Fox News Host apologizes for false indictment story
November 6, Clinton cleared again
November 6, Clinton cleared again

 

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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.

 

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Weaponized Disinformation: Death by a Thousand Lies

Art by Rob Goldstein
The fundamental purpose of disinformation, is to undermine the official version of events — even the very idea that there is a true version of events. The Atlantic

From Business Insider

Russian internet trolls, paid by the Kremlin to spread false information on the internet, are behind a number of “highly coordinated (disinformation) campaigns” to deceive the American public.

It’s a brand of information warfare, known as “dezinformatsiya,” that has been used by the Russians since at least the Cold War. The disinformation campaigns are only one “active measure” tool used by Russian intelligence to “sow discord among,” and within, allies perceived hostile to Russia.

“An active measure is a time-honored KGB tactic for waging informational and psychological warfare,” Michael Weiss, a senior editor at The Daily Beast and editor-in-chief of The Interpreter — an online magazine that translates and analyzes political, social, and economic events inside the Russian Federation — wrote on Tuesday.

“It is designed, as retired KGB General Oleg Kalugin once defined it, ‘to drive wedges in the Western community alliances of all sorts, particularly NATO, to sow discord among allies, to weaken the United States in the eyes of the people in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and thus to prepare ground in case the war really occurs.’ The most common subcategory of active measures is dezinformatsiya, or disinformation: feverish, if believable lies cooked up by Moscow Centre and planted in friendly media outlets to make democratic nations look sinister.”

It is not surprising, then, that the Kremlin would pay internet trolls to pose as Trump supporters and build him up online. In fact, that would be the easy part.

From his interviews with former trolls employed by Russia, Chen gathered that the point of their jobs “was to weave propaganda seamlessly into what appeared to be the nonpolitical musings of an everyday person.”

“Russia’s information war might be thought of as the biggest trolling operation in history,” Chen wrote. “And its target is nothing less than the utility of the Internet as a democratic space.”

New York Times Magazine

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