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Whataboutism!

© Clay Bennett Team Trump spent this weekend engaging in a propaganda technique called “Whataboutism” that is similar to a technique often used by young children. Whataboutism is used to deflect attention from bad behavior by claiming that other people are at fault, like “All the other kids do it!” or “It wasn’t my fault!”. […]

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Manchurian Social Networks!

A week ago I posted an article arguing that the easiest way to throw an election would be to spread disinformation over social networks. Well, we now have proof (independently verified by two parties) that this has already happened. Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. […]

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Can Donald Trump Read?

Samantha Bee shows how easy it is to start a political rumor, even without any actual evidence.

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Doubt

Unfortunately, propaganda works, especially with enough money pumped into it, and with help from the right-wing media. How many times do we fall for this snow job before we get wise to their tactics? Another propaganda technique is telling people that they can’t do anything about the environment. For example, saying that it will destroy […]

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Mitt Romney Lies a Lot for a Politician

[reprinted from the Booman Tribune] I think Mitt Romney broke his own recored for telling the most lies this week. I don’t think Steve Benen even had to try that hard to find 30 enormous whoppers. Most of them have to do with statistics and the budget. Some just grossly mischaracterize what the president has […]

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This is what blatant propaganda looks like

Who else, Fox News. After admitting they were afraid to talk about the News Corp scandal, they finally do a segment on it on Fox and Friends, bringing in a PR hack who is somehow supposed to be an expert about this. But they make a few small changes to the story. I really suggest […]

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Here Come the Big Lies

It is becoming standard in politics now — the “not intended to be a factual statement” statement. If you don’t like something, just lie about it, because the media will not call you on it. Here’s just the latest example. Today, Michele Bachmann appeared on Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace asked her about the accusations […]

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The Sockpuppets of Public Opinion

If the whole HBGary Federal fiasco wasn’t bad enough, there is more bad news coming out of their leaked emails. It turns out that one of HBGary’s “products” is sophisticated software to allow public opinion to be manipulated. The software allows a small number of hired employees to impersonate a large number of fictitious citizens […]

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FOX goes Subliminal

From wikipedia: A subliminal message is a signal or message embedded in another medium, designed to pass below the normal limits of perception. These messages are unrecognizable by the conscious mind, but in certain situations can affect the subconscious or deeper mind and later actions or attitudes. Subliminal techniques have occasionally been used in advertising and propaganda.

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