Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News

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  1. Durandal

    Durandal Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Fake News is also known as активные мероприятия (active measures). It infects the target society, spreads and destroys it from inside, like a virus. The internet is a dreadful new vector for it, given how rapidly it can spread and how fake news can be so well dressed up to appear like the real thing. The agents and kooks don't need a printing press or a TV or radio station in this century.



    In Episode 1 of Operation InfeKtion, we reveal how one of the biggest fake news stories ever concocted — the 1984 AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon hoax — went viral in the pre-Internet era. Meet the KGB cons who invented it, and the “truth squad” that quashed it. For a bit.
     
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    As I recall, "AIDS-is-a-biological-weapon" was a popular conspiracy theory among the left. It probably still is among some lefties.
     
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    Durandal Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Episode 2 brings us to 2016...



    Operation InfeKtion, Episode 2: The Pizzagate Playbook -- same tactics, new technologies. How the seven rules of Soviet disinformation are being used to create today’s fake news stories. Pizza anyone?

    Thanks for demonstrating the effectiveness of these "active measures" on the American right.
     
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    From episode 2, the 7 rules of fake news (paraphrased and summarized):

    Rule 1: Find the cracks to exploit to cause division.

    Rule 2: The Big Lie. Create a lie so outrageous, no one could possibly believe it was made up, and also so outrageous that believing it will be very damning.

    Rule 3: Wrap the lie around a kernel of truth, so that the disinformation is eventually accepted.

    Rule 4: Conceal your hand (obscure the source).

    Rule 5: Find a useful idiot who will push the story into the target population. You know who you are...

    Rule 6: Deny everything. Just have to outlast people's attention span.

    Rule 7: Play the long game. These operations have a cumulative effect over a long period of time and end up having major impacts. Erosion.
     
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    How Disinformation Is Taking Over the World



    Episode 3, Operation InfeKtion: Governments from Pakistan to Mexico to Washington are woefully unequipped to combat disinformation warfare. Eastern European countries living in Russia’s shadow can teach us how to start fighting back, but only if our politicians decide to stop profiting from these tactics and fight them instead.

    Read the story here: www.nytimes.com/disinformation

    There are more episodes. Not sure how many in all. I've just discovered this series and am watching it for the first time.
     
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    How so?
     
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    He's posted 4 of the 6 comments in the thread.

    "Rule 5: Find a useful idiot who will push the story into the target population. You know who you are..."

    Indeed.
     
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    Why do so many liberals hate the Constitution so much? :disbelief:
     
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    It constrains big government and liberals love big government. Also, they view the Constitution as something written by and for old white people.
     
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    Durandal Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    What would you say has compelled you to respond to this thread, and to do so in the way you did?
     
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    LOL, blame the Russians.

    William Casey observed in 1981 that when everything the American people believe is false, we will know the success of our misinformation efforts.

    You're stepping on the CIA's toes, claiming the Russians started misinformation. Our boys have been misinforming with fake news at least as long as the Russians.
     
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    So the KGB invented lying?

    And how much of this very thing here is "fake"? The one guy says that the objective is to "undermine national unity" But can't that be a way to say that anyone who has any objections to anything the government does is a Russian spy?

    This is nothing new. There is a whole art and science to determining if something is true or not. It's called JOURNALISM, I bellieve
     
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    Really, Fake News is as old as humanity.

    But Hideous Hillary was not coronated - Her Time!!! - so Russia!!! :eek:
     
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    Does asking a question in response to my question mean you have no intention of answering my question?
     
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    Why ?
     
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    The world have been subjected to American misinformation for decades.... now others are doing it too (and not just Russian btw).... it suddenly becomes a problem

    (sarcasm alert) omg yes... we need to stop this totally new phenomenon invented by the Russians called fake news :lol:
     
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    State funded, systematic, organized disinformation, destined to change worldviews and mentalities worldwide, is hardly misinformation...or fake news.

    Having lived in one of the former so-called communist countries in the Soviet sphere of influence, I know the difference. I recognize state propaganda in a blink of an eye.

    I take Soviet disinformation personally, because it hurt my people greatly. Well, both my peoples...
     
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