Please read the entire piece. It’s long but explores the role of unprofessional news media in the bizarre Russia/Trump story.
“Almost immediately after it was published, the farcical nature of the “dossier” manifested. Not only was its author anonymous, but he was paid by Democrats (and, before that, by Trump’s GOP adversaries) to dig up dirt on Trump. Worse, he himself cited no evidence of any kind, but instead relied on a string of other anonymous people in Russia he claims told him these things. Worse still, the document was filled with amateur errors.”
(According to NBC News, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded this report was part of a “disinformation” campaign and “Intel and law enforcement officials agree that none of the investigations have found any conclusive or direct link between Trump and the Russian government period“. Anyone could be behind a “disinformation” document, from foreign actors, to disgruntled employees, to “opposition ops” at campaigns of other politicians or political parities – or even pranksters. More here too.)
Only some journalists are fake news fiction writers, but due to their actions, all journalists are lumped together. For the lay public, it is impossible to determine who is trustful and who is not and this looks terrible for all journalists.
This episode may rank as one of the century’s grandest propaganda escapades, demonstrating the remarkable ease by which entire populations can be persuaded to adopt someone’s agenda via propaganda. This type of propaganda can lead to wars between nations.
How could so many people in Germany, prior to World War II, have fallen for the Nazi party’s messaging? Successful propaganda.
We think we would never have fallen for such nonsense but we are just as vulnerable as they were in the 1930s.
In 2016, social media combined with fake news producers. People routinely believe nonsense and quickly Like and Share with others on social media. Propaganda has the ability to control our minds and drive us to horrible actions. Political party actors are playing with nuclear weapons in their desire to force their ideology upon others.
Social media is the friction-less propaganda platform that may potentially lead to our own destruction. These developments are frightening and dangerous.