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Fringe Websites Parroted Russian Propaganda

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TomCat S (129)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 1:25 pm
There has been considerable controversy about the fake news stories that spread from user to user on Facebook, and that companies unwillingness co control the fake news there. But from where did all that fake news come? Apparently over two hundred websites have been parroting Russian propaganda regularly to help elect Putin’s dog, our Fuhrer.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 1:25 pm
It's been said that a lie can be half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes. Nowadays, I think that saying goes along with "Murphy was an optimist." The biggest problem, it seems to me, is that once a person gets hold of a fake story, when one tries to spread the real story, the person WON'T LET GO. And this is true not just for ignorant Republican conspiracy nuts, but essentially for ALL people. It is quite frightening.

I personally am grateful to the InterNet for sites like Snopes, where one can generally find out very quickly what the truth is (and I try to be as quick as I can so the lie won't settle into my head. I'm not immune - no one is.) But for those to work, one has to use them. And way too many people, and, I repeat, not just stupid people, don't.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 2:03 pm
What's particularly irritating is that seniors like my mom, 90-yrs-old and stubborn, believe all the Conservative/Faux News bites. Once she's heard it there, she won't listen to me. She has a computer, or two, but prefers to play games, do jigsaws and read Yahoo News and watch Faux News. I tell her to look things up on the Internet, but she doesn't think I'm telling the truth...I've been brainwashed, you see...Big Sigh. So happy the election is over and she won't have any politics to "discuss." Thanx TomCat.

David C (131)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 2:31 pm
Thanks, TomCat and good luck to your Broncos today......again, ignorance leads to belief in the unreal or untruth

Pat B (356)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 2:35 pm
WOW, the list is quite long.
I'm very leery of some links. Fake news has been around for quite a while, and it will, indeed get much worse, with DT spewing his lies. I agree, Snopes is great to check out to see if the info is correct too.

Thanks, Tom.


Animae C (516)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 2:53 pm
Thanx so much TC!

Kathleen Mireault (224)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 4:06 pm
Noted. Thx TC!

Mandi T (375)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 5:43 pm
Thank you TC

Glennis Whitney (403)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 6:01 pm
Interesting Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 6:50 pm
Earlier today I submitted a Letter to the Editor, of the NY Times, regarding "Fake News." It might be too long for them to accept for printing, I realized afterwards, however.

This is the last line of the letter: "That said, this country, culture, needs to find a way to work together to create a healthy mind that at least, can better distinguish real from fake, and thus not feed the sociopaths."

The "That" referred to was a reference to what I called the "sociopathic impulse" in those who feed fake news to the public.

Peggy B (43)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 8:15 pm

Edith B (146)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 8:19 pm
Thanks for sharing the list, I just posted it to Facebook.  You are right, if the main stream media actually did its job, these sites would not be successful.  The main stream media helped elect Trump as much as these sites did.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday November 27, 2016, 8:48 pm
Thank you TomCat

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Monday November 28, 2016, 12:13 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday November 28, 2016, 2:50 am
I try to reserve a grain of skepticism for any news story.  While I did not know of most of the sites listed by Prop or Not, I found it interesting that Truthdig and Truth-out should make the list.  Now Drudge Report I believe.  Of course some journalists are not too happy with the Washington Post and their approach to the story.
From Truthdig
Fang’s Intercept colleagues Glenn Greenwald and Ben Norton went into more detail in their own story posted the same day:
This Post report was one of the most widely circulated political news articles on social media over the last 48 hours, with dozens, perhaps hundreds, of U.S. journalists and pundits with large platforms hailing it as an earth-shattering exposé. It was the most-read piece on the entire Post website on Friday after it was published.
Yet the article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, “a lot of reporters passed on this story.” Its huge flaws are self-evident. But the Post gleefully ran with it and then promoted it aggressively, led by its Executive Editor Marty Baron:
Marty Baron
Russian propaganda effort helped spread fake news during election, say independent researchers 
6:07 PM – 24 Nov 2016

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say
Researchers say sophisticated tools were used to boost Trump and undermine Clinton.

In casting the group behind this website as “experts,” the Post described PropOrNot simply as “a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds.” Not one individual at the organization is named. The executive director is quoted, but only on the condition of anonymity, which the Post said it was providing the group “to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers.”
In other words, the individuals behind this newly created group are publicly branding journalists and news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda — even calling on the FBI to investigate them for espionage — while cowardly hiding their own identities. The group promoted by the Post thus embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy, but without the courage to attach individual names to the blacklist. Echoing the Wisconsin senator, the group refers to its lengthy collection of sites spouting Russian propaganda as “The List.”

Lona G (80)
Monday November 28, 2016, 4:27 am
Let me be frank about this. Those fake news sites didn't have to work very hard to "erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests," the past eight years of GOP/ Tea Party madness in Congress, culminating in this farce of an election has done some major groundwork for that. The solid base that has created by them was just what the major news media, like Faux News and Breitbart needed to build their own brand of fake news on. And with whole demographic groups, especially those in rural areas, completely dependent for their information on those media, those Russian sponsored sites had it easy.

Winn Adams (179)
Monday November 28, 2016, 6:31 am
Thanks TC

Dawnie W (250)
Monday November 28, 2016, 7:02 am

❤️Noted with interest❤️

❤️Thank you kindly Tom Cat❤️

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Ed Site Issues V (198)
Monday November 28, 2016, 7:27 am
Noted, Thanks

Joanne p (13)
Monday November 28, 2016, 9:04 am

TomCat S (129)
Monday November 28, 2016, 9:06 am
Thanks all. Stars!! Hugs!!

Squatch, a lot of fringe sites, like the 911 truther sites truth-out and truth-dig vet their stories based on liking the contents, not factual authenticity, so a lot of the pro Jill Stein sites would republish anything that trashed Hillary. I doubt they even realized they were parroting Russian Propaganda.

pam w (139)
Monday November 28, 2016, 9:47 am
Some days, it's harder to smile.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday November 28, 2016, 1:13 pm
Noted, Thank you

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday November 29, 2016, 1:04 pm
Thank you both.
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