By William K. Black
November 28, 2016 Kansas City, MO
The Washington Post has published a fevered piece of propaganda about Russian propaganda. The trouble begins in the headline and the first sentence of the article. The headline is: “Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread ‘Fake News’ During Election, Experts Say. The first sentence reads:
The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.
The article provides no basis for its claims about “experts” and “independent researchers” who purportedly used (unspecified) “Internet analytics tools” in their “study.” The first group, which does not purport to have used any scientific methodology explicitly resurrects 1992 USIA word pictures and charts in lieu of analysis.