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The Real Disinformation Was the 'Russia Disinformation' Hoax

• https://www.lewrockwell.com by Ron Paul

Here is some background. In November, 2016, just after the election, the Washington Post published an article titled, "Russian propaganda effort helped spread 'fake news' during election, experts say." The purpose of the article was to delegitimize the Trump presidency as a product of a Russian "disinformation" campaign.

"There is no way to know whether the Russian campaign proved decisive in electing Trump, but researchers portray it as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in US democracy and its leaders," wrote Craig Timberg. The implication was clear: a Russian operation elected Donald Trump, not the American people.

Among the "experts" it cited were an anonymous organization called "Prop Or Not," which in its own words claimed to identify "more than 200 websites as peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans."

The organization's report was so preposterous that the Washington Post was later forced to issue a clarification, even though the Post provided a link to the report which falsely accused independent news outlets like Zero Hedge, Antiwar.com, and even my Ron Paul Institute as "Russian disinformation."

The 2016 Washington Post article also featured "expert" Clint Watts, a former FBI counterintelligence officer who went on to found another outfit claiming to be hunting "Russian disinformation" in the US, the "Hamilton 68" project. That project was launched by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a very well-funded organization containing a who's who of top neocons like William Kristol, John Podesta, Michael McFaul, and many more.


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