Newsweek Embarrassment: "What Russia Did to Control the American Mind"

Mish

In yet another mindless fake news story about fake news, NewsWeek explains how "Russia Controls the American Mind"

NewsWeek embarrassed itself with this shoddy headline story WHY CLINTON LOST: WHAT RUSSIA DID TO CONTROL THE AMERICAN MIND AND PUT TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

The all caps shouting is theirs.

Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility—except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House. 

Early this month, Twitter testified before Congress and provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with more than 2,700 accounts tied to the agency, while Facebook identified more than 80,000 pieces of content linked to the agency. Meanwhile, Google found about $4,700 worth of search-and-display ads with dubious Russian ties.

Mercy!

Imagine that.

$4,700 worth of search-and-display ads took down the Clinton campaign, despite the fact Clinton outspent Trump $969.1 million to $531.0 million according to a Bloomberg article on Campaign Fundraising.​

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Writer Jessica Kwong also moaned about trolls being paid between $1,300 and $2,000 per month. Kwong also makes this amusing claim "Twitter users in swing states in the U.S. received more fake news than real stories in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election."

Yes folks, this is how Trump won the election:

By spending a mere $4,700 for paid Tweets and $1,000 or so a month for some trolls, Russia now controls our minds.

If you click on that inane article, you may be treated (as I was) to three autoplay videos, two of them were ads, running simultaneously.

You will also find a barrage of Newsweek Fake News articles like these.​

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Instead of reading NewsWeek garbage about how Russia controls our minds with a few thousand dollars, I suggest reading: US spy operation that manipulates social media.

The latter is a believable article about US military software that secretly manipulates social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

NewsWeek provides a great example of the pathetic quality of mainstream media reporting.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (24)
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SleemoG
SleemoG

There's a sizeable portion of the American population that pays money for the explicit purpose of consuming articles such as these. Newsweek is just satisfying a market demand.

Stuki
Stuki

"Fake News," told by anyone, is, or at least was back in the civilized era, protected as free speech. Its simply no job of any government to waste taxpayer’s money censoring what “news” they read.

Besides, there is little to no reason to believe the “news” Putin reports, are any more nor less accurate, nor “fake,” than what neither Newsweek nor some non-Russian Facebook user nor tweeter reports. It’s all just noise coming out of holes in the heads of, with 99% accuracy, ignoramuses anyway. Or keyboard spasms emanating from same.

Free people are free to believe what they want, reported by whom they want. The broader the spectrum of “news” they have available to them, aka the greater their input domain, the more resilient against manipulation they are. Attempts by the usual gaggle of worthless, expendable, privileged hacks to extend their privilege to also include “news” censoring for others, is just more of the same nonsense that turned America into a dystopia over the past century and a half of progressive destruction.

Mike Mish Shedlock
Mike Mish Shedlock

Editor

Excellent comment Stuki

Greggg
Greggg

Last spring I bought some EL84 power vacuum tubes from JSC Svetlana in St. Petersburg, Russia for my English made Vox AC30 guitar amplifier. They are awesome, but am I gonna end up in prison over this transaction? I also worried about those aluminum tubes that I bought to fabricate automotive parts too... Would the CIA raid my house in suspicion of me make nuclear centrifuges? Nahhhh... it's all fake news.

KidHorn
KidHorn

Over at the Washington Post, the readers are outraged over the FCC removing internet neutrality as it gives too much power to the ISPs. At the same time, they're outraged the FCC would step in to stop the TW/ATT merger on the grounds it will place too much power in the ISPs. They also think eliminating Net Neutrality will stop fake news because the ISPs will block the fake news sites and only allow mainstream 'non-fake' news. The typical WaPo reader is a complete moron who blindly disagrees with everything the government does except investigating how Russia interfered in the election.

truthseeker
truthseeker

Despite all the fake news stories why do I still believe that Charlie Rose is a serial gropist? Also I wonder if this second gropist victim of Al Franen will do like the first and say we still need his leadership in the Senate so I forgive him. I am not accusing anyone of taking bitcoins or anything else, I'm just jealous that as of yet , I have not been groped by any female gropist

truthseeker
truthseeker

Franken!!

wootendw
wootendw

Russia-phobia is mass insanity based on paranoid delusions about the capabilities and intentions of Russia and the Putin government. First, here are the numbers:

wootendw
wootendw

Russia population (2013) 143 million
US population 325 million
NATO population (CIA) 906 million
Russia GDP (2013) 2 trillion (USD)
US GDP 16 trillion (USD0
NATO GDP (CIA) 36 trillion (USD)

wootendw
wootendw

I'll add that Russia lost 20m in WWII as part of the Soviet Union and also lost more in WWI than any other nation. The US has lost barely a million people in ALL wars.

wootendw
wootendw

And what has Russia done that is so scary? In 2008, Russia expelled Georgia from S Ossetia after Georgia attaced S Ossetia in violation of a cease fire (while Putin was at the Beijing Olympics). And in 2014, Russia annexed Crimea (after a 93% approval vote of Crimeans). It also permitted volunteers to help the eastern Donetsk 'republics' ward off the USG-installed puppet government.

wootendw
wootendw

The USG overthrew Ukraine's elected president for accepting a better offer from Russia than the one he negotiated with Assist Sec of State Victoria Nuland and the EU.

wootendw
wootendw

Both of these military actions occurred while Putin was at the Olympics.

wootendw
wootendw

Mass insanity could lead to mass destruction and death if Trump is driven from office on what the media claims is collusion with Russia. All it takes is one small incident in the ME or elsewhere and Russia might very well nuke US in legitimate self defense.

JonSellers
JonSellers

The MSM is owned, lock, stock and barrel by the institutional oligarchy. They may not agree on much, but they absolutely agree on the need for continuous warfare and neo-liberal economics. So anything that doesn't come from them is a threat to their positions and role in the country. Anything they don't put out, or disagrees with their views is fake news by definition.

J-M-Keynes
J-M-Keynes
  • Yeah, sure. Russia controls the american mind. And I was bron yesterday, right ?
J-M-Keynes
J-M-Keynes
  • The Democrats lost the november 2016 elections and they still stand they lost. The Democrats are like a bunch of spoiled brats. Someone mentioned the words "civil war" in the 1st quarter of this year. Back then I thought he was nuts. Now I am not so sure any more we (the US) are not in such a civil war.
Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

Propaganda does not "control" the minds of any group. It only appears that way when a change from the trend is about to take place naturally. Congress, then the Senate, and finally the Office of President were changed over the course of several sequential elections. California certainly didn't flip to Republican leadership this election cycle. Voters were fed up with the status quo. That's why outsiders such as Trump AND Sanders were able to challenge the establishment.

DBG8489
DBG8489

Does the average person on the street realize that these people - when they write stuff like this - are telling them to their faces that they are so stupid that someone can control their minds by little more than a series of blatantly fake ads and news stories and some 140-character posts on a social media platform?

Seriously - if that's all it takes to control the minds of the US population, then we don't deserve to be a country anymore. Will the last person out please turn off the lights?

Dsgn
Dsgn

Leftist Projection? And a desperate appeal to the argumentum ad populum fallacy?

RonJ
RonJ

"NewsWeek embarrassed itself with this shoddy headline story" The MSM seems intent on embarrassing itself, except that they are not embarrassed by imitating Pravda.

MissionAccomplished
MissionAccomplished

Newsweek?
The 'Madam President' Newsweek?
Heh ..heh ..heh ...the best contribution they can make to journalism is use softer more absorbent paper.

Imshaken
Imshaken

<By spending a mere $4,700 for paid Tweets and $1,000 or so a month for some trolls, Russia now controls our minds.> Certainly not control minds. Further sway or reinforce those who WANT to believe? Absolutely. It's called influence. https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/russian-journalist-explains-how-the-kremlin-instructed-him-to-cover-the-2016-election

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

Never mind controlling the American mind, but simply ask who controls the computer servers at the DNC.
Was it Russian hackers or inside leakers that delivered the Podesta e-mails to Julian Assange?

As the political sock puppet that he is, Robert Mueller’s job is to make sure that question never gets answered. The best way to assure that is to never allow that question to be asked. Hence, Mueller takes us all down the rabbit hole of stupidity and ask us arcane nonsense about who Sessions may have been in the same room with.


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