Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When you can't tell the POTUS from a Russian bot....

NPR tells me a new "dashboard" program tracking Russian troll/bot/cyborg activity on web was showing stories about Tony Podesta trending because of of classic Russian intelligence tactic called "what about-ism."  The tactic is meant to sow discord and mistrust by bringing up "what about" stories to show "both sides do it," and there is no justice, all is relative, etc.

Frankly, didn't sound like something I haven't heard in American politics since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, but I was surprised they didn't bother to check the President's Twitter feed for examples of how this works, or perhaps just how effective the Russian effort is.

Of course, those are just the tweets about Tony Podesta particularly.

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