In a last ditch effort to save itself from the death spiral it has inflicted upon itself, established mainstream media is getting behind the latest list of “fake news” offenders to warn American that if they visit these sites then they are nothing more than Kremlin stooges.
Two weeks ago The Duran responded to radical liberal left “academic” Melissa “Mish” Zimdars and her “fake news” list with our very own real “fake news” list.
Ron Paul has chimed in with his “fake news” media meme, with a list of fake news outlets that sold the public on everything to Iraq WMDs, to journalists who colluded with Hillary Clinton to rig the Democratic primary election and try to rig the US general election.
Zimdars’ “fake news” list was a complete failure. The LA Times and every other establishment media outlet tried to champion the list, but free thinking people recognized the entire “fake news” list for what it was, a McCarthyist propaganda tactic to stop the mainstream media slide into oblivion.
Instead of letting the “fake news” debacle die the death it deserves like most of the stupid mind controlling memes launched by the radical alternative left, who are more butthurt than ever could be imagined since crooked Hillary lost the elections, mainstream media is doubling down on “fake news” lists…and this time its weaving “Russian manipulation” into the spin.
The Washington Post (the real fake news outlet) is more than happy to carry water for the the ever increasingly stupid radical alternative left (sponsored by crooked Hillary), in an article that names Drudge, Zero Hedge, Ron Paul and The Duran as anti-Clinton “Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools”.
The desperate flailing of a mainstream-media struggling through the five stages of grief continues as no lesser unbiased foundation of the fourth estate than The Washington Post pushes ahead with its “fake news, blame the Russians” narrative for why their candidate failed so miserably.
Citing “two teams of independent researchers” (who surely have a substantial libel litigation provision) who found “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery… echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal,” the Jeff Bezos-owned website names Drudge, Zero Hedge, and The Ron Paul Institute and countless other outlets among the “useful idiots” that true American patriots should be wary of.
The Washington Post cites a shadowy group called PropOrNot, which identifies more than 200 websites that routinely push Russian propaganda to at least 15 million Americans, and found that false stories pushed on Facebook were viewed more than 213 million times.
The Duran is happy to have made the list. The scientists did not need algorithms to figure out that The Duran is a Kremlin news propaganda outfit.
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Here is the PropOrNot list of all the sites that are owned and operated by the Russian state, along with the “scientific” explanation as to how these geniuses figured out the entire Russian media control secret…
We have used a combination of manual and automated analysis, including analysis of content, timing, technical indicators, and other reporting, in order to initially identify (“red-flag”) the following as Russian propaganda outlets. We then confirmed our initial assessment by applying whatever criteria we did not originally employ during the red-flag process, and we reevaluate our findings as needed.
Please note that our criteria are behavioral. That means the characteristics of the propaganda outlets we identify are motivation-agnostic. For purposes of this definition it does not matter whether the sites listed here are being knowingly directed and paid by Russian intelligence officers, or whether they even knew they were echoing Russian propaganda at any particular point: If they meet these criteria, they are at the very least acting as bona-fide “useful idiots” of the Russian intelligence services, and are worthy of further scrutiny.
We assess that this overall Russian effort is at least semi-centralized, with multiple Russian projects and influence operations working in parallel to manage the direct and outsourced production of propaganda across a wide range of outlets. It is data-driven, and rewards effective entrepreneurship and innovation with increased funding and other resources. There are varying degrees of involvement in it, and awareness of involvement. Some people involved seem genuinely unaware that they are being used by Russia to produce propaganda, but many others seem to know full well.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
More detailed analysis is ongoing: