America's left puts Putin to shame when it comes to disinformation
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Why do the Russians need to bother spreading disinformation when our
own domestic sources do a much better job at it?
We just went through a four-year national obsession with Kremlin disinformation. It supposedly swayed the 2016 election. It was “sowing divisions” in American society. It accounted for the discovery of
Hunter Biden’s laptop during the 2020 election.
Social-media companies were excoriated for allegedly letting Russian
disinfo poison their networks and the American mind.
There was nothing that some Russian operators — spending a pittance —
couldn’t do. The former Time magazine managing editor and Obama State Department official Richard Stengel wrote a book titled “Information
Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We
Can Do About It.” According to Stengel, the Russians had mounted “an unprecedented attack against the very foundation of our democracy.”
The Russians were amateurs, though. If they really knew what they were
doing, they would spread rank lies about election reforms passed by a
US state, make the deceptions so pervasive that the president of the
United States would casually repeat them, unjustifiably dredge up
memories of a terrible period of repression in America, relentlessly
racialize the debate and intimidate corporate America into
thoughtlessly entering the partisan fight and discrediting itself with
a significant segment of the population.
No, Russian trolls operating somewhere in St. Petersburg didn’t
undertake this highly successful information operation against the
Georgia election law — Stacey Abrams and her allies in media and
If the Russians had the requisite skill, they would spread the false
story that a talented American governor had sold out his citizens by
letting a campaign contribution distort his distribution of COVID-19
vaccines, suppressing all facts to the contrary and stoking yet more conspiratorial thinking about the governor among his political
The Russians couldn’t pull this off — yet “60 Minutes” did, in a
laughably dishonest report over the weekend about Florida Gov. Ron
DeSantis using the most popular grocery-story chain in the Sunshine
State to get the vaccine in the arms of Floridians.
If the Russians were devious enough, they would take a God-awful mass shooting, ignore all the evidence about the perpetrator’s motives to
define it as a crime driven by racial hatred and undermine faith in the
local police and FBI when they presented the facts.
The Russians couldn’t manage this, either — but a veritable army of
media commentators and progressive politicians could. They insisted
against the available evidence that the Atlanta spa shooter must have
been driven by hatred of Asians, while Democratic senators openly
dissented from the FBI director’s statement that the shooting wasn’t a
If the Russians had the power or know-how, they would spin a story of
US law enforcement as a racist occupying force that should be resisted
in “largely peaceful” protests all over the country, putting the cops
on their back-foot and creating an environment of spiraling disorder
and violence in some of the most iconic US cities.
Of course, the Russians also had nothing to do with this — Black Lives
Matter and the media did all the hard work and have largely managed to
ignore the rising tide of crime that is undoing one of the signal
domestic accomplishments of the last several decades.
None of this is to dismiss the pernicious influence of Russian
information operations and cyber strikes, especially overseas, or to
minimize the hideousness of the Putin regime. But it is galling to see
the same people who sounded the klaxons about the Russians undermining
faith in the American system for years themselves spread — or at least casually accept — progressives narratives based on poisonous lies about
The Russians are never going to stop running their information
campaigns against the West, which date back to the Soviet Union. But
they must occasionally be tempted to stand back in envy and awe at all
that the US promoters of woke narratives have been able to accomplish
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