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Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Flag by Jasper Johns (Credit:Museum of Modern Art)If the past is prologue, this type of direct interference could take several forms. One option for Russia would be to try to ensure Trump’s victory. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security in 2016, recounted in Rigged that he worried Russia “could screw around with voter registration lists...

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Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Some journalists on the left like Aaron Mate and Dan Lazare tell me that the charges of Russian interference in U.S. politics are a “hoax” or “don’t really matter.” While I share their opposition to a new Cold War with Russia,  that does not require averting one’s eyes from the record of Yevgeny Prigozhin, international...

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Russian Propaganda Repurposed by American Right-Wing Media

Russian Propaganda Repurposed by American Right-Wing Media

Source: A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out – The New York Times the Portland Bible burnings appear to be one of the first viral Russian disinformation hits of the 2020 presidential campaign. How does Russian disinformation work? The Russian technique is a kind of information laundering,...

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How Sen. Ron Johnson’s Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation

How Sen. Ron Johnson’s Investigation Became an Enabler of Russian Disinformation

The hard-right Attorney General Bill Barr says that the FBI investigation Donald Trump’s entourage in 2016, amounted to “spying.” Left- wing columnist Matt Taibbi, says the Trump-Russia investigation was a “hoax.” But that’s kind of last year’s debate. In the 2020 election cycle it is hard to dispute Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa’s piece in...

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Susan Rice is Wrong. Russian Disinformation Is Not a Factor

Susan Rice is Wrong. Russian Disinformation Is Not a Factor

Those predictable voices–I’m think of former national security adviser Susan Rice- that blame Russia or claim “foreign actors” are a factor in the division of America are just plain wrong. “The scale and scope of domestic disinformation—created by Americans and targeting Americans—is far greater than anything a foreign adversary could possibly do to us. The...