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Russian Propaganda Is Taking Over Online Comment Boards
Business Insider ^ | May 4, 2014, 8:44 PM | Pamela Engel

Posted on 05/04/2014 11:31:32 PM PDT by WhiskeyX

One reader wrote to The Guardian:

One need only pick a Ukraine article at random, pick any point in the comments at random, and they will find themselves in a sea of incredibly aggressive and hostile users (the most obvious have accounts created since February 2014 … but there also exist those who registered with the Guardian before the high point of the crisis) who post the most biased, inciteful [sic] pro-Kremlin, anti-western propaganda that seems as if it's taken from a template, so repetitive are the statements. Furthermore, these comments are consistently capturing inordinate numbers of 'recommends', sometimes on the order of 10 to 12 times what pro-Ukrainian comments receive.

Guardian comment moderators believe this is an orchestrated campaign.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: blogs; propaganda; russia

1 posted on 05/04/2014 11:31:33 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Go Russia! Oh wait, nevermind.


2 posted on 05/04/2014 11:34:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: All

This is total nonsense. Look around, there is no proof of this at all . ———> v

:)


3 posted on 05/04/2014 11:46:27 PM PDT by Peter ODonnell (An account created by Vladimir Putin)
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To: WhiskeyX

Makes you wonder if we’re all just living in Putin’s mind. Like Inception. Starting with the creation of a false narrative pitting Russia vs the West; Putin vs. Obama coupled with an intense propaganda campaign.

Just a thought.


4 posted on 05/04/2014 11:50:02 PM PDT by JPX2011
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To: WhiskeyX
I'm glad you posted this. I've seen it everywhere.

Even here, on FreeRepublic.

5 posted on 05/04/2014 11:53:42 PM PDT by sauron ("Truth is hate to those who hate Truth" --unknown)
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To: WhiskeyX

Is Cass Sunstein advising Russia now?

“The Obama administration is reportedly proposing Cass Sunstein as a member of a panel to review the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency (NSA), among other former White House and intelligence staffers. Sunstein was the head of the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs until last year, when he returned to teaching at Harvard Law School.

As one of our intrepid commenters pointed out yesterday, while at Harvard in 2008, Sunstein co-authored a working paper that suggests government agents or their allies “cognitively infiltrate” conspiracy theorist groups by joining “chat rooms, online social networks or even real-space groups” and influencing the conversation.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/23/obama-pick-for-nsa-review-panel-wanted-paid-pro-government-shills-in-chat-rooms/


6 posted on 05/04/2014 11:53:58 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

go away?


7 posted on 05/04/2014 11:54:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: WhiskeyX

putin/ukraine propaganda ping


8 posted on 05/05/2014 12:18:55 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Rusty0604

~~~Cass Sunstein~~~

Aye carumba.


9 posted on 05/05/2014 12:20:26 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: WhiskeyX

~~~inciteful [sic]~~~

Why did they decide this should be ‘sic’? It makes perfect sense in the context.


10 posted on 05/05/2014 12:23:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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Yes, I know, a lot of dictionaries don’t consider it a word but I’ve heard it that way for a long time. Oh well.


11 posted on 05/05/2014 12:25:23 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: WhiskeyX

It’s actually Mainstream American Media propaganda.

But I can see where everyone would be confused. :)


12 posted on 05/05/2014 12:25:49 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: WhiskeyX

Just wait until Russian media begins to broadcast the Congressional hearings into Benghazigate. Will that be considered an act of war?


13 posted on 05/05/2014 12:38:12 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Tzimisce

“It’s actually Mainstream American Media propaganda.”

No, it is Russian propaganda. They have even resorted to using malware attacks, rootkits, and ransomware in an effort to silence every computer I use to post messages. The latest malware assault took place last week. After numerous attacks that were defeated, they finally managed to find a Trojan backdoor that installed a rootkit, hijacked the computer, and started to launch another cryptographic ransomware application. I shut it down, and it is being removed. The hackers telephoned me twice from overseas before completing the hijack. They don’t like free speech and opposition.


14 posted on 05/05/2014 12:39:19 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

Putin’s been learning from Move On and OFA.


15 posted on 05/05/2014 1:27:38 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: WhiskeyX


16 posted on 05/05/2014 1:36:52 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: WhiskeyX

...b-b-but the “democratically elected government was overthrown” .... the current Ukraine regime is “illegal and full of Nazis” .... “spontaneous uprising by civilians” ... blah, blah, blah, the Russian talking points never stop.

Yep, there’s an orchestrated campaign going on, directed by the KGB, and it’s even here on FR. How many times a day do we see yet another post with “Russia Today” as its source?

Scary and disturbing.


17 posted on 05/05/2014 2:18:37 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: WhiskeyX

Ain’t no Devil Wershipin, Satanic Inspired, Kommunists around here.


18 posted on 05/05/2014 3:20:14 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: goldstategop

Ping


19 posted on 05/05/2014 4:03:12 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: WhiskeyX
Let me start out by stating that not all Putinistas - supporters of Putin - are agents of his government. Many are just stupid people who cannot realize they're being used. These are the duped Putinistas, who if given the whole story presumably would realize Putin's not a conservative and he isn't interested in what's best for the USA, what's best for the free world, what's best for Ukraine, or what's best for Russia.

There are, however, professional Putinistas working his propaganda and using the media to advance the interest of the Putin led oligarchy in Russia. These efforts involve their state-approved media and others. This is a fact.

20 posted on 05/05/2014 4:25:11 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: WhiskeyX
You people are paranoid.
21 posted on 05/05/2014 4:35:05 AM PDT by McGruff (I'ts not the crime it's the coverup they said.)
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To: WhiskeyX

That’s weird. I clicked on post, and I got redirected to a microsoft outlook sign in page here:

https://login.live.com/login.srf?wa=wsignin1.0&rpsnv=12&ct=1399289403&rver=6.4.6456.0&wp=MBI&wreply=http:%2F%2Fmail.live.com%2Fdefault.aspx%3Frru%3Dcompose%253fsubject%253dPost%2BReply%2526body%253dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.freerepublic.com%252ffocus%252ff-news%252f3152207%252freply%253fc%253d1&lc=1033&id=64855&mkt=en-us&cbcxt=mai&snsc=1


22 posted on 05/05/2014 4:55:43 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: WhiskeyX

That’s weird. I clicked on post, and I got redirected to a microsoft outlook sign in page here:

https://login.live.com/login.srf?wa=wsignin1.0&rpsnv=12&ct=1399289403&rver=6.4.6456.0&wp=MBI&wreply=http:%2F%2Fmail.live.com%2Fdefault.aspx%3Frru%3Dcompose%253fsubject%253dPost%2BReply%2526body%253dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.freerepublic.com%252ffocus%252ff-news%252f3152207%252freply%253fc%253d1&lc=1033&id=64855&mkt=en-us&cbcxt=mai&snsc=1


23 posted on 05/05/2014 4:55:43 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: FredZarguna

Those pics are awesome!


24 posted on 05/05/2014 4:56:14 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: elhombrelibre

I’m not a Putinista, but I by no means take the western narrative of Ukraine at face value.

The bottom line is, Obama and the EU appears to have set this in motion more than Russia, which seemed happy with the status quo a few months back. Either Obama and the EU did it through gross incompetence (not impossible), or it was for some strategic reason. If it was strategy, you have to ask, was that strategy designed to serve the cause of freedom, honor, or even our national interests? Or is it more likely the strategy was designed to serve leftism and/or some banking/elite’s grand plan to enrich themselves and control something they wanted?

It’s not like this whole thing has a freedom/honor/goodness-obsessed ideologue like Reagan involved on one side, where sides are clear. Sure Putin is a shark, but so are the leftist/globalist/EU types on the other side.

Now, I’m not so sure Obama isn’t using his sanctions to try to get Putin to do something to our economy in return, to trip the collapse Obama has set up these last six years, so when the collapse/correction comes, he can say it was Putin who did it and not him.

I just don’t get why people even care enough to take sides. Unless FR loves Obama and the EU globalists now, you have two sides that Conservative Americans don’t support or trust in this. They are waging a proxy war which, if ignited fully, threatens to have Conservative US soldiers waging a full on war against another superpower, under the inept leadership of Obama and his group of idiot misfits, who might even hand command of our troops to the local EU leftists under the auspices of the UN, all of whom I trust even less.

I have a feeling Obama would love nothing more than to send all Conservatives over to die overseas, to cut our numbers back here at home. Even better, it distracts from what a massive incompetent he has been here for six years now, just as we are poised to sweep the midterms and maybe tar liberalism with the brush of total incompetence among our population. All as Americans are getting pissed enough to show up with guns when the fedgov moves it’s army to attack a simple cattle rancher, and we are buying guns in record numbers, and the global political scene is seeing a rise of nationalistic conservatism that terrifies the leftists all over.

The whole thing seems awful convenient for the leftists worldwide, just as their grips on power are slipping due to the resource contraction. I don’t want Putin running the world, and the US, but take a look at our POTUS before telling me we need to support our own government’s desire to get us mired in that mess.


25 posted on 05/05/2014 5:04:59 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: AnonymousConservative

Why would the US and the EU do this? To prevent Russia from gaining too much strength in the Middle East. Most countries can only handle one crisis like this at a time.


26 posted on 05/05/2014 5:08:48 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: WhiskeyX

If you don’t mind my asking, what type of antivirus are you running?


27 posted on 05/05/2014 5:10:48 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: elhombrelibre
Putin's not a conservative and he isn't interested in what's best for the USA, what's best for the free world, what's best for Ukraine, or what's best for Russia.

The exact same thing can be said about Obama, Clinton, McCain, and the sodomite Globo-Marxists that control the EU.

28 posted on 05/05/2014 5:11:47 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

Putin and Obama have the same goal: a broken, useless USA


29 posted on 05/05/2014 5:13:33 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL
Putin and Obama have the same goal: a broken, useless USA

We agree on Obama but what has Putin done or said that gives you the idea he wants a broken or useless USA.

And if for the sake of argument they do share the same goal they have a funny way of achieving with this Ukraine mess unless its to sucker American rubes into WWIII. Then its even more important to stay out Ukraine.

30 posted on 05/05/2014 5:27:01 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: WhiskeyX
Russian Propaganda Is Taking Over Online Comment Boards

And I don't think getting rid of obama in 2016 will see an end of it.

31 posted on 05/05/2014 5:27:17 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Vermont Lt

I’ve seen that theory, and it could be. But the first big problem is that is a US national interest, which I don’t think the Kenyan bumbler really cares about enough to take action on. Plus, in my opinion, it wouldn’t have warranted the risk of creating a government-vacuum in Kiev and the associated instability, which anyone should recognize can go in any direction. It is also convinent for the money-men that by saying it was the mideast, it diverts attention from the fact they may be desperate enough to risk a world war over what is coming in Europe. Did somebody say propaganda?

The only thing I’ve seen that makes sense is Ukraine was drifting from the EU (wisely in my opinion), with last year’s pro-moscow trade agreement and the rejection of the EU agreement. The EU is like a big ponzi scheme. It’s coming down at some point, it will take all it’s members with it, and now any risk is worthwhile, to try and keep it respectable/operational as long as possible.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that the first thing the new government did was sign EU association and IMF agreements. Or that the second thing they did was ship all of their gold to the US, “for safekeeping.”


32 posted on 05/05/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT by AnonymousConservative (Why did Liberals evolve within our species? www.anonymousconservative.com)
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To: AnonymousConservative

Just tested the link, no problems using it,


33 posted on 05/05/2014 6:20:17 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
Putin wants to resurrect the Soviet-era Russian empire, plain and simple. And, having lived much of my adult life during that era, I don't think Putin's goal is in the interest of the U.S. or its European allies.
34 posted on 05/05/2014 6:24:17 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg
Putin wants to resurrect the Soviet-era Russian empire, plain and simple.

You mean with failed Marxist-Leninism, bread lines, grey drab buildings, gulag prison camps, and the KGB demanding peoples papers and disappearing them? I don't think so. That's what Obama has in store for us.

I don't think Putin's goal is in the interest of the U.S. or its European allies.

1.) Why not?

2.) How are Obama's and the sodomite's in Brussels goals in the interest of the US and Europe? How are they any different that what you claim are Putin's goals?

35 posted on 05/05/2014 8:29:55 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: WhiskeyX

We have a brand new Russian sign up here who posts from Russia and posts only Russian propaganda and Russian defenses and arguments, outside of that he seems to have no interest in FR, or any reason to be here.


36 posted on 05/05/2014 8:51:05 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: AnonymousConservative

The ONLY thing I disagree with you about is whether or not Ukraine is in the US interests.

I define interests as economic and security. We have very, very little economic/trade interests in Ukraine. We have more interest in the Afghan Rare Earth Elements than we do in Ukraine.

I do not see a direct security threat there either. I doubt that Putin would put NATO in jeopardy. The Soviet leaders never had the balls to do that.

It will be interesting to see if this stuff shifts to the East. While China has interests in islands that are in dispute with Japan and the PI, Russia has some claims on islands there.

If we see it move to the East, then I will believe that Putin has more grandiose ideas. Until he either continues west beyond Ukraine/Moldova or East to piss off Japan...I think it is out of our national security interest.

Of course, that is a moving target these days, isn’t it?


37 posted on 05/05/2014 9:25:04 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
I didn't say anything about Obama’s goals or those of the EU. Europe, of course, is always slow to wake up to territorial aggression.

I believe that Putin is quite willing to sacrifice the well-being of the Russian people to advance his grandiose design to rebuild the old empire. The FSB is currently not all that different in the domestic sphere from the old KGB in its methods and scope.

The one area of common interest we have (or should have) with the Russians is the defeat of religious terrorists. A united front against terrorism could have been a way to strengthen relations with Russia, and we have blown that chance. And, by the way, our failure in this regard goes back to the Clinton Administration. It pre-dates Obama by many years.

38 posted on 05/05/2014 10:39:43 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg
I didn't say anything about Obama’s goals or those of the EU.

Well I did ask about it because their action precipitated this whole mess by supporting and instigating the overthrow of Russia's most important neighbor and strategic ally. Obama and the sodomite EU goals in Ukraine are a very pertinent, in fact, they are at the crux of this matter.

If I recall the old Russian Empire was a strong ally of the US for many, many years. The Russians were of vital help to us during the Civil War and WWI.

I agree we should ally with Russia against terrorists (and Globalists) but instead Uncle Scam gives advanced anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Christian slaughtering Al Qaeda foreign mercenaries to overthrow Syria.

39 posted on 05/05/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
“The Russians were of vital help to us during ... WWI.”

Russia effectively exited WWI at the beginning of the Russian Revolution, in 1917, just as we began to send troops to Europe.

“Uncle Scam gives advanced anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles to Christian slaughtering Al Qaeda foreign mercenaries to overthrow Syria.”

We've been on the wrong side of these religious conflicts since the mid-1990s, during the Clinton administration.

40 posted on 05/05/2014 1:13:00 PM PDT by riverdawg
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