Once in a rare while the mainstream media slips up and actually reports news. In this case, buried in a May 26th Washington Post item about Jared Kushner and Russia:
“Russia at times feeds false information into communications streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among U.S. analysts.”
Let’s unpack this.
“Russia at times feeds false information”. Those are six of very powerful words that are easy to underestimate. To best understand it, imagine that you are traveling somewhere unfamiliar. Your online tool isn’t giving you good information so you resort to asking for directions at service stations. Except the people working at those service stations are deliberately misdirecting you, so further afield from where you need to be is where you find yourself. That’s essentially what the Washington Post is saying.
What are “communications streams”? The Washington Post wants the reader to connect dots to whatever official and secure communications channels might exist. Why would those be the only communications methods involved? It’s been a while since the world witnessed a serious coup d’etat. For those that remember the way a coup unfolds, one of the first thing the coup plotters take control of are the radio and television outlets. Chances are the tactic was written into Soviet doctrine given that every Soviet sponsored coup during the Cold War featured seizure of radio and television stations early on.
“Sowing misinformation and confusion.” Do we live in an era of misinformed confusion these days? Sure seems that way. The media and Democrats – but I repeat myself – seem to invent ever more convoluted schemes that explain the 2016 loss as being anything but their own fault. Investigations trudge on and on and on but no one seems to be able to articulate exactly what those investigations are expected to reveal. Not a day goes by that is any less confused than the one before it.
What if in fact Russia fed and continues to feed the Washington Post, New York Times, government leakers, Rachel Maddow, and all the rest false information thus sowing misinformation and confusion into our political process?
Perhaps it’s time the mainstream media revealed their sources so that we can verify that the emails involved aren’t attached to Russian operatives.