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Initiative seeks to challenge Trump's online megaphone
The Washington Post ^ | Isaac Stanley-Becker

Posted on 05/02/2020 12:20:28 PM PDT by bitt

A new Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is planning to deploy technology originally developed to counter Islamic State propaganda in service of a domestic political goal - to combat online efforts to promote President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president's claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country - in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president.

The initiative reflects fears within the Democratic Party that Trump's unwavering digital army may help sustain him through the pandemic, as it has through past controversies, even as the economy craters, tens of thousands have died, and Trump suffers in the polls.

"It's often said campaigns are a battle of ideas, but they're really a battle of narratives," said David Eichenbaum, a Democratic media consultant who is a senior adviser to the PAC. "Today those narratives spread quickly online."

The initiative is run by Curtis Hougland, whose received initial funding for the technology from DARPA, the Pentagon's research arm, as part of an effort to combat extremism overseas. He insists Democrats are ill-prepared for the looming battle over information and attention, which is bound to play an outsize role in November.

Hougland cites as an example Trump's suggestion last week that injecting bleach or other household disinfectants could be a treatment for the novel coronavirus - a moment that appeared unequivocally damaging to the president but was less clear-cut as it unfolded on social media. Although the episode was associated with a spike

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1 posted on 05/02/2020 12:20:28 PM PDT by bitt
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2 posted on 05/02/2020 12:20:43 PM PDT by bitt (Much of our culture is intended to traumatize us, as traumatized people are easily controlled)
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A tool to spread disinformation to counter the President?

Truly, this is what Orwell envisioned when he wrote 1984.


3 posted on 05/02/2020 12:23:21 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org)
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To: bitt

They’re just copying Chinese techniques.


4 posted on 05/02/2020 12:26:25 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: bitt

Special Forces Association Rips Patraeus, McCrystal For Gun Control Betrayal
6/27/2016, 12:42:37 PM · by rktman · 24 replies
bearingarms.com ^ | 6/27/2016 | Bob Owens
An influential veterans group is blasting some of their former brass for taking positions that many feel are a violation of their oaths to protect the Constitution. The Special Forces Association forcefully rebuked calls for more gun control from both former CIA director and CENTCOM commander David Petraeus and retired Army general Stanley McChrystal. SFA is a 52 year old national organization composed of members who once served in the U.S. Special Forces. The organization drew up a membership resolution at their annual convention in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, confirming prior statements of continued support of the U.S. “Constitution and...


5 posted on 05/02/2020 12:34:01 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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" "Today those narratives spread quickly online."

Here is the results of those narratives which have left many of us confused....President Trump's words have been and continue to be twisted...the success of hydroxychloroquine when taken early, does indeed help Covin-19 patients among other now weaponized coronavirus aids.

(thank you MSM)

6 posted on 05/02/2020 12:34:55 PM PDT by yoe (Want to HELP the Slave Trade and Drug Cartels in USA? Vote for a democrat........)
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A retired General attacking the CiC?

Maybe it’s time to yank his ass out of retirement to help peel the potatoes.


7 posted on 05/02/2020 12:35:38 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: bitt

The left is not fighting the disease, the left is fighting the president.


8 posted on 05/02/2020 12:36:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Joe Biden- “First thing I’d do is repeal those Trump tax cuts.” (May 4th, 2019))
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To: Gene Eric

"Killing generals could get to be a habit with me."

9 posted on 05/02/2020 12:38:12 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: exDemMom
I always disliked this obama suck-ass. He's got his head buried deep inside the deep states ass. It's no wonder we don't win wars when we have generals like this clown. How do you go from Patton to an ass kisser like Mcrystal?
10 posted on 05/02/2020 12:41:25 PM PDT by Rdct29 (Democrats are the new Nazi's. They think they deserve total control over the people)
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To: bitt

Trying to control the narrative.


11 posted on 05/02/2020 12:42:52 PM PDT by Lisbon1940 (No full-term Governors (at the time of election))
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To: bitt

Wow, Stalin would be so proud of these people.


12 posted on 05/02/2020 12:44:27 PM PDT by FenwickBabbitt
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Who the heck is "Curtis Hoagland?"

The initiative is run by Curtis Hougland

13 posted on 05/02/2020 12:45:36 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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IOW, left wing propaganda.


14 posted on 05/02/2020 12:49:09 PM PDT by Petrosius
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3.4 million influencers across the country - in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president.

Ah, "influencers." So THAT is the liberal code word for propagandists these days.

15 posted on 05/02/2020 12:49:30 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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“Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal”

Typical example of the leftist, globalist, MBA, JFK School of Government, Constitution hating pussies we call “General” today.

They want the childlike life of a military base for all of America. You also find them infesting HOAs


16 posted on 05/02/2020 12:49:45 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: bitt
A US military general involved in propaganda against the American people. Isn't that just too precious for words.

What is he going to do that the lame stream has not already done. Does he think they aren't loud enough? Or subversive enough? Or anti-Trump enough? Does he think they aren't telling enough lies? Or are they telling the wrong kinds of lies?

Please let us know what the right kinds of lies are so we can decide whether we agree with you.

PS. Stan. You're a famous General from Afghanistan, right? Just checking, that means you beat the terrorists, right? Oh, you didn't? ISIS was too tough for your propaganda machine, but Trump defeated it? Maybe you should think about that.

Or maybe you should just try being a patriot for a change, General, instead of an entitled deepstater. Just a thought.

17 posted on 05/02/2020 12:50:40 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: exDemMom

Didn’t McChrystal lie out his butt about Pat Tillman’s death? A perfect candidate to spread the left’s propaganda.


18 posted on 05/02/2020 12:50:49 PM PDT by laconic (President)
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To: bitt

The author is the same one that wrote this drivel:

The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping
4/22/2020, 9:30:49 AM · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
The Washington Post via SFGate ^ | April 22, 2020 | by Isaac Stanley-Becker and Tony Romm
The ads on Facebook sounded populist and passionate: “The people are rising up against these insane shutdowns,” they said. “We’re fighting back to demand that our elected officials reopen America.” But the posts, funded by an initiative called “Convention of States,” were not the product of a grass-roots uprising alone. Instead, they represented one salvo in a wide-ranging and well-financed conservative campaign to undermine restrictions that medical experts say are necessary to contain the coronavirus - but that protesters call overkill and whose economic fallout could damage President Trump’s political prospects. A network of right-leaning individuals and groups, aided by...


19 posted on 05/02/2020 12:52:46 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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“Ah, “influencers.” So THAT is the liberal code word for propagandists these days”

That guy that got the rona licking a toilet seat was an “influencer”.


20 posted on 05/02/2020 12:53:39 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised but It Will Be Livestreamed)
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