Western media keep breaking the same story of Russia’s paid Internet trolls over and over again. In all these stories, however, the rather glaring fact that the US has a long-documented history of manipulating social media is not mentioned once.
Extra! Update June 2000
CNN got nervous when reports in European publications (Amsterdam’s Trouw, 2/21/00, 2/25/00; Intelligence Newsletter, 2/17/00) revealed that PSYOPS (Psychological Operations) specialists from the U.S. Army had worked as interns at the cable network’s Atlanta news headquarters. The program was terminated after its existence was revealed in Trouw, and network president Eason Jordan appeared on Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! (3/24/00) to play down its significance. But it was only after hundreds of media activists, responding to a March 27 FAIR action alert, wrote to CNN asking for an explanation that the media giant issued a formal statement acknowledging that the intern […]