ToDaZeD Classic Vocabulary


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  1. SoS Clinton leaked classified information everywhere. Press: Yawn.

    And we’re supposed to believe the Media, who loathes President Trump, when they claim the President gave out classified material to Russia.

    The same media who keeps flogging the “Russians stole the election” lie.

    Comment by Blake — May 16, 2017 @ 7:26 am

  2. Claire,
    I think the word you’re looking for is disinformation (dezinformatsiya дезинформация).

    Used to be that the commie-lovin’ press avoided mentioning its existence as a Soviet strategy against the West.
    Now, it’s all dezinformatsiya-this and dezinformatsiya-that with the Russians and Trump.

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — May 16, 2017 @ 8:42 am

  3. Somewhere in the White House wood pile there resides a……Oh never mind.

    Comment by bogsidebunny — May 16, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  4. ” disinformation (dezinformatsiya дезинформация).” MSM has adopted it as their own.

    Comment by JimB — May 16, 2017 @ 9:07 am

  5. MSM has always admired Communism so I guess it stands to reason they would become Pravda West.

    Comment by Blake — May 16, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  6. I’m not sure of the noun, but the verb for doing it is “Abu Ghraibing“.
    The NY Times perfected the method publishing a front-page, above the fold story every day for more than a month about Abu Ghraib.
    None of the stories gave you any new information, or even any information, all they did was talk about how the World Was Weeping Over Bush’ Illegal War For Oil!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Veeshir — May 16, 2017 @ 11:34 am

  7. DM. I thot there was a really specific word for the campaign to undermine credibility in media and .gov…?

    yanno, If I had a memory, I could be quite interesting…
    *shuffles off kicking dust*

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — May 16, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

  8. I found it ironic (the MSM and their moron followers don’t do irony) that the WAPo had the gall to ask for a transcript of the meeting where, according to them, highly classified information was discussed.
    How and when did they get their Top Secret (Yankee White) clearances?

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — May 16, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

  9. According to Drudge, the wapo “staff” or traitorous vermin (whichever you prefer) cheered with this latest hit on the President. And they wonder why the American People absolutely despise them and wish ill will upon them – for real.

    Comment by bo1921 — May 16, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

  10. Claire ^7
    Y’mean “active measures,” the Soviet political warfare doctrine?
    It included all subversive political activities: disinformation, propaganda, counterfeiting official documents, assassinations, political repression, the establishment and support of international front organizations, foreign communist, socialist and opposition parties, wars of national liberation, and underground, revolutionary, insurgency, criminal, and terrorist groups.

    Also loosely associated is maskirovka, military deception.

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — May 16, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

  11. maskirovka, yes, that was the term. I think I learned it from reading Tom Clancy novels many years ago. I was thinking “peristroika”, but knew that wasn’t it.

    How times change! Used to know a fair number of words in Russian. Forgotten most. Now I now several dozen Arabic ones. Know your enemy, I guess.

    Comment by drew458 — May 16, 2017 @ 7:16 pm

  12. Found it! I was looking for Kompromat

    …as discussed here

    Also here [NYT]:

    In fact, kompromat is more than an individual piece of damaging information: It is a broader attempt to manufacture public cynicism and confusion in ways that target not just one individual but an entire society.

    …Specific leaks may take aim at powerful individuals, but in the longer term, kompromat serves the interests of the powerful, which is why it is often a tool of autocrats. By eroding the very idea of a shared reality, and by spreading apathy and confusion among a public that learns to distrust leaders and institutions alike, kompromat undermines a society’s ability to hold the powerful to account and ensure the proper functioning of government.

    …Kompromat is “a very cheap and easy way for the regime to demonstrate its power, and to harass people in a very visible way,”…

    That was a danger and a deterrent for the young activists she spoke to. But individual targets of kompromat are not its only victims, Professor Pearce said. It also harms society by diminishing public trust.

    … “often deliberately blended accurate and forged details” to sow distrust and confusion.

    Public trust [can become] so eroded that lies were equally capable of destroying the honest and rehabilitating the criminal.

    And what do people do?

    “There’s no reliable truth to rest upon,” … “Every piece of information you get is ‘possibly true, possibly false.’”

    Degrading that trust can be deeply damaging. [People] saw the world through a lens that I began to call the “prudent hypothetical.” They reacted to all information, whether from official sources or thirdhand rumors, as if it might be true. I came to realize that it was a self-protective impulse, a way to prepare for any potential outcome in an unpredictable, unreliable world.

    …But they were also careful not to rely on that information, lest it turn out to be a fabrication. They trusted only the facts they had verified themselves, and only the people to whom they had close personal ties.

    To smear a president, undermine a judge or sow distrust in an institution or process, all someone needs to do is create a set of documents salacious enough to attract discussion, persuade some corner of the web to publish them and then wait for the resulting controversy [or MSM blood-in-the-water feeding frenzy -- e~C] to be reported as news.

    …“there was no such thing as truth, only a battle of opinions proffered by different actors, each of whom strives to be loudest.”

    sound familiar?
    Teh Iron is Strong in this one….

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — May 17, 2017 @ 7:42 am

  13. ^ Ahhhh, thanks for that.
    [fires librarian]

    Comment by DougM (flawed) — May 17, 2017 @ 1:12 pm

  14. ….the rabbit hole just got bigger and deeper!

    Comment by TN Volunteer — May 17, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

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