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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Some of the top journalists covering misinformation today look less like reporters and more like cyber investigators, combining new technologies with old-school journalism principles to outsmart the trolls working to undermine them ahead of the 2020 election.

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They are the trolls ...

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-09-17 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris

I almost thought you bought into the anti-media troll propaganda there for a minute.

Yes they are talking about the trolls they hunt down and troll methodology. You have to out smart the trolls to collect info.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-09-17 05:00 PM | Reply

The article is a playbook of tactics used by the DNC controlled MSM.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-17 09:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#3 ... The article is a playbook of tactics used by the DNC controlled MSM. ...

How so?

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-17 11:19 PM | Reply

How so?
#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

1. Viral sloganeering: Repacking talking points so they go viral, such as "Jobs not Mobs."
"Children in cages", "Concentration camps", "white supremacist/ nazi/fascist authoritarian regime"

2. Leak forgery: Sharing forged media documents to prompt spectacle. The report authors note that leaks have been normalized in the wake of Edward Snowden and Wikileaks.
"top WH officials report chaos!", "According to high ranking officials", "WH aides confounded by confusion!"

3. Evidence collaging: Combining information from different, often not-credible sources, into an easily shareable social image that looks like fact-based evidence for hoaxes or conspiracies theories.
Kavanaugh, Russian collusion, Putin's puppet, high crimes and misdemeanors, emoluments clause, Avenati-Stormy- campaign finance, Russian server in Trump Tower

4. Keyword squatting: Strategically making keywords go viral by using automation (bots) to spread misinformation from sock-puppet accounts.
Little hands, 12,000 lies, Never Trump, Impeach Now, Not My President, Zed's Applesauce

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-09-17 11:59 PM | Reply

--Little hands, 12,000 lies, Never Trump, Impeach Now, Not My President, Zed's Applesauce

Zed's applesauce. lol

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-09-18 12:05 AM | Reply

@#5

Your citations do not negate the article, but enforce it.

Thanks for helping. ;)

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-18 12:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

LOL, after the NYT debacle on Kavanaugh, this article is nothing more than self aggrandizement at its worst.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-18 12:28 AM | Reply

@#8 ... LOL, after the NYT debacle on Kavanaugh ...

Yup, the NYT blew it big time. And they admitted it.

They said they blew it.

The first step to correcting a problem is acknowledging that the problem occurred.

So please tell me when, say, Fox News or Breitbart, makes a reporting error and actually publishes an admission of that error. I've been reading those sites and, frankly, I've not seen any retraction or admission of their errors.

I've seen errors in the reporting of Fox News, yet they never admitted it.

So I really have to ask, what's yer point here?


#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-18 12:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

LOL, the NYT issued a "correction" and have been trying to justify their "reporting" while all their competitors rub their noses in it. That is hardly an admission.

As for Fox and Breitbart, I don't read them, but I am glad that you are upholding the longstanding DR Left tradition of being obsessed with them.

Write a letter to their editors and ask why you have never seen a retraction.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-09-18 12:59 AM | Reply

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@#10 ... the NYT issued a "correction" ...

Yes they did. They corrected the errors in their reporting.

Thank you for acknowledging that.

... you are upholding the longstanding DR Left ...

I've been called a lot of things. As a former Republican, I am more than a bit surprised that you dub me as "DR Left" in an apparent attempt to gainsay my comment.

I would have expected a better level of rebuttal in your comments.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-18 01:12 AM | Reply

How reporters outsmart the internet trolls

Goatman the Troll should allover this thread like white on rice.

#12 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-09-18 07:22 AM | Reply

Reports are just like Internet trolls. The only difference between the two is that reporters are paid to do their job by catering to the side that the person who signs their paychecks wants them to cater to. If you think any differently, you are probably a troll in some manner.

#13 | Posted by humtake at 2019-09-18 12:35 PM | Reply

Of course the righty trolls show up to display their ignorance of their own trolldom.

You tools are set on that lifestyle you can't do anything else.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2019-09-18 12:59 PM | Reply

"no obligation to be honest" Standard for Rs these days. "Alternate facts" don't ya know. Sigh.

#15 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2019-09-18 01:23 PM | Reply

Partisan trolls are the lowest form of scum.

#16 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-09-18 02:35 PM | Reply

LMAO at everyone of you trying to discredit these reporters and researchers. They use intelligence gathering techniques.

In regard to #5 | Posted by SheepleSchism

You are correct about some things but there are a few things. First you conflated some of the actions with techniques. Second, the right is who has perfected these things...

1 - Sloganeering has been around since Ancient Greece. Today's speed of communication makes "viral" sloganeering possible - armies of bots go a LONG way on this. They say "Fight fire with fire" for a reason. Trying to recapture some of the more simple minds that get stuck on these things...

2 - Leaks were normalized decades ago - Pentagon Papers mean anything to you? They have been omnipresent since then. Leaking's a SOP for politicians in general. How often has the Press Secretary been the anonymous source and told reporters to quote an anonymous source - including Sanders. Besides, if you didn't note recently someone is being charged because they didn't follow the proper leak procedure... As for forgery I don't see it as a left thing at this time - right and foreign powers only...

3 - Evidence Collaging - I get it but I really don't see it on the left but it sure is easy to see on the right. Pizzagate. Sandy Hook Conspiracy. 9/11 the inside job. Shall I go on? I know what you will say but I don't see it on the left. Sure it's nice to have all the facts but that is the problem with the Mueller report in general - they basically said we don't have all the facts but this is what we conclude based on the facts we do have.

4 - "Keyword squatting: Strategically making keywords go viral by using automation (bots) to spread misinformation from sock-puppet accounts" SOP for the Russian influence campaign and others. Problem with your argument is it doesn't require bots on the left because it isn't made up - it just happens one way or another... BTW - how many bot accounts were left leaning? Didn't you ever read about how they landed where they did with these influence campaigns? Focusing on the negative and fear is what works. Articles out there about it...

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-09-18 03:17 PM | Reply

"How Reporters Outsmart the Internet Trolls"

this is easy

just go outside

the know-it-all-all-the-time cult here on the DR has not seen the sun, or their own ------, for years.

#18 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-09-18 03:23 PM | Reply

LOL, after the NYT debacle on Kavanaugh, this article is nothing more than self aggrandizement at its worst.

#8 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Seth Rich.

The lawsuit against Fox News was just put back on for this one.

Also, did Trump ever find Obama's birth certificate? He was on Fox News talking about it so many times, I'm confused as to why it hasn't been produced.

The best you have with the Kavanaugh story is one of the alleged victims saying she doesn't remember it and refuses to be interviewed. After what they did to Ford, I don't blame her.

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-09-18 06:38 PM | Reply

The fake left whang news are the trolls. They are now using page 2 from the troll book, the strategy is the same as their followers here use.
the "NO YOU"! Deflection.

#20 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2019-09-19 01:23 PM | Reply

I've seen errors in the reporting of Fox News, yet they never admitted it.
So I really have to ask, what's yer point here? - #9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-18 12:54 AM

There is none so blind as who chooses to not see (or google or bing or whatever)

www.google.com
www.bing.com
(How is bing a better source of Fox retractions that Google is?)

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-09-19 01:52 PM | Reply

What reporter and news agency covered Seth Rich's murder in depth? I don't recall. Why didn't the "muggers" take his wallet?

#22 | Posted by mutant at 2019-09-19 04:26 PM | Reply

#22

You don't recall it being considered a "botched" mugging? In that the victim ended up dead instead of mugged? When the intent to mug someone escalates, unintentionally, to the result of murder, the original intent very well may be overcome by fear of the present reality. In that, a serial mugger is now a murderer; original intent easily forgotten through shock and fear regarding repurcussions associated with the immediate criminal act.

That's really not so far fetched, yet you bring up Seth Rich story in the conspiratorial context. To which, recent Court decision allows Rich's family to sue Fox News for propagating the exact conspiracy theory you allude to. Hence, it's solely the fact that Rich's wallet was not taken that underlies the "factual basis" for the conspiracy; a very weak leg for the conspiracy to stand on. Even with it, said context does not bolster the probability of the conspiracy to be true.

Yet here you are, beating dead horses as though doing so just might produce glue.

#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-09-19 05:08 PM | Reply

If I had just murdered a man, the last thing I would want to do is walk around with his wallet.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-09-19 05:10 PM | Reply

Dodgers are a lame baseball team. And also the previous two posters.

#25 | Posted by mutant at 2019-09-19 05:23 PM | Reply

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