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RECOMMENDED READING: “Pro-Kremlin Media On Us Elections: From Amplifying Disinformation To Influencing The Perception Of The Vote”

November 26th, 2020 14:30

The EUvs­Dis­in­fo project has post­ed an analy­sis of pro-Russ­ian media report­ing indi­cat­ing that its claimed US democ­ra­cy is an illu­sion, that the elec­tion was fraud­u­lent, and thus that the US has no right to lec­ture oth­ers about human rights or democ­ra­cy. The report begins:

Novem­ber 24, 2020 Fol­low­ing the US Elec­tion Day, pro-Krem­lin media claimed that the US democ­ra­cy is an illu­sion, elec­tion was fraud­u­lent, and thus the US has no right to lec­ture oth­ers about human rights or democ­ra­cy. This is the sec­ond part of a series of arti­cles about pro-Krem­lin medi­a’s cov­er­age on US elec­tion. Since Elec­tion Day, fringe pro-Krem­lin out­lets have moved away from ampli­fy­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion about the vote and instead focused on influ­enc­ing the pub­lic per­cep­tion of the vote and of its pur­port­ed consequences.The clear­est demon­stra­tion of this shift in mes­sag­ing between Octo­ber 29 and Novem­ber 12 is the abrupt dis­ap­pear­ance of unfound­ed claims about Biden fam­i­ly’s cor­rup­tion, which was cov­ered heav­i­ly by pro-Krem­lin media pri­or the elec­tions. Anoth­er sign is the del­uge of items repeat­ing claims that the elec­tion result was either obtained through bla­tant fraud or is yet to be determined.

Read the rest here.

In late Octo­ber, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed on a study that described the themes prop­a­gat­ed by Russ­ian state-backed media as follows:

Russ­ian state-backed media such as Rus­sia Today, Sput­nik, or TASS focused on four key themes: the sad state of U.S. polit­i­cal cul­ture, crit­i­cism of the U.S. media, divi­sions in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic par­ty, and Trump’s refusal to con­demn white suprema­cy. Also, the issue of Russ­ian inter­fer­ence pro­vid­ed an open­ing to ham­mer the U.S. for its alleged “Rus­so­pho­bia.”

GIOR  report­ed ear­li­er this month that RT (for­mer­ly Rus­sia Today) had respond­ed to the US Pres­i­den­tial elec­tions results by post­ing an OpEd sug­gest­ing that “US democ­ra­cy real­ly is in its death throes.”