HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Media » Media (Group) » Misinformation campaign t...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 04:14 PM

Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor

Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor


WASHINGTON A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.

Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names.

The timeline of the activity tracks USA TODAY's reporting on the military's "information operations" program, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns that have been criticized even within the Pentagon as ineffective and poorly monitored.

For example, Internet domain registries show the website TomVandenBrook.com was created Jan. 7 just days after Pentagon reporter Tom Vanden Brook first contacted Pentagon contractors involved in the program. Two weeks after his editor Ray Locker's byline appeared on a story, someone created a similar site, RayLocker.com, through the same company.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-04-19/vanden-brook-locker-propaganda/54419654/1

3 replies, 978 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 3 replies Author Time Post
Reply Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor (Original post)
jakeXT Apr 2012 OP
drm604 Apr 2012 #1
tularetom Apr 2012 #2
annabanana Apr 2012 #3

Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 04:22 PM

1. There need to be prosecutions for this.

A message needs to be sent.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 04:24 PM

2. First time in history USA Today tackles something controversial

And the pigs start to squeal already.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to jakeXT (Original post)

Sat Apr 21, 2012, 10:02 AM

3. With the sheer level of propaganda operational in this country it is ASTOUNDING

that any of us has the slightest idea of what's going on around us.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread