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Mon Mar 9, 2020, 08:08 AM

Shutting the door after the horse has bolted to the supermarket to stockpile loo roll comes to mind.

The UK government is setting up a disinformation office to tackle Russian troll lies on social media about Covid-19, where they are trying to create as much confusion as possible, because disrupting the West is the best. Of course those who are now worried about this disinformation are the exact same people who happily used Russian disinformation to ‘fix’ the outcome of Brexit. They also told us that we should no longer trust experts, that we were tired of fact based decision making, and it worked on quite significant cohorts of the electorate. BUT these right wingers should have been more careful in their distortion of facts, cause the people that fell for that bollocks don't believe in experts anymore...

Fast forward to today and these same cohorts of the electorate are being asked to follow the advice of experts and not fall for Russian disinformation to help contain the spread of the virus.

The irony is strong with this one.
2016 – Russian disinformation good. Experts Bad.
2020 – Experts good. Russian disinformation bad.

Shutting the door after the horse has bolted to the supermarket to stockpile loo roll comes to mind.

Still at least in the UK, the government is taking the advice of the experts, rather than actively engaging with Russian disinformation like the great orange toad squatting in the White House is doing.


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