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Month: March 2016

Clinton did not admit to taking a bribe from Bush to fund Iraq War

Clinton did not admit to taking a bribe from Bush to fund Iraq War

TL;DR Summary Hillary Clinton is accused of admitting to taking a political bribe from President Bush. It’s framed as a question to raise suspicion, without having to be true. Snopes says the claim is FALSE. This was shared into my FB and Twitter feeds today. This works as propaganda merely because it fits the narrative the target wants to believe is true, so it is quickly Liked and Shared. It successfully raises doubts about Clinton and transfers dislike for Bush…

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1 in 7 Americans do not go to bed hungry every night

1 in 7 Americans do not go to bed hungry every night

TL;DR Summary False, yet these posters are used by huge charities to raise “awareness” and funds Relies on a survey that measured “Food insecurity” (not the same as hunger-see below), and leaped from 1 in 7 experienced “food insecurity” at least once in a year to the fictional claim that “1 in 7 people already go to bed hungry”. The assertion that 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry is false. Canadian reporter Daniel Gardner found similar false claims…

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Obama not attending First Lady Funeral is not unprecedented; social media poster is similarly ridiculous

Obama not attending First Lady Funeral is not unprecedented; social media poster is similarly ridiculous

TL;DR Summary Conservative media said that  President Obama not attending the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan is unprecedented or wrong; it is neither. Defenders of Obama published this propaganda poster on social media but cherry picked the data to draw you to their desired conclusion. Why is the death of Jacqueline Kennedy omitted?

Logic will get you from A to B” – Einstein

Logic will get you from A to B” – Einstein

TL;DR Summary This poster comes through my FB feed frequently: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you Everywhere”-Albert Einstein. There is no evidence that Einstein ever said this. These “popular sayings” posters appear often, tend to contain fictional quotes or quotes out of context, or quotes attributed to the wrong person. From a propaganda perspective, they use appeal to authority or celebrity endorsement, but they often advocate nothing in particular. At best, they may be…

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“Like Farming” on Facebook used to expose you to malicious ads and downloads

“Like Farming” on Facebook used to expose you to malicious ads and downloads

Scammers are posting innocuous posts on Facebook designed to “go viral”. Such posts usually appeal to your emotions, condemn some outrageous example of government bureaucracy, or ask if you can solve some problem that others perhaps cannot. All are using your fast acting System 1 thinking mode to get you to like and share. Remember: Liking and sharing are virtually the same thing on Facebook – both result in the post being shared into your time line for your friends…

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