Propaganda

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks to press at the State Department on May 29. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul

The revamp comes as officials debate how to counter Russian and Chinese influence campaigns.

Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 election, in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. (Apu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images)

Jair Bolsonaro’s Model Isn’t Berlusconi. It’s Goebbels.

The far-right Brazilian leader isn’t just another conservative populist. His propaganda campaign has taken a page straight from the Nazi playbook.

An ice sculpture by the artistic duo Ligorano/Reese spells out the word “truth” in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 22. (Olivia Hampton/AFP/Getty Images)

The Problem Isn’t Fake News From Russia. It’s Us.

Propaganda has long affected elections around the world because publics have an appetite for it.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the press during a briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Eyes Fox News Reporter to Head Counterpropaganda Office

The troubled agency is charged with responding to Russian influence operations.

Russian anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko reacts during a press conference at Ukrainian Security Service in Kiev on May 30, 2018. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Back From the Dead: the Bizarre Story of Journalist Arkady Babchenko

By faking a journalist’s death and blaming it on Russia, Ukraine is fighting fire with fire — and setting its own house ablaze.

A man walks past a roadside poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, on Oct. 24, 2017. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s $6 Billion Propaganda Blitz Is a Snooze

Beijing’s propaganda works at home, but it can't compete globally.

A man looks at TV sets, broadcasting live the annual press conference of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in an electronics store in Moscow on Jan. 31, 2006.  (Denis Sinyakov/AFP/Getty Images)

New House Bills Take Aim at Foreign Propaganda

Two new measures try to provide Americans with greater disclosure about foreign influence.

A patient receives cupping treatment by a doctor at a Chinese medicine clinic in Hong Kong.

Is China the World Leader in Biomedical Fraud?

Xi Jinping should be promoting evidence-based medicine, not quackery.

An effigy of Iran's pre-revolution leader Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in Tehran. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

A London Television Station Has Convinced Iran the Shah Was Great

Why are young Iranians demanding the return of the Pahlavi dynasty? Media-savvy exiles in Europe.

The logo of news website BuzzFeed as seen on a computer screen in Washington on March 25, 2014. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)

DNC Subpoenaed in ‘Dossier’ Lawsuit

Media organization being sued by Russian billionaire tries a new tactic.

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Twitter Suspended Far Fewer Terrorist Accounts in First Half of 2017

The number is declining because policing efforts are improving, company says.

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Fox News Has Completed Its Transformation Into Trump TV

Who needs state-owned propaganda when the president has friends like these?

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Why Is Finland Able to Fend Off Putin’s Information War?

Helsinki has emerged as a resilient front against Kremlin spin. But can its successes be translated to the rest of Europe?

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The Case for Outcast Media

In authoritarian states, foreign-based media can be the best source of reliable information — as one exiled Azerbaijan news outlet proves.

MOSCOW, Feb. 23, 2016: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, from left to right, view the honor guard during a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 23, 2016.  Several officials of the Russian government attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the eternal flame to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day here on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Dai Tianfang via Getty Images)

New Evidence Strengthens Guccifer 2.0’s Russian Connections

Researchers poke yet another hole in Moscow's disinformation campaign.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin caresses a Persian leopard cub as he visits the Persian leopard breeding and rehabilitation centre in the National Park in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on February 4, 2014. A leopard was announced  in 2011 to be one of the official mascots of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Perhaps the most important vote in Russia's public selection of a new Olympic mascot was cast when Vladimir Putin said he wanted a funky leopard to represent the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL / ALEXEI NIKOLSKY        (Photo credit should read ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Moscow Brings Its Propaganda War to the United States

From Ukraine to Germany, Russia has been meddling with elections for years. Now it’s trying to destroy Hillary.

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Suppressing Extremist Speech: There’s an Algorithm for That!

A GOP operative and an academic are teaming up to go after the Islamic State online, but Silicon Valley isn’t buying it.

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Why Europe Is Right to Fear Putin’s Useful Idiots

The Kremlin’s support for right-wing parties is no game. It’s trying to subvert the European idea.

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