The anonymous website PropOrNot.com claims that they have analyzed alternative media websites and identified 200 sites which act as useful idiots for Russian-government propaganda.
The Washington Post and many other mainstream media have trumpeted PropOrNot as evidence of a vast conspiracy of American and foreign alternative media as spreading Russian propaganda.
PropOrNot claims that they use scientific methods to identify the sites, providing the following diagram as an illustration of their analysis:
We asked a former top NSA official and computer expert – Thomas Drake – to look at the diagram and PropOrNot’s website.
Drake is a decorated Air Force and Navy veteran, who has been awarded numerous medals including:
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Air Medal
- Air Force Commendation Medal
Drake was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service.
With a strong technical background in surveillance and computers, Drake was one of the top NSA executives, and was Senior Change Leader within the NSA.
Drake was also one America’s top government experts on Stasi Germany … so he knows a thing or two about propaganda.
To get a sense of who Drake is, watch this PBS interview.
When asked to analyze PropOrNot and its diagram, Drake told Washington’s Blog:
It’s a prop for a disinfo op in order to serve a manufactured narrative.
Remember what Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda under the Nazi regime, said about propaganda (among a number of things):
The propaganda “must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans” and the propaganda must also “specify the targets for hatred.”
All part of the ‘rules’ of propaganda.
The diagram is far too artificially symmetrical and overly simplistic. It’s unidimensional manufactured evidence to create a certain narrative by positing faux scientific methodology that makes it appear legit, yet is really fake.
Postscript: We will add the comments of other top experts as we receive them.