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Questions relating to information used to promote a political cause or point of view, usually misleading in nature.

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How effective are statues and other monuments in changing people's political beliefs?

According to Wiki, one of the intended functions of monuments is to act as a tool for spreading political information: Monuments are also often designed to convey historical or political information, ...
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Did Iran launch & path their [counter-]attack on Israel in such a way to ensure high visibility from the ground en route?

Social media has been inundated with videos of Iranian drones and cruise missiles passing over populated centers in Iran and Iraq, en route to Israel. I'm curious if this is plausibly a deliberate ...
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What's the basis for the rumors that Macron takes cocaine? [closed]

There's a French "observer" to the Russian election who says I think Macron and Zelensky take too much cocaine, and they should stop. So, since the Zelensky angle has been covered before ...
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Seizing Russian assets [closed]

In the liberal media, one now frequently hears a droning argument that the West should seize Russian assets to further fund the Ukraine war or to provide capital for reconstruction. As well as the ...
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Are/were anti-US murals and posters in Pyongyang gone for good since 2018?

NY Post claimed in 2018: Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian ...
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Are there countries other than Russia that have their own journalistic political pranksters like Russia's Vovan and Lexus? [closed]

In Russia we have two guys pranksters Vovan & Lexus nicknames. They did prank many of famous politicians: Bush Jr., Boris Johnson, the UK defence Minister Mr Wallace, or the last one Giorgia ...
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Does social media exacerbate political meddling?

On the back of a previous (now-closed) question: What makes the West susceptible to political interference and foreign meddling? There has always been a baseline degree to which states seek to ...
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What makes the West susceptible to political interference and foreign meddling? [closed]

There's a frequently expressed sentiment that Putin has been bankrolling all the bad things in Western politics in recent years. For example: Why does Russia specifically fund far-rights in Europe? ...
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How did the long march through the institutions, as theorized by Dutschke and Gramsci, take place concretely?

How did the long march through the institutions, as theorized by Dutschke and Gramsci, take place concretely? A definition of this theory by Wikipedia: The long march through the institutions (German:...
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Why does Communist propaganda portray capitalists as wearing Ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jewish male uniforms? [closed]

Black hat, black suit, black pants, white shirt.
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Is OpenAI Anglo-Saxon propaganda? [closed]

I use OpenAI (mainly known for ChatGPT) and I like the ease of retrieving information without using Google (to skip ads and cookie consent banners). But today I noticed something strange: I just read ...
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Is Chomsky's propaganda model valid?

In the 1988 book Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Chomsky argued that corporate mass media essentially controls the minds of the general population as an alternative to ...
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Who is the target audience of Russia's October 2022 claims about dirty bombs?

In recent days (October 2022), Russia has intensified claims that Ukraine is working on 'dirty' radioactive weapons, i.e. radioactive isotopes dispersed by conventional explosives. Who is the primary (...
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It seems Russian public messaging uses false or mutually inconsistent claims, why do they use that messaging strategy?

To someone following Western media summaries of Russian public diplomacy and state-supported media, it appears that they are putting out both obviously false claims and mutually inconsistent ones, e.g....
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What does 'Donbass, whom the Ukrainian army has been bombing for the last 8 years' refer to?

Russian chess supergrandmaster Sergey Karjakin (Pro-Putin, but Ukrainian-born) says in tweets here and here to international master Kostya Kavutskiy: Have you also collected money for the residents ...
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Why are a nation's stated objectives often ignored in international politics?

The Russian State has been clear about its motivations in the recent Ukrainian conflict. Notably, its objection to NATO expansion. However, much Western media, Western discussion, and even Western ...
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Any (legal or otherwise) reasons why the US did not expect to be targeted by foreign propaganda over Internet? [closed]

When the Internet came to be and brought people from different parts of the world together, two things were apparent. That people will be exposed to propaganda/opinions prevalent in other countries, ...
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How can the satellite photos of Bucha show dead bodies weeks ago? Wouldn't the bodies decompose? [closed]

(Not sure if this should be on the biology SE; also not sure what to tag this with so feel free to edit) There are several sources claiming that bodies can be seen in Bucha before the Russian retreat, ...
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How can Ukraine's invasion end for the Russian media and how do they justify the possible scenarios? [closed]

After writing my first question I realized that I can ask another question so to have a good summary of the Russian positions in the media on the ways the invasion of Ukraine can end. How does Russian ...
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Where can I find videos of russian tv shows covering the russian invasion of Ukraine?

I was watching a tv show in my country on the matter and they showed some footages of the russian tv shows, if I remember well one of them was called "60 minutes". The focus was on the ...
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How can one efficiently find primary sources of propaganda in order to research it?

Global affairs analyst Susan Glasser encourages studying Putin's ~17 March 2022 speech in its entirety: It's really gone in the other direction. Rather than oligarchs having a say over Vladimir Putin,...
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Why are Western politicians even bothering to react to Russian claims?

Some examples of claims from Russia which Western politicians recently had to respond to: Ukraine was making nuclear weapons in Chernobyl Ukraine had biolabs working on new biological weapons Ukraine'...
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Why does Russia consider the Ukrainian elections as "invalid/stolen"?

A recent question says (among other things): In Ukraine, one claim used by Russia to justify its invasion is that the current regime is a "puppet regime", that is, the elections by which it ...
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Who are the alleged Nazis in the Ukraine government?

One of Putin's claims is that the Ukraine govermnent is made up of Nazis and these need to be removed. We could just write this off as propaganda, but even propaganda is often twisting of or being ...
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Which statements about the War in Ukraine are now criminal in Russia?

I read that the Duma in Russia has passed a law that provides for penalties of up to 15 years in prison for making certain statements about the war, for example using terms such as “attack,” “invasion,...
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Why does the US keep announcing what they think Russia is going to do in Ukraine?

There must be some motive here that I can't understand. For one I can easily think of reasons why the US wouldn't want to make public the things that they know, if not for any other reason than to ...
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Why does Germany ban RT but not France24 or Voice of America?

Germany has banned RT, apparently because it is considered to be not independent of the Russian government (Die Medienkommission sieht die Staatsferne nicht gewährleistet), which funds it directly. ...
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Is there any study that tries to quantify the impact of Russian government support for anti vaccination?

Recently, the Russian government threatened to ban YouTube if it does not reinstate two German-language channels backed by the Russian state that were deleted for violating Covid misinformation ...
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How to differentiate propaganda from actual news in a democratic country?

As I've understood, propaganda can still be produced in democratic countries, and potentially can be used to target a domestic audience. But I presume that being able to differentiate propaganda from ...
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Can propaganda be present/produced in democratic countries?

I'm used to hear opinions, that, for example, RT is "Russian propaganda" and "Global Times" is Chinese propaganda. In general, according to this point of view, propaganda is a mark ...
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Why did the US designate six more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions due to "propaganda"?

US designates six more Chinese media outlets as foreign missions US tightens rules on more Chinese media organisations, saying they are propaganda outlets for the Chinese state. Has the US given any ...
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Does Facebook have a program that regularly checks their employees' (especially their content moderator teams) political involvements?

Recently, here in the Philippines, there's news that Facebook took down an account/group/page of an organization named "Hands Off Our Children". This is an organization that fights for ...
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Is it illegal for candidates to pay a journalist to publish fake news?

Say candidate A and candidate B both want to be elected president. Then candidate A pays a journalist to publish an invented story about candidate B. For example where candidate B killed a cat. Then ...
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How did the US administration usually refer to COVID-19 before the Chinese foreign ministry started claiming the virus is of US origin?

It's been recently reported that Trump's administration (Trump himself, but also Pompeo) has been referring to COVID-19 as "China virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus" etc., emphasizing the Chinese origin of ...
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How can we objectively measure the perception of truthfulness of different governments?

Is there a way to objectively measure or compare how much people believe different governments? For example, people have accused China of a propaganda campaign to cover up the origins of COVID-19. ...
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How do totalitarian governments communicate fear while also sending the message that they are the best governments?

How could these regimes send both a message of terror, and, one of "we are the best government on Earth"? A totalitarians regime like USSR or Nazi Germany would push hard for not letting criticism ...
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Which press groups have accepted money from Qatar?

It's been reported several times that several groups, individuals and institutions have been paid off by the Qatari government for favorable press treatment in the West. For example Wikipedia has this ...
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Is there evidence that Gotabaya Rajapaksa uses politically motivated kidnappings?

This question is about the Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka presidential election candidate. Many people accuse him of being involved with kidnapping people with white vans. "White van" is a famous ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny or downplay man made climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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Couldn't Carola Rackete of Sea Watch 3 have chosen another harbor? [closed]

From the BBC: Carola Rackete was arrested at the Italian port of Lampedusa after a two-week stand-off with police at sea. Her vessel, Sea-Watch 3, was banned from docking, but it eventually ...
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Have governments used (or currently use) propaganda to undermine health in hostile countries?

Recently, there’s been claims that Russia has been fuelling anti-vaxxer sentiment in the US, and that one of the objectives is to undermine the health of the country - not the political health of the ...
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Saudi nuclear reactor "identified" in satellite images

There is a recent spate of news articles, for example, by CBC.ca: Saudi Arabia is about a year away from completing the building of its first nuclear reactor, according to Google satellite images ...
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Can "Fake News" impact an election and did it affect people in the 2016 US Election? [closed]

Can "Fake News" be used as a propaganda tool to strategically impact an elections outcome? Is it proven to change peoples mind regarding what they're voting for?
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Does Chomsky anywhere reinterpret his Propaganda Model in the light of the new media landscape?

Chomsky writes in the introduction to his book Neccessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies: The issues that arise are rooted in the nature of industrial Western democratic societies ...
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What is the Russian public's view on the US claims of interference in the 2016 US election?

Does anyone know of any rigorous study of the Russian public view on what happened in the 2016 US Presidential election? There is a wide consensus, in the US, that top members of the Russian ...
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Does the UK have anything resembling the US Foreign Agents Registration Act?

Does the UK have any laws (its own or EU-level) that require lobbying and propaganda paid by foreign sources to be disclosed as such? For example the US has the famous FARA (quoting Wikipedia's ...
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Is the "Our opponents hate America" meme new?

Every so often I come across claims by conservatives that liberals or "the left" are not merely misguided but actively "hate" America and are maliciously acting to destroy it. Some examples (found by ...
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Who is "Destiny Pictures", and has there been anything similar to this video before?

The Washington Post news article Reporters thought this video was North Korea propaganda. It came from the White House. includes a five minute video shown in Singapore immediately before the US ...
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What evidence is there that North Korea's leaders have always wanted to meet a US President?

It's been reported on a number of news channels that President Trump's meeting of North Korea's leader Kim Jun Un could be a propaganda victory for Kim Jun Un. All the reports claim that North Korea'...
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Are calls for book burnings usually made directly or indirectly?

It has happened from time to time that an emerging dictatorship would whip its followers into a frenzy to burn books. If one were to ignore the unethical part of it, it makes sense from a purely ...
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