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Interpol denies issuing red notices for Donald Trump, U.S. officials, as Iran claimed

By Polygraph Press TVIranian state TV channel“A senior Iranian judge says INTERPOL Red Notices have been issued for the prosecution of dozens of military and political officials of the United States, including President Donald Trump, on charges of planning and implementing a terrorist attack in the Iraqi capital that assassinated Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani and his companions.”Source: Press TV, June 29, 2020FALSE On June 29, the Iranian state news

Trump’s antifa tweet: conflation and confusion

By Polygraph Donald TrumpU.S. President“The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”Source: Twitter, May 31, 2020MISLEADING Protests erupted in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 after the video the arrest and death of African American George Floyd spread across social platforms and the news media. Peaceful demonstrations in cities across the country sometimes turned violent and destructive, with buildings and vehicles crashed and on fire from Texas to

Russian radicals turn Trump into a hero of the “Holy War”

By Kseniya Kirillova, for Byline Times Kseniya Kirillova explores how the more extreme Coronavirus conspiracy theories emanating from Russia are created for export to US Ultra Conservatives.  the first half of April, BBC News prepared material that described various conspiracy theories on the origin of the Coronavirus put forward by the state Russian media. In particular, the journal of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, and the publication of the Ministry of

Russia seasons escalating Trump-Iran tensions with disinfo

By Polygraph SputnikRussian government news agency“On the night of January 8, Iran launched a missile strike on the American military infrastructure in Iraq. The number of victims of this attack was not disclosed.” Source: Sputnik, April 22, 2020 False Sputnik recycled thoroughly debunked Iranian disinformation On April 22, Russia’s state-owned Sputnik news agency published a commentary about U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet announcing his order to destroy any Iranian gunboats

Are there 19 coronaviruses? Correcting a Trump adviser

By Polygraph Kellyanne ConwayWhite House adviser“This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks. You would think that people charged with the World Health Organization facts and figures would be on top of that.” Source: Fox News, April 15, 2020 False There is only one COVID-19. In defense of President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway implied that the WHO had 18 prior

Coronavirus in Russia: Independent journalists call the bluff

By EU vs Disinfo For good reasons, independent Russian journalists are in a better position than many others to see through the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns. What has been the response of Russian fact-checking journalists to recent messages about the coronavirus in Kremlin-controlled media? And are we beginning to see changes in the way the disinformation is perceived in Russia? Scientists, Putin, the EU and sanctions The Insider is a Russian

Russian lawmaker: ‘Trump did not understand the significance of Soleimani’

By Fatima Tlis, for Polygraph Elena PaninaRussian lawmaker“In this situation, we cannot exclude that the American military and intelligence agencies took advantage of the story of the disturbances near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq in their corporate interests and simply framed Donald Trump, who did not fully understand the significance of the figure of Qassem Soleimani, who has the status of a national hero in Iran.” Source: RIA.ru, Jan. 3,

Native Americans and the threat of computational propaganda

By Saiph Savage, Eber Betanzos and Amy Ruckes, for Disinfo Portal Disruptive social media accounts are appropriating images related to Native Americans and exploiting them through computational propaganda. Online accounts are weaponizing Native names and concepts to create divisive content to troll politicians and promote a particular political agenda. This online propaganda is likely influencing electoral participation, encouraging social division, and inflaming protests. Despite the growth of this type of

Trusting the news media in the Trump era

By Jeffrey Gottfried, Galen Stocking, Elizabeth Grieco, Mason Walker, Maya Khuzam and Amy Mitchell, for Pew Research Center Partisan dynamics overshadow other factors in Americans’ evaluations of the news media It is no secret that, in an information environment characterized by deep tensions between President Donald Trump and national news organizations, Americans are divided in their trust of the news media. A new Pew Research Center exploration of more than

The Trump-Putin summit was a win for Russia. Why aren’t they celebrating?

By Sarah Manney, July 25, 2018 After last weekend’s summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, widely held in the West as a blow to American global leadership but hailed by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as “better than super,”[1] one would expect the Kremlin to be “having caviar,” in the words for American Senator Bob Corker.[2] Indeed, presenters on Russian state television seemed as bewildered as their

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