For John, BLUF: With new media there is lot of propaganda going on, at least on the other side. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Yesterday I had a blog post titled "Weird News". It was from a web site billing itself as the EU Times and the headline was "Top US Commander Under Arrest For Refusing To Fire Nukes At Russia".
I suggested the site is, "at best, Russian propaganda". Someone I know today remarked about the publisher that she is married to a neo-Fascist. Some of you premature anti-Nazis may see this as an important distinction, but given President Vladimir Putin's approach to affairs I think he is a Fascist.
One thing we should keep in mind at this point in history is that propaganda is a big part of the Russian foreign policy arsenal. Here is an article that talks to it, "Putin’s Priorities – Propaganda over People and Even National Defense". As someone noted:
The strategic problem of Russian propaganda and influence operations has been well known to Russia watchers since the mid-2000s. Early attempts to deal with this problem were hindered by competing priorities in other parts of the world as well as budgetary factors plus the inability to devise an information strategy that would be successful. That is, recognizing the problem is one thing, figuring out what to do about it is another.But, now you know "the rest of the story."
Regards — Cliff