‘Facts don’t matter’: How Trump uses one of Putin’s favorite propaganda tools

13 Aug , 2017 Business

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President Donald Trump and his allies frequently use “whataboutism,” an age-old Russian propaganda tool.
Experts say it allows the user to deflect criticism by drawing false equivalencies and shifting the narrative.
At its core, the main purpose of “whataboutism” is to “destroy the democratic values of the truth,” one analyst said.

A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller as the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation over whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow in 2016 gained traction.

“So many people are asking why isn’t the A.G. or Special Council looking at the many Hillary Clinton or Comey crimes. 33,000 e-mails deleted?” he tweeted.

“…What about all of the Clinton ties to Russia, including Podesta Company, Uranium deal, Russian Reset, big dollar speeches etc.,” he added.

It was just one of many instances where the president has taken criticism levied against him and pointed it in someone else’s direction. In doing so, Trump is utilizing one of Russia’s oldest propaganda tools, which the Soviet Union used when its socialism was compared to other countries both inside the USSR and by the rest …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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