#1476 The Disinformation War We Are Not Fighting

Air Date: 3–16-2022

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Today we take a look at the dynamics of mis- and disinformation as well as the history of those, primarily Russia, who are actively using it as a weapon of information warfare against the US, The West, and democracies around the world.

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Ch. 1: Are you Disinformed or Misinformed? - Harvard Data Science Review Podcast - Air Date 6-17-21

In this episode, Harvard Data Science Review digs into the world of disinformation and misinformation, and the difference between them. Is the weaponization of both a new phenomenon or is history repeating itself?

Ch. 2: Moving beyond news deserts and misinformation - Democracy Works - Air Date 2-14-22

Victor Pickard is the C. Edwin Baker Professor of Media Policy and Political Economy at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society.

Ch. 3: Why "Cheap Speech" Threatens Democracy - Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick - Air Date 3-5-22

Election denialism and disinformation threaten the integrity of U.S. elections, but what can we do about this growing crisis? Dahlia talks to Rick Hasen about his new book Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics–and How to Cure It.

Ch. 4: The Firehose of Falsehood Effect - The Propwatch Project - Air Date 4-4-21

Dr. Christopher Paul, senior social scientist of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, discusses his seminal work on the "Firehose of Falsehood" propaganda model, going through its key components and explaining how each exploits facets of human heuristics.

Ch. 5: The long history of Russian disinformation targeting the U.S. - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 11-22-18

From Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies, “fake news” has become a noxious presence in public discourse, especially since the 2016 presidential election. A recent New York Times video series explores the long history of Russian disinformation

Ch. 6: Post-Truth: Lee C. McIntyre - Future Hindsight - Air Date 5-14-20

Authoritarians use post-truth to corrupt our faith in the truth. The end goal is not to make citizens believe lies, but to make them so cynical and uncertain, they think they can never know the truth.


Ch. 9: Inside Estonia's approach in combating Russian disinformation - PBS NewsHour - Air Date 1-15-22

Russian disinformation is rife in countries formerly ruled from Moscow. Some ex-Soviet states have tried to suppress it altogether by banning Russian television stations and even limiting the use of the Russian language on their own domestic channels.


Ch. 10: Seeking power from the right and left - Alex from Maryland Old


Ch. 12: Final comments on avoiding the nihilism strategy of the Underpants Gnomes


Media Literacy Now - Advocate for U.S. Media Literacy Bills at State Level (See Existing Media Literacy Bills and Laws)

Tools to Fight Disinformation:


List: Tools That Fight Disinformation Online (RAND.org)

InVID - Browser plug in to help identify and verify shared videos and images

Hamilton 2.0 Dashboard - War in Ukraine (Disinformation tracker)

Orgs Fighting Disinformation:

Project Origin

Content Authenticity Initiative

Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity

News Literacy Project

Alliance for Securing Democracy


Short Docuseries: Operation InfeKtion (New York Times)

Book: “The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread” by Calin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall

Video Series: Crash Course Media Literacy

Training: First Draft News - Training

Written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Description: In graphic form, the word "TRUTH" is angled and textured in red. A magnifying glass hovers over most of the letter "U" and the word "LIES" can be seen repeated in rows through the circular glass.

Credit: Original design on Pixabay / Changes: angled, text color, background color / Final by Amanda Hoffman


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  • Jay Tomlinson
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