Jennifer Cohn ✍🏻 📢
Tue Feb 02 23:18:35 +0000 2021

Sidney Powell's "experts" were almost laughably lame. Her "military expert" code-named "Spyder" was a guy named Josh who never worked in military intelligence. Her intelligence expert was a pro-Trump podcaster named Maras who misappropriated $$$ she raised for the homeless. 1/

More on Sidney Powell's lame experts, including the guy w/ a doctorate who confused Michigan & Minnesota & thus combined their data together to "mistakenly" claim that more than 100% of registered voters had voted. And the other doctorate who didn't know Dominion from ES&S 2/

Altho Fox & others retracted some of this misinformation, propagandists know that first impressions are very difficult to eradicate. Unless the corrective info is repeated as often & w/ greater clarity than the lie, people tend to revert back to their initial faulty beliefs. 3/

4/ More examples of the firehouse of falsehoods that fueled the #StopTheSteal campaign - including several bogus videos that went viral—are discussed in the clip in post 3. There were many channels pumping out misinformation on behalf of Trump, just like the Kremlin model.

5/ "The Russian 'Firehose of Falsehood' Propaganda Model" by @RANDCorporation

6/ “We characterize the contemporary Russian model for propaganda as “the firehose of falsehood” because of two of its distinctive features: high numbers of channels and messages and a shameless willingness to disseminate partial truths or outright fictions.”

7/ “In the words of one observer, ‘[N]ew Russian propaganda entertains, confuses and overwhelms the audience.’”

8/ Because of this firehose of falsehoods, no one is talking about how the GOP killed the #SAFEAct election-security bill or how Trump's corrupt Post Master General kneecapped the USPS or how Rs won all those state races that weren't manually audited meaningfully or at all.

9/ Election transparency is still necessary but no longer sufficient. We must also inoculate ourselves & others against misinformation, including by studying & explaining propaganda techniques so that everyone will easily recognize them when they are deployed.

10/ To de-program people who’ve been fooled by disinformation, it’s “important that the corrective information be repeated as frequently, and with even greater clarity, than the myth.”

11/ “Don't expect to counter [a] firehose of falsehood w/ the squirt gun of truth. Instead, put raincoats on those at whom the firehose is aimed.”

We must inoculate the public by educating them in advance as to how propaganda works.

Wed Feb 03 00:37:10 +0000 2021