Doublespeak, double back propaganda

Echoes of a strategy coming out of Moscow  catch attention in Washington.

The Russian government has accused the Ukraine government of undermining the candidacy of Donald Trump during the election.

Ken Vogel and Julia Ioffe reported on Politico:

A spokeswoman for Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday contended that the Ukrainian government over the summer damaged Trump’s campaign by implicating his then-campaign chief Paul Manafort in a corruption scandal involving a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party funded by oligarchs.

Besides the chutzpah of it all,. the charge is very much part of the MO of Trump and the people around him. He tends to blame his enemies for qualities and deeds he himself can be accused of.

His attacks on his Republican primary opponents, on Hillary Clinton, on media are often on the schoolyard level. But when you have the Kremlin pulling the same thing, it graduates from school bullying to agitprop right out of the book.

  • Say that Hillary is sickly and not up to the job, but Hillary is the one who has released her medical history. How healthy is he himself?
  • Charges that Clinton Foundation is corrupt, but slides by when his foundation is charged with malfeasance.
  • Charge that the system is rigged before the fact, and then tries to suppress any chance of checking the system after he has won.

You can make your own list and add to it daily.

Cynthia Boaz, an associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University, called it “projection and flipping”. She listed this method among 14 propaganda techniques often used on Fox News

It involves taking whatever underhanded tactic you’re using and then accusing your opponent of doing it to you first. We see this frequently in the immigration discussion, where anti-racists are accused of racism, or in the climate change debate, where those who argue for human causes of the phenomenon are accused of not having science or facts on their side. It’s often called upon when the media host finds themselves on the ropes in the debate.

Interesting that Trump and Putin allies appear to work from the same handbook.

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