The phrase is attributed to Steve Bannon: Create a flood of contrary, or misinforming information. Create an atmosphere where people don’t know what to believe.
… Bannon articulated the zone-flooding philosophy well, but he did not invent it. In our time, it was pioneered by Vladimir Putin in post-Soviet Russia. Putin uses the media to engineer a fog of disinformation, producing just enough distrust to ensure that the public can never mobilize around a coherent narrative.
In October, I spoke to Peter Pomerantsev, a Soviet-born reality TV producer turned academic who wrote a book about Putin’s propaganda strategy. The goal, he told me, wasn’t to sell an ideology or a vision of the future; instead, it was to convince people that “the truth is unknowable” and that the only sensible choice is “to follow a strong leader.”
Trump supporters, Faux News viewers, and right-wing media audiences prove the tactic works.
[Democratic debate 1/14/2020:] Democrats assembled in Iowa Tuesday night for the opportunity to take him on in the upcoming general election. This time, though, it was CNN moderators who brought out the bat and swung it hard at Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Vermont independent had topped the important Iowa poll last week, compounding fears that have only recently emerged among the party establishment that he may be on course for the nomination.
In contrast to Sanders’s treatment, former Vice President Joe Biden, the national front-runner, was barely touched — either by moderators or his rivals.
a segment of the American electorate that was once peripheral is drawn to “chaos incitement” and that this segment has gained decisive influence through the rise of social media.
The circulation of this type of information (which the authors label “hostile political rumors”) has been “linked to large-scale political outcomes within recent years such as the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
He still got elected, even after this was broadcast nationally:
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her.
She was married. And I moved on her very heavily,” Trump said on the
tape. “In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get
some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice
furniture.’ I took her out furniture—I moved on her like a bitch. But I
couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
Then, when the two men spotted a young woman awaiting them outside the bus—actress Arianne Zucker—Trump told Bush, “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Remember what Republicans called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”?
As you know (if you’ve been paying attention), the “Jobs” part of the Republican bill was a huge lie.
Corporations didn’t generally invest in their companies, their workforce, or create jobs. They spent BILLIONS buying back shares to boost the stock price (executives’ bonuses get a boost when the company’s stock price goes up).
Five companies blow $55 billion in Q1 to prop up their own shares.