NewsWeek Embarrasses Itself: "What Russia Did To Control The American Mind"

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Mike Shedlock via,

In yet another mindless fake news story about fake news, NewsWeek explains how "Russia Controls the American Mind"  

The all caps shouting is theirs.

Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility - except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House.


Early this month, Twitter testified before Congress and provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with more than 2,700 accounts tied to the agency, while Facebook identified more than 80,000 pieces of content linked to the agency.


Meanwhile, Google found about $4,700 worth of search-and-display ads with dubious Russian ties.


Imagine that.

$4,700 worth of search-and-display ads took down the Clinton campaign, despite the fact Clinton outspent Trump $969.1 million to $531.0 million according to a Bloomberg article on Campaign Fundraising.?

Writer Jessica Kwong also moaned about trolls being paid between $1,300 and $2,000 per month.

Kwong also makes this amusing claim:

"Twitter users in swing states in the U.S. received more fake news than real stories in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election."

Yes folks, this is how Trump won the election:

By spending a mere $4,700 for paid Tweets and $1,000 or so a month for some trolls, Russia now controls our minds.

If you click on that inane article, you may be treated (as I was) to three autoplay videos, two of them were ads, running simultaneously.

You will also find a barrage of Newsweek Fake News articles like these.?

Instead of reading NewsWeek garbage about how Russia controls our minds with a few thousand dollars, I suggest reading: US spy operation that manipulates social media.

The latter is a believable article about US military software that secretly manipulates social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

NewsWeek provides a great example of the pathetic quality of mainstream media reporting.


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El Vaquero's picture

That's not the only way Newsweek embarrased itself, Tyler.

MozartIII's picture

In all seriousness. I did ask myself today the what if question, if I where a democrat......

Future Jim's picture

So Newsweek is saying the problem with America is all the damned riggers--got it.

Tallest Skil's picture

We have to kill all these people. It’s so sad. I mean, it really is. There are literally millions (but probably below 20) of people who have committed treason against the country. They have to be eliminated, simply because THEY WILL NEVER, EVER STOP DOING THIS UNTIL THEY HAVE COMMITTED GENOCIDE ON ALL WHITES AND INSTITUTED COMMUNISM IN THE UNITED STATES. They literally will not stop. They can’t be bargained with, they can’t be reasoned with, and deporting them isn’t viable because they’ll just come back. And no, I’m not talking about anything as blasé as a single ethnic group; there are far more traitors than that.

I am Groot's picture

I got a ball peen hammer and a blowtorch, who's first on the list ? Nothing says "stop doing fucked up shit" like a hammer to the kneecaps and blowtorch to the hand.........

espirit's picture

I missed my cut.

Whom should I sue?

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

It's amazing how the Liberal-Communists continue to commit blunders you thought were not possible. Here they are hellbent on convincing Americans of the power of propaganda. Most people, throughout the world, are unaware of how powerful lies really are, those tools of deception. Now, if we are to consider a king, if his counsel is a fraud, so too are his judgments. Likewise, our voting system is a fraud, because the people are entirely encircled by lies (consider how this s.te repeats the lie that US forces are torturing in SA, when it's obviously IDF false flagging - but ZH is m0ss@d). Only Fascism can make war with Communism, and only Fascism can defeat it. THE TIME HAS COME FOR FASCISM! FASCISM TODAY!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

To grunt this bullshit you must be on hard drugs stoned off your shoes.

Billy the Poet's picture

One big flaw in the Newsweek theory is that folks have hated Hillary for decades. Do they think Putin has a time machine or what?

LyLo's picture

This isn't 4chan: if you come here spewing crap, expect a larger amount of crap in your direction.  No, they will not engage your shitty non-argument ("it's obvious" is not an argument).

As far as an argument goes--no, fascism is not needed to defeat communism, as communism does the best job at defeating communism.  (Seriously: the system doesn't work.)  What you are confusing is the reaction to communism politically, which is usually monarchism or fascism, as communism tends to scare people into organizing against it but has no part in its defeat.

Most fascist governments have a voting system on at least some level.  Are those votes illegitimate because those people are encircled in lies as well?  (I mean, be realistic: one of the main points of fascism is the incestous relationship between government and the private sector...  But now fascism produces the most honest media?  Or is it just lies that you like, vs the current lies?)  

Oh, and another point: why the fuck are you drawing such a distinction between American private security firms and the Mossad?  Yeah--they're TOTALLY DIFFERENT PEOPLE WE SWEAR GUYS NOTHING TO SEE HERE!  lol

This is an 18+ board on a financial news site.  I sincerely doubt you are old enough/educated enough to even know the rule of 72, let alone have a grasp of the relationship between geopolitics and finance.  Lurk more you fucking noob and I wouldn't have had to say any of these goddamn things.

Offthebeach's picture

The National Enquirer is like The Proceedings Of The  German  Physics Society compared to Newsweak.

DeadFred's picture

They certainly control my mind. I'm 100% convinced that Hillary is an evil POS

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

Your beliefs are a product of that which you may obtain as knowledge. Deprived of this, how might you know this is so?

ThePhantom's picture

maybe we can do some vigilantie torture chambers in our homes.... you only think you want to live in that world

GUS100CORRINA's picture

NewsWeek Embarrasses Itself: "What Russia Did To Control The American Mind"

Observation: Maybe the outcome was divine in nature and part of a greater plan being implemented by spiritual forces in high places. Just a thought.

Billy the Poet's picture

I want brimstone and I want it now.

STP's picture

Then Stephen Colbert, or better yet, Kate Perry.  Or should we just pick Madonna?  Cheryl Rice?  So many choices, but ammo is cheap enough.

shovelhead's picture

If we start mulching them now they'll make good compost for spring.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

I really dont wanna go there,  but then when you see articles like our ACADEMICS coming out and saying outlandish shit like 'Mathematics is racist' , you do realise that we have to round them up and quarantine them from society, because they are fostering madness, literal non-hyperbolic, it is sheer mental illness they are generating 

BabaLooey's picture

Fucking Newsweek.

Staaaaaaaaffffed by a cabal of cucked men, white guilters, and ugly fat lesbians. Even the hot gay women working there are pile driving cunts.

Totally on the globalist master train. Non-stop anti-Trump diarrhea sharting from underneath their corporate Garanimals...

Yahoo ...AOL..all the libtard shitfuck sites copy and paste their sewage.

......................................................shitfucks I say

MaxThrust's picture

Furries, I guess whatever floats your boat but I would be very uncomfortable to hire one of these people if this is what they do in their spare time.

True Blue's picture

Now, that is some quality 'journalism' there.

Makes you wonder when they're going to run a cover about some woman from Michigan who was impregnated by Elvis when the 'aliens' brought him to her house for fried peanut butter and banana sammiches.

'Alien bat creatures from beyond the moon stole the election....'

The sad thing is that a not insignificant segment of the population will believe this tripe without even thinking about it. This is dumber than the 'plot' to a Cinemax 'porn'; yet some people are obviously still buying this obtuse stupidity. Last time I sat in the waiting room somewhere with Mrs. Blue, there was a woman in hospital scrubs who was vocally upset and carrying on about it.

And she wasn't a patient.

(Want a laugh? She wasn't a doctor or nurse either, Mrs. Blue found out that her job was to guide people on welfare through their check in and fill out their paperwork for them. Seriously; her job was to be an angry, dark Barbara Billingsley who could write.)

(Since so many ambiguous links come up these days, that is the 'oh stewardess, I speak jive' scene from Airplane.)

Creative_Destruct's picture

Newsweek IS an embarrassment.

$4700/300,000,000 Americans   X 100 cents/ $  = .0016 CENTS to brainwash each American mind. Forget MK ULTRA, this Tweeting is some potent shit...

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

I genuinely believe that writer Jessica Kwong's mind is controlled by the Russians. It is not intentional, of course. The Russians don't even know they are doing this and it's doubtful that any of them has ever heard of Jessica. Nevertheless, Jessica has lost control of her mind to them.

land_of_the_few's picture

Maybe Newsweek are the cheerleaders of Armageddon like this:

The Day Today - WAR! (Chris Morris / Brass Eye / satire)


overbet's picture

This is very bad for big advertisers. They are going to go under since this info has been released. Who needs Super Bowl ads?


Everytime I read anything from msm I still get shocked that there are a lot of people that buy this shit. 

Conscious Reviver's picture

In the end, MSM doesn't care much about ad revenue. Controlling minds is what the Zino media is all about. Losing a few shekels here and there is a small price to pay by comparison and they can always make it up by printing a few more FRNs

BustainMovealota's picture

Winston no longer exists as a thinking individual. He exists only as a puppet of the Party, forever selfless, forever loving Big Brother.

Storm-Clouds's picture

My mind is gone after reading doom porn for years.....


Bay of Pigs's picture

How could anyone actually beleive this ridiculous dogshit?

It is mind bending stupidity on every level.


Tallest Skil's picture

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously and accepting both of them… To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed… To deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies…

– George Orwell, 1984
– also all Western liberal political policies

Oldwood's picture

Progressives believe that OUR inability to see the truth is due to our ignorance and stupidity, and it is,  incumbent upon them to exaggerate and LIE if need be, to MAKE us believe. 

Further, it is so important that they make us believe, they will actually defy their own stated beliefs to advance their agenda. Abrogation....just like islamists.

Is-Be's picture

Just like monotheists

Major Malfunction's picture

Ohhh, leave it to the polytheist to stir up trouble. Funny.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


How could anyone actually beleive this ridiculous dogshit?

It is mind bending stupidity on every level.

I remember seeing headlines in Weekly World News that made more sense.

BullyBearish's picture

if alan der$hitz, one of the most evil tools for zion is defending the trumpanyahoo cabal, how can anyone still harbor any doubts about who owns this clown...

Chupacabra-322's picture

News Week. More like Gas Light Week.

RationalLuddite's picture

Yes. And Reverse Blockade to the golden mean tactics, where unevidenced outrageous positions are confidently asserted, not to persuade you to their argument as such, but to move your opinion to a "mean" position between your current one and their deliberately outrageous and  'expert consensus' position. Behavioral psychology + Machievellian ends-justifies-the-means psychopathy are an evil combination.  Think Southern Poverty Law Center & Jamestown Foundation's works, which are at a whole different level of scientific sophistry compared to MSM's paid serial liers.

Look up political ponerology too, "a science, on the nature of evil, adjusted for political purposes"


Thebighouse's picture

Fake news.

Trump does not lie.

Lot of hubris...but not a liar.

Who else could stand up to all this incredible bullshit we are and have been fed.