“Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor” – Pentagon implicated [USA Today]

by Gregory Korte, USA TODAY

Updated 4/19/2012

WASHINGTON – A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.

Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names.

The timeline of the activity tracks USA TODAY’s reporting on the military’s "information operations" program, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns that have been criticized even within the Pentagon as ineffective and poorly monitored.

For example, Internet domain registries show the website TomVandenBrook.com was created Jan. 7 — just days after Pentagon reporter Tom Vanden Brook first contacted Pentagon contractors involved in the program. Two weeks after his editor Ray Locker’s byline appeared on a story, someone created a similar site, RayLocker.com, through the same company.

If the websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption…

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2 Responses to ““Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor” – Pentagon implicated [USA Today]”

  1. sounds like something that would happen in China

  2. As it stands, a poor smear comment.

    Please see blog etiquette / comment rules at https://sweetandsoursocialism.wordpress.com/about/. At this time you do not meet the standard of Rule #1, “Be specific”.

    However, if you can give some evidence of the Chinese government — more specifically its Department of Defense — being implicated in a complex smear campaign against factual revelations of high profile domestic journalists involving dummy websites and deliberately planted misinformation, I’ll give you a pass.

    Otherwise this comment will be soon deleted.

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