Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–7/14/19

Russian President Vladimir Putin superimposed into a Russian Flag. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

This is part of an ongoing series where I review some of the ads purchased by the Russians. In doing so I hope we can get a better understanding of what they were trying to do, and how to recognize it the next time we’re faced with propaganda.

If you want to follow along, the ads can all be downloaded here. All of today’s ads can be found in the 2016-q1/2016-02 folder.

There was no pause in the courting of the American right. Ad p(1)0002408 encouraged voters to sign a petition blocking the replacement of Judge Scalia:

P(1)0002744 provided an “updated” version of the “First They Came” poem from the Holocaust. Please note, while the text is credited to “John McClain” I can find no evidence it existed anywhere outside this ad:

I’m not sure what p(1)0004098 is trying to sell, but I will never cease to be amazed that they pulled off a profile called “Mericanfury”. It’s as if they thought the derisive term “Murica” was meant to be taken seriously and did so:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. I hope you all are having a beautiful Sunday.

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