A couple co-workers were talking about the Coronavirus pandemic. They were talking about how it was a man-made virus, and like everyone knew. Where did you get that information, I asked, which is what I always ask, when people state inconvertible facts that seem questionable. I was Someone who knows someone heard it from someone who knows someone who works for the Center for Disease Control (CDC),. Well if that’s what someone who knows someone who knows someone said, then it must be true.
But that loudmouthed CDC worker sounded, how to put it? fictional, so I put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and fired up the Google. What I quickly learned was that it was Infowars, a notorious right-wing conspiracy site that was primarily responsible for spreading the misinformation.
It goes deeper than that, of course, and you can read all about it here at the Foreign Policy magazine website.
None of this is surprising, but it is illustrative of the kinds of propaganda operations we have to find a way to effectively counter if we are going to restore our democracy and ensure that the American way of life as we have known it doesn’t end sooner rather than later.