Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Crazier Side of Information Warfare

This morning I woke up to the familiar buffoonery of Jacob Wohl on my Google News list.

Far be it from me to allow a teaching opportunity to pass by, unexploited.

What might surprise you is the simple elegance and surprising effectiveness of Wohl's shenanigans.  It is detailed in this clever propaganda piece in the Daily Beast that, regardless of its intentions (which I question), ensures that a wider audience is psy-oped:

1) Wohl and his spokesman Jack Burkman set up a press conference to, in the author's words, "push a baseless sexual assault smear against Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg"

2) Wohl is caught, red-handed, staging a phony counter protest, organized by way of creating an Eventbrite page attached to his own email address

So my question is for you, my readers.  After you read the Daily Beast article, how do you feel about Jacob Wohl?

MORE IMPORTANTLY, how do you feel about Pete Buttigieg?

The article suddenly boosted Pete Buttigieg's street credibility, didn't it?

This is perhaps one of the clearest, best examples of how phony opposition is used in the media with astounding efficiency in order to influence public perception.  The principle is widely used by Russian military intelligence, but has also become a hallmark of various entities associated with transnational organized crime.  Having vetted Jacob Wohl, I'm inclined to say it's quite possibly a combination of both.


  1. There was also this article yesterday. Granted, it's Vox.

    1. Oh man...

      I . can't . even ...


      That one is a lot cleverer.

  2. I already knew about Pete Buttigieg. He is from Harvard and worked for McKinsey and Company.
    Sincerely, @HHColonelHogan

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