According to Jay Caspian Kang, an opinion columnist for The New York Times, it is increasingly difficult to discern a deliberate attempt to mislead the public.
After the 2016 U.S. election, tech giants sought to solve the problem by placing labels on potentially harmful publications.
A 2020 study found that filters for such projects could not catch all misinformation, posing a drawback.
“If you can only identify, say, 20 percent of the bad information and label it as such, what happens to the rest?” the researchers asked. The researchers found that readers were more likely to assume that unlabeled misinformation was reliable,” Caspian said.
Presumably, observers say, the U.S. is trying to build an educated and resilient public capable of detecting and then ignoring targeted campaigns.
What is most remarkable about these efforts, however, is that most people don’t really know how to check the sources and reliability of the data.
In this regard, British writer and journalist Jonathan Cook published that the western news media act as cheerleaders for the conflict in Ukraine.
This is not surprising, since the so-called “fourth estate” in the United States, with few exceptions, has become a cog in the wheel of its unipolar policy to control the world, according to international commentators.
As part of his approach to the subject, Cook affirmed that in the present conflict, journalists applaud the arming of militias and citizens who manufacture improvised explosives, acts almost always treated under the category of terrorism. Not now, he added, because these nationalist groups are responding to the designed plan.
Suddenly it is sexy to make such devices, at least if you are considered white, European and “civilized” by the media; but, he said, other resistance movements, especially in the Middle East, are labeled as criminals for doing the same thing.
What is happening now in Ukraine is a clear demonstration of the manipulation in that area and how a well-oiled disinformation machine achieves what the west is unable to achieve on the battlefield.