American Expert: PropOrNot Is Propaganda

The anonymous website claims that they have analyzed alternative media websites and identified 200 sites which act as useful idiots for Russian-government propaganda.

The Washington Post and many other mainstream media have trumpeted PropOrNot as evidence of a vast conspiracy of American and foreign alternative media as spreading Russian propaganda.

PropOrNot claims that they use scientific methods to identify the sites, providing the following diagram as an illustration of their analysis:


We asked a former top NSA official and computer expert – Thomas Drake – to look at the diagram and PropOrNot’s website.

Drake is a decorated Air Force and Navy veteran, who has been awarded numerous medals including:

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal

Drake was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service.

With a strong technical background in surveillance and computers, Drake was one of the top NSA executives, and was Senior Change Leader within the NSA.

Drake was also one America’s top government experts on Stasi Germany … so he knows a thing or two about propaganda.

To get a sense of who Drake is, watch this PBS interview.

When asked to analyze PropOrNot and its diagram, Drake told Washington’s Blog:

My take?

It’s a prop for a disinfo op in order to serve a manufactured narrative.

Remember what Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda under the Nazi regime, said about propaganda (among a number of things):

The propaganda “must label events and people with distinctive phrases or slogans” and the propaganda must also “specify the targets for hatred.”

All part of the ‘rules’ of propaganda.

The diagram is far too artificially symmetrical and overly simplistic. It’s unidimensional manufactured evidence to create a certain narrative by positing faux scientific methodology that makes it appear legit, yet is really fake.

Postscript:  We will add the comments of other top experts as we receive them.

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  • StupidNet

    Well, anybody with half a brain realizes that Infowars / Alex Jones, Zerohedge, True Activist, Natural News, Before It’s News, The Activist Post, Veterans Today, etc., are all DEFINITELY propaganda websites.

    Unfortunately, your article did absolutely nothing to disprove this. You didn’t even address the information about whether ANY of these sites (including your own) are propaganda websites. I’ve personally taken apart many of the stories, articles, claims and predictions made in the listed names above for example. There is absolutely no doubt that these sites are all deeply involved in spreading propaganda.

    • JustAnotherAnon

      So you type two paragraphs filled with baseless assertions and no facts and we’re supposed to assume you’re not working for ProporNot, CTR, or some other propaganda outlet? StupidNet indeed….

    • NOS

      At least those sites have a public face. There are real people defending their work.

      An anonymous site should just be ignored and can only be a propaganda outlet for info-warmongers. If they were real why do they hide their identity?

    • WashingtonsBlog

      Why are sites like Zerohedge propaganda … because they don’t blindly regurgitate what the powers-that-be say?

    • quantumcipher

      You could call practically any news with an agenda or from a biased source ‘propaganda’ of sorts, FOX News, MSNBC and CNN for example, and you would be correct in doing so.

      To assert a diverse range of popular blogs and news websites, on the other hand, were somehow tied to or originating from the Kremlin is another matter entirely, an assertion in itself amounting to a form of propaganda, serving a particular narrative or agenda, however one that is also both intellectually dishonest and factually inaccurate.

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    • BP

      you should start to work with the second half of your brain – it will allow you to recognize that bbc, abc, reuters, wp, nyt, ap, afp and others are much worse.

    • saperetic

      WHERE have you “personally taken apart many of the stories, articles,
      claims and predictions made in the listed names above for example”?
      Just like the sites in the example list or the real propaganda arms and
      tentacles of the globalist oiligarchy, don’t expect readers to take your
      word for it?

    • DonNeedNoStinkinUserName

      You sir, are full of shit, with what amounts to less – much less – than half a brain. I’m not going to waste too time trying to educate you as to why the MSM is failing & why the alternative media is booming. It has something to do with being truthful, about research, aout not being stenographers of White House / Federal Govt / Corporate talking points.