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Investigative journalism blog with focus on mis/disinformation, digital marketing, reputation management, content removal, and search manipulation tactics.

Posts by Dean Sterling Jones.

— Bylines

The Guardian

“Daily Telegraph Stops Publishing Section Paid for by China” by Jim Waterson and Dean Sterling Jones, The Guardian, April 14, 2020

BuzzFeed News

“How A Popular Women’s Website Became A Pay-To-Play Nightmare” by Dean Sterling Jones, BuzzFeed News, April 22, 2019

“There’s An Underground Economy Selling Links From The New York Times, BBC, CNN, And Other Big News Sites,” by Dean Sterling Jones, BuzzFeed News, July 26, 2019

“Hackers Are Breaking Into Websites And Adding Links To Game Google” by Craig Silverman and Dean Sterling Jones, BuzzFeed News, December 18, 2019

“A Russian Propagandist Ran An Ad In The Washington Post — And Then Ran Victory Laps In Russian Media” by Dean Sterling Jones, BuzzFeed News, February 6, 2020

“A British Newspaper Has Given Chinese Coronavirus Propaganda a Direct Line to the UK” by Dean Sterling Jones, BuzzFeed News, April 1, 2020

The Daily Beast

“Inside the Online Campaign to Whitewash the History of Donald Trump’s Russian Business Associates” by Lachlan Markay and Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, July 5, 2018

“Who Whitewashed the Wiki of Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina?” by Lachlan Markay and Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, July 24, 2018

“National Enquirer Boss David Pecker Tiptoes Away From His Pal Trump as Scandal Swirls and Circulation Drops” by Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, August 02, 2018

• “D.C.-Based Russian Media Venture Boasts that Indicted Kremlin Operative Is Its CFO” by Lachlan Markay and Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, October 26, 2018

“Google Yanks Services From Russian Propaganda Site” by Lachlan Markay and Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, February 07, 2019

“The Gwyneth Paltrow-Approved Doctor Pushing Wacky Coronavirus Conspiracies” by Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, March 24, 2020

“How a Playboy Model Exposed an Online Child-Porn Scam” by Dean Sterling Jones, The Daily Beast, May 6, 2020

— Selected media mentions

“Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells” by Darren Samuelsohn, Politico, August 20, 2017

“Amateur Sleuths Spend Personal Savings Hunting for Trump Dirt” by Shannon Bream, Fox News Insider, August 21, 2017

“Russian ‘troll factory’ cries foul over US advert removal” by Olga Robinson, BBC Monitoring, February 21, 2020

“HuffPost, Breaking From Its Roots, Ends Unpaid Contributions” by Sydney Ember, The New York Times, January 18, 2018

“HuffPost Shuts Down Unpaid Contributor Blogger Program” by Todd Spangler, Variety, January 18, 2018

“Who Paid for the HuffPost Puff Piece on Trump’s Felonious Friend?” by Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, January 11, 2018

“New Russian Media Venture Wants to Wage ‘Information War’ in Washington, D.C.” by Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, June 10, 2018

“Trump’s Business Partner Tries to Erase his Prostitution Bust From Web” by Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, July 21, 2017

“Ex-Trump Aide Frantically Scrambles to Scrub Russia From Bio” by Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast, November 6, 2017

“Celebrities Are Spreading a Wacky Coronavirus 5G Conspiracy and They Need to Stop” by Laura Bradley, The Daily Beast, April 6, 2020

“Goop Expert Says Coronavirus Doesn’t Exist: ‘There is Potentially no Such Thing’” by Chelsea Ritschel, The Independent, March 24, 2020

“Goop-approved shrink says there’s ‘no such thing’ as coronavirus” by Melissa Malamut, New York Post, March 24, 2020

“Goop contributor Kelly Brogan peddles ‘nonsense’ conspiracy theories about coronavirus, cites 5G and vaccine companies as real causes” by Megan C. Hills, Evening Standard Insider, March 25, 2020

“‘Very, very dangerous’ Goop ‘expert’ slammed for bizarre coronavirus video” by Elizabeth Di Filippo, Yahoo Canada Style, March 25, 2020

“Please, for the love of god, don’t get your coronavirus advice from the Goop people” by Reid McCarter, The A.V. Club, March 24, 2020

• “Russia’s Internet Research Agency Troll Farm Is Recruiting ‘English-Speaking Journalists,’” Cheat Sheet, The Daily Beast, April 19, 2018

“Troll Farm Recruiting English-Speaking Journalists” by Taegan Goddard, Political Wire, April 19, 2018

“Inside the Effort to Whitewash Trump’s Ties to Felix Sater” by Taegan Goddard, Political Wire, July 5, 2018

Press Pool with Julie Mason, April 20, 2018

“The Daily 202: 10 stories illuminate the Trump doctrine on foreign policy” by James Hohmann, The Washington Post, July 5, 2018

“The Daily 202: Anti-Trump backlash fuels a Democratic sweep in Virginia and elections across the country” by James Hohmann, The Washington Post, November 8, 2017

“Playbook Power Briefing: Trade wars escalate as duties on some Chinese goods take effect at midnight” by Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer, Daniel Lippman, and Akela Lacy, Politico, July 6, 2018

• The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, July 24, 2018

“China Steps up Western Media Campaign Over Coronavirus Crisis” by Jim Waterson and Lily Kuo, The Guardian, April 3, 2020

“The Note: For Trump, a week of big moves could have big blowback” by Rick Klein and Maryalice Parks, ABC News, July 6, 2018

“A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging” by Emma Goldberg, The New York Times, December 08, 2019

“Preserving work in a time of vanishing archives” by Tiffany Stevens, Columbia Journalism Review, November 05, 2019

“The Enigmatic Russian Paying Maria Butina’s Legal Bills” by Natasha Bertrand, The Atlantic, March 20, 2019

“New Details Revealed About a Mysterious Russian Who Funds Maria Butina’s Defense” by Tana Ganeva, Raw Story, March 20, 2019

“Here are all the Russian interference efforts that didn’t make it into Barr’s letter” by Casey Michel, ThinkProgress, March 27, 2019

“Leading voices in Russian interference efforts rally to support Maria Butina” by Casey Michel, ThinkProgress, May 29, 2019

“This London university keeps hosting pseudoscientific events” by Tom Chivers, BuzzFeed UK, March 15, 2017

“Here Are Some Job Ads For The Russian Troll Factory” by Jane Lytvynenko, BuzzFeed News, February 22, 2018

“Job ads reveal work of Russian troll farm employees” by Max Greenwood, The Hill, February 22, 2018

“National Enquirer distancing itself from the President” by Katy Tur, MSNBC, August 03, 2018

“A simple question about ‘enemies of the people'” by Brian Stelter, CNN, Reliable Sources, August 03, 2018

“The GOP puts the Kochs on ice” by Jennie Neufeld, Vox, Vox Sentences, August 03, 2018

“How should the press cover Trump rallies?” by Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review, The Media Today, August 03, 2018

“At WME, Attempts to Scrub Scandal From Executive and Client Wikipedia Pages” by Matt Donnelly, The Wrap, August 06, 2018

“Did Fox News Ignore News of Paul Manafort’s Indictment and Cover a Cheeseburger Emoji Controversy Instead?” by Kim LaCapria, Snopes, October 30, 2017

• “Magazine publisher with criminal past says Telegraph used him to ‘attack’ Impress” by Freddy Mayhew, Press Gazette, January 27, 2017

“Indian Government Attempts to Remove Material from Western Sites” by Eugene Volokh, Reason, August 27, 2019

“More Indian Government Attempts to Remove Material from Western Sites” by Eugene Volokh, Reason, October 11, 2019

“Revenge Pornster Craig Brittain Issues DMCA Notices Demanding Google Delist Entire Websites, Including Wikipedia” by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, April 7, 2017

“Craig Brittain’s Senate Race Page Reports Craig Brittain’s Personal Account As An ‘Imposter’” by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, October 31, 2017

“Turkish president demands Google delist a bunch of websites comparing him to Hitler” by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, May 24, 2017

“Snopes Debunks Fake YouTube Video; Video’s Creator Responds With A Bogus DMCA Notice” by Tim Cushing, Techdirt, December 6, 2017

• “Why is Harvard sticking the knife into butter again?” by Marika Sboros, FoodMed.net, July 29, 2016

“ADSA faces growing backlash for ‘record 17 lies’ about Noakes” by Marika Sboros, FoodMed.net, May 8, 2017

“Satirical Cartoon Blog Post Blocked in Turkey” by Maren Williams, Comic Book Legal Defence Fund, December 9, 2016

“As A Dog Returns To His Vomit, Lunatic Revenge Porn Extortionist and Dryvyng CEO Craig Brittain Returns To Censorious Threats” by Ken White, Popehat, April 6, 2017

“The ultimate DMCA takedown fail” by Rob Beschizza, Boing Boing, October 23, 2017

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