From the ICYMI Files: The Bizarre Campaign to Free a Notorious Russian Political Operative (Now With U.S. Sanctions!)

ALEXANDER MALKEVICH has been sanctioned by Biden admin for spreading Kremlin propaganda. Here’s a round-up of my reporting from 2019/2020 about his global campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan prison. Still from action-propaganda film Shugaley (source) Alexander Malkevich will likely be familiar to readers of this blog. Throughout 2018, I gleefully documented … Continue reading From the ICYMI Files: The Bizarre Campaign to Free a Notorious Russian Political Operative (Now With U.S. Sanctions!)

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Medical Mentor: “God Bless Every Covid Virus”

Goop contributor Dr. Habib Sadeghi is making bizarre coronavirus-themed content. During a podcast interview last month, Gwyneth Paltrow’s longtime medical mentor and Goop regular Dr. Habib Sadeghi attributed every pandemic from the last 150 years to the “electrification of earth.” Since then, he’s been making increasingly bizarre coronavirus-themed content in a seeming attempt to get … Continue reading Gwyneth Paltrow’s Medical Mentor: “God Bless Every Covid Virus”

Maria Butina Pens Article for Russian Think Tank Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Kremlin Policy Adviser

The article appears to be the first in a regular column published by the Foundation for the Protection of National Values, an obscure Russian think tank run by sanctioned Kremlin mass media policy adviser Alexander Malkevich source Maria Butina is teaming up with a Russian think tank whose founder allegedly has close ties to the … Continue reading Maria Butina Pens Article for Russian Think Tank Run by U.S.-Sanctioned Kremlin Policy Adviser

Sanctioned Kremlin Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Denies Allegations He Tried to Meddle in African Elections

“What does it mean – ‘the files lead to the trolls factory’? It’s a bunch of words,” said Malkevich, who is accused of orchestrating election interference campaigns in Africa. Alexander Malkevich (source) In recent months, reports have emerged of a new Kremlin-backed strategy to influence African elections. In April, BBC News reported that dozens of … Continue reading Sanctioned Kremlin Propagandist Alexander Malkevich Denies Allegations He Tried to Meddle in African Elections

Round-Up: Maria Butina’s Russian Fundraiser

Round-up of news coverage re: Shooting the Messenger story about the Kremlin-backed company paying for Maria Butina’s legal expenses Via “The Enigmatic Russian Paying Maria Butina’s Legal Bills” by Natasha Bertrand, The Atlantic, March 20, 2019: Maria Butina, the first Russian to plead guilty to seeking to infiltrate and influence American policy makers in the run-up to … Continue reading Round-Up: Maria Butina’s Russian Fundraiser

Bad Fan Fiction (Redux)

Prior to suing HBO, Michael Jackson’s estate hired a takedown lawyer to scrub erotic fan fiction from the web source Michael Jackson’s estate is suing HBO for $100m over the tell-all documentary Leaving Neverland. The documentary, containing graphic allegations that the late singer sexually abused two young boys during the late 80s and early 90s, … Continue reading Bad Fan Fiction (Redux)

Fyre Festival Co-Founder Billy McFarland Paid Someone to Write His Wikipedia Bio

McFarland’s self-promotional Wikipedia bio now describes him as a “fraudster” Billy McFarland, co-founder of the doomed Fyre Festival, paid a professional Wikipedia editor in 2014 to create his current bio as part of a promotional effort to raise his public profile. According to Wikipedia editing records, McFarland paid a user with the handle Bernie44 an … Continue reading Fyre Festival Co-Founder Billy McFarland Paid Someone to Write His Wikipedia Bio

HuffPost’s Blogger Platform: A Brief History of Fake News

The HuffPost’s discontinued blogger platform was used to publish politically motivated fake news articles and unvetted opinion pieces. Here are a few of the most notable examples. Last week, the HuffPost announced it was ending its contributor platform, which permitted anyone with a keyboard and an Internet connection to self-publish articles on the HuffPost website. The … Continue reading HuffPost’s Blogger Platform: A Brief History of Fake News

HuffPost Ends Unpaid Blogger Platform

HuffPost ends its platform for unpaid bloggers after “puff piece” about Donald Trump’s criminal ex-business partner Last month, I blogged about the HuffPost’s retraction of a paid article published via its contributor platform that was intended to burnish the reputation of former Trump advisor Felix Sater. Via “Who Paid for the HuffPost Puff Piece on Trump’s Felonious Friend?” by … Continue reading HuffPost Ends Unpaid Blogger Platform

Snopes Chews Up False Cheeseburger Emoji Story

Award-winning fact-checking website Snopes cites my blog post debunking Fox News “cheeseburger emoji controversy” source Earlier this week I debunked claims that Fox News failed to report former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s indictment in favour of a story about cheeseburger emojis. The post has been cited by award-winning fact-checking website Snopes. From the “About” page … Continue reading Snopes Chews Up False Cheeseburger Emoji Story