"Spate of Mock News Sites With Russian Ties Pop Up in U.S."

"The fake news organizations, experts say, represent a technological leap in the Kremlin’s efforts to spread false and misleading narratives."

"Into the depleted field of journalism in America, a handful of websites have appeared in recent weeks with names suggesting a focus on news close to home: D.C. Weekly, the New York News Daily, the Chicago Chronicle and a newer sister publication, the Miami Chronicle.

In fact, they are not local news organizations at all. They are Russian creations, researchers and government officials say, meant to mimic actual news organizations to push Kremlin propaganda by interspersing it among an at-times odd mix of stories about crime, politics and culture.

While Russia has long sought ways to influence public discourse in the United States, the fake news organizations — at least five, so far — represent a technological leap in its efforts to find new platforms to dupe unsuspecting American readers. The sites, the researchers and officials said, could well be the foundations of an online network primed to surface disinformation ahead of the American presidential election in November."

Steven Lee Myers reports for the New York Times March 7, 2024.


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"Russians Are Filling America's News Shortage" (The Week)

"France Uncovers Vast Network Of Russian Disinformation Sites" (Le Monde)

"Russia-Ukraine Disinformation Tracking Center: 471 Websites Spreading War Disinformation And The Top Myths They Publish" (NewsGuard)

Media Forensics Hub (Clemson Univ.)

"AI Gives Russia, China New Tools To Sow Division In The U.S., Undermine America's Image, Intel Agencies Say" (NBC News)

Source: NYTimes, 03/12/2024