While much of the nation is painfully aware of the possibility that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, there appears to be a new meddler in our midst as well.
The extent to which Russia attempted to influence this scared, national endeavor has yet to be fully seen. For many, it is obvious that a concerted effort on the part of Russian “bots”, or automated internet entities, was apparent during the run-up to 2016. These bots would have worked online to sow any number of narratives that younger, less educated Americans would fall for. (I’m looking at you, millennials).
Now, however, Vice President Mike Pence is calling attention to another possible snake in the grass…and it’s a doozy.
Vice President Mike Pence detailed intelligence discoveries Monday evidencing Chinese attacks on the U.S., using a multi-pronged approach to exert influence in American public opinion ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections.
“As we speak, Beijing is employing a whole-of-government approach, using political, economic, and military tools, as well as propaganda, to advance its influence and benefit its interests in the United States,” Pence said in a speech at the Hudson Institute. “China is also applying this power in more proactive ways than ever before, to exert influence and interfere in the domestic policy and politics of our country.”
“Beijing is pursuing a comprehensive and coordinated campaign to undermine support for the President, our agenda, and our nation’s most cherished ideals,” he went on.
China has also been implicated in a scheme to influence American “fact checker” organizations as well, lending an air of uncertainty to the newly-booming industry of “reality experts”.
One of the latest fly-by-night “fact checking” organizations is known as “New Knowledge”, and they’ve raised an enormous amount of money via GGV Capital.…a company whose ties to China run extremely deep.
And, what would be the most foolproof way to meddle in an election? Control what constitutes the truth.