1. I get why @TheDemocrats don't want to engage in a propaganda war, but by leaving the field to the #GQP, the disinformation will only get worse. Responding, to counter GQP falsehoods with truth is one tool that is being employed, but more subtle weapons can be employed that can
2. have a real impact on the propagandists.

Why is the #KochNetwork #propaganda machine attacking #Covid19 #vaccines when they're a product of TFG's one major achievement? Remember "#WarpSpeed?" TFG should be getting credit for vaccines, but the GQP #KochNetwort made vaccines
3. the boogieman. #TFG needs #KochNetwork cash, so he won't say anything, especially after being booed for suggesting people get vaccinated.

It's been apparent to me for many years that #Koch and #Putin are working together in many areas with the shared goal of retaining power.
4. IMO, the anti-vax movement was a #Soviet, and is now a Russian, direct action operation. Russian agents like @Rupertmurdoch are willing to advance these attacks as part of efforts to keep the #KochMachine in power and to advance US domestic chaos that the Russian state
5. requires. So how could "propaganda" be used to counter that? First, all propaganda is not lies. When I began studying it starting in the 1970's, propaganda was generally termed in admittedly troubling terms of White-Gray-Black. White propaganda is propaganda that is true but
6. but seeks to move the public consciousness in a direction sought by the propagandist. Public service announcements are typical examples of White propaganda. At the other extreme is Black Propaganda that is comprised of lies. In the middle is the very vast
7. range of Gray Propaganda that is where much of the action is. This form generally takes true statements and manipulates the message in ways to confuse the truth and cause the target to believe a falsehood over truth by linking a little fact in a larger lie.
8. The anti-vaccine Russian direct action is gray propaganda. All vaccines have risks. We accept the risks as a society because the benefits far-outweigh the risk, especially when our scientists and medical professionals work hard to limit those risks.
9. Few of the arguments against the #Covid19 vaccines are based on any rational fear of the risks. The arguments are being pushed as part of #Koch malign libertarianism that attacks anything our government does to help the average American as an attack on our freedom.
10. So how can a little propaganda defense change the trajectory of the Koch-Putin attack on our public health?

Remember when they booed TFG? Make him a victim. I know most will say doing anything other than to revile the monster would be insanity but in a war, and this is a
11. war, you sometimes have to bomb your own position. So by making #45 a victim of the #KochNetwork fronted by @LeaderMcConnell, the @SenateGOP and @HouseGOP, the anti-vax foot soldiers will find themselves having to justify being
12. unwilling to give TFG the credit for Warp Speed. If done right, part of the real threat in 2022 and 2024, the #MAGA base, can be severed from the Anti-Vax direct action operation. TFG is facing criminal charges. Will he want to join a public nuisance that may kill thousands
13. when he may be facing a sentencing in the coming months? Also, he's easily manipulated when the manipulation involves praising him. I think he can be manipulated to get on board or at least keep quiet while we cut McConnell's election base and
14. destroy their cult like fervor for the Koch-Putin anti-vax direct action operation. If done right, we could see the anger that is becoming a serious threat to civil order begin to be directed by TFG #MAGA supporters against the Anti-vaxxers.

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