Global Disinformation Index (GDI) co-founder and executive director Dr. Daniel Rogers is sure that Trump supporters can’t be “deprogrammed” from bogus news. GDI is funded by George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
Rogers made the following assertions at a February 2022 presentation to Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy:
The people who will always write “#MAGA” on their tombstones aren’t going to be convinced, but a sizable middle ground is slowly coming to terms with the fact that attention-driven news feeds inherently feature more content that is divisive and angry, and that they need to spend money to “buy back” some of the airtime they are losing to their opponents. To amplify the force of:
According to Rogers, GDI is a “data-driven advocacy group” [emphasis added] despite its claims of neutrality and independence.
What’s more, he labeled Breitbart News’s coverage of crimes perpetrated against immigrants as “anti-immigrant violence.” To paraphrase Rogers, “honest reporting” requires resorting to force.
Microsoft’s ad network Xandr reportedly suspended its cooperation with GDI while investigating, as reported by Breitbart News and other news outlets. According to Breitbart News and others, Xandr has used GDI’s Dynamic Exclusion List to limit access to conservative news websites. It has been reported that Xandr has, at least temporarily, abandoned his plans to censor conservative outlets.
There are close relationships between Rogers and many CIA-affiliated American intelligence outfits.
Terbium Labs is a cyber security and dark web intelligence organization he founded and runs as the leader of the American intelligence community. Jake Sullivan, the current national security adviser, is also a professor at NYU and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project. Sullivan was a mouthpiece for the conspiracy theory that Trump was working with the Russians.
At a discussion with students at Princeton University in February 2022, Rogers mentioned Breitbart News as one of his “favorites” among those who advocate alternative narratives.
Specifically, Rogers has remarked on Breitbart News’ reporting on crimes committed by illegal immigrants:
Although each of these claims may be verified, they all ring a familiar bell since they include locals who are immigrants or, in this case, illegal immigrants. However, the example it provides might be used as a starting point for developing a more nuanced, comprehensive definition of disinformation. To amplify the force of:
Rogers spread false information about Breitbart News by cherry-picking a handful of articles regarding crimes done by illegal immigrants out of the hundreds of articles detailing crimes committed every day by inhabitants of the United States.
The following aspects of “adversarial narrative conflict,” as he described it, were covered in his discussion.
There is a major issue when people are either implicitly or explicitly hostile to a vulnerable individual or group, or an esteemed institution like science, medicine, or a democratically elected government.
In the first place, you should increase the odds that something awful will occur.
Isolating only a few examples, he listed “anti-immigrant, misogyny, anti-vax, and others” as counterarguments.
After reading through the Breitbart immigration crimes page, I am persuaded that incorrect information like this is what causes people to become so hostile toward those from other countries.
Princeton Professor Jacob Shapiro questioned how Rogers determines what makes a “legitimate hostile narrative” given that Rogers’ definition would encompass a “huge percentage of politics.”
In addition to not being a “well-skilled political scientist,” Rogers has declared GDI to be “strictly neutral.” Later in the discussion, he referred to them as a “data-driven advocacy organization.” To amplify the force of:
In terms of groups that help with “platform-level intervention,” he named GDI, the Center to Counteract Digital Hate, and Sleeping Giants. Rogers claims that groups like Reality Team utilize advertising to counteract bias and false information. We May Do This and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were also identified as additional entities capable of engaging in counter-messaging.
According to Breitbart News, a group called Global Domains International (GDI), supported financially by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations has infiltrated the American media landscape with the goal of blacklisting media sites by severing their advertising revenue via a system called the Dynamic Exclusion List. The New York Times, National Review, and the Huffington Post are just a few examples of the mainstream, left-leaning media that have ignored GDI’s attempts to fix their biases, factual mistakes, and audience-tailored articles. The information included in GDI’s Dynamic Exclusion List has been kept secret, despite repeated requests from Breitbart News.