Smear campaign is only the start

The most recent controversy in President Trump’s impeachment saga showed us something critical about the information war now underway. Combine a desperate president, extremist Internet trolls, unscrupulous media outlets and a misinformation pipeline, and the result is the appalling smear targeting Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

The smear ended up getting shut down by the intervention of Republican members of Congress, but it’s only a preview of what’s to come.

There was a time when Republicans could hold a weekly meeting to coordinate their message and be assured that it would be dutifully disseminated by everyone on their side. That’s not how it works anymore.


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