Ultimately, disinformation narratives are like Mad Libs–conspiratorial templates where the bogus claims stay the same but the characters and issues change. We know who the most prolific disinformation peddlers are and what they are going to say, let’s prepare to counter them now before they even say it.
As election season heats up this summer and into the fall, the peddlers of disinformation—foreign and domestic—have never had so much conspiracy to use in pitting the American electorate against itself.
In February and early March, while Iran and Russia pushed out conspiracies about the virus, Chinese state-sponsored media outlets appeared less inclined to do so. Since March 12, however, the Chinese state media has changed its tune on conspiracy theories.
As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, so too has the disinformation and misinformation surrounding the epidemic. FIE 2020 examines distinct narratives highlighted on Russian, Iranian and Chinese state-sponsored media outlets.