Amid Western fears of the spread of dangerous "Russian propaganda," the US State Department is launching a disinformation campaign of its own in the Baltics. Funneling half a million dollars into “training” Russian-language journalists, the project is meant to follow the same schematics as billionaire George Soros’ ProPublica.
Over the past several months, the United States government – and in turn, the Western media – has raised alarm over the specter of a supposedly monstrous Russian propaganda machine. Officials have fueled conspiracy theories about Kremlin troll factories and sought to discredit media outlets like RT and Sputnik, organizations which provide an alternative point of view to the monopoly of Western media bias.
In its latest effort to counter what it considers misinformation, the United States has allocated $500,000 for a propaganda campaign of its own.
Expected to launch in November 2016, the project will operate out of US Embassies in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, with the heaviest focus being on Vilnius. The money will go toward accomplishing the State Department’s goal of "tailoring training and tools to increase journalists’ ability to counter Russian media messaging and misinformation."