Obama Officials Frustrated That ISIS Has Created ‘Propaganda Machine’

Posted by on Sep 04, 2014 at 7:29 am

How dare they copy the Obama model by using social media to create propaganda. Wonder who they could have learned this from?

The terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is harnessing the power of social media in its violent quest to establish a Muslim caliphate.

Experts in counterterrorism say the group’s gruesome videos of beheadings — the most recent of which was posted Tuesday — are having their intended effect by propelling the group into headlines.

“[ISIS] operates the most significant propaganda machine of any extremist group,” Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said Wednesday in a rare public appearance at the Brookings Institution.

As a result of media attention, ISIS threatens to “outpace al Qaeda as the dominant voice of influence in the global extremist movement,” Olsen said.

Al Qaeda’s problem was coming of age before Twitter, where the masters of propaganda have had free reign for years now. One of the advantages there is a coordinated message to help spread your propaganda:

But hey, it’s bad when others use social media to spread their propaganda, or something. Now if you lack confidence in your message, claim it’s a fact to reinforce the fraud:

That makes it more authoritative.

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2 Responses to “Obama Officials Frustrated That ISIS Has Created ‘Propaganda Machine’”

  1. Junior Varsity Foreign Policy on 4/04/14 at 11:56 am

    We need a hashtag campaign which brought the girls back home.
    How about hashtag bring back our heads?