Source: Deep Learning on Medium
Fake news is here to stay: some samples from Allen AI’s GROVER fake news generator
Here are some fun stories created where all I provided was the headline, in various editorial styles and GROVER created the rest of the text with no edits by me. What would the New York Times “in theory” say about “Donald Trump’s double life as a Russian spy”? Huffington Post? Brietbart news? See for yourself.
To repeat: all of this text below is computer generated with no edits by me.
Donald Trump’s double life as a Russian spy v1
autogenerated in the style of Paul Krugman, at the NY Times
Donald Trump’s tangled relationships with Vladimir Putin are, of course, legion. Here’s another aspect that few people in either country seem to have thought through:
Consider this, from the Times of London:
Three senior British intelligence officials have told The Daily Telegraph that while Mr Trump had been hostile to the foreign policy views of former President Barack Obama, he had been an unwitting ally of Moscow on intelligence matters.
This reflected in turn what the officials say was an increasing interest in Britain by the Russians on aspects of Mr Trump’s campaign, including contacts with Russian spies. This is a troubling prospect. It’s not true that Trump officials approached Russian spies and said: “Come listen in on our meetings about nuclear weapons, how we plan to combat trade unions and other things.” It’s true that their meetings were held.
And yes, it does matter that Trump seemed to act on Russia’s intelligence-gathering information (such as its contacts with Mr. Trump’s aide, George Papadopoulos). But how relevant is this intelligence? The Clinton campaign hired a hacker. Did it hire someone as friendly as Anthony Scaramucci? He’s no Pierre L’Enfant. How reliable is Russian intelligence in more areas? How much have we learned about Russia in the age of Edward Snowden and the e-mails of Julian Assange?
(I don’t want to go down this slippery slope, but is it necessary to mention that, while it was certainly true that the Clinton campaign paid Russian hackers through dummy accounts, it seems a mistake to think that that was what most hacked information was in the 2017 election? Yes, there were leaks about candidates that had valuable information, but what about Trump’s tax returns? Would they have held up in a court of law? Would they have shed real light on his tax plan? That’s what the voters were asking for.) If it turns out that Donald Trump was actually a Soviet spy before the Cold War ended, I feel my leg give out as I type.
Donald Trump’s double life as a Russian spy v2
Also autogenerated in the style of Paul Krugman, at the NY Times
At first glance, President Trump’s various alliances of convenience may seem bizarre, given his proclaimed populist credentials. But Trump’s world view is far more complicated than we are used to. Since his election, he has been dealing with a clearly focused opponent, Vladimir Putin, a secret friend and sometimes real friend.
At various times, Trump has served his own interest and American interests with varying degrees of honesty and ambition. The president’s travails began in late January with his meeting with Putin in Helsinki.
He followed up by inviting him to Washington, a move that was obviously motivated by national interests (better relations) and realism (both leaders presumably were prepared to sell the world’s two major powers something). Trump has even made Putin’s most damaging actions, his support for Assad and his efforts to undermine the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, his primary objective.
I am dubious about Mr. Trump’s claims that he believes the CIA on these matters. In any case, it is hard to square the president’s “sloppy seconds” line with his persistent embrace of Russia’s most villainous elements.
A real coincidence! I ran out of bagels, so they’re hot and going back to Rome!
In one sense, Putin’s actions with the U.S. are driven by Russia’s relative economic weakness and Putin’s fear of American containment. (And his own re-election effort.) It is much easier to annex more territory under Russian hegemony than it is to pay for it.
But it is also worth noting that Trump was not talking about Crimea in his press conference. Instead, he was talking about “President Putin said he didn’t meddle. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why he would!” But these are not the only reasons. In fact, there are reasons for Trump to oppose Mr. Putin that have nothing to do with Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin and other members of the “globalist” establishment share one thing: None of them have any sense of honor and zero remorse for what Russia did to the U.S.
Angered by what was clearly a humiliating defeat in 2016, they are fixated on crippling the U.S. dollar, which is largely the result of their clever policies, and on humiliating America’s citizens.
To secure their lucrative prize, they enjoy a virtual monopoly on international banking. They capture and influence the most sophisticated political and media systems, using advanced information technologies (useful both for manipulating American opinion and for keeping Americans in the dark about their own governments’ malfeasance). What makes American presidents righteously loyal to Mr. Putin?
Donald Trump’s double life as a Russian spy v3
Yep, also autogenerated in the style of Paul Krugman, at the NY Times
I couldn’t write this column if I weren’t careful. The racist alt-right, for instance, is obsessed with Russia (or is it Russia obsessed with the U.S.?) and this part of my column — even if it is almost never mentioned, even if I focus on illegality and, as always, on the fight against rising inequality — is going to provoke all sorts of “look who I’m writing about” this-is-journalism accusations.
There are more explicit enemies as well, including the Russians themselves. For instance, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary who was formerly president of the Conservative Political Action Conference, was almost instantly on Twitter denouncing my column as “fake news” and “laughable conspiracy theories.” He was implying that by itself, in fact, the column itself might be fake news.
So, I guess, is everyone who wants to believe Donald Trump is a Russian agent. The real battle, now, is not on the merits of the Russia matter, but rather between those who think Trump is a fool, a crook, or both, and those who think Trump is a spy, and that this is indeed what he is, and just so you know, is a lot more serious and troubling than Trump thinks his financial interests are.
That is what matters. Trump is dangerous not because he is a uni-dimensional, black-and-white, 7:00 a.m.-to-midnight figure, like Trump Jr.’s father. He is dangerous because he presents himself as something more complex, something more sinister, something closer to Putin than Putin, because what drives Trump, as his interview with The New York Times revealed, is his insecurity, or his lack of security, or his need to be liked, and the drive to cheat on his wife, and all the rest.
The more Republicans hate Trump the more they have to talk about his Russia ties, and there is a logical reason for this. If the “media” — and apparently everyone else except himself — says that he is a Russian agent, that’s exactly what he believes. And once he believes it, it is much easier to switch gears and attack the media as far-left Lilliputians trying to overturn the presidential election, or to attack the Democrats as weak-kneed party sycophants. Trump’s fear of his Twitter critics hasn’t abated, but his fear of the “deep state” has leapt four-fold. It may not be a coincidence that he is reportedly considering a Cabinet pick from North Carolina.
So yes, by all means, investigate Russian connections to Trump — that’s what voters wanted, after all. But there are good reasons to do it, too, including the fact that during the 2016 campaign — even before it became clear that Trump was a phony and a traitor — more than two-thirds of the Republicans who saw him as a “great candidate” (because “great candidates win”) thought he was a Russian agent.