GOP rolled out 3 school-level cheapfakes… phony video from a party full of phonies


Steve Scalise and bubbas have apparently given up on truth-telling

In the last days of August, with the clock ticking down until Election Day, senior Republican officials pulled off a disinformation hat trick: Over the course of two short days, figures affiliated with the GOP published three different deceptively edited videos on social media.

First, on the morning of Aug. 30, House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise tweeted out a video of a conversation between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and disabled activist Ady Barkan, manipulating Barkan’s words in the service of the false claim that Biden had agreed to defund the police.

That same day, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino shared a tweet with a deceptively edited clip that appeared to show Biden falling asleep during a TV interview.

The final offering came the next day from the Trump campaign account @TrumpWarRoom, which posted a three-second video that purported to show Biden saying, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

All three productions are characterized by amateurish, cheapass editing of existing TV footage. Manipulating sentence structure, clumsy cutting and splicing, didn’t produce anything winning prizes for skill and deceit. The point apparently was to reinforce the bigotry and dimbulb arguments held by devout trumpkins.

The “quality” of sleaze the Republican Party has reached – following their Fearless Leader – only excels at stink!

3 thoughts on “GOP rolled out 3 school-level cheapfakes… phony video from a party full of phonies

    • No maybe says:

      How a fake persona laid the groundwork for a Hunter Biden conspiracy deluge
      A 64-page document that was later disseminated by close associates of President Donald Trump appears to be the work of a fake “intelligence firm.” https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/how-fake-persona-laid-groundwork-hunter-biden-conspiracy-deluge-n1245387
      the dossier about Hunter Biden was written by “Martin Aspen,” a fake identity whose profile picture was created by artificial intelligence. Computer-generated faces have become a staple of large-scale disinformation operations in the run-up to the election.
      On Twitter, the document was pushed by influencers in the QAnon community, as well as by Dinggang Wang, an anti-Chinese government YouTube personality who works for Guo Wengui, a billionaire who fled China amid accusations of bribery and other crimes. Republican Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, tweeted the document to his 2.3 million followers.

  1. Deus ex machina says:

    ‘It’s the screams of the damned!’ The eerie AI world of deepfake music https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/nov/09/deepfake-pop-music-artificial-intelligence-ai-frank-sinatra
    “Legal departments in the music industry are following developments closely. Earlier this year, Roc Nation filed DMCA takedown requests against an anonymous YouTube user for using AI to mimic Jay-Z’s voice and cadence to rap Shakespeare and Billy Joel. (Both are incredibly realistic.) “This content unlawfully uses an AI to impersonate our client’s voice,” said the filing. And while the videos were eventually reinstated “pending more information from the claimant”, the case – the first of its kind – rumbles on.”
    “Classic Pop, in the style of Frank Sinatra – Jukebox” https://soundcloud.com/openai_audio/jukebox-265820820

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