There's an interesting review (authored by a retiree from the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Department of Homeland Security) here of a new book the makes the case that caution must be exercised in believing anything reported by the press.
Some of these smear techniques can probably be found in a study of politics in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur.
...... The Internet has made it extremely difficult to spread fake news. Dan Rather learned this when he attempted to pass off a memo that he claimed was created in the 1970s. It was immediately recognized as a fake because it was created with a computer font that did not exist at the time. The “dossier” claiming to show Trump connection with the Russians is similarly an obvious fake. It is amazing that people in the intelligence community can get away with claiming that it might be accurate. The first page of the dossier is classified “Sensitive Source -- Confidential.” You do not have to be an intelligence expert to know that sensitive sources are never classified confidential.
This is precisely why I watch and read very little from the mainstream press and media. I get almost all my news from various independent sources on the Internet. And I exercise caution in believing anything. Scripture explicitly warns of growing deception towards the end of the age that will be so strong as to be capable of even deceiving the unwary elect. Case-in-point: the plethora of advertising for "DNA Kits" that can allegedly reveal one's ancestry. There is little doubt that a significant contingent of the church believes the hype and have even purchased the kits. But a little research brings us this scientific perspective ....
Anyone with a spare $100 to $900 can buy a "DNA ancestry kit." Self-collection of DNA requires only a quick swab of the inside of the mouth to gather cheek cells. Mail that smear back and the company will then compare your DNA to various other samples.
But claims that this analysis will tell you much about where you came from are downright fraudulent, anthropologist Deborah Bolnick of the University of Texas at Austin and 14 co-authors recently reported.
..... But, Marks points out, these companies are preying on the public because they simply don’t have enough comparative information to pinpoint a gene on a world map. They might match your DNA to some group on some continent, but what they don’t tell you is that you would probably also match the group next door if only they had some of those samples as well.
.... More insidious, these companies pretend to trace your unique ancestry through mitochondrial DNA, but that’s simply not possible. A few hundred years, a few generations, and every person's history is a genetic mishmash. One little gene isn't going to inform anybody about anything.
The gullibility of many in the church will ultimately bring ruin to their lives.
Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding. (Prov 9:6-8, GW)