Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of “Russian Propaganda” Websites

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I have to admit I’m quite honored to see that Liberty Blitzkrieg was recently included on a list of some of the most illustrious, impactful and successful alternative news websites on the planet. The list was created by an anonymous group of status quo crybabies who simply can’t handle the fact their beloved chosen oligarch was defeated in a democratically held election by Donald Trump (who I didn’t even support). As such, they are lashing out at alternative news outlets deemed most effective in countering the smothering and nonsensical pro-Hillary narrative tirelessly propagated by the fake mainstream news media.

The group in question calls itself PropOrNot, and self-describes in the following manner:

PropOrNot is an independent team of concerned American citizens with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise, including professional experience in computer science, statistics, public policy, and national security affairs. We are currently volunteering time and skills to identify propaganda – particularly Russian propaganda – targeting a U.S. audience. We collect public-record information connecting propaganda outlets to each other and their coordinators abroad, analyze what we find, act as a central repository and point of reference for related information, and organize efforts to oppose it. 

We formed PropOrNot as an effort to prevent propaganda from distorting U.S. political and policy discussions. We hope to strengthen our cultural immune systems against hostile influence and improve public discourse generally. However, our immediate aim at this point is to empower the American voter and decrease the ability of Russia to influence the ensuing American election.

Apparently, this is all we know so far about this shadowy organization, which is simply hilarious considering the group deems any alternative news source that does not agree with the U.S. government narrative to be either outright Russian propaganda, or “useful idiots.”

Here’s “the list:”

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What’s particularly interesting about this list, isn’t the fact that a bunch of anonymous whiners decided to demonize successful critics of insane, inhumane and ethically indefensible U.S. government policy, but rather the fact that the Washington Post decided to craft an entire article around such a laughably ridiculous list. This just further proves a point that is rapidly becoming common knowledge amongst U.S. citizens with more than a couple of brain cells to rub together. The mainstream media is the real “fake news.”

Let’s take Liberty Blitzkrieg for example. Despite the fact that my site is mentioned on “the list,” nobody from PropOrNot bothered to contact me while doing their “research.” They could’ve asked very simple questions about how the site is run, who owns it, and who makes decisions about editorial content. Furthermore, I doubt they did any such research with regard to any of the mentioned sites before slandering them.

Since they failed to do any real work, let me answer several of these questions. I, Michael Krieger, am the 100% owner of Liberty Blitzkrieg. I am the only person who makes decisions on what to publish and when. I have absolutely no connections, financial or otherwise, to the Russian government, Russian interests, or the interests of any other government or government related group. Moreover, there is simply nobody on planet earth who has any influence on what I write or what I publish. I left a very successful and financially lucrative job to do what I do now because my passions and ethical grounding pushed me in this direction. If I was interested in making enormous sums of money, I could’ve easily stayed on Wall Street.

Moreover, I rarely write about Russia, with the exception of trying to prevent insane neocons and neoliberals in our government from actively seeking a military confrontation, because I — like most normal human beings — would prefer not to contribute to the manifestation of World War 3. Likewise, I try to prevent war breaking out in all circumstances where I think it can and should be avoided. I intentionally almost never use RT as a source, and I’ve never quoted anything from Sputnik. Unlike The Washington Post, I try to be extremely diligent about not publishing fake news, but I am a very strong critic of U.S. government policy, because much of U.S. government policy is certifiably insane and unethical. You can disagree with my opinion on that all you’d like, but I challenge anyone to find anything that could reasonably be considered pro-Russia propaganda on my website. If Liberty Blitzkrieg really is a Russian propaganda site, this should be easy to do since I’ve published thousands of articles over the years.

For those who ask why I focus on the transgressions of the U.S. government as opposed to foreign governments, the answer should be quite obvious. I am a U.S. citizen. My responsibility is not to change the policies of foreign governments, but to make my own country as honorable and accountable as possible. As Noam Chomsky so eloquently noted:

One of the most elementary moral truisms is that you are responsible for the anticipated consequences of your own actions. It is fine to talk about the crimes of Genghis Khan, but there isn’t much that you can do about them. If Soviet intellectuals chose to devote their energies to crimes of the U.S., which they could do nothing about, that is their business. We honor those who recognized that the first duty is to concentrate on your own country. And it is interesting that no one ever asks for an explanation, because in the case of official enemies, truisms are indeed truisms. It is when truisms are applied to ourselves that they become contentious, or even outrageous. But they remain truisms. In fact, the truisms hold far more for us than they did for Soviet dissidents, for the simple reason that we are in free societies, do not face repression, and can have a substantial influence on government policy. So if we adopt truisms, that is where we will focus most of our energy and commitment. The explanation is even more obvious than in the case of official enemies.

Naturally, truisms are hated when applied to oneself. You can see it dramatically in the case of terrorism. In fact one of the reasons why I am considered “public enemy number one” among a large sector of intellectuals in the U.S. is that I mention that the U.S. is one of the major terrorist states in the world and this assertion, though plainly true, is unacceptable for many intellectuals, including left-liberal intellectuals, because if we faced such truths we could do something about the terrorist acts for which we are responsible, accepting elementary moral responsibilities instead of lauding ourselves for denouncing the crimes official enemies, about which we can often do very little.

Elementary honesty is often uncomfortable, in personal life as well, and there are people who make great efforts to evade it. For intellectuals, throughout history, it has often come close to being their vocation. Intellectuals are commonly integrated into dominant institutions. Their privilege and prestige derives from adapting to the interests of power concentrations, often taking a critical look but in very limited ways. For example, one may criticize the war in Vietnam as a “mistake” that began with “benign intentions”. But it goes too far to say that the war is not “a mistake” but was “fundamentally wrong and immoral”. the position of about 70 percent of the public by the late 1960s, persisting until today, but of only a margin of intellectuals. The same is true of terrorism. In acceptable discourse, as can easily be demonstrated, the term is used to refer to terrorist acts that THEY carry out against US, not those that WE carry out against THEM. That is probably close to a historical universal. And there are innumerable other examples.

The fake mainstream news media is completely failing. It is failing because rather than informing the public and criticizing the powerful, it has become merely a giant public relations organ for the U.S. government. The American public clearly sees through the bullshit, in large part due to the efforts of alternative news media. Think about it. Liberty Blitzkrieg doesn’t have a single outside employee. Other than the heroic efforts of my tech person (who spends very little of his time on this site), there’s really no one else contributing in any material way to the operation of this blog. So for a website run by a relatively unknown person to have made it onto this slanderous list (subsequently highlighted by the Washington Post), is not only a great honor, but a testament to the impact one person can have in an environment dominated by a transparently fake and desperate mainstream media.

As I noted on Twitter earlier today.


To further demonstrate how desperate the failing mainstream media is to demonize its scrappy alternative news competitors, here’s how The Washington Post “reported” on the PropOrNot list:

Another group, called PropOrNot, a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds, planned to release its own findings Friday showing the startling reach and effectiveness of Russian propaganda campaigns.

The researchers used Internet analytics tools to trace the origins of particular tweets and mapped the connections among social-media accounts that consistently delivered synchronized messages. Identifying website codes sometimes revealed common ownership. In other cases, exact phrases or sentences were echoed by sites and social-media accounts in rapid succession, signaling membership in connected networks controlled by a single entity.

PropOrNot’s monitoring report, which was provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release, identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.

Interesting. I’d love to see what their “analytics tools” say about Liberty Blitzkrieg. Furthermore, what about that “common ownership” claim. As I mentioned before, I am the sole owner of Liberty Blitzkrieg. It seems PropOrNot is merely making shit up about successful websites they consider a threat. If The Washington Post’s decision to highlight such a list isn’t “fake news,” I don’t know what is.

Further proving The Washington Post’s lack of any sort of journalistic standards, it highlights PropOrNot despite the fact that…

“The way that this propaganda apparatus supported Trump was equivalent to some massive amount of a media buy,” said the executive director of PropOrNot, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers. “It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

I mean, this is simply embarrassing.

To conclude, the mainstream media is getting exactly what it deserves. Its impact is spiraling into irrelevance, its “journalists” bordering on the comical, and its standards beneath those of individual bloggers with zero staff and no budget. To conclude, the only thing I can ask of readers is the following: Support alternative media now more than ever. Put your money where your mouth is and help defeat the fake news mainstream media once and for all.

To that end, I’d ask that you please visit the Liberty Blitzkrieg Support Page and consider contributing.

I’ve written on this topic on several occasions. For more, see:

Zerohedge Included in What NY Magazine Calls ‘Extremely Helpful List of Fake and Misleading News Sites’

Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

Hillary Clinton Enters the Media Wars

The Death of Mainstream Media

In Liberty,
Michael Krieger

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41 thoughts on “Liberty Blitzkrieg Included on Washington Post Highlighted Hit List of “Russian Propaganda” Websites”

  1. Let’s just check out who these “fake news” domains are registered to. Let’s start with yours:

    (This is all public information from the WHOIS databases of domain name registrars)

    Registrant Name: Michael Krieger
    Registrant Organization:
    Registrant Street: 3605 Table Mesa Drive , #R317
    Registrant City: Boulder
    Registrant State/Province: Co
    Registrant Postal Code: 80305
    Registrant Country: US
    Registrant Phone: […]

    How about ZeroHedge?

    Domain Name: ZEROHEDGE.COM
    Registrant Name: Georgi Hristozov
    Registrant Organization: ABC Media Ltd
    Registrant Street: P.O. Box 3
    Registrant City: Sofia
    Registrant State/Province: Sofia
    Registrant Postal Code: 1784
    Registrant Country: BG
    Registrant Phone: +359.28753599

    Hmm.. they’ve got contact into on there, too. Let’s try some others…

    Domain Name: LEWROCKWELL.COM
    Registrant Name: JOHN KELLER
    Registrant Organization:
    Registrant Street: 5143 VININGS ESTATES WAY
    Registrant City: MABLETON
    Registrant State/Province: Georgia
    Registrant Postal Code: 30126
    Registrant Country: US
    Registrant Phone: +1.9848888

    Oh, the owner’s address and contact info is all there… Hmmm, let’s try another..

    Domain Name:
    Registrant Name: Ezra Levant
    Registrant Organization: Rebel Media
    Registrant Street: PO Box 1082 31 Adelaide st east
    Registrant City: Toronto
    Registrant State/Province: ON
    Registrant Postal Code: M5C 2J5
    Registrant Country: CA
    Registrant Phone: +1.4167316714

    Okay, so a whole bunch of sites on that list are pretty open about who owns them, how to contact them, and so on.

    What about our propaganda sniffing superheroes at

    Domain Name:
    Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
    Registrant Name: Registration Private
    Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
    Registrant Street:

    Yeah, that’s what I thought. Real transparent there, propaganda sniffers.

  2. This is great list – Gave me an opportunity to see all my ‘Go To’ websites in one place and to check out some that I did not know about.!
    I must thank whoever these scum are – they did this yeoman service for all of us.

  3. Congratulations, Mike! You made the enemies list of the corrupt status quo. That shows you’re doing something right.

    And, as a loyal reader, I won’t say a word about your support for East Asia or Oceania.

  4. A Badge of Honor, Sir. Wear it with pride…

    For a very long time I have just wanted the truth. You have been part of that journey. Now the truth is being revealed, and I am finding that once you know it, you can’t un-know it.

    As we “drain the swamp”, we are finding that what’s living on the bottom is unspeakably horrid and evil. I pray as a nation we will be able to survive this, but it well may take an international tribunal not unlike the Nuremberg trials to set things right.

    Pray for our county.

    I am Spirit

  5. Thanks for following up on this piece of dog shit wapo article I read this morning. I found it funny that they gave no links for fact checking, they accused many sites for instigating hostilities towards America for Russia when the article itself was clearly another hostile smear towards Russia, and my favorite was their accusations of alternative media being a propaganda arm for Russia while anyone with their head pulled from the asses could see that their P.O.S. Article was quiet literally a full blown propaganda piece for mainstream desperation and leftists operatives. Keep it up Mike , your are clearly having an effect.

  6. I have never heard of your website before, but i am a fan of blacklisted news. Saw the article listing sites. I will now come here if for no other reason than to drive traffic up on your site (although i intend to read the articles). Fuck Wapo, and i am glad to have a list of other sites too.. All it takes is going to a site a few times when you can decide to trust the news on it. Wapo has no idea they are creating their own demise

  7. Thanks ‘Washington Toast’!!! Thanks for the list of sites, with some sites I didn’t know about, which I shall now check out. Thanks!

  8. that’s a great list of reading material .. I found some great new sites … will have to thank them for pointing out the best sites .. awesome!

  9. Oh, but you do have a Russian connection, Michael – Russians read your blog! And enjoy it too! Great read this time again, thanks. And what a bunch of douches work for WaPo!

  10. Powerful, direct, to the point and inescapable. I have a few observations I would like to submit:

    My feeling is that publishing such a list, which you actually made (congratulations!) is not innocent, not unreasoned and not without a well-planned purpose.

    Were I as devious as the Dulles brothers were, long before NSA and the monitoring capabilities of our alphabet agencies, which increased government’s deviousness exponentially, I would intentionally publish such a list to accomplish three goals:

    1) Assure that those already inclined to get most of their information from internet were given more ample opportunity to surf a highly monitored web, so as to document their soon-to-become crime of “treason”, with the appropriate regulations in place (the latest Executive orders appear to set that stage);

    2) Assure that, while they discover more sites they were oblivious to and spend more time sitting in front of the screen, they do not take notice of what is being implemented right under their nose AND they do not take physical action today, at the last minute, as the veterans are taking right now in N. Dakota (the Dulles knew that when the military and police clash, civil war isn’t far behind. This is not Washingtons’ aim: civil wars can go any way, are very difficult to contain and can lead to situations not considered ahead of time, such as foreign intervention and permanent loss of control by the ruling class);

    3) Make it much easier to round them up if/when it comes to that, under some new-and-improve threat of “terrorism”, through the gathering of surfing habits and the voting/enacting of new laws.

    Far-fetched? Probably not: not in the wake of 911, Sandy Hook, Bataclan, Orlando, Nice, etc. Paranoid sounding? Probably. But so is Washington. In order to understand Washington’s moves, one needs to understand paranoia, which isn’t a real problem as long as one doesn’t become paranoid. Thank God, I’m not paranoid. Just tired of the joy-killing insanity and ready and willing to die, which I knew was my end road anyway. It looks as though joy hasn’t been in most Americans’ cards for quite a few decades. Why stick around?

    Whatever the source of this list, CIA-controlled Washington Post was not only allowed but encouraged to publish it. The CIA is not after ruffling the feathers of 200 website owners who don’t see eye to eye and would never get together and sue the Washington Post together, as a class action (or would you?) The CIA/Power-That-Be are after the readership. Making sure that the millions who sit, read all those many websites and do nothing sit longer, read more or them and do even less.

    Do I make sense?

    • Those who read any of the websites on the list probably read others on the list, too, and watch online videos on certain topics. So the government already can determine who to round up.

  11. The anonymous “executive director” of the Propornot website, quoted by the Washington Post, was mostly a likely a “senior military intelligence” impostor cum serial teen pornographer named Joel Harding. He is facing a lawsuit over the copyright infringement of Internet-distributed (teen) pornography (Case No. 1:16-cv-00384-AJT-TCB) in the US District Court for the eastern district of Virginia, Alexandria division. This is in the public domain.

    BTW, Harding’s fellow trolls have been known to ascribe the rank of Brig Gen to their pathetic troll leader in private messages to the unsuspecting.

    No wonder Joel Harding wished to remain the anonymous “executive director” whose laughably scientific work was quoted by Washington Post. But why didn’t Washington Post’s Craig Timberg check this up? Basic journalistic checks thrown out of the mixed gender bathroom window? Details of Harding’s trolling activities are available on the very Internet that is trolled by Joel Harding through his 3,000-odd troll sites.

    And to think that I used to be an avid reader of Washington Post’s science and Technology reports now galls me.

    There is a growing assumption that the patriotic paranoid activities of Joel Harding and associates are a cover for their Ukrainian teen pornography distribution business.

  12. I read your site and zerohedge. I live in Japan and even though I am an American, I can view our country from afar. I am really thankful for your news and opinions because I feel people should try to figure things out the best that they can logically. Thanks for the list I can check out some new sites of people who give so much to help put out information for we the public. I also want to say thank you because I find your articles intersting and informative too.

  13. I’ve been a fan of your writing even before you started the blog. With your inclusion to their “real news” list, it’s like winning a gold medal. You must be doing something right.

    I think their plan has gone wrong as most of their plans do. More people than ever are now realizing they are the fake news outlets. Keep up the good work.

  14. Congratulations Michael!
    I wonder though,whether the WaPo article and the list were written by someone who is sympathetic to our cause, written in an opposing manner so the editor would approve it, while knowing that many unaware readers would check some of them out, out of curiosity.

  15. Congratulations, you must be so proud! It is hilarious that the W Putz is so delusional that they think anybody would quit reading alternate news because they say so and that they could achieve anything but sending more readers looking.

  16. No worries Michael, thanks to folks like you, more and more people are waking up.

    This is how I judge globalist, oligarch controlled media babble and the brainwashed parrots of the same: Does it promote freedom for the most at the expense of he fewest. Or, does it promote continuity for the current system of debt slavery and it’s world wide growth. Is it divisive? Does it attempt to keep our attention diverted from government graft and freedom stealing by promoting stories that keep us fussing with each other?

    Simple litmus test for sure, but it eliminates a surprising number of propaganda sites who have clothed themselves with either Liberal or Conservative colors and those who have stupidly swallowed the Koolaid of the their chosen and preferred source of propaganda.

  17. To be fair, the creators of the list say: “For purposes of this definition it does not matter whether the sites listed here are being knowingly directed and paid by Russian intelligence officers, or whether they even knew they were echoing Russian propaganda at any particular point.” So they aren’t accusing you of being paid by the Russians, just of echoing their propaganda from time to time.

    I wish this idea was encouraged and extended to all countries and major corporations. It would be really informative if Google News, after each article, included in brackets the true source of information, namely which government, corporation or celebrity is behind promoting this particular piece of news. I’m quite positive that 99.99% of news on any source, mainstream or alternative, would fall into one of those buckets.

    As somebody who has tried to promote a particular non-profit activity, I can assure you it’s extremely hard, because the competition is fierce and they almost invariably have deeper pockets than you have. Journalists attempting to actually find the truth on a particular subject are practically unknown in mainstream media, and fairly rare among bloggers.

    • While I admire the attempt to discredit genuine Russian propaganda, here’s the problem: Where’s Where are the sites that routinely and blatantly promote Russian propaganda? Why focus on 99.9 percent “conservative sites” that occasionally have an article that “echoes” what the Kremlin says sometimes. Our site almost NEVER cites RT or any of that genuine propaganda garbage.
      I was a newspaper reporter for 15 years. I’ve got a pretty good BS meter and it’s going off like crazy.
      It’s pretty clear there’s a bias there. Am I wrong? If not, tell me why occupydemocrats or dailykos or thinkprogress aren’t on the list? They don’t ever “echo” russian propaganda?

    • Robert Gehl, after a quick skim I saw 5 or 6 leftist sites, including counterpunch, antiwar and antimedia. I am surprised Occupy Democrats isn’t on the list, however. DailyKos is basically a Clinton propaganda site so not shocked it wasn’t included. Remember, the elites like the genuine Left as little as the genuine Right.

  18. I used to be amazed at the gall of the msm at how they simply assumed that all of the American people would simply believe what they put out there because they were the annointed ones who were looking out for our best interests. Now, the only thing that amazes me is the fact that the msm is still able to find corporations willing to pay for advertising that allows them to remain in business. And I, like many others, want to echo the thanks for this list. It is actually getting harder and harder to find real hard news, and facts, when you start to search for it. Now, I have a handy list to follow.

  19. Yay Krieger! You’re a rocking true patriot badass with intelligence and compassion. I’m proud that you’re on that list and are one my favorite sites. I grew up in Longmont, so I feel like a neighbor. Stay strong! Can you believe the news agencies those morons recommend? A who’s who list of the shitheads. Unbelivable!

  20. What’s scary is the establishment left, instead of moving on, is upping the ante by saying Hillary only lost due to illegal and possibly war worthy Russian infiltration. Also this propornot is definitely a CIA run website.

  21. Not only websites are targeted, individuals like myself are accused of being a paid Russian troll when I criticized Clinton on CNBC comment sections. I do not see that person anymore on that forum. I suspect he was a paid Clinton troll. They have a habit of accusing others of what they are doing.

  22. Hi! Came to your site by checking out The List! A number of my regular reads are on there, but yours was new to me. Now I’m bookmarking it. Way to go, WaPo!

  23. As Jose Garcia already pointed out, WTF does have to do with Russia or propaganda.

    The fact that it’s included on their bullshit list speaks perfectly to their complete lack of due diligence in compiling the list.

  24. I have been a loyal supporter and follower of Mike’s posts from the early days when he started on Zerohedge. His work is honest, clean and above all else, completely truthful without a slant or bias towards Left or Right (or if you must, Republican or Democrat) or any particular label, as he has indicated many times. What I do know is that he is a fantastic source of information that may not always be available or even desired to be reported at other locations, whether it be the laughable CNN or print/web hacks like the NYT or WaPo. Print journalism has been dead for years. Access to information is greater now than it has ever been in human history, with ease. If you wanted to research something in decades past, you’d have to get microfiche from the library, pull old periodicals, or save your subscriptions to such print delivered to your home. In addition to other printed forms, like non-fiction, you’d have to purchase from a bookstore, or borrow from a lending library. The current method of obtaining information in the 21st Century has empowered people, individuals – and it has frightened those that have been more in control of content. There was a time, in my less than 5 decades of life, where there were only 3 news networks and there were only 2-4 slots of 30 minutes of news, daily. And where there were only a handful of national newspapers as well. Today, we have a WEALTH of information. Those that control it, they are scared. Clearly the WaPo hit-piece is a sign of that as this year has proven that MSM was easily the biggest loser of the election, not Hillary, not even Pollsters that got it wrong. They have been exposed and are panicked with how to maintain their continuing decline of market share and revenues. A guy like Bezos doesn’t invest in WaPo because he expected to make money, he wishes to control information. And there are many others like him. Even Rupert with one of the only mainstream ‘conservative’ outlets via Fox & FoxBiz.

    I do not have a website, I do not know the business dynamics involved, either. But from what I have read, what I have heard and seen, independent websites stay active when they get viewers. (Mike can confirm this or not if he wishes.) But as I understand, ‘pageviews’ translate into ad monies for the sites purveyors. WaPo won’t allow you to freely view their content unless you PAY them, as a subscriber. Clearly the irony here is that they probably also receive income from advertisers on their site. Or sometimes they will permit a limited number of free views, per month. Guys like Mike & Zerohedge & Naked Capitalism, these guys provide free viewing and in my opinion provide far greater information. So, how this translates to me: spend time on each of their sites that you support. I am sure loyal supporters aren’t going away. Make small donations to those that accept them. Pageviews and donations keep guys like Mike going and they will keep on fighting to provide access to valuable, worthwhile information. I don’t even visit many of those hitlist sites (maybe 5?) but I think for fun, I will casually click on some of them regularly now, just to get them some pageviews. Am I going to find new information? Maybe. Anyone that reads just one source for their news is easily convinced by anything. Smart people spend time getting their news and information from numerous sources. I highly recommend all that are loyal, or new viewers here, click on daily if you cannot afford a donation. Pageviews help, I believe. One thing Mike has always provided to his readers – INTEGRITY! Honor that by repaying him with clicks or dollars (or bitcoins). I am sure he will appreciate it as much as those loyal readers of his appreciate his hard work to keep the information coming to us all. Cheers!!


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