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    Posted: 23 Aug 2013 at 12:35
Napoleon comes to mind when I think of smear campaigns, because so many people in the world today still believe he was a short man with an attitude complexion about that. 

What are some examples of smear campaigns that have occurred throughout the world? 
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Hmm, Richard III comes to mind as well. Henry VII's propaganda said how cruel he was and how he supposedly killed his relatives to get the throne when resent studies prove otherwise.
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There are plenty of smear campaigns around the world. I believe every country has its own history of smear campaigns. Be it well known or not. However, the ones we know now are the ones that failed. It would be exciting to hear about the successful ones.


Here are few that I know about:


General Motors and hired prostitutes -  The reason for it was to seduce Ralph Nader and ruin his campaign to force the automobile industry to include seatbelts in the cars.


The Church of Scientology Vs. Paullette Cooper -  it was a plan thought out by the church to imprison or commit the journalist and author Paullette Cooper to a psychiatric hospital. What they did is borderline crazy and so elaborate that it involved not only lawsuits but also FBI. The main reason for a smear campaign was to take revenge on her highly critical book - The Scandal of Scientology.


The church has implanted fake friends in the author's life that claimed to receive suicide notes and bomb threats. These fake letters were so well made that even had the fingerprints of the author. Causing a 2-year federal lawsuit. It all ended when the FBI discovered that the bomb threats had been staged by the Guardian's Office.

China against Apple Inc -They tried to use smear campaign against Apple including TV and radio advertisement and articles in state-run papers. To ensure that Apple wouldn’t enter the market and people would buy local products. However, the campaign failed and miserably at that.


And these are not the only cases there are plenty more. However, not all cases are as white and black as the ones above.  For example, the events of the Holocaust are well documented both from historical records and personal accounts but there are groups who deny it ever happened.


It isn’t only the false claims of historical events that riddle our records with inaccuracies, but also those who own monopolies over mainstream media. Governments and companies with monopolies over media outlets can introduce real-world threats of information suppression, censorship, and bias. As it happens daily in China or USA or any other country in the world.  


I guess the biggest question is how do we ensure that smear campaigns we know that happened and are true keep true. Well, it is simple to do the research and make sure you choose the right sources and as many to ensure the accuracy of the data sources like official record, wikipedia and etc. But these can be silently edited and or changes based on the need of the few. Or use sources who are built on blockchain like Everipedia or Historia but it has its own nuances such as the projects are still being developed.


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I think the radical identity activists try to smear anyone that they disagree with as white supremacists from the patriarchy.  If you are white, then you must have oppressed/be oppressing someone to get where you are.  They cannot handle that not everybody buys into victimhood.
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How about Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton.

Numerous allegations of corruption but I've no seen any proof, and by that I'm not committing to whether she's corrupt or not.

Trump's "LOCK HER UP" appears to have rang a bell with some voters. 
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look at Whitewater, look at the sale of uranium to Russia approved by the state department, after Bill gives two  $500,000 speeches in Moscow.  No, I don't think that anyone who is honest thinks that the Clintons are known for their ethics.  The fact that Hillary did not have any competition for the nomination, shows the Clintons' power and ability to intimidate in the Democratic party.  The Clintons believed in taking advantage of their situation, renting out the Lincoln bedroom to campaign contributors.

All that bought her animosity from some people, Trump took advantage of that but he didn't make it.
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