DIY Propaganda Machines

Earlier this Spring, the Wall Street Journal suggested a fun DIY project for an election-year summer. Jack Brewster of NewsGuard explained,

It took me two days, $105 and no expertise whatsoever to launch a fully automated, AI-generated local news site capable of publishing thousands of articles a day—with the partisan news coverage framing of my choice, nearly all rewritten without credit from legitimate news sources. I created a website specifically designed to support one political candidate against another in a real race for the U.S. Senate. And I made it all happen in a matter of hours.

I'm nervous and morbidly curious to see what effect LLM technology will have on the upcoming US election.