In Western media, publishing fake news about Russia is a good career move… with no consequences
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Bryan MacDonald is an Irish journalist based in Russia.
Fighting “Russian disinformation” in the West has become a lucrative business. But, in reality, you’re far more likely to encounter deceitful agitprop directed at Russia.
MOSCOW – CP Scott remains a towering figure in the annals of British journalism. Editor of the then “Manchester Guardian” for an astonishing 57 years, he celebrated his paper’s centenary by laying down a set of legendary principles.
“Comment is free, but facts are sacred,” Scott intoned in the missive. Sadly, almost a hundred years later, facts are free and the right to spread disinformation is becoming sacred, as far as his successors are concerned. Particularly when it comes to coverage of Russia.
Yet another example came over the New Year break. Following a few weeks out of the spotlight after peddling an obviously fake story about Julian Assange/Paul Manafort meetings in London, Luke Harding reappeared. And he came armed with his particular brand of bulls*** and sloppiness.
A sensationalist interview with former Soviet spy ‘Viktor Suvorov’ was full of fragile fact-checking and downright stupidity. For instance, presenting a pensioner, who defected from a different country almost 40 years ago, as an authority on how Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin operates today stretched credulity. And the piece was also riddled with factual errors, to boot.
"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt
January 8, 2019 at 7:08 PM #9986chknltlParticipant
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For example MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow or Free Speech TV’s wannabe Stephanie Miller.
Both 100% pro “Clinton got robbed by the Russians”.
Last time i checked, (and forgive me if i check on either any more than i check on SV these days), they both do well peddling that propaganda.
Being a Rhodes Scholar, one must believe that Maddow knows exactly what she is doing and why. To me this means she is a sell-out to her profession as a journalist and worse she sells out the citizenry who want to believe in her.
Rachael Maddow and Stephanie Miller and others like them who claim to be on the left are no better than Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity on the right. They are all corporate whores who care more for their pockets than for the truths the citizenry needs in order to make informed decisions.
January 8, 2019 at 7:21 PM #9988
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