The war on truth

A demonstration by Right Sector activists in Kiev, Ukraine, has descended into violence. A grenade was thrown from amongst the protesters injuring several policemen. The protesters were protesting against the law being passed with allows for a degree of decentralisation in Ukraine. Kiev has to pass this law – and others – to be part of the Minsk 2 agreement.

This is the report from RT.

This is the report from Reuters.

I looked at how Reuters would cover this story specifically. The Right Sector and right-wing Svoboda party [1][2] were key players in the Western backed coup in February 2014. The Right Sector is part of the National Guard fighting in the East.

A relentless wall of anti-Russian propaganda

This is another one. This is AFP reporting on the Kuril islands. The Kuril islands, off Russia’s far eastern shore with the southernmost of them close to Japan, are disputed between Japan and Russia.

The position of Russia is that the islands were ceded to Russia as part of the peace treaties at the end of WWII. [1] They certainly have a strong case which is argued from international treaties. [2]

Nonetheless the Western propaganda writers at AFP prefer:

Soviet troops seized the islands just after Japan surrendered in World War II. [2] (AFP)

It isn’t just AFP. This appears to the the organised narrative. Here is the

The propaganda machine

Just a routine piece of Western media propaganda.

This is from SkyNews.

The story reports that North Korea fired a shell into South Korea and then said that South Korea’s response shelling was based on a “nonexistent pretext”. Put like that obviously North Korea is living in a phantasy world. However the actual sequence of events was a land-mine explosion which injured two South Korean soldiers. South Korea responded to this by turning on its propaganda loudspeakers. This was followed by the exchange of artillery. The “nonexistent pretext” referred to by North Korea was the claim by South Korea that the mine had been placed by North Korea. It may or may not have been – but once we understand this at least North Korea’s position appears rational. Conceivably plausible. Not obviously mad.

This kind of mistake could just be down to sloppy journalism. But (like your bank’s mistakes) the mistakes always seem to fall on one side. In favour of the Western narrative. The Western media is like a propaganda machine. It churns out the narrative day in day out. It does this by a) massive omissions and b) small but significant twists in the fact presentation. All the while it produces balanced reports with quotes from both sides.

In this case the main point is that the US has urged North Korea to stop “threatening regional security”. Well; thank heavens we accept that the US is the global “peace keeper”.



A confession

This post is a confession.

A confession of naivety.

A couple of months ago we published some posts critising the Western press for printing stories about imminent Russian aggression against the Baltic states. For example:

My naivety was to think that this was just ignorant journalism.