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.


How the West does propaganda (2)

This is nice example from AFP.

The story is about a proposed ‘gay pride’ march in Odessa, Ukraine. The Right Sector movement disrupted the event.

This is how AFP reports about the Right Sector:

Prominent extreme nationalist group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) — once central to the demonstrations in Kiev that toppled a Russian-backed president last year — had voiced fierce opposition to Saturday’s event. [1]

This really is a lovely example of Western media propaganda.

The Right Sector movement was indeed prominent in the Maidan Square riots and putsch which got rid of President Yanochovich. It is a strongly nationalist movement. For example; some of its leaders have made virulently anti-Russian statements (before the war in Eastern Ukraine started). [2]

However the attempt to paint it as something belonging to the past is a sheer lie.

The Right Sector is part of the military campaign being waged by Kiev against the militias in eastern Ukraine. A Right Sector member is an adviser to the Ministry of Defence. Two Right Sector members including one of its leaders Dmytro Yarosh now sit in the Ukrainian parliament. [3] In other words the Right Sector played a key part in the Maidan Square riots and has now been taken into the fold and become part of the military campaign in Eastern Ukraine. It is integral to the coup.

The second piece of mischief here is describing (and this is a typical characterisation) President Yanochovich as a “Russian-backed President”. This is an attempt to mislead the casual reader into thinking that

How The West Does Propaganda

This is a good example. The story is by AFP. AFP is owned by the French government.

The story details the political, social and economic chaos in Libya. Apparently it is getting worse.

All this stems from the 2011 NATO bombing campaign. This campaign was conducted on the basis of UN Resolution 1973 which permitted military action to protect civilians. In a piece of legal sophistry the Western powers argued that “since Gaddafi is a threat to civilians bombing his army and thus securing a total military victory for the rebels is legitimate”.

At any event the fact is that NATO bombed the Libyan army (armed strangely enough in large measure by the EU [1]) and secured a military victory for various competing rebel factions. As