It is true because someone in power said it. (Someone in my tribe)

It is a characteristic of the Western media that they report anything which London or Washington or Paris comes up with as the gospel truth. Is is true because it was said by a government spokesmen. This is the extent of truth-testing most ‘journalists’ engage in.

At the same time briefings by the Kremlin or the Russian Ministry of Defense, for example, are treated with the utmost caution. An example of the latter; the

Free Press in the West (12) – Ukraine rebels train child soldiers in the making

This is a nice example of a pure propaganda story. It is written by a propaganda writer Yulia Silina for AFP.

The aim of the story is to create an impression that the rebels in Eastern Ukraine are using “child soldiers”. No doubt we are supposed to think “like ISIS”. Note that the story concedes that the UN says there is no proof of minors being used in combat in Eastern Ukraine. We are told: