Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

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Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at his blog

I love the western Ziomedia.  Not for what they write, but for showing their true face.  Finally.  After decades of pretending like they have some high professional or ethical standards, after years and years of pseudo-objective reporting, these folks have finally dropped their masks and are showing their true face.  We already saw the hysterical, truly maniacal, hate campaign against Trump (and it ain’t over by a long shot) and we saw the breathtakingly dishonest demonization of Putin and anything Russian.  Well, I have a great example to illustrate this.

Check out this photo:

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

What you see here is a historical reconstruction of a festival called “times and epochs” in which history buffs recreate all sorts of historical events.  In this case, what you see are WWII style anti-tank obstacles (called ‘hedgehogs’ in Russian) and sandbag walls.  Seem pretty cool, no?

Well, no.  Not for the Russian “democrats”.

It all began with a guy called Aleksei Venediktov, one of the leading “democrats” and “liberals” in Russia.  Here is what he posted on his Twitter account:  “The Tverskaia street is now ready for the Day of Russia”.

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

This is a very slick move on his part as this implies, but does not quite say, that these barricades were put up by the “regime” against “the people” and, sure, enough, this was exactly how the western propaganda machine picked it up:

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

Others immediately picked that up:

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

And, after that, both the NYT and the FT repeated the same lies.

Eventually some had to backtrack their accusations:

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

But, of course, the damage was done.

Still, some reacted with humor:

Fake news? Nobody Beats The Western Media

Now here is the true story:

The organizers of the protest got the authorization to conduct their demonstration on the Sakharov Square.  But on the day before, they suddenly announced that the sound system was no good and that they would move their demonstration to the Tverskaia street.  Rather than repeat it all, I would point you to a recent article by Anatoli Karlin who explains the strategy of the organizers here: http://www.unz.com/akarlin/bayonetting-putler/.  To make a long story short, since they knew that the demonstration would gather a tiny crowd, the organizers decided to literally ‘invade’ the historical festival in downtown Moscow.  They did that for 2 reasons:

  1. the festival usually attracts huge crowds. who is to say that they all did not come to “protest”, right?
  2. since their move was illegal, they knew that they would be arrested.

To the immense disappointment of the Ziomedia, all the arrests were peaceful and well-conducted (especially in comparison with the usual orgy of violence US or French cops mete out against any illegal demonstrations).  One policeman suffered form a burned eye (he was pepper-sprayed by a “peaceful” demonstrator).  Still, the western reporters had the opportunity to see the “repression” at work (see, for example, the photos taken by The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jun/12/anti-government-demonstrations-in-russia-in-pictures).  But, at the end of the day, and considering the level of violence hoped for by the pro-western organizers of the protests (see Kokcharov’s tweet above), this all ended with the usual flop.

I feel sincerely sorry for the western reporters in Russia: their bosses are demanding signs of protests, of violence, even signs of a possible collapse of the “regime” in power (how about all those headlines about Putin feeling the “heat” from these protests?!).  But the Russian people just fail to deliver over and over again.  They show up in huge numbers for sport events, concerts, festivals, religious ceremonies, etc.  But not for the riots organized by the tiny CIA-run Russian “non-system opposition”.  Worse, for all the propaganda and economic warfare, Putin’s popularity is still somewhere in the usual 80%+ while the most respected institution in the country is the military.  Apparently Russians just don’t “get it”.

This sorry state of affairs forces some reporters to become creative.  For example, on the Russian language BBC website a guy called Vladimir Kozlovskii wrote an article entitled “How I fell asleep listening to the conversation between Oliver Stone and Vladimir Putin“.  His beef with the interview? Stone was not asking the hard questions!  As if journalists in the West were asking tough questions of their politicians!  And who cares about when and how Mr Kozlovskii sleeps anyway?!  But since this was anti-Putin, and anti-Putin is by definition good, this article was posted, by the (formerly) prestigious BBC, no less.

Anyway, in conclusion, a warning: the city of Moscow has decided to renovate a lot of the Khrushchev-era apartment buildings in the city.  Those who live there now will be relocated and compensated for their inevitable aggravation.  But some are not happy.  There have, and probably will, be more protests about this (just think of the value of the square meter of real estate anywhere in Moscow!).  There are also attempts to build a campaign to protest against corruption (still, alas, prevalent in Russia).  Again, demonstrations are likely.  Finally, just was the case with “Russia Day”, there are various dates this summer when the people of Moscow, and other Russian cities, will take to the streets.  Some of them will be marred by violent outbursts (such as the Day of the Airborne Forces – August 2nd – when ex-paratroopers like to drink and, sometimes act like asses which puts them on a collision course with the local cops).  The western media will present all of that like protests, riots, a “Russian Maidan” and any other imaginable nonsense.  So to save you the effort I make this pledge: if there are ever any *real* protests in Russia with some traction with the people or if there is *any* sign of a crisis or “regime change” in Russia, I will immediately inform you.

But if I am quiet and the western media is going ape shit again, just flush your mental toilet and enjoy your summer.

Cheers,

The Saker

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  • Barba_Papa

    In the scientific world its considered a cardinal sin to use wikipedia as a source, as anyone can edit a wikipedia article. So it lacks scientific credentials. Maybe in journalism it should be made a cardinal sin too to use and quote any news that comes from twitter, facebook, or basically any form of social media.

    • Concrete Mike

      You raise à valid point. I noticed that all the western news use all thé same sources, Reuters AP, theres is à couple other one I dont remember. Point is what they are doing is referencing each other for credibility, but once you look into it,its source data, its Much less credible, either à Anonymous leak, dubious social media posts ect.

      Combine this with à population that refuses the concept of critical thinking, objectivity and you got a receipe for a perfect police state thats There and people dont even notice it.

      Its pretty slickly done when you think about it, but it makes one wonder, how can we Escape this trap that has been woven around us.

      Thé awoken are so few, with so many sheeps still. I know were going to have tough Times ahead for us in the west but i hope we Will learn from our fathers mistakess and create à better society out of it.

      • Orcbuu

        Spread the word to to Sleeping sheeples, it is the fastest way to wake them up.
        The world is changing and when u just wake 1 up he could been 1 very important human beeing who is waking many more up.

        • Concrete Mike

          Thats right my Brother, I almost got m’y wife convinced, took me à while, but I succeding

          • Orcbuu

            A long Journey starts with the First Step.

          • Ronald

            So right , each and every person is vastly important .
            Shine a light .

          • Orcbuu

            In a Very Dark Place just one light shines very Bright!
            There is one very nice Philosophy about this, you just remembered me about it.

  • chris chuba

    Even Buckley’s original tweet was nonsense,

    “Most countries use tank traps to protect themselves against invaders”

    Really? Actually, Russia is one of a handful of countries that has ever had to do this in major cities. This should have clued him in that this probably was an historical reference rather than for demonstrators.

    • Gary Sellars

      I attribute it to “ignorance” of the intentional and self-serving kind….

  • Garry Compton

    Once again the Saker shows how much hate has deliberately been instilled in the West about Russia.When I told my friends in America about Isis and the west being all the same terrorists in Syria, they all called me a F in Russian Commie. I replied that Russia hasn’t been Communistic for many a decades – but there is no police state here – no taxes- a free free market, morals, the teenagers are Very respectful, and everyone has a place to live – because it is in the Russian Federation – I haven’t heard back from any of them – including my brother – they are all scared of their country ! No Fear — in Russia.