“Russia has not invaded Ukraine,” and other great moments in Russian propaganda
posted at 8:01 pm on April 16, 2014 by Erika Johnsen
Oh, you know, just a casual ‘Russia actually hasn’t invaded Ukraine, because that’s really just misinformation peddled by the fascists within the illegal government in Kiev,’ and whatever. The usual. Via the WFB:
And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of the misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies about the political crisis in Ukraine that have emanated from the highest echelons of the Kremlin and reverberated on state-controlled Russian television, hour after hour, day after day, week after week.
It is an extraordinary propaganda campaign that political analysts say reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials. And in recent days, it has largely succeeded — at least for Russia’s domestic audience — in painting a picture of chaos and danger in eastern Ukraine, although it was pro-Russian forces themselves who created it by seizing public buildings and setting up roadblocks.
In essence, Moscow’s state-controlled news media outlets are loudly and incessantly calling on Ukraine and the international community to calm a situation that Ukraine, the United States and the European Union say the Kremlin is doing its best to destabilize.
And then, of course, there’s your standard fallback, ‘capitalism is really just fascism and America is really a lot like Auschwitz,’ that old chestnut.
Oh, yeah, all of those profits and value added and jobs created via free enterprise — it really just leaves behind such a troubling pattern of “scorched earth,” you know?
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