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Uproar at Russia Today
American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld

Posted on 03/12/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT by No One Special

Russia’s invasion of Crimea in Ukraine has had the effect of unmasking the Putin dictatorship before the eyes of the world, and perhaps the institution most breathtakingly exposed has been Putin’s propaganda TV network Russia Today.

In the immediate aftermath of the invasion, something really stunning happened. Not one but two American female on-air journalists employed by Russia Today fought back against the naked act of Russian aggression they were witnessing. One, Liz Wahl, actually resigned during her broadcast in protest, saying she could not continue to work for a state-owned entity, while the other, Abby Martin, declared her open opposition to the Kremlin’s actions during her broadcast.

But what happened next was even more amazing.

Russia Today’s editor in chief Margarita Simonyan published a post on her Live Journal blog in both English and Russian in which she cast aside any pretext of journalistic objectivity and openly declared herself a partisan of the Russian state in the Ukrainian conflict. She stated: “Yesterday I spent quite some time explaining to the New York Times correspondent why I consider Russia’s position to be right. I’m Russian. I support my country and I will fight for the truth for as long as it takes.”

Simonyan’s use of the word “truth” is highly revealing. She uses it in the same sense Putin does. For them, “truth” does not mean accuracy. Instead, it means those statements, correct or incorrect, which help Russia win victory. Only such statements are to be reported by people who call themselves “journalists” in Putin’s Russia. That is how it is possible for Putin to strip all military insignia from the Russian soldiers who invaded Ukraine and then tell the people of Russia that they were “self defense forces” and not Russians...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: propaganda; russia; ukraine
We are all susceptible to propaganda and we need to recognize this if we are to get to the truth.
1 posted on 03/12/2014 1:10:10 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Why is RT even allowed to broadcast in this country?


2 posted on 03/12/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: No One Special

Good points. Russian Time was setup specifically as a propaganda organ to support Putin. A few years ago there was a book named MANUFACTURING CONSENT. It alleged that the major consensus in the USA was merely created by the media. What Putin has hoped to do is to manufacture dissent in favor of him. Now, we Americans can and should oppose our government when it is wrong (very often these days). But why would anyone with any sense at all willingly be duped by Putin.


3 posted on 03/12/2014 1:14:34 PM PDT by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Why is MSNBC allowed to broadcast in this country?


4 posted on 03/12/2014 1:16:04 PM PDT by maggief
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To: No One Special
For them, “truth” does not mean accuracy. Instead, it means those statements, correct or incorrect, which help (fill in the blank) win victory.

Sounds like any one of our election cycles of late.

5 posted on 03/12/2014 1:24:33 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: elhombrelibre
Some background on Soviet propaganda:

"His goal was to create for the right-thinking non-Communist West the dominating political prejudice of the era: the belief that any opinion that happened to serve the foreign policy of the Soviet Union was derived from the most essential elements of human decency."

So writes Stephen Koch of Willi Munzenberg (1889-1940), the central character in his intricate and fascinating narrative, "Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West."

It has had a powerful influence world-wide.

6 posted on 03/12/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Clinton would say it depends on what the definition of “truth” really is...Obummer would have to read it off a teleprompter...Bush would know and speak the truth but be bashed mercilessly by the left leaning crazy media and dumb democrats...Republicans would internally be fighting against the Tea Party who would speak the truth along with Sarah Palin and be ridiculed by SNL skits...meanwhile the American people would be so caught up in the latest fake “reality” show that it wouldn’t care...and a precious 4 year old Jewish boy taking a bath recites the whole “you can’t handle the truth” portion of “A Few Good Men” on a video that’s gone viral...

All of this swirls around and around going down the horrible toilet bowl of international crises going on at this very moment in Ukraine, Venezuela, Israel...

Yep, guess propaganda is needed by a lot of countries to keep the masses entertained with “bread and circuses” until the walls of their cities/nations fall down...


7 posted on 03/12/2014 1:53:09 PM PDT by sassy steel magnolia
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To: Zuben Elgenubi; maggief

>> Why is RT even allowed to broadcast in this country? <<

So that we can see and hear directly — without any filter — exactly how blatant and deceitful Putin’s anti-American propaganda has become. Watching RT has been a real eye-opener for me.

Moreover, it’s also helpful to see which American citizens appear on this channel as willing accomplices. Somebody (paging Brent Bozell?)needs to monitor RT 24/7 and publicize a list of these fellow travelers and useful idiots.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 1:58:11 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: No One Special

I wonder where Larry King and the country DJ from Lansing come down on this?


9 posted on 03/12/2014 2:38:02 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Why is the Soros neo-Nazi, anti-semitic BDS allowed to operate in this country and beat the drums for the dissolution of the Jewish state?


10 posted on 03/12/2014 2:59:48 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: No One Special
Many Russian journalists have been murdered over the past ten years or so.

Wikipedia
Rossiya Segodnya (official name: Federal State Unitary Enterprise International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya; from Russian: Россия Сегодня, Russia Today) is the official Russian government owned international news agency founded by presidential decree on 9 December 2013. Rossiya Segodnya incorporates the former RIA Novosti news service and the Voice of Russia international radio service (formerly Radio Moscow).


Why Russia should sell weapons to Iran and Syria
RIA Novosti (Russian state-owned outlet) ^ | 08AUG07 |
Marianna Belenkaya, Russian Government
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1878354/posts


11 posted on 03/12/2014 3:20:16 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: sergeantdave

Could it be the first amendment to the constitution?


12 posted on 03/12/2014 3:24:00 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

“Could it be the first amendment to the constitution?”

I don’t know; you tell me.

FDR didn’t allow Nazis to establish newspapers, march in American cities, infiltrate our schools or broadcast Hitler propaganda from radio stations. I guess, according to you, FDR violated the free speech of Nazis. FR is getting more and more stupid with comments like yours.

The Constitution is not a friggin’ suicide pact.


13 posted on 03/12/2014 4:05:32 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: No One Special

Her name is Margarita Simonyan and she says she is a Russian. That doesn’t look like a Russian name to me...but I’m not an expert on the subject. I’ve studied a little Russian and have been there twice but that’s it.


14 posted on 03/12/2014 5:33:35 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

According to wikipedia:

“Simonyan was born in Krasnodar [Soviet Union] to an Armenian family. She describes herself as an “irreversibly Russified Armenian.””


15 posted on 03/12/2014 5:54:58 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Well, OK. So, she wasn’t what I think of as a Russian, certainly not one named Margarita.

Thanks for the info. It did puzzle me a bit.


16 posted on 03/12/2014 6:47:10 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: sergeantdave

What did FDR do about communists?


17 posted on 03/12/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Well, we all know. She is an unrepentant Communist. The Commies are all supporting Russia in this Ukraine crisis.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 9:18:51 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: Hawthorn
So that we can see and hear directly — without any filter — exactly how blatant and deceitful Putin’s anti-American propaganda has become

Are you sure it's deceitful? If it's anything involving Obama or the decline of moral standards in this country it might be true. Can you give an example?

19 posted on 03/12/2014 9:32:38 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Why is RT even allowed to broadcast in this country?

Excellent question. I'd add "why is al-Jazeera allowed to broadcast in this country?"

And then I remind myself that I'm not supporting either entity via a cable or satellite tv bill, and neither should the rest of you!

Drop Comcast & DirecTV/Dish Network and STOP FUNDING Russian and muslim propaganda!

20 posted on 03/12/2014 9:37:49 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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