| Who’s invading whom? Propaganda Rules The News!

Propaganda Rules The News – Paul Craig Roberts, Institute for Political Economy.

Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.

Glenn Greenwald points out the independence that RT, a Russian media organization, permits Abby Martin who denounced Russia’s alleged invasion of Ukraine, compared to the fates of Phil Donahue (MSNBC) and Peter Arnett (NBC), both of whom were fired for expressing opposition to the Bush regime’s illegal attack on Iraq. The fact that Donahue had NBC’s highest rated program did not give him journalistic independence. Anyone who speaks the truth in the American print or TV media or on NPR is immediately fired.

Russia’s RT seems actually to believe and observe the values that Americans profess but do not honor.

I agree with Greenwald. You can read his article here: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37842.htm Greenwald is entirely admirable. He has intelligence, integrity, and courage. He is one of the brave to whom my just published book, How America Was Lost, is dedicated. As for RT’s Abby Martin, I admire her and have been a guest on her program a number of times.

My criticism of Greenwald and Martin has nothing to do with their integrity or their character. I doubt the claims that Abby Martin grandstanded on “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine” in order to boost her chances of moving into the more lucrative “mainstream media.” My point is quite different. Even Abby Martin and Greenwald, both of whom bring us much light, cannot fully escape Western propaganda.

For example, Martin’s denunciation of Russia for “invading” Ukraine is based on Western propaganda that Russia sent 16,000 troops to occupy Crimea. The fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.

Apparently, neither Abby Martin nor Glenn Greenwald, two intelligent and aware people, knew this fact. Washington’s propaganda is so pervasive that two of our best reporters were victimized by it.

As I have written several times in my columns, Washington organized the coup in Ukraine in order to promote its world hegemony by capturing Ukraine for NATO and putting US missile bases on Russia’s border in order to degrade Russia’s nuclear deterrent and force Russia to accept Washington’s hegemony.

Russia has done nothing but respond in a very low-key way to a major strategic threat orchestrated by Washington.

It is not only Martin and Greenwald who have fallen under Washington’s propaganda. They are joined by Patrick J. Buchanan. Pat’s column calling on readers to “resist the war party on Crimea” opens with Washington’s propagandistic claim: “With Vladimir Putin’s dispatch of Russian Troops into Crimea.”http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37847.htm
No such dispatch has occurred. Putin has been granted authority by the Russian Duma to send troops to Ukraine, but Putin has stated publicly that sending troops would be a last resort to protect Crimean Russians from invasions by the ultra-nationalist neo-nazis who stole Washington’s coup and established themselves as the power in Kiev and western Ukraine.

So, here we have three of the smartest and most independent journalists of our time, and all three are under the impression created by Western propaganda that Russia has invaded Ukraine.

It appears that the power of Washington’s propaganda is so great that not even the best and most independent journalists can escape its influence.

What chance does truth have when Abby Martin gets kudos from Glenn Greenwald for denouncing Russia for an alleged “invasion” that has not taken place, and when independent Pat Buchanan opens his column dissenting from the blame-Russia-crowd by accepting that an invasion has taken place?

The entire story that the presstitutes have told about the Ukraine is a propaganda production. The presstitutes told us that the deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych, ordered snipers to shoot protesters. On the basis of these false reports, Washington’s stooges, who comprise the existing non-government in Kiev, have issued arrest orders for Yanukovych and intend for him to be tried in an international court. In an intercepted telephone call between EU foreign affairs minister Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet who had just returned from Kiev, Paet reports: “There is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” Paet goes on to report that “all the evidence shows that the people who were killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen and then people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides . . . and it’s really disturbing that now the new coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened.” Ashton, absorbed with EU plans to guide reforms in Ukraine and to prepare the way for the IMF to gain control over economic policy, was not particularly pleased to hear Paet’s report that the killings were an orchestrated provocation. You can listen to the conversation between Paet and Ashton here: http://rt.com/news/ashton-maidan-snipers-estonia-946/

What has happened in Ukraine is that Washington plotted against and overthrew an elected legitimate government and then lost control to neo-nazis who are threatening the large Russian population in southern and eastern Ukraine, provinces that formerly were part of Russia. These threatened Russians have appealed for Russia’s help, and just like the Russians in South Ossetia, they will receive Russia’s help.

The Obama regime and its presstitutes will continue to lie about everything.


6 thoughts on “| Who’s invading whom? Propaganda Rules The News!

  1. Most of the “experts” paraded on TV trying to read Putin’s mind cannot see the obvious as I posted in the NYT and other online media:
    The propaganda mills are working overtime demonizing Russia with the talking heads parroting the government line without having the guts to speak Truth to power.
    With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, NATO absorbed all the former Warsaw Pact Nations, expanding NATO to the border of the Ukraine, the last buffer State between NATO and Russia.
    The US unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty so George Bush could deploy an anti-ballistic missile system aimed at Russia.
    The Ukraine was offered a Russian $15 billion economic bailout program, out bidding the West-EU. Ukraine opted to go with the better Russian offer. That’s when the trouble started. You can be sure there were foreign agent provocateurs stirring up the trouble. Americans had already spent $5 billion in trying to convince the Ukraine to go West.
    Israel sees existential threats. Iran sees existential threats. Russia sees existential threats with the West conspiring to expand NATO to the very border of Russia,
    With so many Nations drawing Red Lines these days, as a Russian Patriot and Responsible Leader taking care of Russia’s interests, Putin is being very rational in drawing his Red Line: NATO will never share a border with Russia.
    This is deadly serious business, and the inflammatory statements by the Western Leaders will hasten that
    “Day of Miss-Judgment/Judgment by Fire” all the religious books say will be the self destruction of mankind by mankind at the End of the Age!


    • On one level, 9-11, and it’s corollary ‘war on terror’ have served to reignite the Cold War, with both antagonists, the US and Russia, shamelessly scaremongering to wreak carnage mainly upon innocent Muslim communities for regime-change and compliant proxy dictators – what is unfolding in the Ukraine now ratchets up the tension for everybody as the hegemons now begin to square up to each other.
      Questions on Ukraine the West chooses not to answer http://fb.me/14iYQnpsE


  2. Mr Roberts may be on solid ground when referring to dispositions of Russian troops but I think he is on more shaky ground when referring to the alleged telephone conversation between Cathy Ashton and Urmas Paet. I too listened to the playback of the conversation and I found it odd – to say the least – that her response to the claim of non-governmental snipers was cut out. Effectively, it was only possible to listen to one side of a conversation. What does that tell us?


    • Credibility for the Western narrative has worn wafer-thin.
      Instead of falsely pointing the finger of blame at the duly elected President, albeit now deposed, what evidence there is implicates the coup ringleaders.
      After the Bay of Pig’s fiasco at America’s doorstep, I don’t think this blatant ploy to absorb the Ukraine into NATO’s orbit smack-bang in Russia’s backyard as tit-for-tat at valid Russian objection to US middle-east hegemony is quite going to plan nor will it yield the desired result, either.
      Beware giving a bear a headache.

      Ukraine crisis: bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers http://gu.com/p/3nag9/tw via @guardian

      Officers of Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) loyal to the ousted President Viktor Yanukovich have hacked phones of Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and leaked their conversation to the web. The officials discuss their impressions of what’s happening in the country after the revolution. The gist of it is that Ukrainian people have no trust in any of the leaders of Maidan.
      However the most striking thing of all is the fact which concerns the use of force during the revolution, particularly the snipers who killed both protesters and officers of the riot police. Mr. Paet reveals astonishing information which confirms the rumours that the snipers were employed by the leaders of Maidan.


  3. There is a lot of shadow boxing going on with regard to the Ukraine. Mention was made of the Bay of Pigs above. I could also add the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the dodgy dossiers of Blair and Powell in the UN, accusing Iraq of having weapons of mass destruction which turned out to be non-existent. Everyone knows Israel has weapons of mass destruction but no one says anything about them. Israel’s use of chemical weapons against largely unarmed civilians in Palestine takes place every single day yet the international community utters not a single peep.
    Hypocrisy and cant are the international order of the day and Putin knows this.
    He can out-face and out-flank the Western powers anytime he likes in Russia’s own back yard.
    Is this not a Russian version of the Monroe Doctrine at work here?
    Will the US abandon it’s own doctrine?
    Ukraine is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences at play.
    US and EU leaders had clearly stopped thinking when it came to Russia’s understandable fears over security. They should never have interfered in Ukrainian affairs; they have single-handedly manufactured a crisis where none previously existed. Conspiracy or cock-up? Who knows?


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