The Truth of Lies
The Great Success of the Russian Propaganda Machine
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  • ShadrachSmith

    As I read this and the Spiegel article I am struck with the similarities to MSM control of the western media. The Russians are playing the same game Obama does. Just today Susan Rice claimed that Bergdahl was captured on the battlefield, which is a lie on par with the video inspired spontaneous demonstration excuse for the Benghazi attack.

    Putin tells no bigger lies than Obama, and as Hillary put it so definitively: “What difference, at this point, does it [the truth] make?”

  • Boritz

    …countering Russian disinformation and attempts to shape world opinion must now become part of Western policy.”

    How feasible is it to implement a policy that attacks disinformation while making incredible use of it yourself? The reality is that the victory will go to the better liars.

  • Interesting article, thanks for posting it. I do think it was a tad unfair at certain points, though. Specifically this bit, at the bottom of the first page: “…right up to statements made by Estonia’s foreign minister that were
    apparently supposed to prove who was responsible for the deaths of
    protesters on Maidan Square.”

    The Estonian foreign minister admitted in a phone call that the EU, NOT Yanukovych’s forces, had hired snipers to kill protestors.

    (Also, “Maidan Square” is an atrociously bad translation. It’s called Майдан Незалежності in Ukrainian, which means “Independence Square.”)

  • JD777

    “Putin is thinking internationally as well, positioning Russia to lead an anti-Western coalition along moral as well as geopolitical lines. In a speech last December, he pledged to defend “family values” and reject moral relativism, pointedly observing that this message appeals to “more and more people across the world who support our position.” The message resonates. When it comes to culture, America and Western NGOs are global aggressors. For a long time, we’ve been promoting contraception and abortion throughout the world. More recently, we’ve promoted gay rights as well. The U.S. Department of State’s Global Equality Fund, dedicated to advancing LGBT rights, is one among many initiatives, some government sponsored, others carried forward by international organizations. In these and in other ways, progressives in the West are carrying the war on traditional culture to the rest of the world.”

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