Cross-posted from Mike Malloy
Robert Parry has been covering the Ukraine coup -- in depth -- for several months. Now that the crisis is escalating he has a new article posted at Consortium News that demands our attention.
In summary, the US media continues to peddle anti-Russian propaganda pieces while largely ignoring the fact that a Neo-Nazi organization has taken over Ukraine and the threats against Jews and ethnic Russians by the so-called "National Guard" are becoming more serious each day. Parry elaborates:
"The acting president of the coup regime in Kiev announces that he is ordering an 'anti-terrorist' operation against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, while his national security chief says he has dispatched right-wing ultranationalist fighters who spearheaded the Feb. 22 coup that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych.
"On Tuesday, Andriy Parubiy, head of the Ukrainian National Security Council, went on Twitter to declare, 'Reserve unit of National Guard formed #Maidan Self-defense volunteers was sent to the front line this morning.' Parubiy was referring to the neo-Nazi militias that provided the organized muscle that overthrew Yanukovych, forcing him to flee for his life. Some of these militias have since been incorporated into security forces as "National Guard."
"Parubiy himself is a well-known neo-Nazi, who founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine in 1991. The party blended radical Ukrainian nationalism with neo-Nazi symbols. Parubiy also formed a paramilitary spinoff, the Patriots of Ukraine, and defended the awarding of the title, 'Hero of Ukraine,' to World War II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera, whose own paramilitary forces exterminated thousands of Jews and Poles in pursuit of a racially pure Ukraine.
"During the months of protests aimed at overthrowing Yanukovych, Parubiy became the commandant of 'Euromaidan,' the name for the Kiev uprising, and -- after the Feb. 22 coup -- Parubiy was one of four far-right Ukrainian nationalists given control of a ministry, i.e., national security.
"But the U.S. press has played down his role because his neo-Nazism conflicts with Official Washington's narrative that the neo-Nazis played little or no role in the 'revolution.' References to neo-Nazis in the 'interim government' are dismissed as 'Russian propaganda.'
"Yet there Parubiy was on Tuesday bragging that some of his neo-Nazi storm troopers -- renamed 'National Guard' -- were now being sicced on rebellious eastern Ukraine as part of the Kiev government's 'anti-terrorist' operation."
Indeed. USA Today reports that Jews leaving synagogues following Passover services were handed forms to complete asking them to "register" and list all their real estate holdings and personal automobiles. These neo-Nazis aren't even attempting to disguise their anti-Semitism, even holding parades to honor in honor of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera.
So why is the US media covering up these details? Parry continues:
"In my four-plus decades in journalism, I have never seen a more thoroughly biased and misleading performance by the major U.S. news media. Even during the days of Ronald Reagan -- when much of the government's modern propaganda structure was created -- there was more independence in major news outlets. There were media stampedes off the reality cliff during George H.W. Bush's Persian Gulf War and George W. Bush's Iraq War, both of which were marked by demonstrably false claims that were readily swallowed by the big U.S. news outlets.
"But there is something utterly Orwellian in the current coverage of the Ukraine crisis, including accusing others of "propaganda" when their accounts -- though surely not perfect -- are much more honest and more accurate than what the U.S. press corps has been producing.
"There's also the added risk that this latest failure by the U.S. press corps is occurring on the border of Russia, a nuclear-armed state that -- along with the United States -- could exterminate all life on the planet. The biased U.S. news coverage is now feeding into political demands to send U.S. military aid to Ukraine's coup regime.
"The casualness of this propaganda -- as it spreads across the U.S. media spectrum from Fox News to MSNBC, from the Washington Post to the New York Times -- is not just wretched journalism but it is reckless malfeasance jeopardizing the lives of many Ukrainians and the future of the planet."
Read the entire article for greater context and examples of propaganda.