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"Russian aggression"--CBS provides a perfect example of imperial disinformation

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MEDIA CRITICISM / THIS IS A REVIEW OF:

"Heavy U.S. weapons for Europe to answer "Russia's provocations"

A dispatch by CBS This Morning, BROADCAST ON 6.23.15
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Editor's Log: Hypocrisy in action writ large. It's the American Way. Yay!
6.23.15



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ABOVE: IMAGE DISTRIBUTED BY CBS, accompanying its piece, "U.S. sending arms to answer 'Russia's provocations'" (see below (2))


Everything--and I mean that literally--everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15, is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the"whole Free World!

But wait! The US has heard the cries of the victims and those who fear the new Russian juggernaut"the poor onetime fascist Baltic nations and long-suffering, reactionary Poland, plus other quivering, nervous nations in Russia's baleful sphere of influence"and the Pentagon, the rightful home of Captain America, champion of everything that is good and righteous in this and any other universe, is already on the job working to stop the bullies. So says Ashton Carter, the obsessive warmongering neocon currently serving as Secretary of Defense (an Orwellian title in an of itself given what the US normally does), and we should believe him--or should we?

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Impudent propaganda

This CBS report, which should be preserved as a perfect example of Washington's style of disinformation, manages to sport all the signatures of Western propaganda, a classic instance of in-your-face impudent Orwellianism at its best. The problem is that, as alert people already know, CBS, while excellent at disinformation, is far from alone: all US media behave more or less along the same lines, and the examples of highhanded lies abound, they are, in fact, the norm for anything of any social or political significance. Which means that maybe you can trust the weather and the crushingly boring sportscasts and not much else.

"Russian aggression", intones Charlie Rose sternly, without an ounce of hesitation, as befits a man descending from Mt. Olympus.


In any case, to fully appreciate why I call this an exceptional example of disinformation requires that you, an ordinary member of the US audience to whom such propaganda missiles are primarily aimed, already know (or have more than a good grasp of) a number of things:

" Who Ashton Carter is
" What Neocons are, what they do and where they come from
" Why Neocons are not only allowed to shape US policy but dominate it
" What America's elites really want

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And"
" A hefty amount of European and world history, in general, including our own.

Naturally, when I say that you are required to know these things I mean you should know them 'in fact", not in their self-serving, propaganda definitions. If we used that approach, we'd all be going in circles--forever. Which suits the empire's mind managers fine, but not us, if we are really on a truth-seeking mission.

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