The Unz Review - Mobile
A Collection of Interesting, Important, and Controversial Perspectives Largely Excluded from the American Mainstream Media
 BlogviewPaul Craig Roberts Archive
Truth Is A Crime Against the State
🔊 Listen RSS
Email This Page to Someone

 Remember My Information



=>

Bookmark Toggle AllToCAdd to LibraryRemove from Library • BShow CommentNext New CommentNext New Reply
Search Text Case Sensitive  Exact Words  Include Comments
List of Bookmarks

The entire Western edifice rests on lies. There is no other foundation. Just lies.

This makes truth an enemy. Enemies have to be suppressed, and thus truth has to be suppressed.

Truth comes from foreign news sources, such as RT, and from Internet sites, such as this one.

Thus, Washington and its vassals are busy at work closing down independent media.

Washington and its vassals have redefined propaganda. Truth is propaganda if it is told by countries, such as Russia and China, that have independent foreign policies.

Propaganda is truth if told by Washington and its puppets, such as the EU Observer.

The EU Observer, little doubt following Washington’s orders, has denounced RT and Sputnik News for “broadcasting fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in European Union cities.”

Often I appear on both RT and Sputnik. In my opinion both are too restrained in their reporting, fearful, of course, of being shut down, than full truth requires. I have never heard a word of hate speech or propaganda on either. Washington’s propaganda, perhaps, but not the Russian government’s.

In other words, the way Washington has the news world rigged, not even independent news sites can speak completely clearly.

The Western presstitutes have succeeded in creating a false reality for insouciant Americans and also for much of the European Union population.

A sizable percentage of these insouciant peoples believe that Russia invaded Ukranine and that Russia is threatening to invade the Baltic States and Poland. This belief exists despite all intelligence of all Western governments reporting that there is no sign of any Russian forces that would be required for invasion.

The “Russian invasion,” like “Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections,” like “Assad of Syria’s use of chemical weapons against his own people,” like “Iranian nukes,” never existed but nevertheless became the reality in the Western media. The insouciant Western peoples believe in non-existent occurrencies.

In other words, just to state the obvious noncontroversial fact, the Western “news” media is a propaganda ministry from which no truth emerges.

Thus, the Western World is ruled by propaganda. Truth is excluded. Fox “news,” CNN, the NY Times, Washington Post, and all the rest of the most accomplished liars in world history, repeat constantly the same lies. For Washington, of course, and the military/security complex.

War is the only possible outcome of propaganda in behalf of war. When the irresponsible Western media brings Armageddon to you, you can thank the New York Times and the rest of the presstitutes for the destruction of yourself and all your hopes for yourself and your children.

Stephen Lendman, who comprises a good chunk of the remaining moral conscience of the West, explains the situation:

EU Bashes “Russian Propaganda”

by Stephen Lendman

Western major media march to the same drummer – dutifully regurgitating managed news misinformation garbage, willfully burying hard truths on issues mattering most.

Alternative sources beholden to truth and full disclosure operate by different standards – engendering ire among Western nations wanting their high crimes suppressed – bashing sources revealing them.

The EU Observer (EUO) claims independent credentials while supporting policies responsible news sources denounce.

Independently reporting hard truths isn’t its long suit. Its editor, Lisbeth Kirk, is the wife of former Danish European Parliament member Jens-Peter Bonde. Human Rights Watch’s European and Central Asian advocacy director Veronika Szente Goldston calls its journalists “the most in-your-face in Brussels.”

EUO irresponsibly bashed Russia’s Sputnik News and RT International – two reputable sources for news, information and analysis – polar opposite Western media propaganda.

It shamelessly called their reporting valued by growing millions “broadcasting fabrications and hate speech from their bureaus in EU cities.”

It touted plans by EU officials to counter what they called “use and misuse of communications tools…play(ing) an important role in the dramatic political, economic and security-related developments (in) Eastern (European countries) over the past 18 months.”

It drafted a nine-page “action plan” intended to convey “positive” messages. It’ll increase funding to blast out Europe’s view of things more effectively.

It wants EU policies promoted in former Russian republics the old-fashioned way – by repeating Big Lies often enough until most people believe them.

A new EU foreign service cell called East StratComTeam operating by September will run things – functioning as a European ministry of propaganda.

It’ll “develop dedicated communication material on priority issues…put at the disposal of the EU’s political leadership, press services, EU delegations and EU member states.”

Material circulated in Russia and other EU countries aims to let news consumers “easily understand that political and economic reforms promoted by the EU can, over time, have a positive impact on their daily lives” – even though precisely the opposite is true.

It wants so-called benefits Europeans enjoy explained to people continent-wide. Will millions of unemployed, underemployed and impoverished people buy what’s plainly untrue from their own experience?

Sputnik News, RT, US independent sources like the Progressive Radio Network and numerous others steadily gain audience strength at the expense of scoundrel media people abandon for good reason.

Growing numbers want truth and full disclosure on things affecting their lives and welfare. Politicians in Western countries want ordinary people treated like mushrooms – well-watered and in the dark.

RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said “the European Union is diligently trying to stifle the alternative voice of RT, at a time when in Europe there are hundreds of newspapers, television channels and radio stations, which set out only one point of view on what is happening in the world.”

The BBC is Fox News with an English accent. US so-called public radio and broadcasting are no different – telling listeners and viewers everything except what they most need to know.

Simonyan explained “Britain (has) an entire army brigade of 1,500 men…whose tasks include the fight against Russia on social networks. NATO has a task force aimed at countering Russian influence throughout the world.”

ORDER IT NOW

“Only recently, Deutsche Welle launched a 24-hour television channel in English to counter RT. At the same time, nearly all the major Western media, including the BBC, DW and Euronews have long disseminated their information in the Russian language, while Radio Liberty, funded directly by the US government, broadcasts in Russian.”

“(I)f after all this, the EU still complains that they are losing the ‘information war’ against Russia, perhaps it’s time to realize that” growing numbers of people are fed up with being lied to.

People want reliable sources of news, information and analysis unavailable through mainstream Western sources using propagandists masquerading as journalists.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, Russia 
Hide 6 CommentsLeave a Comment
Commenters to Ignore...to FollowEndorsed Only
    []
  1. alexander says:

    Dear Mr Roberts,

    The statement from Mr Lendman “People want reliable sources of news , information and analysis…..” cannot be overstated. Nobody likes to be defrauded and the American people are no exception. One has to wonder where the saturation point is for over 300 million Americans and how close we are to it? Already, I imagine, at least 35% of the population gets their “news” from alternate sources other than the Main Stream Media, and I imagine too, that number is growing rapidly, everyday.
    It would be worth it to poll the public and see, by the numbers, what percentage actually believe the Main Stream Media anymore about anything, and why? One would expect that the approval rating for ” Truth and full disclosure” reporting in the MSM, is about on par with the JOB approval rating for Congress” , since Both are now , for all intensive purposes, owned by the same people !
    One would expect, and perhaps sooner than we think, a sustained and mounting defection from the MSM, at least on issues of “policy dissemination” and “global conflicts”. At the moment, that would be all we could expect. Americans might not watch ABC for the nightly news, having been lied to so often and about everything, but they will still watch ABC for”Ellen” because she is honest, clever and funny and NBC for ” The Super Bowl” because they love it !
    There may come a time, when people stop watching “Ellen” and even the “Super Bowl”,too ! Not because they don’t enjoy the shows, but because doing so,” underwrites” the “fraud and false narratives” the networks disseminate on issues that really matter ! And they are sick of it !
    As more and more viewers drop off the MSM grid, and more and more reject it completely,
    advertising revenues will eventually follow, and the MSM will either be forced to start telling the truth , or die from revenue starvation !
    It is old fashion capitalism in action, a kind of ” no taxation without representation” for the MSM, by the consumer class!
    A”defraud me and I will not watch you” revolution !
    Can’t happen, you think ?
    But it IS happening…every day !

    Read More
    • Replies: @alexander
    Dear Mr. Roberts,

    For the record, my fiance' informed me "Ellen" is on NBC...not ABC, and she should know !
    Sorry about that !
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc.
    AgreeDisagreeLOLTroll
    These buttons register your public Agreement, Disagreement, Troll, or LOL with the selected comment. They are ONLY available to recent, frequent commenters who have saved their Name+Email using the 'Remember My Information' checkbox, and may also ONLY be used once per hour.
    Ignore Commenter Follow Commenter
    Sharing Comment via Twitter
    /proberts/truth-is-a-crime-against-the-state/#comment-990623
    More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  2. alexander says:
    @alexander
    Dear Mr Roberts,

    The statement from Mr Lendman "People want reliable sources of news , information and analysis....." cannot be overstated. Nobody likes to be defrauded and the American people are no exception. One has to wonder where the saturation point is for over 300 million Americans and how close we are to it? Already, I imagine, at least 35% of the population gets their "news" from alternate sources other than the Main Stream Media, and I imagine too, that number is growing rapidly, everyday.
    It would be worth it to poll the public and see, by the numbers, what percentage actually believe the Main Stream Media anymore about anything, and why? One would expect that the approval rating for " Truth and full disclosure" reporting in the MSM, is about on par with the JOB approval rating for Congress" , since Both are now , for all intensive purposes, owned by the same people !
    One would expect, and perhaps sooner than we think, a sustained and mounting defection from the MSM, at least on issues of "policy dissemination" and "global conflicts". At the moment, that would be all we could expect. Americans might not watch ABC for the nightly news, having been lied to so often and about everything, but they will still watch ABC for"Ellen" because she is honest, clever and funny and NBC for " The Super Bowl" because they love it !
    There may come a time, when people stop watching "Ellen" and even the "Super Bowl",too ! Not because they don't enjoy the shows, but because doing so," underwrites" the "fraud and false narratives" the networks disseminate on issues that really matter ! And they are sick of it !
    As more and more viewers drop off the MSM grid, and more and more reject it completely,
    advertising revenues will eventually follow, and the MSM will either be forced to start telling the truth , or die from revenue starvation !
    It is old fashion capitalism in action, a kind of " no taxation without representation" for the MSM, by the consumer class!
    A"defraud me and I will not watch you" revolution !
    Can't happen, you think ?
    But it IS happening...every day !

    Dear Mr. Roberts,

    For the record, my fiance’ informed me “Ellen” is on NBC…not ABC, and she should know !
    Sorry about that !

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  3. Truth is the first casualty of war, and the victims increase with the propaganda assault by those who want it, using any and all causes to subvert any peace but that of domination. Truth ought to be the first principle of any real journalist in a truly free country.

    It’s really a tragic failure when instead the propaganda must be countered by adversaries. I guess it remains a sad fact that your enemies will be more honest about your failings than your friends. But friendship with those in power subverts journalism, making it impossible to credibly speak truth to power, undermining democratic accountability.

    Justin Raimondo of antiwar.com gives an evenhanded and credible view of how just what Gessen, Kerry and by extension all of us have inherited for our superpower projection from Hilary’s previous announcement marrying our foreign policy to the LGBT agenda.

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/06/28/the-obergefell-effect-gay-marriage-and-us-foreign-policy/

    This London celebration of the Supremes’ 5-4 decision, as broadcast by American corporate owned CNN shows just how unhinged the propaganda linkage between foreign war policy and the LGBT agenda have become in the mainstream. Listen to everything these respected commentators have to say. Then realize that CNN’s now pulled this inflammatory report, after Glenn Greenwald, among many others, pointed out that the flag was not an ISIS one at all, but rather silhouettes of what he euphemistically called “sex toys”: “dildos and butt plugs” [sic]

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/jun/29/cnn-sex-toy-banner-isis-flag-pride-london-dildo

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter Display All Comments
  4. Mulegino1 says:

    The entire western liberal edifice has been based upon lies since at least 1918.

    There was the lie of the “War to End All Wars” spread to cover up the war against Germany as economic competitor to Atlanticist-Zionism.

    There was the lie of the “Good War” fought to destroy National Socialist Germany due to its economic policies.

    There was the lie that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a treacherous surprise attack upon a peace loving nation.

    There was the lie of the “6 million” and the “Holocaust”.

    There was the lie that the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan to “save American lives”.

    There was the lie that the Cold War was about spreading “freedom and democracy”.

    There was the lie that 9/11 was perpetrated by 19 amateur pilot Arab hijacker using boxcutters, because they “hate our freedoms”.

    There was the lie about the WMD’s and about Saddam Hussein as an “imminent threat”.

    Of course, the list could go on and on. Official history must be unlearned and replaced by real history if we have any hope of surviving the next ten years.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Kiza
    I agree that the West has always lied (since at least 1918, as you state). However, I am sure that the amount and the fervor of lies is increasing. I have experienced this in Communism. As Communism was becoming less and less sustainable, the temperature of lies kept increasing. The gap between the reality and the media picture, became a chasm. All the way till the final collapse.

    The West, primarily the Anglo-part, is going through exactly the same process. With collapsing economies, ubiquitous corruption, social imbalance, war mongering and so on, the West is firmly heading towards a cliff. The more they build a pretty media picture, the bigger the gap between it and reality becomes. The more they blast Russia, the more propaganda resistance the intelligent people in the West build. They are inoculating us against propaganda by over-doing it. Only the totally disinterested and the mentally lazy believe now that Russia is aggressive and war-like. But how important are such people in a society?

    The West is heading towards a collapse and no amount and no quality of propaganda will change this.

    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  5. Kiza says:
    @Mulegino1
    The entire western liberal edifice has been based upon lies since at least 1918.

    There was the lie of the "War to End All Wars" spread to cover up the war against Germany as economic competitor to Atlanticist-Zionism.

    There was the lie of the "Good War" fought to destroy National Socialist Germany due to its economic policies.

    There was the lie that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was a treacherous surprise attack upon a peace loving nation.

    There was the lie of the "6 million" and the "Holocaust".

    There was the lie that the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan to "save American lives".

    There was the lie that the Cold War was about spreading "freedom and democracy".

    There was the lie that 9/11 was perpetrated by 19 amateur pilot Arab hijacker using boxcutters, because they "hate our freedoms".

    There was the lie about the WMD's and about Saddam Hussein as an "imminent threat".

    Of course, the list could go on and on. Official history must be unlearned and replaced by real history if we have any hope of surviving the next ten years.

    I agree that the West has always lied (since at least 1918, as you state). However, I am sure that the amount and the fervor of lies is increasing. I have experienced this in Communism. As Communism was becoming less and less sustainable, the temperature of lies kept increasing. The gap between the reality and the media picture, became a chasm. All the way till the final collapse.

    The West, primarily the Anglo-part, is going through exactly the same process. With collapsing economies, ubiquitous corruption, social imbalance, war mongering and so on, the West is firmly heading towards a cliff. The more they build a pretty media picture, the bigger the gap between it and reality becomes. The more they blast Russia, the more propaganda resistance the intelligent people in the West build. They are inoculating us against propaganda by over-doing it. Only the totally disinterested and the mentally lazy believe now that Russia is aggressive and war-like. But how important are such people in a society?

    The West is heading towards a collapse and no amount and no quality of propaganda will change this.

    Read More
    • Replies: @Mulegino1
    Good point about the inoculation against the propaganda. I would say that at this point, a considerable demographic of the citizenry is way ahead of the so called "elites" in this regard, who, like the low information infotainment consumers, live in a propaganda bubble of their own making. They are so convinced of their own brilliance and competence that they are utterly delusional.

    Why is there so much vitriol and hatred directed against Vladimir Putin by western politicians? I have a hunch a lot of it is due to envy of the man himself, given the fact that he has both outmaneuvered and outclassed his opposite numbers in the U.S., U.K. and E.U. This totally bewilders them - especially since Putin never attended the Ivy League, never built up a career in Washington, D.C., and never worked for Wall St. This is just too much for their own small and mediocre minds to assimilate, and it shatters their world view. So all they can do is lash out.
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments
  6. Mulegino1 says:
    @Kiza
    I agree that the West has always lied (since at least 1918, as you state). However, I am sure that the amount and the fervor of lies is increasing. I have experienced this in Communism. As Communism was becoming less and less sustainable, the temperature of lies kept increasing. The gap between the reality and the media picture, became a chasm. All the way till the final collapse.

    The West, primarily the Anglo-part, is going through exactly the same process. With collapsing economies, ubiquitous corruption, social imbalance, war mongering and so on, the West is firmly heading towards a cliff. The more they build a pretty media picture, the bigger the gap between it and reality becomes. The more they blast Russia, the more propaganda resistance the intelligent people in the West build. They are inoculating us against propaganda by over-doing it. Only the totally disinterested and the mentally lazy believe now that Russia is aggressive and war-like. But how important are such people in a society?

    The West is heading towards a collapse and no amount and no quality of propaganda will change this.

    Good point about the inoculation against the propaganda. I would say that at this point, a considerable demographic of the citizenry is way ahead of the so called “elites” in this regard, who, like the low information infotainment consumers, live in a propaganda bubble of their own making. They are so convinced of their own brilliance and competence that they are utterly delusional.

    Why is there so much vitriol and hatred directed against Vladimir Putin by western politicians? I have a hunch a lot of it is due to envy of the man himself, given the fact that he has both outmaneuvered and outclassed his opposite numbers in the U.S., U.K. and E.U. This totally bewilders them – especially since Putin never attended the Ivy League, never built up a career in Washington, D.C., and never worked for Wall St. This is just too much for their own small and mediocre minds to assimilate, and it shatters their world view. So all they can do is lash out.

    Read More
    ReplyAgree/Disagree/Etc. More... This Commenter This Thread Hide Thread Display All Comments

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to All Paul Craig Roberts Comments via RSS