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The Corporate Media and the US Instigated War in Ukraine
We have seen how the US corporate media lies in relation to Latin America. A narco-trafficking, death squad connected government in Colombia is represented as a democracy, Juan Guaido is portrayed as the democratic president of Venezuela, the murders of Chavista Venezuelans and Nicaraguan Sandinistas in 2017-2018 are portrayed not as the work of US funded right wing groups, but the work of the Nicaraguan and Venezuelan governments. The US blockade of food and medicines to Cubans and Venezuelans are represented as actions to defend the human rights of these people.
The same US government and corporate media propaganda operates against Russia today, only on an intensified and overwhelming scale. Whether or not we oppose or support, or are conflicted over the Russian intervention in Ukraine, it is important to not to underestimate the immense propaganda power and disinformation system of the US rulers.
Journalists have a history of working with the CIA. Carl Bernstein wrote in CIA and the Media (1977) that more than 400 journalists were connected to the CIA. This CIA-media collaboration had the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations. They colluded to hide this from the public. These news organizations, which published CIA fake news stories, included CBS, Time, New York Times, ABC, NBC, Associated Press, Reuters, Newsweek, United Press International, Miami Herald, Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald Tribune.
CIA use of the corporate media escalated with Obama signing NDAA 2017, which lifted restrictions on the CIA and other national security state agencies to feed fake news to the US population.
The NDAA established “an executive branch interagency committee to counter active measures by the Russian Federation to exert covert influence over peoples and governments…through front groups, covert broadcasting, media manipulation, disinformation or forgeries, funding agents of influence, incitement, offensive counterintelligence, assassinations, or terrorist acts.”
The intent of the law, according to one of its chief authors, Senator Portman, is to “improve the ability of the United States to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation from our enemies by establishing an interagency center housed at the State Department to coordinate and synchronize counter-propaganda efforts throughout the U.S. government. To support these efforts, the bill also creates a grant program for NGOs, think tanks, civil society and other experts outside government.”
NGOs and civil society can now receive grants to paint voices of the anti-war movement as spreaders of Russian “disinformation.” This may shed light on the origin of the story that those opposed to the regime change operation on Syria are “Putinists” and “Assadists” and similar smears directed against opponents of US wars today.
Below we give just a sampling of articles that do not appear in the corporate press or have exposed corporate media fake news concerning the US-instigated war in Ukraine.
Background to Ukraine War
John Mearsheimer: The Causes and Consequences of the Ukraine Crisis (2015)
RAND 2019 report “Overextending and Unbalancing Russia” A US government report on methods to disrupt Russia.
Consortium News: Biden Confirms Why the US Needed This War
Allying with and concealing the Nazis in Ukraine
The Nation (Stephen Cohen): America’s Collusion With Neo-Nazis from 2018. US collusion with Nazis in Ukraine
Multipolarista: CNN promotes neo-Nazi commander from Ukraine’s white-supremacist Azov regiment
Reports blaming Russia for atrocities without clear evidence
The Grayzone: New witness testimony about Mariupol maternity hospital ‘airstrike’ follows pattern of Ukrainian deceptions, media malpractice
Sputnik News: Dutch Journalist: ‘We are Here, in Donbass, to Awaken Westerners Deluded by MSM Propaganda’
Consortium News: Questions Abound About Bucha Massacre
Orinoco Tribune: Looking into the Massacre in Bucha
The New Atlas; West Blames Russia for Using Missile Only Ukraine Has 50 people killed when a missile hit Kramatorsk railway station on Friday April 8.
Moon of Alabama: More Evidence That Ukraine Fired The Missile Which Killed Dozens In Kramatorsk
US biolabs in Ukraine
Covert Action: U.S. Lied About Funding “Dangerous Pathogen” Research in Secret Ukrainian Biolabs, Newly Leaked Documents Reveal
Tucker Carlson: The US is Lying about Biolabs in Ukraine
Russian soprano Anna Netrebko canceled at the NY Metropolitan Opera for failing to denounce Putin.
Munich Philharmonic fired conductor Valery Gergiev for same reason
Russian and Belarusian runners, a total of 63, are banned from the Boston Marathon.
Teaching Dostoevsky banned from University of Milan, then rescinded after protests.
Bolshoi Theater company gets canceled by London and Madrid.
Russian cats are banned from cat exhibitions.
Facebook and Instagram let users call for death to Russian soldiers over Ukraine, as they
make change to hate speech policy for users in eastern Europe and Caucasus. This was denounced by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Ukrainian chess masters Anna and Maria Muzychuk banned by Ukraine for failing to support a petition to remove Russian chess players from international competitions.
Ukrainian blogger Gleb Lyashenko has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for “betrayal” after writing this on a post: “Zelensky was wrong. It has been years that the Russia has been asking us for a reasonable agreement, that is to stay out of Nato. But there was no change of route. This is why our government takes orders from others who use us Ukrainians for their purposes. The result was this absurd war.”
Website Devoted to Countering Fake News
Tulsi Gabbard: On Ukraine Russia War
Tulsi Gabbard: Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Sanctions don’t work,’ they only punish the American people
Other Good Articles
Jimmy Dore and Max Blumenthal MSNBC Host’s Psychotic Warmongering – Called Out!
The Grayzone: US and NATO allies arm neo-Nazi units in Ukraine as foreign policy elites yearn for Afghan-style insurgency
Caitlin Johnstone: People Overestimate The US War Machine And Underestimate The US Propaganda Machine
Ukraine: A conversation with Scott Ritter
Glenn Greenwald: Western Dissent from US/NATO Policy on Ukraine is Small, Yet the Censorship Campaign is Extreme