Russia Invaded Ukraine?
Propaganda Rules The News
05, 2014 "Information
calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous
term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves
to Washington for access and government sources and
to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton
regime permitted the concentration of the US media,
there has been no journalistic independence in the
United States except for some Internet sites.
Greenwald points out
the independence that RT, a Russian media
organization, permits Abby Martin who denounced
Russia’s alleged invasion of Ukraine, compared to
the fates of Phil Donahue (MSNBC) and Peter Arnett
(NBC), both of whom were fired for expressing
opposition to the Bush regime’s illegal attack on
Iraq. The fact that Donahue had NBC’s highest rated
program did not give him journalistic independence.
Anyone who speaks the truth in the American print or
TV media or on NPR is immediately fired.
seems actually to believe and observe the values
that Americans profess but do not honor.
with Greenwald. You can read his article here:
Greenwald is entirely admirable. He has
intelligence, integrity, and courage. He is one of
the brave to whom my just published book, How
America Was Lost, is dedicated. As for RT’s
Abby Martin, I admire her and have been a guest on
her program a number of times.
criticism of Greenwald and Martin has nothing to do
with their integrity or their character. I doubt the
claims that Abby Martin grandstanded on “Russia’s
invasion of Ukraine” in order to boost her chances
of moving into the more lucrative “mainstream
media.” My point is quite different. Even Abby
Martin and Greenwald, both of whom bring us much
light, cannot fully escape Western propaganda.
example, Martin’s denunciation of Russia for
“invading” Ukraine is based on Western propaganda
that Russia sent 16,000 troops to occupy Crimea. The
fact of the matter is that those 16,000 Russian
troops have been in Crimea since the 1990s. Under
the Russian-Ukrainian agreement, Russia has the
right to base 25,000 troops in Crimea.
neither Abby Martin nor Glenn Greenwald, two
intelligent and aware people, knew this fact.
Washington’s propaganda is so pervasive that two of
our best reporters were victimized by it.
As I have
written several times in my columns, Washington
organized the coup in Ukraine in order to promote
its world hegemony by capturing Ukraine for NATO and
putting US missile bases on Russia’s border in order
to degrade Russia’s nuclear deterrent and force
Russia to accept Washington’s hegemony.
done nothing but respond in a very low-key way to a
major strategic threat orchestrated by Washington.
It is not
only Martin and Greenwald who have fallen under
Washington’s propaganda. They are joined by Patrick
J. Buchanan. Pat’s column calling on readers to
“resist the war party on Crimea” opens with
Washington’s propagandistic claim: “With Vladimir
Putin’s dispatch of Russian Troops into Crimea.”
No such dispatch has occurred. Putin has been
granted authority by the Russian Duma to send troops
to Ukraine, but Putin has stated publicly that
sending troops would be a last resort to protect
Crimean Russians from invasions by the
ultra-nationalist neo-nazis who stole Washington’s
coup and established themselves as the power in Kiev
and western Ukraine.
So, here we
have three of the smartest and most independent
journalists of our time, and all three are under the
impression created by Western propaganda that Russia
has invaded Ukraine.
that the power of Washington’s propaganda is so
great that not even the best and most independent
journalists can escape its influence.
does truth have when Abby Martin gets kudos from
Glenn Greenwald for denouncing Russia for an alleged
“invasion” that has not taken place, and when
independent Pat Buchanan opens his column dissenting
from the blame-Russia-crowd by accepting that an
invasion has taken place?
story that the presstitutes have told about the
Ukraine is a propaganda production. The presstitutes
told us that the deposed president, Viktor
Yanukovych, ordered snipers to shoot protesters. On
the basis of these false reports, Washington’s
stooges, who comprise the existing non-government in
Kiev, have issued arrest orders for Yanukovych and
intend for him to be tried in an international
court. In an intercepted telephone call between EU
foreign affairs minister Catherine Ashton and
Estonian foreign affairs minister Urmas Paet who had
just returned from Kiev, Paet reports: “There is now
stronger and stronger understanding that behind the
snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody
from the new coalition.” Paet goes on to report that
“all the evidence shows that the people who were
killed by snipers from both sides, among policemen
and then people from the streets, that they were the
same snipers killing people from both sides . . .
and it’s really disturbing that now the new
coalition, that they don’t want to investigate what
exactly happened.” Ashton, absorbed with EU plans to
guide reforms in Ukraine and to prepare the way for
the IMF to gain control over economic policy, was
not particularly pleased to hear Paet’s report that
the killings were an orchestrated provocation. You
can listen to the conversation between Paet and
happened in Ukraine is that Washington plotted
against and overthrew an elected legitimate
government and then lost control to neo-nazis who
are threatening the large Russian population in
southern and eastern Ukraine, provinces that
formerly were part of Russia. These threatened
Russians have appealed for Russia’s help, and just
like the Russians in South Ossetia, they will
receive Russia’s help.
regime and its presstitutes will continue to lie
Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall
Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week,
Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate.
He has had many university appointments. His
internet columns have attracted a worldwide
following. His latest books are, The Failure of
Laissez Faire Capitalism and How America Was Lost.
Those Aren't Russian Forces In Crimea:
Russian soldiers have not occupied government
buildings and surrounded Ukrainian military bases on
the Crimean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir
Putin insisted Tuesday during a news conference near
Moscow at which he gave an account of recent events
that contradicts reports from the ground. Instead,
he told reporters that the heavily armed men are
"local self-defense forces."