Entire Western Media is a Troll Army
The frantic spell of Western media behaviour could be a case-study in how it is
centrally manipulated with a political agenda and thought-control. Editors at
major Western media corporations are evidently following a political line cast
by Washington and its European allies.
By Finian Cunningham
April 20, 2015 "ICH" - "Sputnik"
- The multi-billion-dollar Western news media networks are replete with an
unquestioning, unwavering anti-Russian agenda. This agenda is recklessly
inflaming international tensions to the point of inciting further conflict and
even an all-out global war.
The roll of dishonour includes "stellar" corporate names, from CNN, New York
Times, Washington Post, BBC, Financial Times, Guardian, France 24, Deutsche
Welle, and many more. It is a veritable troll army marching in lockstep with
their governments' agenda of disinformation.
they are functioning as a global ministry of propaganda.
Reputable Russian news media have not indulged in the
unquestioning Western narrative asserting that Russian aggression is the cause
of the entire Ukrainian conflict. In other words, the Russian news industry is
providing proper journalistic services.
Russian media do not talk blindly about Russia's "annexation
of Crimea". Russian media have refused to toe the Western media line that,
against voluminous evidence, denies
the Neo-Nazi character of the Western-backed Kiev regime. Therefore, the
Western reasoning goes, the Russian media are a Kremlin propaganda tool and
Moscow has despatched a "Troll Army" to disseminate disinformation. How richly
ironic is that?
Typically, Western claims of "Kremlin propaganda" are just
more assertion layered upon assertion, unsupported by any evidence. The
"evidence" is simply that the Russian media do not peddle the mainstream Western
viewpoint. So with totalitarian-like mentality, the Western conclusion is that
Russian media "must be" propagandist.
A US Congressional hearing last week tendentiously described how
Russia is "weaponising information" and declared that Russia is "winning the
information war". No evidence is presented, just more provocative assertions
piled up on more provocative assertions.
the charge of propaganda and media trolls is actually substantiated if applied
to the gamut of Western corporate news media.
We are not talking about clandestine media impostors, bloggers
and cyber-trolls on the payroll of the CIA or MI6 who infest the media. We are
referring to the entire professional media industry — a multi-billion-dollar
Examples abound. Look how the Western media — lock, stock and
barrel — went into a collective hysteria over the
public absence of Russian President Vladimir Putin last month. It's
astoundingly weird when you look back at that frenzied episode.
Putin returned to normal work after not being seen in public
for over a week, and he has since continued presidential duties, brushing
off the brouhaha. Likewise, the Western media seem to have forgotten their fit
of madness, even though at the time American and European outlets had gone
into a paroxysm over Putin. The madness has subsided, but only a few weeks ago,
the Western news media were uniformly transfixed with feverish rumours and
speculation on Putin's absence. Was it a "palace coup?" or "was he dead?" Was he
receiving "plastic surgery?" or had his partner "given birth to a baby
This frantic spell of Western media behaviour, based on that
incident alone, could be a case-study in how it is centrally manipulated with a
political agenda and thought-control. Editors at major Western media
corporations are evidently following a political line cast by Washington and its
European allies. That line is: demonise Putin and destabilise Russia. It may be
a subtle form of control, and partly also down to lazy follow-the-herd editorial
instinct, but nevertheless the behaviour amounts to spectacular control. And
this in a supposedly "free thinking, independent" industry.
Or take the
assassination of Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov in Moscow last
month and then this week the spate of assassinations in the Ukrainian capital
Kiev. When Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin again the Western media went
into frenzied overdrive, as did Western governments. Wall-to-wall "coverage"
played allegations and speculation that somehow the shooting was carried out by
the Russian authorities to silence a dissident voice.
US President Barack Obama's calls for a "transparent criminal
investigation" were amplified by Western news outlets who openly speculated
with unabashed sensationalism that Putin "may have ordered the
The US State Department's "deputy for coups" Victoria Nuland,
while testifying before Congress about "thousands of Russian troops having
invaded Ukraine", also presumed to interfere in Russian internal affairs when
she "demanded" a criminal probe into the Nemtsov shooting "that meets
international standards" to "find the shooter and who ordered it". The latter
was a scurrilous swipe at Putin.
Contrast that hyped-reaction with the relative dearth
of concern over the contract-killings of three opposition figures in Kiev this
One of the victims was well-known newspaper editor Oles Buzina;
the other was a former senior lawmaker in the Ukrainian parliament. All victims
had been outspoken and effective critics of the Western-backed regime. Their
killings follow a spate of at least four other suspicious deaths
among opposition figures associated with the ousted government of Viktor
Yanukovych, who was deposed last February by Western-backed Neo-Nazi demagogues
and their SS-styled paramilitaries.
Those combined deaths point to an orchestrated campaign
of political murders to snuff out critical voices.
However, the Western media's response to the political killings
in Kiev, compared with the shooting of Boris Nemtsov, has been studiously muted.
There are no high-profile calls for "transparent investigations" and no
innuendoes against the Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko, or other
members of the Kiev regime.
Indeed, the Western media
in its relatively scant coverage of the recent Kiev killings have perversely
inferred that the victims were either deserving of their fate, or that the
murders were carried out by Russian agents in a bid to smear the Kiev regime and
further destabilise the country. Talk about not dealing with the facts!
France 24's correspondent Gulliver Cragg told the news anchor
in Paris that his Kiev "sources" described the victim Oles Buzina as a
"polemicist" (inferring trouble-maker) and that it was "wrong to even describe
Buzina as a journalist".
That broadcast by France 24 is a disgrace to journalism,
ethics and international law. In effect, it purports to say "Buzina deserved
By the way, it is by no means the first time that France 24's
Gulliver Cragg has acted as a shameful mouthpiece for the Kiev regime. Back
in May last year following the murder of more than 40 people in the Odessa
Customs Building massacre, he alluded to claims that those killings may have
been carried out by Russian agents to blacken the Kiev regime. Again,
in complete denial of the facts that implicate the Kiev regime as the
Which brings us to the Financial Times' spin on the latest
assassinations in Kiev. Its report quotes Kiev's interior ministry advisor Anton
Geraschenko as claiming that the "murders were organised by Russian intelligence
agencies to create an atmosphere of terror and hysteria in Kiev".
From a Kiev ministry figure that's hardly a statement adhering
to "international standards" of criminal investigation.
Additionally, the London-based FT prominently quotes the
president, Poroshenko, as suggesting that the killings were also sanctioned
from Moscow. With incandescent rage, Poroshenko says that the shootings "played
into the hands of our enemies… aimed at destabilising the internal political
situation in Ukraine, at discrediting the political choice of the Ukrainian
Neither France 24 nor the Financial Times quote people who
could more plausibly claim that the murders were the dirty work of the Kiev
We pick those two media outlets merely as examples of the general
Western response, not only on the topic of political assassinations in Kiev
but on the whole Ukrainian conflict.
than investigating the real political climate under the Western-backed regime
in Kiev — Neo-Nazi, anti-Russia, illegal, fascistic, war criminality, proven
gangsterism — the Western media swing into denial mode, whitewash mode and
disinformation mode to cast aspersions on Moscow.
Western media may pride itself with vain self-congratulating
descriptions of "independent news, freedom of thought and expression, fearless
defenders of truth" and so on. But the truth is that Western corporate so-called
news media are simply this: one giant troll army marching in lockstep with the
political agenda of Washington and its coterie of Western allies.
Ukraine and Russia are merely one manifestation among many
of the Western media's total propaganda function. That function has been
around for decades, but it is only now becoming abundantly transparent.
Western politicians may fret about the Western public being
invaded by an alleged Russian troll army and Kremlin propaganda. When the
reality is that the Western public is already under oppressive occupation of a
troll army — otherwise known as Western corporate "news media".
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