[Marxism] Fwd: Useful experts in Russian media | EU vs Disinformation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Feb 21 07:04:07 MST 2017

Russian state-owned media, such as Russia Today (RT), Sputnik and 
Russian national TV position themselves as reliable alternatives to what 
they label “main stream media”. The use of international commentators 
and experts by these Russian media does not necessarily reflect the 
depths of their expertise, rather whether their positioning is in line 
with pro-Kremlin narratives.

Readers of the Disinformation Review will for example recall the recent 
appearance of a Belgian commentator in a Russian talk show where he 
shouted that “thousands of women are being raped every day” on the 
streets of Brussels. When not appearing on Russian national TV, the same 
commentator has organised events with a former leader of the Ku-Klux 
clan and a former leaders of the British National Party. In a piece from 
Sputnik, he gives an “exclusive interview” in the role of a “Belgian 
political scientist and director of geopolitical research centre”. Here 
he repeats disinformation about the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, 
claiming that “there are facts that the Russians did not do it” and 
“that there is proof that it wasn’t Russia”.
The Belgian example is just one of many where Russian state-controlled 
media systematically invite contributions from far-right commentators 
from European countries – people with very limited impact in the 
communities they come from. Many of these “experts” are also invited to 
rally in Russia around shared far-right political agendas.

full: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/useful-experts-in-russian-media/

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