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Bloomberg’s False Truth. Part 2

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WASHINGTON – March 13, 2019

The world has changed, and this can be seen in almost any area of life: from culture and technology. But one thing remains unchanged — the ability to weave intrigue. Whoever is deftly and more sophisticated implements their plans and wins the round. The main place in this fine art is the creation of false information about the enemy, and propaganda. Rumors, speculation, outright fiction — all that helps to manipulate public opinion, exposing the object of persecution in an unfavorable light. Earlier, ladies in waiting and courtiers spread misinformation, now various media successfully perform this role. And the U.S. media has especially excelled at the art of gossip and propaganda.

For several years already, the press has shown an increased interest in the relations between the West and Russia. And depending on the direction of European and American policy, information about Russia was provided to the layman in an increasingly grotesque form. Events coverage in this form is part of hybrid war.

Recall our discussion about photos in the first article. As examples, we can cite the grand failure of one of the most serious news media in the United States - CNN. They used a screenshot from the Fallout 4 computer game in their report about hackers from Russia who were allegedly seen meddling during the US 2016 presidential elections. The photos were presented as real data. It is clear that the order to create this fake came from above because such a blatant lie was beneficial to Democrats that didn’t want to leave the White House as losers.

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This is one example of the American media’s lies. The amount of unverified and obviously incorrect information that they pour into the poor ears of the population is simply incredible. Almost every piece of negative news about Russia and its policy is either a lie or an exaggeration. At the same time, if refutations are published, it is done as quietly as possible. As a result, readers have the impression that Russia is a monster whose goal is to enslave the planet.

This raises the question of how far the media can go in their unprofessionalism and the desire to please politicians in the publication of frank inventions. And how long will the belief in freedom of speech continue to live in the minds of ordinary people?

Bloomberg is one of those who are actually afraid of the Russian information war but try to boldly distort the facts against Russia in general and the Russian media in particular, and especially USA Really.

In December 2018, Bloomberg published an interview with Alexander Malkevich, the head of USA Really, where he confirmed that the Federal News Agency, USA Really, Nevskiy News and Economy Today, all based in St. Petersburg, are included in the U.S. Treasury's blacklist of sanctioned entities over the conflict in Ukraine and alleged election meddling.

Bloomberg’s False Truth. Part 2

As we have previously written, the United States uses its favorite method of "mission drift" as a way to influence consciousness. Thus, the media overshadows their fear of larger players like Russia, but at the same time exposes the United States as a victim of meddling. For the most part, as we also said earlier, this is about the struggle of the elite groups that own the media.

"The purpose of such manipulation is to divert the essence of the problem from its real designation, shaping public opinion so that society accepts all necessary social changes or actions humbly and without indignation as the norm of everyday life," the article says.

Next, we see modern information appeals to feelings and instincts, not to the mind — the ability to distinguish truth from lies.

So, in the interview, Malkevich told Bloomberg reporters that "it is “an honor” but one that is “totally unjustified” to be included on the U.S. sanctions list. “We see a new war by U.S. authorities against journalists and views they don’t like,” he said. The USA Really editor-in-chief declined to comment on whether his site would have to stop employing U.S. citizens who have been writing for it.

In another of their articles, Bloomberg clearly shows its fear of saying that Russia "appears to be shifting strategy in their efforts to disrupt the 2020 U.S. elections, promoting politically divisive messages through phony social media accounts instead of creating propaganda themselves, Cybersecurity experts say."

This fear plays into the hands of not only the political forces of the United States but also the whole nation, which sees in Russia only a terrible character from the worst horror films.

Other nonsense in the American media includes its unethical behavior towards Russian journalists. For example, Bloomberg published photos of Alexander Malkevich on its website for money. They could be purchased for $500. How modest and tasteful.

SCREENSHOT: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/alexander-malkevich-editor-in-chief-of-usareally-poses-for-news-photo/1071131310

If you ask someone after that if people can distinguish propaganda from ordinary speech, they will probably answer without hesitation that they can do so without difficulty, because it's clear how propaganda works, and how it looks, and that they will definitely not succumb to it. However, in this case, propaganda would be in vain, ineffective and toothless and would not be able to master the masses with more or less success, as historical events reliably confirm. The reality is that propaganda can penetrate into all spheres of public life, can change people's destinies, justify what cannot be justified, and act for the benefit of lofty ideas.

Creating The Enemy

Propaganda is impossible without creating an image of the enemy. If there is no real threat, propaganda will create it. It is important to understand that by constructing the enemy and dividing people into "us" and "them," the propagandist forms the target audience's identity.

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"Creating stereotypes about 'those others' is part of the strategy of legitimizing the group identity of the target masses. Secondly, our goals and position are being clarified and a sense of identity is being purposefully instilled in us. As a result, only by disengaging from the enemy, we are easier to rally. Thus, it becomes a source of social integration" (O'Shaughnessy 2004: 123-125, Safrankova-Pavlickova).

In order to mobilize hatred against the enemy, it is important to characterize the enemy as an unscrupulous, inhuman criminal who rejects the values of this community, thereby putting everyone at risk.

Common propaganda often uses the identification of the enemy (external or internal) and its insult and symbolic defeat, and the glorification of allies and the exaltation of one's own way of life.

Nazi anti-Russian propaganda was very interesting, and has been coming to the fore again in a modified form in recent years. Russia is again the main enemy, more dangerous than ISIS itself, more dangerous than Muslim fundamentalists. So the Western propagandists say.

Let us recall how since June 1941, anti-Russian propaganda has become a Nazification element. In order for people to better tolerate propaganda and move to the German side, it was necessary to put someone very frightening on the second bowl of the imaginary scales, and Russia perfectly suited this purpose. The struggle against Bolshevism was to unite everyone, and Germany was to lead this struggle and win it. The Netherlands and Czechoslovakia were democratic countries until the Nazi invasion, and, of course, they did not like the regime in Russia. Despite this, many understood that Russia was hope and probably the only way to defeat Germany.

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The anti-Russian propaganda was based on the statement that the struggle with the Soviet was a struggle for the whole of Europe and even for all of humanity because it was clear that the Soviets were going to attack Central Europe. Does this remind us of modern anti-Russian rhetoric?

Propaganda is usually associated with two phenomena — war and power. As for power, propaganda has always been a psychological tool. And it is this connection between propaganda and power that has always aroused suspicion. But propaganda itself cannot ensure loyalty and sympathy of the people to any ruler, so the powers that be often impose loyalty by force and pressure, with the help of repressive legislation — up to arrests and elimination of opponents.

Propaganda is inextricably linked to war. Propaganda is designed to convince people to act as its creators wish. In the case of militant propaganda, it is important that people fight for something or otherwise participate in militant aspirations.

But the decision to enter the war or not to enter the war for something should be based on a personal decision and not depend on propaganda.

Censorship always goes hand in hand with propaganda. Behind the concealment of information, both in the case of censorship and in the case of propaganda, is the fear of their creators that this information can allow people to think independently or do things that are contrary to the interests of the propagandists and censors. According to Philip Taylor, this was the reason Hitler considered the orientation of propaganda to intellectuals to be in vain because they see through it.

Today, the main task of the censors and creators of propaganda is to gain control over all types of media (for example, attempts to restrict freedom of communication on the internet).

The American authorities like the proposal to ban objectionable sites, after all, that's why they tirelessly continue to block and destroy sites that distribute Russian propaganda against the United States.

At one time in 2015, the former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone took part in a conference in Moscow, which was held by the Russian state TV channel RT. Livingstone then said that Russia is not a threat to the West, but that Saudi Arabia is.

"It's simple: the West does not confront the threat from Russia," Livingstone said. "We confront the threat of Muslim fundamentalism. And it is financed mainly by Saudi Arabia, our main ally, which finances the most intolerant branches of Islam, which have no connection with the Muhammad teachings."

Livingstone noted also the support that the Mujahideen received from the United States in Afghanistan, which was the cause of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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Livingstone added that the Russian President was demonized in American media, but no one writes about ... for example, the discrimination of the Russian-speaking population in the Baltic States. "No one says that it was the European Union that put pressure on the former Ukrainian President to sign a treaty with the EU and abandon the trade agreement with Russia. And when the President did not go on about them, he was surprisingly quickly overthrown," Livingstone said.

Yeah, that's how propaganda works. The most important thing is to find the enemy. We have it. It is not ISIS, not Muslim fundamentalists, but big bad Russia.

It remains a mystery why some European countries do not accept the "horror" of the Russian enemy.

Perhaps this is why millions of dollars will be invested in Western propaganda. The Americans still fear people might believe Russia.

Author: USA Really