Russia’s TV Channel One “reports” on the Malaysia Airlines crash



Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov

Russia’s TV Channel One has broadcast a fake satellite image that supposedly proves that the Malaysia Airlines aircraft was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet.  This “news” was announced by one of the most inveterate liars of Russian television broadcasting — Mikhail Leontyev  — and was instantly featured on the leading news sites in Russia. But in just a few minutes it became clear that TV Channel One had lied in the most petty and inept fashion. As background for the propaganda photos, a Google satellite image was used that dated from 2012. A cloud formation of characteristic shape is clearly visible on one of the fragments. Furthermore, the forgers had not finished doctoring the SU-27 that was most likely depicted in the photograph but which was by no means the MiG-29. Even the time indicated on the TV Channel One photograph was clearly 1:19:47 UTC. But the Boeing crashed at about 1:00 pm that time.

The question is why did the Russian propagandists need such a clumsy lie? The answer is simple — for the television audience that believes every word uttered by TV Channel One and its announcers. The Russian government fears the official announcement of the results of the investigation of the Boeing air disaster because it knows perfectly well who is really to blame for the destruction of people. Significantly, the fake image was broadcast shortly after the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott demanded that Russian President Putin apologize for the crash and pay financial compensation to the families of the victims.

When the materials of the official investigation are announced, Moscow will remind Russians that the Russian Union of Engineers has been investigating the disaster for a long time and has determined the guilty — the Ukrainian authorities. Of course, this will not lead to the cancellation of sanctions, and the economic situation in Russia will not improve. However, the majority of Vladimir Putin’s worshipers will know that the Boeing was brought down in order to punish the poor Russians. And this was done by the vile Ukrainians at the direction of Washington. TV Channel One had already reported this long before the release of the investigation results. Therefore, everything is clear.

Mikhail Leontyev  knows what he is doing.

Translated by: Anna Mostovych
Source: Radio Svoboda

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  • Michel Cloarec

    It is such a fake that one wonder who do they try to fool ?

    • Don Casavant

      They only wanted to fool their Russian audience! They knew before it was produced that they would not fool anyone outside of Russia but they don’t care about that! They are worried about the impact of the “real” report if it is seen in Russia, hence the false report to try and sway the Russian audience prior to the “real” report! I hope one of these days (not too far in the future) the Russian people will understand how much they have been duped by their own government.

      • Michel Cloarec

        It did not fool the member of G20 in Brisbane !
        Putin seems cursed on Tv News.
        Now we have to wait to see if he will leave before the end of the meeting.

        • Don Casavant

          I don’t think he was trying to fool the G20! He thinks he can play tough guy! There was one thing different between this meeting with world leaders and all the other meetings the past few months…this time Putin did not state before the meeting that he was removing Russian troops from the Ukrainian border!!! In every other meeting with the West he made that claim just prior to the meetings, this time he knew that no one would believe him so he didn’t bother!!
          They reported on Ukrainian TV today that Putin’s one on one meeting with Merkel did not turn out so good. After the meeting, Putin had no comment, but Merkel stated that there would be more sanctions leveled at Russia very soon!

          • W8post

            Merkel is the most chicken of all European leaders because sanctions really hurt Germany’s economy. But so does the economy of the Baltic States and Poland, still they are more dedicated to hurt Russia than Frau Merkel!

          • Don Casavant

            I agree 100%!

          • Michel Cloarec

            On BBC, Euronews,CNN and french TV they have gone hard on him. He looks like my dog when he does something wrong ! VERY NICE DEMONSTRATIONS IN BRISBANE !

          • Don Casavant

            He probably doesn’t know why the entire world is pissed off at him…he
            just wants to be loved like the great guy he thinks he is!!! “He has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends”, to borrow a quote from Oscar Wilde!

  • Rods

    The UK forensic website have now done a detailed analysis on this fake and showed how crudely and badly it has been done. The airline in the fake is the wrong aircraft, going in the wrong direction, in the wrong place at the wrong time!

    What makes this particularly despicable is that there are 298 victims including 10 from the UK, whose families and friends must be looking for as much information as possible to what happened to their loved ones and all Russia can do is spread malicious falsehoods.

    There has been a write up on this in the UK’s Daily Mail and now it has been proven to be false, I have made a complaint to try and get a correction. If they don’t the next stop will be taking it further by making a complaint to the UK’s Independent Press Standards Organisation. Don’t let the Russians get away with their propaganda, by complaining about anything reported in newspapers, that is proven to be false.
    On the website there is also a 35 page report, citing all of the available evidence on the BUK’s movement that probably shot down MH 17 and is well worth reading.

    • Michel Cloarec

      Nice work and researches ! Thank you for infos

    • Don Casavant

      Great post!

  • Dirk Smith

    Their propaganda is about as good as their military. Paper lion.