Most people in the West make two fatal mistakes about Moscow ‘media,’ Yakovenko says

Putin The TV Puppet Master (Image: Zina Saunders)

Putin The TV Puppet Master (Image: Zina Saunders) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Most people in the West continue to make two “fatal” mistakes about the media in Putin’s Russia, Igor Yakovenko says. They assume that Russians who call themselves journalists are in fact journalists and that Russian propaganda is propaganda in the normal sense.

Igor Yakovenko

Igor Yakovenko

“Few in the West understand,” the Russian commentator writes, “what the world is dealing with in the form of the Putin regime and its information arm;” and because of that, they commit “two principled and fatal” mistakes reflecting their willingness to take the claims of Moscow’s representatives at face value.

On the one hand, Yakovenko points out, people in the West “continue to call employees of Russia media journalists, a practice that automatically converts any measures taken against them into limitations on free speech.” But these people aren’t journalists and thus should not be able to expect the respect given to real journalists.

“Not a single government media outlet in Russia and also not a single one which adopts a pro-Kremlin position, has any relationship to journalism,” and understanding that must be the basis for the adoption of an adequate response by Europe and the West more generally to what these Russians are doing.

He continues: “Not a single employee working [for Russian outlets] should be considered a journalist, and everything connected with the defense of freedom of speech has nothing to do with them. This also relates to ‘experts’ who live in the studios of Russian talk shows” and spew hatred against the West, Ukraine, and the Russian opposition.

And on the other hand, Yakovenko says, people in the West need to recognize that “the content of the Russian media” is not propaganda. Those who call it that implicitly put it in the same rank with “political propaganda of any other direction,” including that offered elsewhere now or in the past.

But “the distinguishing feature of Putin’s information forces from such models as the communist or Nazi versions is that the propaganda of Goebbels and Suslov advanced a definitive ideology, albeit an anti-human one.” Each offered a certain “image of the future” and sought to win people over to its pursuit.

“In Putin’s Russia,” however, “there is no such ideology and no image of the future. There are not and cannot be any books entitled ‘Putinism.’ The Putin media simply destroys the foundations of all norms, moral, legal and scientific. It simply sows hatred, lies, crudities and provocations.”

And “not having any positive program for humanity,” Yakovenko continues, “Putin and his media trade in threats and unpleasantness, using any problems in the world for efforts to destroy it, to sow hostility among people and thus allow them to continue to rule and steal in Russia.”

Unfortunately,” he concludes, “the world still doesn’t fully understand the nature of the threat it is confronted by in the form of Putinism.” Failure to recognize another threat in the middle of the 20th century cost Europe and all humanity.

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  • Robert

    Well said. Obviously, these important points are highly accurate based on the overwhelming evidence of recent and ongoing history.

    In Latin: “Praemonitus, praemunitus.” (circa 1500s)

    In English: “Forewarned is forearmed.”

    Is there something equivalent or similar in Ukrainian or Russian?

    • Dale Davies

      Kind of the definition of the anti-Christ! War with Pootlerstan is inevitable. The question being, how soon?! The people paid the big bucks to know were sleeping in respect to Georgia. You would have thought the invasion of Georgia in the Abkhazia and South Osseta regions would have gotten them fully awake. The Pootlerstan still pushes and expands there today! Were those military and diplomatic people listening in February of 2014 when Fuhrer Shorty the Shirtless stated ” I reserve the right to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine”? Not a chance because they would have been aware of his intentions to occupy Krim and then continue to invade Ukraine from the east. Almost every person in Ukraine knows the Russian language, even moreso east of the Dniper River.
      I do not think Pee-Wee Pootie has much interest in farming areas as the potential for profit and embezzelling millions of dollars is remote.
      Here is a question. What was the incidence of ASF prior to 2014 as compared to today. Is it possible sleeper agents of Pootlerstan, possibly KGB introduce the bacteria to harm profits and assist the pressure down on the economy?

      • zorbatheturk

        What is disquieting is that Trump the Chump is a fully paid up member of the Vladimir Putin fan club.

        • Dale Davies

          Very true. For now. With mid term elections this year the Republicans are going to loose a bunch of seats to the Democrates. Then he will be hog tied.
          When at the Multi Use Facility in town for my Sunday soak in the hot tub, shower and shave; I was talking to a friend. For work they have to order parts for the pulp mill from the USA. He talks to the person on the other end and they say the Buffoon Tycoon is embarrassing and making a mockery of the USA.
          So much for making the America great again! Just turn the crank and wait for the Mangoe Mussolini to pop out of the box for his next show! I still think it is just time until information comes to light to impeach him!

          • zorbatheturk

            Trump disgusts many people.

          • Dale Davies

            I am suprised more women are not out to have his cajones for hanging on the outhouse wall.

          • zorbatheturk

            He is certainly a creep.

          • Dale Davies

            Narcistic creep to be sure! I don’t think we would get many arguements on that.

          • David Lieder

            It’s so easy for you to be an armchair critic. So easy to think your opinion matters, which it doesn’t. Trump is my president and I respect him a great deal, and look forward to the future, zorbatheturk, or whatever youre name is.

          • zorbatheturk

            Trump is a horrible humanoid.

          • David Lieder

            The Republicans will lose nothing. Too bad progressives live under a rock and in a fantasy reality, because some of their ideas and ideals are good.

          • Dale Davies

            I have always supported the Conservatives (Republicans) either federally or provincially here in Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada with Peeair Trudeau did some good things but treated western Canada poorly. Basically; just send more money. And our NDP is socialist and thus pushes businesses out whereever they get in power.
            All that said to say I prefer the Republican ethics and standards more than Democrates. I still think the Republicans will loose seats this fall due to anger and frustration over none other than the erratic and less than diplomatic actions of the Buffoon Tycoon. I do agree with many things he says should be done, but it is the manner that he goes about accomplishing the innitiative that ruffles feathers. While holding the position of POTUS, you can not run the country and talk to people like he did on “The Apprentice”! That is the bottom line of why seats will be lost.

        • David Lieder

          You’re insane. Trump doesn’t like Putin and has sold weapons now to Ukraine. Trump supports Ukraine and so do I.

          • Dale Davies

            He is a bit soft on the Russia. It is my belief the reason is that is where much of his financing has come from after multiple bankruptcies. Western financiers would want way too much guarrantees and interest even IF they were inclined to finance him.

          • David Lieder

            Dale, you sound like a smart and educated guy, but on this particular issue your wrong, and not following the facts. Trump basically tanked Putin and the Russian economy. Putin thinks Trump likes him, but that is what we call a “guise”, meaning Trump accomplished all this in a way that tricked Putin. Did you know the CIA and many other agencies have ramped up their presence all across the front lines with Russia? Trump destroyed a Russian-allied air field and the military shot down Russian jets, and Putin said nothing, because Putin actually thinks Trump likes him. Wahaha. That’s the genius of it. In regards to the conservative policies in the U.S., in one year Trump has accomplished more than the deep state GOP was able to do in the last 30. Massive tax cuts, 80 judges appointed, a supreme court judge, the U.S. economy is doing great and the stock market at an all-time high in history. What’s brilliant about Trump is that liberals think he’s stupid and he distracts his enemies, and then he accomplishes all this while people are fixated on his eccentricities. He is a lot more clever and effective than you give him credit for. But ultimately, you can stay in Canada. We are doing great in the U.S. under Trump, and I don’t care what you think about it.

          • Dale Davies

            I guess time will tell. The Buffoon Tycoon has three more yearsuntil the next election there.
            Meanwhile in Canada, we have our own jerk in the big chair. The Mangoe Mussolini reduced taxes for you. Justin Trudeau the son of former Prime Minister Peeair Elliot Trudeau has raised taxes and spending, putting us further in debt. If he is re-elected by the east, I will definately sell and leave the country!

          • Scradje

            The measures taken to help Ukraine have been at the initiative of others in the GOP who actually do understand the threat posed by the chekist rodent. Trump has never criticized him and pre-election took an anti-Ukraine stance. See the transcript of his dreadful interview with George Stephanopoulos for proof. Pre-election trump hired a horde of putinoid scum to work for him (Manafort, Page, Flynn, Bannon etc), it’s great that they are gone, but the idea that his groveling comments about putler was a massive feint is in the realms of fantasy. However let us hope that the likes of Mattis have now injected a dose of reality into Trump on fascist RuSSia.

          • zorbatheturk

            Trump loves his Poo Tin.

  • Brent
  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSia is a failed state run by a gangster cabal headed by The Rodent Called Putin. One of the nastiest species of feces ever to be expelled from the alimentary canal of the former Soviet Onion.

  • David Lieder

    I disagree with this article’s opinion of the perspective of Western peoples towards Russian “news” and propaganda. As a U.S. citizen, I see that the citizens of my country despise Putin and correctly view the FSB and Russian governments as sociopath criminals of the worst kind. We are under no illusion of Putin’s disposition or motives. We will celebrate as much as Ukraine when Putin is executed for war crimes and his government tried for the same.

    • Dale Davies

      In my observation, many people I talk with know nothing or minimal about Ukraine, the Russia and the reasons and state of war between them. They just want happy things in their life and watching or reading news about all the terrible things and situations in the world are of no interest to them. By the same token they usually have little or no knowledge of history or interest especially from some place half way around the world they are not very sure of where it is. In North America we are somewhat isolated by the oceans around us.
      It is unfortunate so many people take little to no interest in what is going on around them. They are usually the ones that say “why vote. It will not make any difference.” What they do not realize is they do matter. Last fall my neighbor and I went to vote in the municipal election. The candidate we voted for won by only two votes!

      • David Lieder

        Well said! Isn’t it amazing that all this ability to find information exists now with the internet, and people use it to spend an average of six hours a day on Facebook. Well, at least we are having good conversations about important things! I hope anyway… Let’s do our best.