Dots and lines – delusions about Russia

I’ve tagged this piece to link it to my series on Anti-Russian propaganda in the UK press. But really it belongs in a special category of its own devoted to the ravings of Guardian journalist Luke Harding. Harding – who was once posted to Moscow (and whose tenure ended when the Russians declined to renew his Visa – a matter which he depicts as being ‘thrown out’ of Russia) – is notorious for his “join the dots” journalism on Russia. (His words). For Harding “joining the dots” means inventing all sorts of stories which – for Harding at least – must be true because they are the only possible explanation which connects some dots. He shows you the dots – simple facts in the public domain – and then claims that the dots prove the lines – his stories which “connect the dots”.  He is informing us about the lines which must be there because of the dots. The alternative explanation is that the lines are purely in Harding’s own head.

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It is not just politicians who tell lies

One feature of this election has been the willingness of some sections of the press to tell bare-faced lie after lie. I have been reading the Guardian and occasionally The Independent – and both of these papers have relentlessly lied.

One feature of these lies is that they appear to be made by people who either a) are of such feeble intelligence that they can’t grasp nuance and complexity of a situation or b) who are normal but who count on their readers being of type a). Either way – this isn’t just about lying. Wish that it were. This is about a kind of bestial disregard for truth. Continue reading “It is not just politicians who tell lies”

Straight lies in the liberal press in an attempt to win the election

The liberal-left are resorting to outright deliberate lying to try to smuggle Corbyn into power (even though they probably know it would be a total disaster). We documented the other day a case where the Independent lied about what Johnson had said. Continue reading “Straight lies in the liberal press in an attempt to win the election”

Liberals misrepresenting Boris Johnson and paving the way for fascism

A headline in today’s Independent reads:

Boris Johnson described most deprived members of society as ‘chavs, losers, burglars and drug addicts’

The casual reader might be mistaken into believing that Boris Johnson did this; that he is an “uncaring Tory” or whatever the motif is this is supposed to foster.

It is in fact a straight lie – of the kind that abounds in the liberal press. Continue reading “Liberals misrepresenting Boris Johnson and paving the way for fascism”

Russia – a country or a demon?

This may seem like a small point; just a throw-away line in a single Guardian article. But I pick on it because it seems indicative of a certain perspective. The comment appears in an article on some sort of a spy scandal in Serbia. (Allegations of a Russian spy paying off a Serbian official; good TV but hardly news – all spy agencies pay informers/agents in ‘enemy’ and even ‘allied’ countries all the time). The article is by Shaun Walker who used to be based in Moscow where he churned out a series of anti-Russia propaganda articles.  This is what struck me: Continue reading “Russia – a country or a demon?”

The abyss we live in when the concept of truth is abolished. (aka. The UK’s Guardian)

This is a story in the Guardian about the death in Istanbul of the ex British soldier who founded the White Helmets.

The White Helmets is a group in Syria who have been very lavishly funded by the UK’s Foreign Office [1] and by the US to produce stories favourable to the UK’s / Western narrative on Syria. The narrative is that Assad “must go” because he “murders his own people”. The White Helmets was set up to document these alleged atrocities. Along the way they have no doubt helped rescue people from burning buildings – all the while of course generating excellent footage for the Assad is murdering his own people line. Continue reading “The abyss we live in when the concept of truth is abolished. (aka. The UK’s Guardian)”