How the West does propaganda (2)

This is nice example from AFP.

The story is about a proposed ‘gay pride’ march in Odessa, Ukraine. The Right Sector movement disrupted the event.

This is how AFP reports about the Right Sector:

Prominent extreme nationalist group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) — once central to the demonstrations in Kiev that toppled a Russian-backed president last year — had voiced fierce opposition to Saturday’s event. [1]

This really is a lovely example of Western media propaganda.

The Right Sector movement was indeed prominent in the Maidan Square riots and putsch which got rid of President Yanochovich. It is a strongly nationalist movement. For example; some of its leaders have made virulently anti-Russian statements (before the war in Eastern Ukraine started). [2]

However the attempt to paint it as something belonging to the past is a sheer lie.

The Right Sector is part of the military campaign being waged by Kiev against the militias in eastern Ukraine. A Right Sector member is an adviser to the Ministry of Defence. Two Right Sector members including one of its leaders Dmytro Yarosh now sit in the Ukrainian parliament. [3] In other words the Right Sector played a key part in the Maidan Square riots and has now been taken into the fold and become part of the military campaign in Eastern Ukraine. It is integral to the coup.

The second piece of mischief here is describing (and this is a typical characterisation) President Yanochovich as a “Russian-backed President”. This is an attempt to mislead the casual reader into thinking that

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How The West Does Propaganda

This is a good example. The story is by AFP. AFP is owned by the French government.

The story details the political, social and economic chaos in Libya. Apparently it is getting worse.

All this stems from the 2011 NATO bombing campaign. This campaign was conducted on the basis of UN Resolution 1973 which permitted military action to protect civilians. In a piece of legal sophistry the Western powers argued that “since Gaddafi is a threat to civilians bombing his army and thus securing a total military victory for the rebels is legitimate”.

At any event the fact is that NATO bombed the Libyan army (armed strangely enough in large measure by the EU [1]) and secured a military victory for various competing rebel factions. As

Pants Propaganda

This is a story in the Daily Mail about how a 13 year boy was allowed to do a sleepover with two boys aged 7 and 6. Not surprisingly something untoward happened.

The story looks like it was co-written with the NSPCC’s propaganda department. The bullet-point headings to the story are:

  • Alana found out sons Ethan, seven, and James, six, had been assaulted
  • Perpetrator was friend’s son in his early teens who stayed the night
  • He showed them child porn images and then abused them
  • NSPCC’s ‘underwear rule’ helps young children understand sexual abuse

The last point of course is not a “fact”. It is a sales-point for the NSPCC. (Indeed none of the other points are facts either. The alleged abuse is being investigated by the police and no determination has been made yet about whether it even happened).

The story is that a mother of two young boys (aged 6 and 7) made friends with another Mum in the neighborhood. The other Mum had a son aged 13. The first Mum invited the other Mum round. When it was time to go the 13 year old son of the second Mum asked if he could stay over in the bedroom of the 6 and 7 year olds. He was allowed to. Later the first Mum found child porn on the tablets of her 6 and 7 year olds. And subsequently, thanks to the NSPCC’s underwear rule, she was able to find out that the 13 year old had (allegedly) sexually interfered with her 6 and 7 year olds. Thanks, then, to the NSPCC’s underwear rule the “terrible truth” came out.

There are several characteristic features of this story.

Firstly; the claim that the two young boys were abused is in fact just an allegation which is being “investigated by police”. This doesn’t stop the Daily Mail reporting it as a matter of absolute fact.

This whole passage reads like an advert for the NSPCC:

‘After I’d found the child abuse images I was really worried about Felix and what had caused him to access these images but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know if the images I’d seen were just boys being curious online or if it meant something more sinister. I spent the day crying about what to do.’

In turmoil, Alana spoke to one of the boy’s teachers who recommended calling the NSPCC Helpline for support.

She recalled: ‘She explained that they’d be able to advise on whether the incident should be reported to Children’s Services and what the next steps should be.

‘It felt comforting to think that the decision about whether to report it would be taken out of my hands and made by a professional. It made it a lot easier for me not having to call the police.

‘I called the NSPCC Helpline when I got home that morning. The lady I spoke to at the Helpline was lovely. When she heard that I was getting upset she calmed me down by telling me that I’d absolutely done the right thing by calling them.

‘She explained that she’d have to log the incident with Children’s Services. But the best piece of advice that she gave me was to speak to the boys again and make sure that nothing else happened that night.’

Alana was advised to speak to her sons using the charity’s ‘underwear rule’.

Free press in the West (15)

The “free press” in the West has numerous tactics to spin their narratives along. One might be called editorial inserts. Here a story is wrapped up in a coating added at editorial level. The claims are never established by facts and analysis. They just appear. A typical example is how many stories about Russia are now glossed with the line about “an increasingly aggressive Russia”. This apparent fact has never been established in a journalistic sense. For example; a serious discussion of the root causes of the recent conflicts in South Ossetia and Ukraine. The narrative line just appears and is taken for granted. In fact its source is not political and historical analysis but the narratives put out by corporate politicians to gloss their latest imperialist manoeuvres.

This is an example. The

Free Press in the West (12) – Ukraine rebels train child soldiers in the making

This is a nice example of a pure propaganda story. It is written by a propaganda writer Yulia Silina for AFP.

The aim of the story is to create an impression that the rebels in Eastern Ukraine are using “child soldiers”. No doubt we are supposed to think “like ISIS”. Note that the story concedes that the UN says there is no proof of minors being used in combat in Eastern Ukraine. We are told: