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November 20, 2020

How 'Western' Media Select Their Foreign Correspondents

Did you ever wonder why 'western' mainstream media get stories about Russia and other foreign countries so wrong?

It is simple. They hire the most brainwashed, biased and cynical writers they can get for the job. Those who are corrupt enough to tell any lie required to support the world view of their editors and media owners.

They are quite upfront about it.

Here is evidence in form of a New York Times job description for a foreign correspondent position in Moscow:

Russia Correspondent

Job Description

Vladimir Putin’s Russia remains one of the biggest stories in the world.

It sends out hit squads armed with nerve agents against its enemies, most recently the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. It has its cyber agents sow chaos and disharmony in the West to tarnish its democratic systems, while promoting its faux version of democracy. It has deployed private military contractors around the globe to secretly spread its influence. At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.

If that sounds like a place you want to cover, then we have good news: We will have an opening for a new correspondent as Andy Higgins takes over as our next Eastern Europe Bureau Chief early next year.


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To be allowed to write for the Times one must see the Russian Federation as a country that is ruled by just one man.

One must be a fervent believer in MI6 produced Novichok hogwash. One must also believe in Russiagate and in the multiple idiocies it produced even after all of them have been debunked.

One must know that vote counts in Russia are always wrong while U.S. vote counting is the most reliable ever. Russian private military contractors (which one must know to be evil men) are 'secretly deployed' to wherever the editors claim them to be. Russia's hospitals are of course always much worse than ours.

Even when it is easy to check that Vladimir Putin (the most evil man ever) is at work in the Kremlin the job will require one to claim that he is hiding in a villa.

Most people writing for the Times will actually not believe the above nonsense. But the description is not for a position that requires one to weigh and report the facts. It is for a job that requires one to lie. That the Times lists all the recent nonsense about Russia right at the top of the job description makes it clear that only people who support those past lies will be considered adequate to tell future lies about Russia.

No honest unbiased person will want such a job. But as it comes with social prestige, a good paycheck and a probably nice flat in Moscow the New York Times will surely find a number of people who are willing to sell their souls to take it.

Interestingly the job advertisement does not list Russian language capabilities as a requirement. It only says that 'Fluency in Russian is preferred'. 

'Western' mainstream media are filled with such biased, cynical and self-censoring correspondents who have little if any knowledge of the country they are reporting from. It is therefore not astonishing that 'western' populations as well as their politicians have often no knowledge of what is really happening in the world.

 

h/t Bryan MacDonald

Posted by b on November 20, 2020 at 19:06 UTC | Permalink

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Hilarious. Don't need no stinking Operation Mockingbird anymore. Just put out a want-ad and plenty of brainwashed folks will come flocking. Propaganda works.

Posted by: gottlieb | Nov 20 2020 19:21 utc | 1

Soomeone said:

"Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed; everything else is public relations."

In this case "everything else is propaganda."

The job title is really 'Anti-Russia Propagandist'.

Posted by: powerandpeople | Nov 20 2020 19:29 utc | 2

This is such an odd job description with very few specific requirements and none detailing how much experience or what level of knowledge or skill is required (in the form of X number of years worked in some area requiring Russian language skills or university qualifications obtained) that I almost wonder if this advertisement is for real.

One notices also that "Vladimir Putin's Russia" is presented as a story. Everything else that follows in the second paragraph of the advertisement is also a story. Indeed everything in the news media industry is a "story" as if instead of employing investigative reporters on the beat grimly searching for hard facts like old pulp fiction detectives, the media now only wants Hollywood script writers or graduates straight out of creative writing courses.

But then I suppose whoever gets the job at the NYT can hardly do worse than what the hack Luke Harding did as The Fraudian's Moscow correspondent nearly 15 years ago, so much so that the Russian govt must have suspected that he was more than just a bad paranoid plagiarist ... he must have been a spy as well, that it would initially refuse to renew his visa. One would like to see the job specifications for the position of The Fraudian's Moscow reporter that Harding held for a number of years.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 20 2020 19:31 utc | 3

Incredible. What the acronym 'SMH' (shake my head) was invented for.

It's no wonder I switched off CBC radio, our national broadcaster here in Canada. Their music programs were okay, but every hour they had a news update, and those were stomach-turning. Superficial, biased, Empire-friendly nonsense...

Posted by: JimmyG. | Nov 20 2020 19:32 utc | 4

Norman Solomon wrote about this problem fifteen years ago in his book “War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death”
. . .from Amazon: In War Made Easy, nationally syndicated columnist, media critic, and author Norman Solomon cuts through the dense web of spin to probe and scrutinize the key “perception management” techniques that have played huge rolls in the promotion of American wars in recent decades.

p.116

. . .The attitudes of reporters covering U.S. foreign policy officials are generally similar to the attitudes of those officials. "Most journalists who get plum foreign assignments already accept the assumptions of empire," according to longtime foreign correspondent Reese Erlick. He added, "I didn't meet a single foreign reporter in Iraq who disagreed with the notion that the U.S. and Britain have the right to overthrow the Iraq government by force. They disagreed only about timing, whether the action should be unilateral, and whether a long-term occupation is practical." After decades of freelancing for major U.S. news organizations, Erlich offered this blunt conclusion: "Money, prestige, career options, ideological predilections--combined with the down sides of filing stories unpopular with the government--all cast their influence on foreign correspondents. You don't win a Pulitzer prize for challenging the basic assumptions of empire."

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 20 2020 19:32 utc | 5

Gee B I am awfully sorry, I just don't think you qualify for the advertised job?

What exactly is misleading and misdirected propaganda.. No one can earn a Mobel prize in either speciality without at least a good definition. To earn a Phd in misdirected propaganda one needs to be able to adjust a compass so it will become confused about the directions of N and S, prove a credit score of 20 or better, and be able to distinguish a tall mountain from a tall building.

To earn a Phd in misleading propaganda one needs to believe and promote that the world is square, have passed at least three courses in the basics of deception from an accredited university and be a direct decedent of Pinoccio ..

Posted by: snake | Nov 20 2020 19:48 utc | 6

JimmyG. @4,

I also live in Canuckistan - these days I can barely listen to NewsNetwork (or CTV, or Global, or CP24, or...) when they cover anything other than domestic politics for the same reason. I recall the good old days in the sixties when we had shows like "This Hour Has Seven Days" with Laurier Lapierre and Patrick Watson. And Canada would criticize the US on occasion: famously in 1983, PET, facing criticism from an American official for the PM's arms reduction proposals, said he wasn't going to listen to a "Pentagon pipsqueak." It's gone straight downhill since and we're now a NATO (i.e., US) lapdog.

Posted by: spudski | Nov 20 2020 19:48 utc | 7

If all you need to be a NYT's journalist is the ability to write vaguely plausible gibberish, then we may be closer than I thought to the day when we can replace them with machines. According to the GPT 3 wikipedia article:
"An article in the MIT Technology Review, cowritten by Deep Learning critic Gary Marcus,[21] stated that GPT-3's "comprehension of the world is often seriously off, which means you can never really trust what it says."[22] According to the authors, GPT-3 models relationships between words without having an understanding of the meaning behind each word."

Posted by: Fnord13 | Nov 20 2020 19:50 utc | 8

Thank you b.

Now here is a fine journalist they could simply contract for sane reporting on China. Plus excellent Russian analysis as well.

Good read with a link or two to consider.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Nov 20 2020 20:02 utc | 9

@8
So NYT's writers need to worry, since we can already automate their primary skill, the ability to write even though you have no understanding of the real nature of the world.

Posted by: Fnord13 | Nov 20 2020 20:04 utc | 10

Of course in the interests of "diversity", the New York Times Company also encourages even applicants with past criminal histories and those with "genetic predispositions" to apply for the job.

Presumably police checks will only be done if nearly all who apply are sociopathic enough!

🤣🤣🤣

Posted by: Jen | Nov 20 2020 20:21 utc | 11

> social prestige, a good paycheck and a probably nice flat

The term that Paul Craig Roberts often uses, "presstitute", comes to mind.

Echoing JimmyG. @4 and spudski @7, in Canada, our taxpayer-funded state news agency's flagship program "The National" gives us regular Two Minutes Hate pieces currently being churned out every two weeks or so by Moscow correspondent Chris Brown who fits this article's description to a T.

I've lost count of how many times he and CBC The National's editors have singled out Russia's handling of COVID-19 for criticism, when so many other countries have far worse per capita fatality numbers than Russia.

While decrying Russia's COVID-19 deaths, they, of course, never mention the fact that Canada has had more COVID-19 deaths per capita than Russia ...

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Nov 20 2020 20:21 utc | 12

Had you not taken a screenshot, I would have taken this for satire. Funny, just today I had a similar though after browsing the Neocon portal, 'realclearworld.com' and skimming this worthless article ... https://nationalinterest.org/feature/has-china-peaked-172911 Has China Peaked? [ * * Spoiler alert according to the author the answer is yes * * ]

There is an entire cottage industry of writers and 'analysts' who's job it is to slavishly write and say one thing regardless of the facts, 'the U.S. is superior to nation X culturally, economically, militarily, politically, and spiritually'. No matter the situation this is always true.

If you have ever watched 'Storage Wars', the U.S. is the Dave Hester of the world (or Parker Lewis), we can't lose.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Nov 20 2020 20:22 utc | 13

Come on MoA! Instead of constantly hitting at MSM (two three times a week?), which every one of your readers is probably aware of their ilk by now, you can enlighten your readers by telling us what is going on in Ethiopia, Afghanistan or Bolivia.

Posted by: Innocent Civilian | Nov 20 2020 20:34 utc | 14

It's absolutely pathetic.
5 years ago the truly great journalist Robert Fisk made the following observations during an interview with the journal.ie amongst others.
Back's up everything you have pointed out about the sheer disappearance of any impartial reportage from the NYT and printed media in general.

"Most newspapers that have lost circulation, particularly in the States, it’s not because of the internet, it’s because those newspapers were simply no good. When I go to San Francisco the coverage of the Middle East in its papers is frightened, cowardly, pathetic, there’s no serious foreign coverage at all."

"Newspapers themselves are to blame for the deterioration in their readership. I read the New York Times when its free, period, it doesn’t deserve to be paid for. It’s not worth it.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s online or not. If a paper’s not worth buying you’ll read for free online regardless"

Posted by: Jpc | Nov 20 2020 21:00 utc | 15

Sad, but nothing new.
The Exile was the only foreign based publication, in Russia, that spoke to truth.
But then again, the Exile wasn't a front for propaganda for anyone.

Posted by: c1ue | Nov 20 2020 21:02 utc | 16

"Most people writing for the Times will actually not believe the above nonsense."

Our host is much too charitable to the presstitutes. Those in the "Mockingbird" mass media eat their own effluent like a sort of group ouroboric scatophagia. To maintain their perverse form of "mental hygiene" they studiously avoid information sources outside of their own circular reprocessing of yesterday's delusions into fresh steaming piles for today's consumption. They have become so accustomed to feeding off their own delusions that if a hint of reality were to intrude into their looped intellectual food chain their minds would reject it like poison. They would likely exhibit physical symptoms, which doubtless would be attributed to evil Soviet mind rays from Havana.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 20 2020 21:03 utc | 17

Quite scary how Western mainstream media are all marching in unison to the same beat.

Unfortunately it sounds like this creeping facism could get even worse:

Biden State Media Appointee Advocated Using Propaganda Against Americans

Stengel stated clearly that a "news cartel" of mainstream corporate media outlets had long dominated US society, but he bemoaned that those "cartels don’t have hegemony like they used to."

Stengel made it clear that his mission is to counter the alternative perspectives given a voice by foreign media platforms that challenge the US-dominated media landscape.

"The bad actors use journalistic objectivity against us."

Wow ...

I clicked on the New York Times job link, and journalistic objectivity and integrity are nowhere to be found in the job descripton. But I did notice these lines that add to the ones that b brought to our attention:

We are looking for someone who will embrace the prospect of traversing 11 time zones to track a populace that is growing increasingly frustrated with an economy dragged down by corruption, cronyism and excessive reliance on natural resources. This posting offers the chance to chronicle the continuing reign of one of the world’s most charismatic leaders, President Vladimir V. Putin.

Not to mention, Putin ushered in changes to the constitution, so he will likely stay in power for many years to come.

And, of course, we are on the cusp of a new, less Putin-friendly president in the US, which should only raise the temperature between Washington and Moscow.

Wow again ...

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Nov 20 2020 21:16 utc | 18

It's not Russia it's "Vladimir Putin's Russia," so that's one mandatory term checked off, i.e. personalizing the appointed enemy. But then we read "It sends out hit squads. . ." instead of the usual obligatory: 'The regime' . . . . .but the Times can't get everything right.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 20 2020 21:19 utc | 19

A flat in Moscow!!! A soul could sold for it... but, there are job openings in Russia, here, a farmer is recruiting:

https://youtu.be/8HZ4DnVfWYQ

Posted by: Paco | Nov 20 2020 21:21 utc | 20

Great catch!

Posted by: Jeff Kaye | Nov 20 2020 21:52 utc | 21

thanks b... this doesn't surprise me! maybe canada's or is it kyiv's?) crystia freeland can get the job once the people of canada realize how useless she is! she used to have the gig at the financial times, before she got onto the canuck political scene.. right now a guy named chris brown writes for CBC.. he is the russian correspondent.. he would have signed up for something along the same lines as this international opportunity job description... here is his latest article on russia from today... not open to comments, as typically people like me challenge his b.s...

Inside a pop-up COVID hospital in Moscow, Russia's worst-hit city in coronavirus crisis in fact russia has done more testing and has had fewer deaths then canada based on deaths per million... good ole chris will not be mentioning any of this.. it is all about how backward russia! this article is not as bad as many of his others... it is almost objective! i think freeland would do a much better job of it!!!

Posted by: james | Nov 20 2020 22:03 utc | 22

Maybe that's what could be called a cynicure.

Posted by: Rickan | Nov 20 2020 22:03 utc | 23

The amount of hourly propaganda directed at and leveled at American people is unprecedented, I had not seen it this intense in past years it reminds me of my High school days in Shah’s Iran. This kind and this intense of control on news can only be due to instability of the regime. IMO in coming Biden Adminstration regime will impose new rules for control of internet and access to foreign news. Currently using my Mobil cellular I can’t access any Iranian news site.

Posted by: Kooshy | Nov 20 2020 22:07 utc | 24

nice catch, b. at first I thought the ad was a frigging joke.

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary." ― H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women

Fear of russia and all hobgoblin things russian has been endemic/epidemic in the West for well over 100 years, and I don't expect for it to change any time sooner.

to me all this fear mongering, for what else can you call it, is part and parcel of a colonial mind-set and racism now well ingrained in the West since the European powers became colonial powers around 1500 AD. It's xenophobia, racism and economic imperialism all rolled into one.

Any nations who haven't been taken over yet politically, economically and culturally by the US imperial Blob will be viciously attacked and lied about in the mainstream media 'narrative' to keep the general population fearful of those alternative systems/nations and to make any military/economic warfare sanctions/coup d'etats/color revolutions by the Blob against those nations justified. Psychological operations (aka through the media and social media) will always precede the harsher measures.

And since the international Elites in the US Blob consider Russia the main threat to their world wide hegemony, Russia gets a disproportionate number of lies, fabrications, propaganda and disinformation thrown at it. Hence, the consistent lies by the NYT and WA Post, etc etc

Posted by: michaelj72 | Nov 20 2020 22:25 utc | 25

At home, its hospitals are filling up fast with Covid patients as its president hides out in his villa.

There are no villas in Russia. What they have are dacha, which resembles more a cottage in the countryside where you can hunt and fish but not necessarily.

Villas are confined to Italy and France. Spain probably still have some. Stretching your imagination, it may still be possible to find one or two in Western Germany (to the West of the Rhine, but more to the south side). I don't know the situation after Yugoslavia, but it may be possible that one or two villas still exist along the Croatian coast.

You know who had a villa? Honorable, liberal hero, blessed by the Bundesrepublik Deutschland itself, the first ECB president ever, banker Wim Duisenberg. He died of a heart attack while swimming in the pool of his villa in France, aged 70. He had a hero's funeral in his home country, the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Those are the kind of people who live in villas nowadays.

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No honest unbiased person will want such a job. But as it comes with social prestige, a good paycheck and a probably nice flat in Moscow the New York Times will surely find a number of people who are willing to sell their souls to take it.

That's Late Capitalism for you. Gotta pay that USD 50k+ student loan debt from the Journalism degree.

As John Locke once said, desperation is the greatest motivator for the working class.

Posted by: vk | Nov 20 2020 22:33 utc | 26

I don't know...if it would get me to Russia, I think I'd apply...if only I were 50 years younger...

Posted by: juliania | Nov 20 2020 23:02 utc | 27

I wonder how the NY Times reported on the APEC Summit if it reported on it at all. Here's Putin's short address to those attending. I linked Xi's keynote speech at the China thread. As expected, Xi and Putin are playing from the same sheet of music. Trump was reported to have also participated, but I've seen no reports on what he said. I'm sure he's tired of hearing these words from Xi and Putin:

"That said, we believe that to reach the ambitious future goals it is important to continue cooperating on the basis of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, which are sovereign equality of states, non-interference in internal affairs, and respect for the right of nations to their own development model. [My Emphasis]

In my comment that linked Xi's speech, I mentioned the Summit adopted the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, which is actually quite short for such declarations, for example the 2020 Kuala Lumpur Declaration. Given their overall content, I doubt Trump signed either one, for just the vow to combat Climate Change is something he's 100% against.

Thank goodness for the "threat of the internet" as Obama sees it, where we can remain informed despite the great efforts to keep us ignorant. Of course, as with traditional sources, one must view them critically and employ one's reasoning powers when digesting. That "threat" allows us to read the Global Times editorial about the meeting, where one might say Trump set the tone:

"The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting was held virtually on Friday. Since Malaysia is the host country, every participating leader, except US President Donald Trump, used the official APEC background screen with a photo of the Perdana Putra, office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, on it. The comparison is quite eye-catching and there have been quite a few reports about it from Western media outlets."

A grand series of Summits have occurred since the US election: SCO Summit, Asia Summit, ASEAN Summit, BRICS Summit; RCEP Summit and signing, APEC Summit, all complete with numerous declarations and full of collective spirit. The editor sums it all up very well:

"A series of recent events in the Asia-Pacific region demonstrates China's integration to the region, as well as the regional power's collective consensus. This is the direct opposite of accusations from the US and other Western countries, which have been clamoring that China is breaking the rules. China gets on well with others and is full of cooperative spirit. The world needs such spirit. Egoism and zero-sum mind-set are taboos in the era of globalization.

"The Asia-Pacific region took a detour some time ago. The sign is that the Asia-Pacific region was mentioned less while Indo-Pacific was cited more. The difference between the two concepts is that the Asia-Pacific makes people think more about cooperation while Indo-Pacific brings association about confrontation. Today, when technology can create huge destructive power, recalling confrontational mentality will only bring enormous harm."

I'd like to think the Imagine Spirit has taken hold of most of the world despite the Neoliberal Empire's attempt to enslave the world in a web of debt, while dividing and ruling.

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 20 2020 23:20 utc | 28

@ karlof1 #28
the "threat of the internet" as Obama sees it, where we can remain informed despite the great efforts to keep us ignorant
Reminds me of the plank in the 2008 Obama campaign, that all important congressional bills would be disseminated on the web for citizen review, positions and comments. Inform the public! . . .Not done, of course. But it might be useful in country where the congressional branch wrote the laws and the executive branch executed them. It might promote...gasp...democracy!

Posted by: Don Bacon | Nov 20 2020 23:42 utc | 29

The winning candidate will be issued little stickies for her computer screen including "Russian Aggression", "Annexed Crimea" and "Poisoned the Skripals"

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Nov 20 2020 23:47 utc | 30

Just had a thought now: that NYT job suits the so-called "oppositionist" Alexei Navalny to a tee. He is out of work at present, stuck in Germany and needs to pay his daughter Daria's Stanford University fees.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 20 2020 23:55 utc | 31

Too bad the advertisement isn't headlined Major Symptom of USA's Dysfunction!

Posted by: karlof1 | Nov 21 2020 0:06 utc | 32

"Times Moscow bureau chief Andrew Higgins (11/11/20, 11/12/20) was the paper’s latest staffer to denounce Trump, claiming that “denying defeat, claiming fraud and using government machinery to reverse election results are the time-honored tools of dictators” such as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro.

"For Higgins, Trump was effectively “shatter[ing] the bedrock democratic tradition” of the US, sending it from the “free world” into the realm of tyrannical states that the United States has spent so long opposing in the name of democracy and free elections. (In reality, the US provides military aid to three-quarters of the world’s dictators, although corporate media use that word almost exclusively to refer to politicians Washington does not like—FAIR.org, 4/11/19.)..."
...Coincidentally, an example of Higgins' Harding like work is on display at FAIR today.

Posted by: bevin | Nov 21 2020 0:16 utc | 33

"Vladimir Putin’s Russia"...they seem to have him mixed up with tyler perry. easy mistake to make.

Posted by: the pair | Nov 21 2020 0:17 utc | 34

Thanks, karlof1 @ 28. The conclusion of Putin's speech warms my heart for my native land:

"...We will actively assist New Zealand, which assumes the APEC chairmanship next year. We wish success to our partners in New Zealand."

Thank you for that, President Putin.

Posted by: juliania | Nov 21 2020 0:20 utc | 35

b -- "Those who are corrupt enough to tell any lie required to support the world view of their editors and media owners."

C S Lewis called this type bastards.

I agree, and hope they are reading this right now.

Posted by: kiwiklown | Nov 21 2020 1:30 utc | 37


Posted by: Kooshy | Nov 20 2020 22:07 utc | 24 -- "This kind and this intense of control on news can only be due to instability of the regime."

That's the good news. The bad news is that even an unstable top can go on spinning (pun intended) for a loooooong time.

Posted by: kiwiklown | Nov 21 2020 1:32 utc | 38

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 20 2020 21:03 utc | 17 -- "Our host is much too charitable to the presstitutes. Those.... eat their own effluent...."

As long they get their paychecks, the bastards will keep the toilet bowl swirling once they get past the gag response.

Posted by: kiwiklown | Nov 21 2020 1:35 utc | 39

If this is true, and it passes in America, then the American people have given up.

Posted by: Lalimba | Nov 21 2020 3:01 utc | 40

There's a Xhomsky attrib that goes to the Journo:"..." You would never think to ask The Question, -or so I remember. NAZO banquets and think drank chairs until the tax credits stop. I'm an animist so I'll believe everything but it has to be good. How much do Fed Notes do Smith-Mudn't Propanda. If secretly Fox and MicrosSoftNBC were paid off a little, who would mind? If Kansas (Trust Kansas they say) wants gifs of bombers lined up why compare costs to StuperBowl commercials. Saying you want to destroy Heritage sites with them for a botched CI coup where no important CI guys died is a little bit of a war crime. Crickets....People feel Free that the insecurity state and Press has mostly sheltered Them from the wars and enemies Fed notes bought (and were freed with interest>). The Axholes are over there so we don't have them back at home, un-emplored. Un-done with one meme._

Posted by: allure of imagt+n | Nov 21 2020 4:14 utc | 41

vk@26

not surprised to see you quoting john locke

Posted by: che palle | Nov 21 2020 4:47 utc | 42

I thought that readers might be interested in the latest job opening at Pravda:

https://irrussianality.wordpress.com/

By Paul Robinson, professor at the University of Ottawa, who writes about Russian and Soviet history, military history, and military ethics.

Posted by: Tom | Nov 21 2020 5:02 utc | 43

@ 43 tom... thanks tom... here is the direct link to it - US CORRESPONDENT

paul had fun writing that! thanks for sharing...

Posted by: james | Nov 21 2020 5:30 utc | 44

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Nov 20 2020 23:47 utc | 30

And "Big Brother Inside".

Posted by: Tom | Nov 21 2020 5:31 utc | 45

Fluency in Russian preferred?

So the NYT isn't too worried that the correspondent might not be able to understand press briefings, news analysis in Russian media, or what the taxi driver tells him on the way from the airport. As long as the bar man and the bargirls can manage a bit of basic English, nothing to worry about.

Posted by: RoHa | Nov 21 2020 5:32 utc | 46

#44 james thanks for correcting the link.

Posted by: Tom | Nov 21 2020 5:55 utc | 47

JimmyG @4

It is fascinating that in two different parts of the World there are (at least) two people who have identical thoughts and approach - you and I. I am in Australia and I love the national ABC Classical FM and regularly listen to it both in the car and at home. A truly high level classical music station. Unfortunately, every hour it picks up the standard government pollution swill produced for all ABC radio and TV stations. I go to memory stick or to Mute for five minutes then back.

I would confidently venture that more and more people go through the same hourly routine as you and I do, to preserve own sanity and peace of mind from under this aggression on the mind. I sincerely do not envy the prostitutes writing it and delivering it. Ditto NYT “correspondents”.

Posted by: Kiza | Nov 21 2020 6:06 utc | 48

Am reminded of the film, The Godfather, when Michael Corleone talks about friends in the newspaper business that can be utilized to make a certain police Chief look bad the the general public.

Posted by: Jose Garcia | Nov 21 2020 6:49 utc | 49

Kiza #48 and JimmyG
I do the same with CBC 2 here in Canada. I turn off the radio on the hour for 5 minutes. At least in the evening the aren't any news reports.

Posted by: Tom | Nov 21 2020 7:25 utc | 50

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Imagine yourself working undercover in Moscow, the capital of Vladimir Putin's Evil Empire. If you think you have the creative writing skills to turn the mundane into juicy narratives of horror and suspense, contact The New York Times.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Nov 21 2020 8:50 utc | 51

Posted by: Jen | Nov 20 2020 20:21 utc | 11

American libs are just as fundamentally imperialist as the right, and their obsession with IdenPol garbage is just a smokescreen to pretend that they aren't.

Posted by: J W | Nov 21 2020 9:19 utc | 52

vk 26. “There are no villas in Russia”. A few years ago I had the pleasure of visiting St Petersburg and took in all the tourist sites. One of them was their former mayor’s, palatial but gaudy residence newly built to the west of the city on the road to Peter the Great’s dacha the Peter Hof. The local guide amusingly referred to Vladimir’s residence as the Putin Hof. I do not doubt that Putin has other great houses tucked away somewhere but I am pretty sure he won’t be hiding in any of them either. The guide also pointed out the big concrete block house HQ of the KGB in the city. Locals apparently call it the “Big House”. Humour not lost on anyone who has been to Glasgow.

Posted by: Phil Espin | Nov 21 2020 9:26 utc | 53

paco #20

I have my visa, when do we leave? I can hand milk and grow fruit + repair robots ;}

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Nov 21 2020 9:29 utc | 54

VK @ 26, Phil Espin @ 53:

A "story" beloved of Western news media is that Vladimir Putin owns about 40 palaces in Russia, one of which is surely a hidey-hole for his supposed girlfriend, ex-rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, and any love children they have.

These "villas" or "palaces" supposedly owned by Putin are most likely official residences paid for by the State for the Russian President to use as he travels through the country, equivalent to official residences of political leaders in other countries, or "grace and favour" residences as they are known in the UK. Prime examples being of course 10 Downing Street, London (the official city residence of the British Prime Minister) and Chequers (the country house residence of the British Prime Minister) and official residences for the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Deputy Prime Minister.

Posted by: Jen | Nov 21 2020 9:59 utc | 55

We all agree, professional content providers, psychiatrist, journalist, printers, artificial intelligence experts, military and secret service personnel, law makers, search providers, data organizers, advertisers, social media hosting service owners and providers and others are the
mercenaries that support the oligarch owned and controlled human "knowledge, Belief, Control and Manipulate behavior [KBCMB]" industry.

Over time, Mercenaries tested schemes and developed efficient but privacy infringing methods that have enabled the assembly of and accessibility of data so massive in size, so pervasive in reach, and so accurate in detail that the data literally allows life itself down to the individual level to be modelled and studied. The data constitutes a library, it describes nearly every facet of human existence (its structure, its physiology, and its mental capacity, mental health, as well as it includes the various intermediate stages and states of human existence). The human data library, is not about the history of civilization, but that history is part of the human data library (HDL). Individuals with access to the copyrighted data and patented methods to access the HDL can know the belief, knowledge, motivation to behave of each person they select for analysis.

Imagine if you had the copyright and patent on the HDL? No one but you could access the data and no one but you could use the high technology methods that organize it into weapons that can allow you covertly attack that human to extract his or her wealth or to cause a response to a particular set of stimuli? You would be able to get what you want from the HDL but no one else could: because you were made the exclusive owner of the HDL by a rule of law your own government enforces against you! Competition is not a risk factor to the HDL copyright owner. Those with access to the HDL can explain and predict human existence and test and determine the variables that can regulate and control human behaviors and establish human beliefs. Heaven forbid organized crime should ever gain access to the HDL.


The collection. organization and processing of HDL data define the characteristics (knowledge and beliefs) and behaviors of nearly every human living or deceased. This data is used in the medical industry to predict disease and to test treatment proposals and product efficiency, it is used by courts and industry to to assign liability and discover needs for the development of new products and it has been used to effect regime change and manipulate outcome of elections. The HDL contains a series of variables (in the form of data) that can be used to model, track and control human knowledge, belief, and behaviors. The volume and precision of the data, allow the HDL owners to to access the belief, knowledge, physical and mental capacity and human health and human behavior of life itself. The variables in the HDL can be used to determine the methods by which humans acquire knowledge and to engineer from that someone else's personal belief and priorities.
After all knowledge, beliefs and behaviors are the essence of life.

For purpose of this comment I define media as a transport device used to deliver and transform human expression of ideas, knowledge or beliefs form its origination to its destination. If that content delivered by the media seeks to influence opinion, belief or behavior of the audience it meets my definition of propaganda for the purpose of this comment.

What has happened to humanity on this globe is that war conducted by various nation states against those in other nation stats forced the development of a commercial industry made up mostly of mercenaries. These mercenaries developed technique, process and know-how to use the data to influence and control how the governed humanity felt about war and to incite these individuals to participate on behalf of the nation state in the war. Whole populations were motivated to place themselves in harms way and to organize to deliver death blows to persons whom they had never met, or thought about before. Few, gave any thought to the slaughters they were invited to; they just joined up and went.

Because it was war time, the money was available to secretly develop unbelievably efficient data gathering and data processing methods designed to be used to supervision and control population behaviors. Mercenaries developed the "knowledge, belief, control and manipulate behavior [KBCMB]"industry, just as the porn industry developed many of the techniques used in digital cinema today.


Since media is a device, its not really part of this comment.. media is the device that transports content.


Content in any media and any format is Propaganda if the content is intended to or actually does influence the knowledge, belief or behavior of a member of the audience. Content can be a type of warfare, a teacher led class, a book, song, movie, video, text, speech, art.. etc.
There are many classes of, and types of, content.. which i am going to ignore.

Narrative is the subject matter of the content.


The "Knowledge, Belief, Control and Manipulate Behavior [KBCMB]" industry wants us to concentrate our attention on the media, not on the privacy intruding methods used to collect, create and use the HDL which are the problem. Probably the KBCMB industry contrived MSM to divert that MSM is not the dangerous content but merely its transport to and from source to receiver. MSM is not content, it is the delivery boy for content.

Truly threatening is the almost completely hidden, privately owned "knowledge, Belief, Control and Manipulate behavior [KBCMB]" industry..

The KBCMB works in the background its a massive in size global industry. Everywhere hidden KBCMB industry data collection monitors can be found.

KBCMB listens to everyone's communications and observes and monitors everyone's behaviors. The KBCMB attaches permission to content providers and ticket gates on audiences. Allowed to know about, to see, to comment about, to us, or to interact with others about is about permission granted or denied not by government but by private industry.

Hidden deep in the guts of the industry are the controllers who allow/deny people access to content or to the media to deliver a content. From the shadows come the paid ticket gate (baseball game, copyrighted content). To get into the stadium you must buy a ticket, if you do buy the ticket you must behavior according to the rules on the back of the ticket. The ticket buys access to content. who are the players, referees and others who collective play the game. but only approved players and well screen coaches are allowed in to the stadium to present the game. Players and coaches that do not behave in conformity to the rule are eliminated from the game, the stadium and life yet the audience rarely sees that side of
the industry.


Most people will recognize the public media but few understand the "knowledge, Belief, Control and Manipulate behavior [KBCMB]" industry. Its hidden in search engine, artificial intelligence, bio behavioral feedback and forward surveillance and access selection, and responsible bio-behavioral technology which are used to control the behaviors of humanity worldwide. These hidden content providers and manipulators are many times more dangerous to individual liberties and to the whole idea that self determination and democracy are inalienable rights of mankind.

B's article brings to light to me that a class of media, type of content, are separate elements which are part of an industry that controls all of humanity. I am reminded that the support for the functions of bathroom, kitchen and the electrical circuits in homes are all external to the home. The support for bathroom and kitchen function is hidden underground (plumbing, sewage, and utilities) and the support for electrical service in the home is above ground. To me the "knowledge, Belief, Control and Manipulate Behavior [KBCMB]" industry is like the underground industry, it cannot be seen by the users of its products, but it controls all function of each part of modern use of one's body and brain.

Posted by: snake | Nov 21 2020 10:39 utc | 56

Snake @ 59
Let’s call that the ‘matrix’ or possibly the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle.
It’s only when you look behind it, or see the whole picture you become aware. Not mind controlled or programmed. Free critical none partisan thought with a strong moral compass is the way forward.

Posted by: Mark2 | Nov 21 2020 11:06 utc | 57

Modern Mainstream Media are commercial operations, their profit margin is their main concern: matters like quality and truthfulness of reporting are secondary. If they can get an unpaid intern to mine the Internet for trending topics, that is often enough for them to vill up their broadcast time in between commercials.

Posted by: Malchik Ralf | Nov 21 2020 11:48 utc | 58

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Nov 21 2020 9:29 utc | 54

I wish we could leave even in November which is not the best month over there, winter is not in and the days are gray and cold without snow, but I would not be able to even leave my small town now, we’re locked in, so no turn on, tune in and drop out, for the time being anyway.

Too bad the soundtrack is not subtitled, the girls with their nice harmony singing are lamenting dead batteries, no GPS signal and all kinds of techno disasters.

And now, for our local NYTimes and what is called journalism nowadays, the funny thing about democracy imperial style is the way accomplished facts are assumed, torture was institutionalized so no problem, then we spy on our allies, no problem again, then censorship comes to town with Youtube and Twitter censoring, but their censorship goes to Russia labelling a lot of Russian channels like state owned or financed, the Russians complain about it, how come RadioSbovoda, the BBC, France24 and all other western official channels are not labeled nor censored, to what our journo with a flat in Moscow -boy I would sell my soul for that- gives this explanation:

The BBC, Voice of America or Radio France Internationale are not tagged with that label because “they have editorial independence”.

How’s that for a joke? In any case a law is going to be passed and of course the western free press will scream censorship, they are censoring the censors…. Fortunately they have where to fall back and the Russian government has advised users about it, post your stuff in our social media, here in Europe we do not have that alternative, totally occupied digitally and for Spain with half a billion Spanish speakers that situation is criminal to say the least, that’s what being a colony is all about.

Posted by: Paco | Nov 21 2020 12:01 utc | 59

On what media is able to do, when they want, and today´s and future techological world chimera, where "secret" no more exists...

A Dutch journalist was able to attend "secret" meeting of defense ministers of the EU, after Dutch defense minister "unadvertedly" published part of the pin for access on the screen on social media.... For what it seems, the jouranlist "managed" to guess what was lacking from the whole pin and appeared there on the screen along Borrell, Kramp-Karrenbauer, and so on...

Here the dude, Verlaan, exchanging with Borrell, trying to avoid LOL without success...

https://twitter.com/descifraguerra/status/1330072200293081089

Of course, this sounds quite strambotic and thus possibility exists that either the Dutch journalist or the Dutch Defense Minister could work for froeign interests, say, US/UK, without going further...or at least demonstrate to the EU its vulnerability....without them...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 12:06 utc | 60

But Western media still manage to fool the young generations in the former Soviet space on the false premise that going West they will achieve whatever is advertised in their screens, otherwise how to understand that, in spite of the obvious decaying life conditions in Moldova, the pro-West candidate won the last elections?...Although.. due the current impugnation of every election results, one guess these could be as well contested...

Moldovan former Soviet citizens telling the truth about daily life in Moldova these day

https://twitter.com/descifraguerra/status/1330072200293081089

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 12:27 utc | 61

Posted by: Mina | Nov 21 2020 12:29 utc | 62

I’m (slightly) curious: the job as-written requires someone to report on “Putin’s Russia”, so if/when Putin announces his retirement is that reporter required to hand in his resignation so the job can be re-advertised?

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Nov 21 2020 12:40 utc | 63

What monopolizing of media by foreign NGOs in Moldova and recent banning of Russian media there achieve....

Thread, introducing Maia Sandu, former official of World Bank, and Soros´candidate.
Stetements by Maia Sandu, repeating verbatim those of EU, NATO and US DoS: "Russian troops must leave Transnistria and Crimea belongs to Ukraine":

Maia Sandu is another pro-EU right-wing "liberal" piece, closely connected to the World Bank oligarchies (she worked on it) and George Soros' networks. Between 2007 and 2020, the number of foreign "NGOs" (from the US and Europe) in your country increased from 7,000 to 14,000

Three Western foundations linked to the CIA play a key role in distributing funds to Sandu's party: Soros's Open Society Foundation (bingo!), The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the European Endowment for Democracy. (EED)

The scale of interventionist NGO activities in Moldova is staggering. In the media sphere, there are 12 news portals and platforms, 21 TV channels and 18 radio stations that work directly for the Soros Foundation in order to destroy political rivals.

A typical example of the interventionist work of these NGOs was the approval of a parliamentary law that prohibited the broadcasting of Russian TV in Moldova. This law was based on a study by the "Independent" Press Association, an NGO funded by the US Embassy in Moldova.

Several North American "NGOs" such as the International Republican Institute, Watch Dog (NED) and the Soros Foundation prepared the ground and published manipulated "opinion polls" on the eve of the recent elections, where they pointed to an "indisputable" victory for Maya Sandu

In the event that Sandu had lost the elections, those NGOs, with those polls in hand and with the support of the US Embassy in Moldova (and CIA advisers), would have announced "electoral fraud" to bring the people to the streets and pressure the authorities

According to analyst Bogdan Tirdea, networks centered around US NGOs were responsible for the pogroms in Chisinau that led to the change of power in 2009 and for numerous anti-Russian initiatives at the level of the Moldovan parliament and government in recent years.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 12:42 utc | 64

Speaking of media control !
Has any one noticed how all yes all the alternative news and activist sites have been wiped off internet search results ?
The biggest example being the many anonymous sites, but literally thousands more just disappeared. With hardly a comment.
I have to say that happened the moment trump got into the White House. Am I right or am I right, think about it.
This time trump got fired Biden got hired.
Israel runs the media. Govenment and secret service.

Posted by: Mark2 | Nov 21 2020 12:58 utc | 65

Tom @50
Thanks Tom. What I find ironic is that the government employees in the radio stations keep so accurately to the 5 minute format for the “news”. This makes it easily avoided. One day they will cotton on that the swill delivery has to be unpredictable, they will mix it into the music and put the essence into the first five seconds before you and I could react to cut it off. They are probably not even aware of our sanity preserving 55:5 technique yet. I hope they do not read the Moon.

Could you imagine the celestial crystal spheres of Bach and Mozart or warm heart of Thaikovsky interrupted by yet another Novichok story? Could there be any better contrast between high and low of humanity and the (continuing) catastrophic decline of the Western psyche managed through the mass media?

Posted by: Kiza | Nov 21 2020 13:08 utc | 66

@ Posted by: Phil Espin | Nov 21 2020 9:26 utc | 53

Villas, by definition, cannot exist in the city. They can only be built in the countryside.

At their apex, villas were much bigger than palaces. It's very hard to hide a village in an era of satellite and drone photographs (the Americans love to use those to analyze the North Korean economy, why don't they use them to disclose Putin's mysterious estates?).

Hof is just another German name for house. The later Russian monarchies were of Prussian (German) descent. The murdered Romanovs were cousins of the British and German monarchies.

Posted by: vk | Nov 21 2020 13:11 utc | 67

Going strambotic, on freak conspiracy theories, while "Dominion" erases its track from Canada and the US, and after trying blaming election loss on other foreign countries in vain, Trump campaign lawyers, recur to yout classic "communist conspiracy" of laways, even whit the USSR dissapeared, and this time blame late Chavez!!!
Who, a "communist" he was not!

Difficult to demonstrate, isn't it?
No wonder Giuliani was sweating a torrent...of sweat...and hair dyer...and Sidney Powell could not but stutter and cough...

https://twitter.com/vagoilustrado/status/1329514420003893251

Of course, people in the deep USA, brainwashed since craddle on "communist conspiracies" which do not exsit any more since decades, may swallow...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 13:24 utc | 68

Alternative media was suppressed and social media censored when Trump won in 2016 because Brin, Page, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and other influential individuals in Big Tech all suffered severe cases of "Trump Derangement Syndrome". The Google+ social media service was shut down entirely due to Trump's win. Realizing that they were losing control of the narrative du jour, the elites began desperately began trying to plug holes where narratives outside capitalist control were leaking into public discourse. This will be accelerated under the Harris/Dead Guy administration, as our host's article on Nov 18 details.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 21 2020 13:33 utc | 69

If they feel they have to hire a minority, they may be unable to find a suitable applicant who is fluent in Russian.

Posted by: lysias | Nov 21 2020 13:49 utc | 70

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 13:24 utc | 68

The brigade Larry C. Johnson and Pat Lang are quite interesting to follow. But yes the explosion of the Frankfurt bombshell server didn't make much sense. But then it gained a little traction via the fact that Mr. C. Johnson's bombshell was censored on Pat's facebook feed. Hmm, hmmm!!!

Now the affidavit of Russell James Ramsland cries out for activism. Mind you essentially it was produced in much haste as you see if you follow to the very, very end. There may have been "a glitch", thus towards the end things double. ;) I find the decimal argument quite funny. Ok, not funny but, telling. The other examples are much rehashed by now. Meaning to a large degree OSINT like: the update, upload, human error or not taken along card reports were indeed a little confusing. And yes those glitches.

Check the end. Urgently needed. Please judge help us to get our hands on evidence. It would be enough if a Dominion server in Canada was involved. I do have a different theory by now.

Posted by: moon | Nov 21 2020 14:09 utc | 71

William Gruff wrote:

Alternative media was suppressed and social media censored when Trump won in 2016 because Brin, Page, Dorsey, Zuckerberg, Bezos, and other influential individuals in Big Tech all suffered severe cases of "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

I agree. The 'net was still a vibrant source of free speech and information until Trump was elected. I actually think that after Trump won, a conscious decision was made by the people who actually run this country to shut down both freedom of speech and freedom of information on the web.

The 'net was potentially even more revolutionary than the invention of the printing press. But, in a similar fashion as to how events played out with television, the 'net is being turned into a wasteland of propaganda and irrelevancy. I always feared that that would happen. But I am surprised by the speed at which it is happening.

Eventually, I fear that my computer will become like my television. I'll keep it but I will unplug it. I'll only plug it in when the kids visit and they want to see a movie or something like that.

Posted by: Mike from Jersey | Nov 21 2020 14:10 utc | 72

Of course my credulous friends at moa would NEVER consider the possibility that the advertised NYT job is not meant to attract candidates but to provide cover for a spy (who has probably already been selected by CIA/Mossad/MI6 or other Western agency).

We need more cynicism.

!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Nov 21 2020 14:19 utc | 73

ooops,
But yes the explosion of the Frankfurt bombshell server didn't make much sense

But yes, images of the military, that supposedly confiscated those servers were impressive. Problem 'the Spanish firm' firm has no servers in Frankfurt. How very, very sad. It also has no connections with Dominion.

Posted by: moon | Nov 21 2020 14:19 utc | 74

What continues to surprise and intrigue me is that those media establishments like NYT and The Guardian are still in business despite their lies and absurdities.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 21 2020 14:33 utc | 75

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 21 2020 13:33 utc | 69

Google+ was shut down because it was rarely used, was my impression. Facebook and Twitter had to deal with the highly unfortunate charge they helped Trump via Russian trolls. Not the American, left, conservative, right, hard right, mind you. You should pity them.

*******
A Jamestown Foundation wizard by the way published a book on influencing Russia overt or covert:
Thomas Kent, Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation, Jamestown 2020

Posted by: moon | Nov 21 2020 14:35 utc | 76

Total rubbish Gruffy & mike from jersey.
In a word ——-
What about Assange ?
I also note intergrity initiative, Atlantic Council, bellingcat.
And then their was pompeos recent vist to Israel.
I’d be pleased to hear your unbiased reportage on that.

Posted by: Mark2 | Nov 21 2020 14:36 utc | 77

Every one of us has a price. Simple as that. Some of us has a price that are higher than others price. I personally will not bend, and that have affected my career, and so what ? I will get by and have done it, multiple times. My weak point is my children, I would surely follow the line if threat was imposed on them. I think its a different matter when it comes to yourself, you accept it, kind of fatalistic. Else you chose the wrong profession.
When you are kneeling in the sand, with a muzzle of a gun on the back of your head, life becomes very clear and unobstructed and narrow sighted, and you only piss your pants when you are hurled back into your prison, alive and mentally exhaust, trembling uncontrollably, because of the stress. It does not make it better, that youre would be executioners next day serve good meals with a face filled with joy...

It is a difficult subject to talk about because it causes trauma, which you will have to live with for the rest of your life. Some get by, most do not.
I did, but I do not sleep well, because when sleeping I am vulnerable, my former wife made me stow away the Glock I had illegally under my pillow, so I suppose I am more fatalistic now, but age does that to you.


Posted by: Den lille abe | Nov 21 2020 14:37 utc | 78

If the NYT advertising for this job was meant to provide cover for a spy, you'd think they'd make fluency in Russian an absolute requirement.

Posted by: lysias | Nov 21 2020 14:42 utc | 79

Here is the missing element from all y'alls analysis which explains everything.

The get payed MONEY!

Anyone who thinks that that is not enough reason has had the extreme luxury of never being without.

Yes humans are capable of some of the worst behavior imaginable when faced with the harsh reality of - No Money = You And Your Loved Ones Must Suffer And Die!

Another important fact - Money goes away 10X faster than it comes in. Unless you are one of the chosen.

Posted by: jef | Nov 21 2020 15:11 utc | 80

Years before the US social media giants started to bann, censure, Trump, his admnistration and followers in their increasingly fantastic claims on alternative reality, there was already a harsh censure, bordering absolute prohibiton, on real left wing people owning any social media account, having several known peers I usually follow to change already around half a dozen or so their twitter accounts names, only for publishing the truth about not only historical events, like Nazi genocide on European peoples, Gladio network crimes, US and UK crimes against humanity and illegal wars on sovereign countries, but also russophobe and islamophobe bias and intends of demonization of other nationalities/political groups.

Of this no Trump follower/supporter/associated blog made any echo..

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 15:21 utc | 81

So if this journalist was honest fair minded and truthful what would he write ?
That Russia is’nt a military threat to America or Europe, but Europe and America are a threat to Russia ?
That the whole trillion dollar arms industry is a con to move tax payers dollars into elite pockets ?
That terrorist threats are made up. Or a product of the West’s hostilitys ?
————
So can any one name a truily left wing major newspaper or news outlet in and from a western country. Where our honest journalist may apply for a job ? Put another way which paper or media criticises Israeli ?

Posted by: Mark2 | Nov 21 2020 16:08 utc | 82

With all of this talk of narrative management by the empire's mass media it would be forgiven if the reader overlooks a more dangerous threat to public discourse that has been disguised as the pursuit of simply being nice to one another. Of course I am talking about "identity politics"

Headline: Biden vows to work against 'intolerable' violence against transgender people

Well, who doesn't want to see less violence in our society? Who doesn't want to see perpetrators of violence punished (well, except for antifa, but let's ignore that exception for now)?

But isn't assault and murder already against the law? Do people who assault or murder LGBTQIAXYZ people escape prosecution where someone who commits the same crime against a non-LGBTQIAXYZ person would be punished? Are "deplorables" rampaging through the streets of America murdering gays in huge numbers? Let's look at the numbers:

37 LGBTQIA people murdered last year in the US for a rate among LGBTQIA people of around 0.03/100,000
16,425 total murders in the US last year for a rate of about 5/100,000

There is no epidemic of violence against LGBTQIA people in the United States. LGBTQIA people are safer in the US than CIS-gender/whatever people.

So why would there be a emphasis on curbing a problem that doesn't exist? Murder isn't going to be curbed, but rather the focus will be on curbing "violence", with the definition of "violence" quietly being changed to broaden it dramatically. This new definition of "violence" will include "microaggressions", which are literally anything that could possibly be interpreted as a sign of disapproval or distaste regardless of how imperceptible that sign may be. There will be no legal requirements for something to qualify as a "microaggression" beyond the victim's perception that a "microaggression" had been committed. Supposed perpetrators of "microaggressions" will thus be sanctioned based solely upon the perceptions of the supposed victims.

But isn't it all just about people being nice to one another? If we are just nice to each other then there would never be anyone perceiving that they are being slighted, would there?

Actually, there would. For a rather blunt example, wearing a MAGA hat (no, I don't have one) is perceived by many people not just as a "microaggression", but as a major aggression bordering on physical violence. There are no small number of people (our resident fascist "antifa" troll, for example) who believe that the wearing of a MAGA hat is so aggressively offensive to themselves that a reasonable response is to physically assault the wearer.

The attentive reader might notice a more sinister precedent that is being developed here. The agency of the accused in this new definition of violence is no longer relevant and the perceptions of the victim are all that matter. The "crime" is thus one that occurs entirely with people's minds. It is thus "thoughtcrime", only improved in that the "crime" is unrelated to anything that may have been going on in the mind of the accused and is based entirely upon what the supposed victim is thinking!

Of course, this redefinition of "violence" isn't just with regards to LGBTQIA people. Any grievance-based "identity" will have legal protection against this kind of thoughtcrime "aggression", so long as those grievances are not directed at the capitalist elites and the economic system they rely upon to maintain their dominance.

How do the elites intend to use this redefinition of violence? We don't need to speculate as we can already see the thin edge of this knife slicing through public discourse. This redefinition is already being used to silence political expression on social media and in workplaces. The perception of Twitter users' words by other users is a rather common cause for banning in these days, and then there is the firing of Monica Cellio by Stack Exchange as a notable example of this knife entering the workplace.

Why this is useful to the elites is because it can be employed proactively and preventatively. Since it is now just a personal judgement call as to what could constitute violence against others, that judgement call is the prerogative of business owners and management of workplaces. All that is needed is the "perception" that something could be perceived as fitting this new definition of violence for business elites to sanction it. Of course, capitalist mass media excels at manufacturing perceptions. This then gives the business elites a tool to justify shutting down any expression that they choose on the grounds that it harms some identity group.

"Preposterous!" you say? It is already happening. It has been happening since Trump won in 2016 and the elites realized that they needed new tools to control public discourse. The only thing the Harris/Dead Guy administration promises is to enshrine this redefinition of violence in law.

How better to launch the institutionalization of thoughtcrime than to disguise it as simply an effort to get people to be nice to each other?

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 21 2020 16:12 utc | 83

moon @76: "Google+ was shut down because it was rarely used"

Nonsense. G+ had millions of users. Perhaps not billions like Farcebook, but still quite a large user base. Furthermore, the cost of labor and resources to continue G+ was trivial. Alphabet killed G+ because the cost of doing Farcebook and Twit style censorship in order to control public discourse would have been too much to justify keeping G+ around. Given the choice of investing in the ability to censor it or just shut it down, Alphabet chose to just ax G+.

Make no mistake, Google killed G+ because they didn't want to put in the effort needed to control the discourse on that platform. It was entirely about controlling discourse.

Posted by: William Gruff | Nov 21 2020 16:27 utc | 84

The U.K. newspaper The Times reported that the U.K.’s GCHQ “has begun an offensive cyber-operation to disrupt anti-vaccine propaganda being spread by hostile states” and “is using a toolkit developed to tackle disinformation and recruitment material peddled by Islamic State” to do so.
(Sorry, the link to the article - 9 nov - is not accepted by your script)

Posted by: marc | Nov 21 2020 16:29 utc | 85

The New York Times - a theory.

...
I almost wonder if this advertisement is for real.
...
Posted by: Jen | Nov 20 2020 19:31 utc | 3

It's real but, imo, it's not an ad for a new JYT staffer. I've been observing the slow decline of ABC.net.au as a source of reliable international news since 9/11.

Lately the ABC, with increasing frequency refers to and/or relies upon JYT editorial positions when discussing news relating to the Fake War On Terror. Neocon Scum Mo has continued Neocon John Dubya Howard's war on the ABC by financial strangulation. And there has been other funny business...

On October 30, 2017, ABC Lateline conducted an interview with 2 strident assholes from 2 pro-Israel lobbies. They both made fools of themselves and one pointed out that there was never going to be an independent Palestinian state because "it's too late."

On December 8, 2017, fewer than 6 weeks later, without any warning, Lateline announced its Farewell Edition and gathered a small collection of previous hosts to reminisce on the program's almost 30-year history. Naturally, they didn't discuss the reasons for Lateline's sudden demise.

Whilst this isn't proof that AIJAC and its affiliated pro-"Israel" lobbies and pressure groups were directly responsible for the demise of Lateline, it can't be mere coincidence that ABC increasingly toes the pro-"Israel" line.

As I mentioned above ABC uses JYT editorial positions in matters related to the FWoT. And ABC.au is not alone. PBS and ABC America do the same. So here's the theory...

Anyone curious enough to look into the control of most Western MSM will quickly realise that the vast majority of 'news' outlets are owned by Jews, or people sympathetic to "Israel" and the FWoT, such as Rupert Murdoch. And, imo, the Jew York Times dictates and coordinates the global trends. So the ad is merely advertising for the Next Big Trend and no-one should be surprised WHEN, not if, the Western MSM quickly falls into line behind the JYT.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Nov 21 2020 16:37 utc | 86

A true picture is to replace the name Russia by USA. Simple

Posted by: fayez chergui | Nov 21 2020 16:48 utc | 87

We might have to go back to reading (and writing) books, as karlof1 is doing. Internet sources are drying up - for instance, I thought to examine the history of the famous Russian protest publication (I thought) "The Bell" -- not the recent US orchestrated start up, which is the only "Bell" I could find on my admittedly puerile search. No, rather the one which had been in opposition to government back in the day.

Very, very short list of offerings.

It seems interesting that at the same time as every word we peons tap out hereon is recorded into the big black Utah edifice, what passes for a trove of historical references publicly available online is rapidly shrinking. If only the libraries were open...

I hope there is still a seed bank for such elements of mankind's history in those faroff civilized nations whose languages we are no longer supposed to be learning to speak and to read. That big, black seedbank is not capturing our souls, just the detritus.

Time to reread "The Devils" I think... here's the epigraph for a teaser:

Can't be helped, the track is covered,
Hopeless! We have lost our way.
Demons must have taken over,
Whirling, twisting us astray.

.....................................................

Look at them! They're everywhere!
Hear the mournful tune they make!
What, a witch's wedding fare?
Or a goblin's gloomy wake?

(from "The Demons,"
by Alexander Pushkin)

[I won't put the entire text, but below this extract is another from Luke 8:32-37, the verses that come after Jesus' healing of the demoniac in the Gospel story)

Translation above is by Andrew R. MacAndrew, Signet Classic paperback

Posted by: juliania | Nov 21 2020 16:49 utc | 88

Jen 55. I am sure you are right but a little transparency doesn’t do any harm in clarifying who owns what. Presstitutes will make up their own rubbish anyway. No reason why a head of state shouldn’t be honest with his own people about what houses the state provides for his use and he owns personally. Maybe Putin is? I don’t know.

Posted by: Phil Espin | Nov 21 2020 16:58 utc | 89

Joining the choir, even formed by solists, on claim that this blog should turn to other important events just happening in the world, as it was usual, and leave for a moment the US elections/US media bias monothema since weeks ago, a suggestive twitt...

https://twitter.com/Luissanz873/status/1329911901346816000

I have just explained to my seventeen-year-old cousin how the arrival of Columbus in America caused a greater flow of silver and how this affected places as remote as China, being one of the reasons for the fall of the Ming. How about you?

Amongst the responses, found this not only spot on but quite hilarious...

https://twitter.com/jotauvefree/status/1329920505885945856

Watching Giulliani (whatever it is said ) sweat shit and think he was cool as mayor of NY after 9/11.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 17:03 utc | 90

#68

No wonder Giuliani was sweating a torrent...of sweat...and hair dyer...and Sidney Powell could not but stutter and cough...

Just read that Giuliani's son, a White House Staffer, has tested positive for Covid. So was that flop sweat or a Covid fever outbreak?

Posted by: Malchik Ralf | Nov 21 2020 17:19 utc | 91

What about the raid at Quincy Institute offices by the Feds and its shutting off?

This is Trump censoring...


Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 17:51 utc | 92

Giuliani's son, a White House Staffer

@Posted by: Malchik Ralf | Nov 21 2020 17:19 utc | 91

I did not know Giuliani had also a close relative working at the WH..
I am astonished at the levels of nepotism in this Trump WH admnistration, and of this none of the usual Trumpsters complains, which is also quite telling, btw, due how they complained about Biden´s son taking advantage of his father´s position, while still not occupying a position at the WH...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 17:56 utc | 93

It seems that legendary Moscow paper Pravda has retaliated with a counteroffer for a Washington "post"...Due it is not a requirement full "dominion" of Englisgh language, I will be considering applicating for the job ( for NemesisCalling´s nightmares...LOL..)

Although, as happens to Paco, I would very much prefer a pisito in Moscow central...but, for now, one in the Potomac margins would be enough...one guess...you have to start at one palce, one point...

https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1329816209739681799

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Nov 21 2020 18:05 utc | 94

vk @ 26 Locke was hardly the first to so insist. Not hardly. I would suggest a read of E.P. Thompson's Customs in Common, 1993....for further enlightenment as to the VERY long history of this attitude. In GB at least (and it colored the US perception, after all). (Thompson is a great read, anyway, whether it be this book - essays - or his Making of the Working Class or the Poverty of Theory. He and Christopher Hill had a very perceptive prism on socio-economic class and its effects.

Thompson provides insights into the mindset of those in charge (ruling elites) back forever: "To make Society Happy and People Easy under the meanest Circumstances, it is requisite that great numbers of them should be Ignorant as well as Poor. Knowledge both enlarges and multiplies our Desires...The Welfare and Felicity therefore of every State and Kingdom require that the Knowledge of the Working Poor should be confin'd within the Verge of their Occupations and never extended (as to things visible) beyond what relates to their Calling. The more a Shepherd, a Plowman or any other Peasat knows of the World, and the things that are Foreign to his Labour or Employment, the less fit he'll be to go through the Fatigues and Hardships of it with Chearfulness and Content." "Hence for Mandeville reading, writing and arithmetic [the 3 "Rs"] 'are pernicious to the Poor." (Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees, (Harmondsworth, 1970 edn.), p. 191 & p.334, E.P. Thompson, Customs in Common, The New Press, New York, 1993).

NOTHING has changed. Keep the hoi polloi barely educated - whether they go to college or not - and you maintain the polity - corrupt to its core, concerned ONLY about the bourgeoisie, especially the haute bourgeoisie and plutocrats, its MICIMATT wings - fundamentally untroubled by whatever happens to the lower orders. So long as they keep on doing the real work.

Posted by: Anne | Nov 21 2020 18:17 utc | 95

Jen @31 - and what about Madam Tichanovskaya - doesn't she have to earn a living (or maybe, like Navalny, they're getting paid by the usual lot of NGO typos...)

Posted by: Anne | Nov 21 2020 18:23 utc | 96

Kiwikloon @39 (?) Perhaps a drop or two of bleach in the loo when they stick their heads in will prove a deterrent?

Posted by: Anne | Nov 21 2020 18:27 utc | 97

Posted by: juliania | Nov 21 2020 16:49 utc | 88

Are you searching for Herzen's Kolokol, The Bell, or a newer version with the same name?

Herzen's are online but unfortunately the file format is image not text, therefore a quick translation is not viable.

Pushkin has something so rhythmic about poetry that he is recognized right away, that is a beautiful poem, reminds me of the film by the great Balabanov "Morfii", a rural doctor has to ride urgently out on a blizzard night, amazing film if you have the time to search and watch.

Posted by: Paco | Nov 21 2020 18:35 utc | 98

Mr Gruff @ 83 (?) Quite.

I seem to recall (sorry to those in the alphabet soup groupings) that in places like India and China (and doubtless elsewhere over the millennia), female (yes really female) babies were killed within hours or days of birth because they were: Female. This resulted in lower rates of females to males in the countries that practised infantile femicide.

In this country (and Canada) indigenous Females (sex, not gender) are disappeared/killed at an alarming rate. Not Transwomen (or men). Females.

But we are supposed to feel far more concern about males who want to be accepted as women than females. Sounds to me like the normative sexism dressed up in feminine (gender) garb.

Posted by: Anne | Nov 21 2020 18:41 utc | 99

I checked the NYT job postings, and don't find this. The NYT postings follow the same format as the MOA screenshot, and the grammar is embarrassing. But I see no other postings that have this level of flippancy, if you will. More likely this was a cut and paste job into the NYT format. Can anyone show me any evidence this is not fake?
As a journalist for more than half a century at outlets including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Associated Press, I am embarrassed and chagrined at what the NYT has become. And I am similarly horrified at what comes from the Washington Post, where Nick Hoffman used to have his beautiful writing long ago. But I think this is beyond where even NYT employees would go.

Posted by: Allen Baker | Nov 21 2020 18:54 utc | 100

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