March 20, 2017

Putin wants us to hate ourselves

Rebel Staff

This one-sided hatchet-job was recently shared to Facebook by an acquaintance of mine — his political allegiances align with the pro-Scottish Independence movement and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party — they’re a left-of-centre, faux-progressive, delusional bunch of Brit-bashing political misfits. 

So, it’s hardly shocking that one of their disciples would share such a video — but the brazenness with which the video’s host has constructed his historical argument is.

William Whiteman — the dopey, smug-faced, on-camera hipster — fails to contextualize his polemic. There’s no mention of the Rape of Nanjing in December 1937; no mention of Imperial Japan’s “Three-all” policy — “Loot all, kill all, burn all” (Chang, 1997) — in northern China that followed in 1941; he neglects to address the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler’s extermination of up to 6 million Jews; he fails to make any reference to the Soviet Gulags of the post-war period. I could go on, and on, and on…

And that’s before we even attempt to debate the intricacies of his points!

But why does any of this matter? Whiteman isn’t an historian — he picked an easy target. The British Empire governed territories home to one fifth of the world’s population at its height — admittedly, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, despite the Empire’s many roaring successes.

Well, it matters because the media arm of the Kremlin is disseminating pro-Russian propaganda under the guise of ‘alternative media’.

Exploiting our inherent distrust of the media, and by applying “Western notions of the nature and importance of truth”, Putin wants us to hate ourselves.

And his strategy is working.

Whiteman’s video has amassed 1.5 million views on Facebook, as well as thousands of comments reinforcing his agenda.

But he works for a media company called In The Now — and, whilst it’s not immediately clear to viewers, they’re owned by… RT (Russia Today), which, as the Russian state broadcaster, received 19 billion rubles, or just over US$300 million, in the Russian Federation’s 2016 budget.

Whiteman, his English accent aside, is based in Moscow.

It’s Russian propaganda, plain and simple — served ‘hot with a side of smile’.

This slickly-produced quirky viral venture started life as a regular show on the RT news channel before it transitioned to a standalone entity in the spring of 2016, according to an RT spokesperson in an email to BuzzFeed News:

“The project, though originated as part of RT’s television platform […] eventually spun off as a separate brand because its creator [a host on RT’s cable news channel] wanted to explore a less formal, digital format.”

The email continued with an attempt to stress In The Now’s editorial independence:

“Although RT doesn’t support all of the views expressed by the platform we always appreciate Anissa’s contribution to the discussion at large.”

But if you’re now convinced that In The Now’s hosts will ever drift from the official Kremlin line, you’re almost surely mistaken.

The following anecdote from an RT reporter, published in the Columbia Journalism Review, illustrates just how far Putin's media subordinates are willing to go to preserve the staunchly pro-Russian editorial culture at In The Now's parent company:

“Another correspondent, whose reporting departed from the Kremlin line […] was summoned to the office of the deputy editor in chief in Moscow, where they went over the segment’s script line by line. “He had a gun on his desk,” the correspondent says.”

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commented 2017-03-21 03:32:25 -0400
And if you want a more immediate response, try standing up and asking that question in any Eastern European pub from Estonia in the north to Hungary in the south… (Hope you’ve got a good dentist…)
commented 2017-03-21 03:26:49 -0400
Alas poor SPACE MOOSE… If only, if only, I had the funds to strap a parachute to your weighty brown back and boot you out at 2,000 feet over Magadan on The Road Of Bones… There you would hopefully comes to know the history of The Road Of Bones, The Soviet Union, the deliberate death of millions, and the system that collapsed in 1991, but which Putin STILL BELIEVES is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century..
commented 2017-03-21 02:58:24 -0400
I don’t know why people hate Putin so much.
commented 2017-03-21 00:59:52 -0400
“Putin is a good as well as decent and very patient man.!!”
Putin is smart and cagey. Patient maybe, when and if it serves him but Putin is KGB. Putin may or may not be helpful getting rid of ISIS, but if anyone thinks he is ‘good’ they are a bit too far gone for me.

What Dan said is very sound advice. I think it also describes Trumps take on Putin. “The West should definitely try and nurture cooperative, friendly relations with Putin’s Russia.
The West should never trust Mr. Putin as far as you could throw that Judo expert, and that Russian Bear is always close by and his name is not Misha…”
commented 2017-03-21 00:29:38 -0400
(to music) “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUV…WX..Y and Z, now I listed off all the US intelligence agencies, why don’t you go and spy on me.” With thanks to Elmo and the Best Friend Band. What complete, BS. Like that video from the Infowars (which I like) from that New Zealander ass clown, “author” and “film maker”, I quote a bit loosely,“Putin, Putin, Putin, Putin, Putin, Russia, Russia, Putin”. Did not say the words ‘Saudi Arabia’ and more importantly, ‘CHINAONCE. NOTONCE. Watch the entire 19 minute video. NOT ONCE. Back to our regularly scheduled program, “Putin, Putin, Putin, Putin, Russia, Russia, Putin”…Damn i’m now hungry for some poutine…to use my best PJW, “economy the size of Italy…(dramatic pause)…vs. the country that holds the vast amount of american debt. Who should you be more worried about?”
commented 2017-03-20 23:11:34 -0400
Socialism was responsible for the needless murder of over 245 million people last century. International socialists and national socialists raced for the top spot. Everyone else lost. The biggest problem the west has, is that they do not understand Russia, they often mistakenly think of them as eastern European. They are not. Russia views itself at the center of the world, they think of themselves as the Third Rome. They straddle the east and the west without being either. You cannot understand them without understanding the Eastern Orthodox church.
commented 2017-03-20 22:42:05 -0400
The West should definitely try and nurture cooperative, friendly relations with Putin’s Russia.
The West should never trust Mr. Putin as far as you could throw that Judo expert, and that Russian Bear is always close by and his name is not Misha…
commented 2017-03-20 22:38:45 -0400
You’re confused and naive – Putin is the least of our worries and it is our own degenerate left who want us to “hate ourselves” . Putin, US and Canada would be a powerful northern alliance to counter Chi-com militant mercantilism and Islam’s global caliphate.

You’re wasting bandwidth posting such hysterical drivel here.
commented 2017-03-20 21:18:21 -0400
Putin is a good as well as decent and very patient man.!!
commented 2017-03-20 20:18:32 -0400
The deep state is imbedded into everything you see and hear. Only hope is God. I hear David Rockefeller died. Wonder which way he went?
commented 2017-03-20 20:10:19 -0400
Scotland’s PM is a fool. She wants a Referendum (‘Again’, what dose she want, the best out of three) to become independent of England. Dose she not realize that Scotland will never be independent as long as they belong to the EU, controlled by unelected Marxist in Brussels. She will represent nothing more than a Caretaker Government, as dose the PM of the UK, righe now.
Sha has to be a Communist.
commented 2017-03-20 19:30:41 -0400
Mr. Jones must be wrong. We all know that it is Trump who is supported by Putin, and the regressive left is not. After all, the regressive left MSM tell us that all the time, and are they to be disbelieved?