by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Merriam-Webster defines journalism as “the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media…a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.”
The American Press Institute calls the profession “communication that keeps us informed of the changing events, issues, and characters in the world outside,” adding:
Its “purpose is…to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.”
According to the above definitions, journalism the way it’s supposed to be flagrantly breached by US and and Western establishment media — propaganda bullhorns replacing it, keeping people uninformed and unaware of public policies adversely affecting their lives, welfare and safety.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) slammed anti-Russian rubbish by US establishment media, saying:
It’s “unparalleled. We understand that this is being orchestrated by someone.” US major media turn truth on its head to vilify Russia.
Propaganda operations masquerading as legitimate media and “so-called ‘experts’ ” invent reasons to bash Moscow.
A current “narrative (falsely claims) Moscow is ” ‘attempting to hammer together an anti-West front to smear the positive role of the US and its allies,’ ” said MZ. No positive US-led geopolitical agenda exists anywhere.
Russia and China are rising, the US a nation in decline. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, along with endless establishment Big Lies won’t change the way things are.
Following days of Turkish cross-border aggression in Syria, MZ said tensions escalated east of the Euphrates river, an area not controlled by Damascus.
“(T)errorists took advantage of the surge of tension and activated their sleeper cells.”
MZ’s report was on the same day as the US/Turkish agreement in Ankara, a scheme to carve up Syria by two nations illegally occupying and controlling parts of its territory — the US and Turkey in the north, Pentagon forces in southern areas bordering Iraq and Jordan.
MZ reaffirmed Russian support for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, along with stressing the need for diplomatic outreach for restoration of peace and stability to the country — unattainable objectives as long as bipartisan US hardliners reject them.
Venezuela remains in the eye of the US storm against its sovereign independence, free from imperial control, a status hardliners in Washington want changed — notably seeking control over the country’s world’s largest oil reserves, a prize it’s hellbent for Big Oil to plunder.
Venezuela’s envoy to UNESCO Hector Constant denounced Trump regime economic terrorism, saying:
“We are living in a dangerous time for multilateralism.” White House policies are all about crushing Venezuela’s economy and suffocating its people, wanting the country’s “sustainable development” eliminated.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced the Trump regime’s failed “ferocious campaign” to prevent the Bolivarian Republic from becoming a UN Human Rights Council member — calling the outcome “historic” because US bullying and threats failed.
Pompeo slammed the outcome with a litany of bald-faced Big Lies about Venezuela, ignoring how the world’s leading human rights abuser USA operates globally, exploiting and otherwise abusing ordinary people at home and abroad, along with smashing independent countries to control them.
MZ said “(t)alks continue as part of the national dialogue roundtable, initiated in September between the Bolivarian government and the constructive opposition.”
They’ve gone nowhere because Trump regime hardliners reject democratic resolution of internal differences between legitimate ruling authorities and puppet Guaido’s opposition, the US controlling his actions.
Washington is no “partner” of Russia as MZ and other Kremlin officials pretend, just the opposite.
The Trump regime keeps “play(ing) up the role of the ‘Russian factor’ in Venezuela,” she said, adding:
“(T)he US cannot accept that some Latin American countries continue to protect their positions and stick to their independent domestic and foreign policy even despite the unprecedented sanctions pressure” — notably on Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.
“At the same time, Washington continues to toughen illegal unilateral sanctions against Venezuela and also Cuba as its closest ally in the region.”
US envoy for regime change in Venezuela, unindicted war criminal Elliot Abrams said more sanctions are coming against the Bolivarian Republic and Cuba.
He threatened secondary sanctions on Russia — for supporting Venezuelan sovereignty.
MZ: “We will continue to cooperate with other responsible members of the international community to help different political forces in Venezuela reach an understanding.”
MZ cited illegal US sanctions on all nations on its target list for regime change, Cuba among them.
New Trump regime sanctions targeted its “bio-pharmaceutical industry, threatening the health of thousands of consumers of Cuban produced medications,” said MZ, adding:
“New (US) restrictions that result in targeted, specific damage to average people have been introduced in addition to continuous pressure on Cuban doctors working abroad and annual multi-million losses for the Cuban pharmaceutical industry due to the containment of research.”
Moscow strongly opposes hostile US actions, including an attempted economic blockade on Venezuela and Cuba — its actions confined to rhetorical criticism, falling on deaf ears in Washington, vital toughness needed to challenge its imperial agenda lacking.
A Final Comment
MZ cited a Rossiya Segodnya news agency study on anti-Russian media propaganda in six Western nations.
In Britain only 1% of around 25,000 articles was positive, in the US just 0.2%, virtually none.
The most despicable anti-Russia propaganda is from CNN, the NYT, CIA-connected Washington Post, UK Daily Express and The Times of Britain.
Anti-Russia disinformation and fake news needs no elaboration. Like crabgrass, it’s everywhere in the US, UK, and other Western countries.
Independent journalists alone report accurately on Russia, other countries, and vital issues — the only sources everyone should follow to stay informed.