Putin and the Press: The Demonology School of Journalism — James Petras | The James Petras Website

Taking Sides

Originally published at the The James Petras Website

October 11th, 2015

Introduction: The major influential western print media are engaged in a prolonged, large-scale effort to demonize Russian President Putin, his politics and persona. There is an article (or several articles) every day in which he is personally stigmatized as a dictator, authoritarian, czar, ‘former KGB operative’ and Soviet-style ruler; anything but the repeatedly elected President of Russia.

He is accused of hijacking Russia from the ‘road to democracy’, as pursued by his grotesquely corrupt predecessor Boris Yeltsin; of directing the bloody repression of the ‘freedom loving Chechens’; of jailing innocent, independent and critical oligarchs and robber barons; of fomenting an uprising in the ‘democratic, newly pro-Western’ Ukraine and seizing control of Crimea; of backing a ‘bloody tyrant’ in Syria (elected President Bashar Assad) in a civil war against ISIS terrorists; of running the Russian economy into the ground; and…

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  1. “of backing a ‘bloody tyrant’ in Syria (elected President Bashar Assad) in a civil war against ISIS terrorists”

    While I would like to believe what this writer is saying about Putin, I took this line – which I know quite a lot about – and found myself thinking this writer is totally unreliable if this line is anything to go by. Not least of which because Assad is NOT in a civil war against ISIS. He’s in a civil war against his own people and ISIS have come in from the outside taking advantage of the power struggle going on.

    It’s important if someone wants to make a strong political point that he gets his facts right along the way.

    • Ken, it’s hard to know what the whole truth is in this matter. What I do know is from my perspective it looks to me as if things are not as they seem. I did a lot of reading as well. From what I read it didn’t start as a civil war, quite the opposite. I’m not sure how things got so twisted around but I’m not sure I’d believe western media on this one. Just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. What I believe is going on is the west is and has been trying to control the middle east. Control the oil, control the world. This is their goal. With this in mind, things become much clearer, just something to think about.

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