Started by Hoofer, November 23, 2016, 05:24:44 AM
QuoteIn Russia, the media looks like the media of the West but operates differently. RT, formerly Russia Today, is the most visible example of this as the Kremlin's network for foreign audiences. The famed news source is state funded, state directed and incredibly bizarre.The Kremlin has a point of view and spreads it across the globe via RT. Here's the thing though — the network doesn't hide that it's state controlled and funded. It is also ideologically flexible and a purveyor of conspiracy theories, which often contradict each other. "Every single day we're lying and finder sexier ways to do it," said Sara Firth, a former RT correspondent who resigned in 2014.This is part of an elaborate system where the Kremlin has kept its opponents off balance by undermining truth. Vladislav Surkov, a personal adviser to Vladimir Putin, is the architect of this system. In various positions in Putin's government over the past two decades, Surkov would fund human rights organizations then give money to skinheads and ask them to protest those same groups.Surkov helped found the Nashi — an "anti-fascist" Russian youth movement that plagiarized Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. He'd write lyrics for anti-authoritarian rock bands. He'd give performance artists a place to perform then tip off ultra-orthodox militants about the horrors of the art he'd just endorsed, urging them to protest.What makes this so pernicious, and turns it from trolling on a grand scale to something far more sinister, is that Surkov told everyone what he was doing.
Quote"Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky — no Mexico," Trump tweeted on Nov. 17.Several news outlets, conservative and otherwise, spread the news that Trump had saved American jobs by keeping a Ford Motor plant in the United States. The truth was more nuanced. Ford never planned to close the plant, but it did plan to move production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle, the MKC.
QuoteWe are at the beginning of something new — a kind of ruling system that exploits the technologies which utopians thought would free us. It's a post-truth world, and victory belongs to those who understand that reality belongs to the person with the best stagecraft.Bannon is playing a different game, one the old media doesn't understand even as it plays into his hands. It cries in outrage about a truth people no longer believe in. He is Cromwell in the court of the Tudors and his reforms have just begun.