Russian propaganda poses a much smaller threat to the western world than the various government agendas that are being rolled out under the justification of fighting Russian propaganda. --Caitlin Johnstone, The US Empire Will Be Defeated By the US Empire
Atrocity Propaganda and Narrative Control
by C.A. Matthews
There's nothing nasty that's new under the sun. Really, there isn't.
Just when you thought you heard it all, another bit of "disinformation" from the US/NATO proxy war in Ukraine pops up and within a month it's revealed as the grotesque lie that it is. (More on DHS's Disinformation Governance Board here.)
Human rights ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova was Ukraine's top human rights official until it was revealed that she has been making up obscene stories of Russian soldiers raping defenseless women and children en masse. The Ukrainian parliament found her lurid storytelling to the Western mainstream media to be such an embarrassment and a liability to their cause that they kicked her out of office.
According to Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge:
As has been the pattern in prior wars, whether in Syria or Libya, the media claims got more and more sensational and over-the-top as the conflict intensified, and as Western powers became more deeply involved, yet with no concrete or definitive proof.
But one consistent detail in the majority of the stories is that the aforementioned Ukraine human rights ombudsman, Lyudmyla Denisova, is often the central figure feeding Western correspondents the shocking rape stories. (...)
It's pretty amazing they shut Lyin' Lyudmyla down since she wasn't afraid of dumping "atrocity propaganda." Atrocity propaganda is a very effective weapon in the arsenal of professional propagandists. It has been used to push for increasing amounts of money and weapons to be given to Ukraine with no debate and little expectation of compensation.
"Ukrainian lawmakers dismissed the country’s ombudsman for human rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, in a no-confidence vote on Tuesday, concluding that she had failed to fulfill obligations including the facilitation of humanitarian corridors and countering the deportation of Ukrainians from occupied territory," The Wall Street Journal reported late in the day.
"Lawmaker Pavlo Frolov said Ms. Denisova was also accused of making insensitive and unverifiable statements about alleged Russian sex crimes and spending too much time in Western Europe during the invasion," the report added.
Frolov said in a Facebook post announcing her dismissal as the country's top human rights investigator:
"The unclear focus of the Ombudsman's media work on the numerous details of ‘sexual crimes committed in an unnatural way’ and ‘rape of children’ in the occupied territories that could not be confirmed by evidence, only harmed Ukraine."
Nothing makes Westerners more horrified and ready to open their wallets than a supposed "reliable source" (often an "anonymous" or insider source like Ms. Denisova or the CIA) spinning a narrative about newborn babies being kicked out of their incubators (Iraq War I) or soldiers being given massive doses of Viagra in order to rape the helpless populace to death (Libya) or huge stockpiles of "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Iraq War II).
Going back even further to World War I, it was posited that the German Kaiser's troops actually ate babies for dinner as they advanced into Belgium. Rape, child endangerment, and cannibalism definitely make for great attention-grabbing, pro-war headlines.
Why do our corporate-owned politician-puppets and their media lackeys put out such outrageous falsehoods? Why do they constantly whip up hatred of others such as the Russians, a people that most Americans don't see as being very different from ourselves? I think it's simply because the vast majority of Americans don't mind being lied to. Some might even enjoy having a scapegoat to blame for all the world's ills.
Comfortable Americans will allow their emotions and intellect to be manipulated by the current government because somewhere, somehow they feel it will benefit them not to go against the status quo. Or perhaps it's simply because many Americans can't be bothered to double-check dubious tales the mainstream media feeds them since they have more important things to do--like watching professional sports or the latest Marvel movie release.
And so the US government and its cronies will keep lying to the public in order to keep pumping billions of dollars of weaponry into a faltering proxy war. The capitalists rest assured that their lies will never be called out because We the Workers are all too stressed and busy trying to survive to make a fuss. We're too confused to see that we're being played in order to make billionaires even richer.
Lyudmyla Denisova may have gone the more salacious route with made-up tales of rape and child abuse, but mainstream media pundits casting doubt about who is at fault for our current hard times is every bit as atrocious. Blaming real-life homeless and dispossessed Americans for their current situation is as cruel and evil as labeling them "cannibals." Hatred is stirred up against the most vulnerable. They are turned into scapegoats, blamed and punished, rather than the actual criminals who put all of us into this untenable proxy war/economic meltdown situation. The wealthy one-percent, who profit immensely from the military-industrial complex, are never held responsible for their actions.The current government narrative spin says it's working class Americans' fault that gasoline is averaging over $5+ a gallon. We're told we're experiencing food shortages because we won't work during a pandemic. Why are they dumping this atrocity propaganda onto our breaking backs? It's simple--the oligarchs want to keep us lowly workers subdued and confused. If we fall for their lies we'll accept ever-worsening conditions. If today things seem bleak and overwhelming, then we will never have the strength to take on these corrupt bastards and change things to make a better tomorrow.
Only by massive amounts of propaganda would people consent to unprecedented acts of economic warfare which directly hurt them and benefit them in no way, shape or form. --Caitlin Johnstone
The abusive relationship we have with those in power must end. Reject the oligarchs' atrocity propaganda and the status quo's narrative control. Turn off the mainstream media outlets and turn on to the podcasters and independent journalists you can find via Rad Indie Media and the links below to gain a wider perspective.
Once you know what's really happening in the world, then you can fight more effectively to make it a better place. We owe it to ourselves to take control of the narrative and tell these professional liars where to shove their atrocious propaganda.
Ukrainian Official Behind Western Media Reports of Russian Atrocities Fired by Ukrainian Parliament https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/ukrainian-official-behind-western?s=r
Ukraine Fires Own Human Rights Chief For Perpetuating Russian Troop "Systemic Rape" Stories https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ukraine-fires-human-rights-chief-perpetuating-russian-troop-systematic-rape-stories
Guarding Democracy From News https://scheerpost.com/2022/06/03/guarding-democracy-from-news/
US State-Affiliated NewsGuard Targets Consortium News https://scheerpost.com/2022/06/03/u-s-state-affiliated-newsguard-targets-consortium-news/
People Who Defend Empire Narratives Are Really Just Defending Their Viewpoint From Destruction https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/people-who-defend-empire-narratives?s=r
The Rulers Are Losing Narrative Control (video) https://youtu.be/JYuSWarS4Pk
The Power of Lies https://scheerpost.com/2022/06/03/craig-murray-the-power-of-lies/
US Federal Reserve Says Its Goal is "To Get Wages Down" https://multipolarista.com/2022/05/24/us-federal-reserve-wages-inflation/
Tennessee Makes Public Camping for Homeless a Felony. Violators Could Face Up to 6 Years in Prison https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/tennessee-makes-public-camping-for-homeless-a-felony-violators-could-face-up-to-6-years-in-prison
The US Empire Will Be Defeated By the US Empire https://caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/the-us-empire-will-be-defeated-by?s=r
Mass Psychosis -- How an Entire Population Becomes Mentally Ill (video) https://youtu.be/09maaUaRT4M
Seen on Twitter:
No surprise there. Americans literally have no idea what fascism is, what communism is, what capitalism is, what class consciousness is, what colonialism is, what empire is, what propaganda is, what police are all about. Basically, Americans are the most befuddled confused people— 🇸🇴⭑ ☭ ⭑ Justice for the Damned ⭑ ☭ ⭑🇸🇴 (@tekstone) June 3, 2022
— C.A.M.@ TheRevolutionContinues.com (Pls read & RT) (@cynthianna3) June 1, 2022
The queen of the Ukrainian BS machine got fired...https://t.co/S0zQidUBQY— Back on Double Secret Probation (@thecraigrpowers) June 1, 2022
When we drop bombs, use guns, throw grenades, hurt, destroy, seize, steal, loot, rape, harm and kill in other countries and normalize that as a form of collateral.. it becomes engrained in the Western subconscious as being a standard way of operating not just over there but here.— Heena Lotus ✨ (@HeenaLotus) June 2, 2022
The US empire's ruling elite have lost control of the narrative and therefore need to push the idea that many independent journalists are "misinformation" or "fake news." They also try to censor anything outside allowable corporate talking points.— Lee Camp [Redacted] (@LeeCamp) June 2, 2022
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