Kremlin propagandist doubting the religion of denial

Kremlin propagandist doubting the religion of denial

By EU vs Disinfo Iran’s admission to shooting down Ukrainian International Airlines’ flight 752 has created big problems for the pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets. This is clearly visible in this week’s cases of disinformation. The pro-Kremlin media started its well-oiled disinformation machinery along well-known narratives: profit-hungry Ukrainians used an old, derelict aircraft, ready for scrapping; only the US had the capacity to shoot down the aircraft – and is methodically shooting

Admitting a lie: Why the Kremlin should give it a try

By EU vs Disinfo Russian state media were put in an awkward position when Tehran on Saturday admitted having downed Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752, allegedly due to a mistake. The Iranian incident echoed that of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014, apparently also due to a mistake. The Kremlin still denies its responsibility for this incident, in spite of overwhelming evidence. We

Fake: Poland Introduces Censorship about World War II on US Orders

Russian media reacted to Poland’s parliamentary resolution condemning the spread of Russian propaganda about Polish history by declaring that the United States are backing and financing Poland’s anti-Russian policies. On Washington’s orders Poland refuses to accept historic facts, resorts to rewriting the history of World War II and justifying Nazism, Russia’s leading pro-Kremlin publications declared. Raising the hysterical rhetoric up a notch, the newspaper Vzglyad even claims that Poland intends

Fake: Armenia Resumes Flights to Crimea

Last week Russian media launched a wave of fake stories claiming that Armenia and the Russian occupying forces of Crimea agreed to resume flights between the annexed Ukrainian peninsula and the Armenian capital Yerevan. Citing Alexei Chernyak, the chairman of the Crimean parliament’s tourism committee Komsomolskaya Pravda claims that Pegas Fly, a Russian airline based in Krasnoyarsk, has received permission to operate seven flights a week on the Simferopol-Yerevan route.

What do the pro-Kremlin media mean by “Anglo-Saxons”?

By EU vs Disinfo In its relentless disinformation efforts, the pro-Kremlin media tend to fill words with alternative meaning. Here’s a brief explanation of what is behind some of those words. Some 1600 years ago, Germanic tribes migrated to the British Isles. Today these tribes are known as Anglo-Saxons. But the pro-Kremlin media has given this historical term a whole new meaning. According to Russian state-controlled TV, US President Donald

Journalists become media literacy teachers

By Colleen Shalby, for NiemanLab “We’ve been taught not to be the story, or divert from our priorities to inform the public and protect the truth. But if we want to continue to reestablish trust with our audiences and re-enforce our industry, now’s the time to teach.” Colleen Shalby On the eve of 2020, a space in the nation’s capital dedicated to the past, present and future of journalism will

Pro-Kremlin Media Attempts to Make Fascism Politically Correct

By EU vs Disinfo Pro-Kremlin media have recently started to express sympathy for Fascism. This is not entirely new: The Web Site News Front, based in illegally annexed Crimea, has been praising Hitler and Nazism; pro-Kremlin Russia Insider is not only attempting to whitewash Nazism, but is also openly anti-Semitic. But recently, this passion for Fascism seems to have reached new levels. Here are some quotes from January 2020: “Mussolini

“Rated false”: Here’s the most interesting new research on fake news and fact-checking

By Denise-Marie Ordway, for NiemanLab Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here they collect the best of 2019, including research into the effectiveness of fact-checking, why people are susceptible to fake news, and the changing volume of misinformation on social media. Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all

Formalizing newsrooms’ battle against disinformation

By Craig Newmark, for NiemanLab “I predict that newsrooms will put in place and uphold formal editorial policies that demand all forms of communication — tweet, headline, article — never present falsities without first clearly stating the truth.” Craig Newmark For 2019, I predicted that news organizations would start to institute reporting methods that help them avoid being complicit in the spreading of disinformation, using tactics like the “truth sandwich.”

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