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BBC Journalist Admits Channel Craving Any Proof of Russian “Role” in Paris
Sputnik, Dec 15 2018

MOSCOW – A BBC journalist has admitted that the broadcaster is in the search of any proof of Russia’s alleged “role” in the “Yellow Vests” protests in Paris, demanding that its journalists seek any leads that would point to Moscow. Sputnik has obtained the correspondence of a BBC journalist who wrote a message to one of the stringers covering Yellow Vest demonstrations in Paris, trying to find out whether Russia had something to do with the protests in the French capital. The stringer explained that she had not seen any Russians at the protests. The BBC journalist was not satisfied with such an answer, but responded:

Well, maybe some Russian businesses are capitalizing quite well on it 🙂 . Maybe, they are eating cutlets en masse 🙂 ?

The stringer only laughed. The BBC journalist explained that she was “looking for various angles” since the broadcaster was “out for blood.” The news comes as French Foreign Minister Le Drian said on Dec 9 that the French Security Service SGDSN was looking into media reports about Russia’s alleged meddling in the rallies. It followed The Times’ reports that hundreds of allegedly Russia-linked Twitter accounts were found fueling the “Yellow Vests” protests by posting pictures of injured protesters and retweeting posts connected to the unrest. In response, the Kremlin has stressed that Russia considers the protests as France’s internal affair, and called claims of Russia’s alleged involvement slander.

Don’t Laugh — It’s Giving Putin What He Wants
Caitlin Johnstone, Dec 15 2018

The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy. The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion.”

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly-knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time. Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to Pindo culture wars to British discontent with the EU gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because Britain is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4k7 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1b2 presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the Pindo government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day. Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing. The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

The article warns:

Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age.’

Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity. Robinson writes:

Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad.

I found that funny, since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?” Documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for an intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did, Tracey writes:

If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health, or for that matter, political efficacy.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs,” it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting CIA and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory. Ah, well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said:

Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.

 

State Dept to Work With EU States Against Russian ‘Aggression’
Sputnik, Dec 16 2018

MOSCOW – The Pindo State Dept said on Saturday, commenting on the Kerch Strait incident:

Pindostan welcomes recent steps by the EU and its Member States to hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Ukraine. We also welcome the unanimous decision of the European Council to extend economic sanctions against Russia. We support the EU position that Russia’s Nov 25 attack on Ukrainian vessels in the Black Sea constituted a violation of international law, and welcome the EU’s efforts to provide support to areas of Ukraine negatively affected by Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov. Pindostan will continue to hold Russia accountable for its actions, and we will continue to work with Euro vassals to present a unified front against the Kremlin’s aggression. The European Parliament’s Dec 12 resolution reiterates the importance of Ukraine’s role in the European energy supply network and condemns the construction of the Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political project. We urge Germany to heed the concerns of the many neighbours whose security will be damaged by this pipeline.

 

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