Thursday, January 19th 2017
The most effective western responses to the challenge of Kremlin media fall across three categories of action: exposure of Russian disinformation, engagement with endangered populations and enhancement of local media.
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Sunday, November 27th 2016
“That RT is an agent of a foreign government is not at issue. Other state-owned agencies have seats in the briefing room, including the United Kingdom’s BBC and Voice of America. The difference is the editorial independence and the professional journalism enjoyed by those outlets. RT’s stories are directed and tightly controlled as an integral part of Kremlin messaging. The AFP, BBC, and VOA are staffed by professional journalists practicing professional journalism without editorial direction or censorship from their oversight boards or their respective executive or legislative branch bodies.”
Sunday, July 3rd 2016
“Arabs in the MENA region should be aware of the foreign media blitz targeting their very existence and identity. Arab nations have become like a platter of food that contemporary powers sit around to eat from.” Writing in the June 13, 2016, issue of Morocco World News, a critic blasted “’Public Diplomacy,’ or The Arab World, Served up on a Plate.” The columnist argued; you decide. Public Diplomacy practitioners can read the article and practice their responses. Here are some quotes:
- Nowadays, propagandists fight an unorthodox war: no bloodshed, no artillery and surely no soldiers. The media is the weapon, journalists are the soldiers, the target is the viewer’s mind and the bullets are news bulletins and entertainment programs.
- The mass media have become the platforms through which twenty-first century wars are fought. Countries no longer colonize by means of the gun. Now they colonize by means of the satellite disk.
Saturday, May 28th 2016
One of the techniques of propaganda is to warp language and word choices. In my own career, I saw this up close and personal in Korea. The generals in South Korea controlled the media, and they long curbed discussion of the Kwangju rising of 1980 by calling it an “incident.” When I was first introduced to “learn Chinese” textbooks produced in the PRC, I was struck by how they referred to the Kuomintang – in China before 1949 or in Taiwan afterwards – as “Chiang’s bandits.” And we all recall the novel 1984, where use of Newspeak stunted minds by stunting vocabulary.
Writing in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Press on April 25, 2016, Paula Chertok explained “How Russia’s worst propaganda myths about Ukraine seep into media language.” Her analysis goes farther than examining word choices like “rebels” and “separatists”; it looks at how expressions and word patterns shape confusion, false equivalence, indifference, and mistrust.
She also revealed how others can unconsciously fall in line with Russian propaganda by repeating its usages. She was especially critical of the BBC, and she examined in detail a recent article that conveys equivalence by using such phrases as “each other,” “tit for tat,” “both sides,” and “similarly.”Read More
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
“Even though the Berlin Wall was destroyed more than a quarter-century ago and the city rebuilt, new propaganda wars are being waged here and elsewhere by the major and some minor powers in a more sophisticated way than the Soviets ever imagined,” wrote Richard W. Rahn in a recent op-ed, “The New Propaganda Wars.” The essay by the senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth ran in The Washington Times on March 21, 2016. The full article provided a thumbnail history of international broadcasting, argued that “State-owned global TV networks have become key tools of political spin,” and focused on the death of Mikhail Lesin, the founder of RT, in Washington in November, 2015.Read More