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Why does the MSM tell Americans to fear and hate Russia? Christianity. [Video]

The ability of US media to disseminate propaganda is far higher than most Americans want to believe

President Vladimir Putin, the subject of the lastest efforts in American Propaganda
President Vladimir Putin, the subject of the lastest efforts in American Propaganda

When a previous piece, entitled “Surprise, surprise (no surprise) – Analyst says Russians did NOT hack DNC server” was published, we got a very interesting reaction. One of the readers, speaking through a social network had this comment (edited): “Maybe, but they did meet with Trump’s people and he loves Putin.This from the Lincoln Project…” with an attached link that we include here for reference. That link goes to an allusion and a strong one, associating the felony convictions on several former Trump aides (which came out of the Mueller “witchhunt” investigation) to prove the point that because all these people around Donald Trump are felons, he is the most corrupt president ever. The advertisment is from the Lincoln Project, which is supporting Joe Biden for President. This advertisement opens a window into a truth few Americans seem willing to fully grasp – that our own nation’s media is deeply infused with propaganda, and worse, that a great many of our people, actually believe it. It would be fair to claim that American propaganda is far more successful than that of Russia or anywhere else that the US likes to proclaim “repressive.” It is further fair to say that we need to examine this – both the why and the how of this massively successful operation.

Why do nations employ propaganda?

As an in-general question, if we are honest, we get one answer: Propaganda exists as a tool for a given entity (a person, a company, a state, a religion, or a nation) to justify its own existence.

It is very important to understand that in of itself, the need to justify one’s existence is not inherently bad. Rather, it is quite natural. However, propaganda usually succeds in “sensationalizing” that justification in some way that tells us “my group is better than your group, or any other group.” When it tries to do this, propaganda uses devices that may employ truth, but only selectively, in such a way as to dramatically emphasize one’s own “right” against the other’s “wrong”.

How the US employed propaganda in the past and now

In World War II, the Japanese and Nazis both received caricature treatments through propaganda. This was how the Japanese and Nazis were portrayed:

This kind of visual, plus similar efforts in motion pictures and radio had a galvanizing effect on Americans who knew that their own country was in danger from both these Axis powers. It helped to amplify both the sense of imminent threat and the resolve to drive these fearsome and ugly, evil people back. Indeed Martin Caidin wrote fictitiously in his book The Final Countdown how even Senator Chapman believed that Japanese planes were made out of wood and rice paper just by “people with buck teeth and rotten eyesight” – just before being strafed by two expertly built Japanese Zeros.

We, as modern citizens of the 21st century are likely to think of such depictions as “cartoonish”, which they are, but we may also be very surprised at how or why anybody would possibly believe such infantile displays of barbarism. Surely we cannot be taken in by such childishness now, now that we are advanced people and we really KNOW about the world!

However, consider these more recent works of propaganda art, this time about ISIS and Russia in our times:

These are examples that certainly do not look like the anti-Nazi or anti-Japanese propaganda earlier, but the only difference is that the imagery is more sophisticated because in general, we have access to more sophisticated media from all around the world. A successful propaganda artist works within the context of the people and the time to create something believable and relevant to the situation and need.

Successful propagandists also know to work with the tendency of people already interested in a particular issue to self-propagandize. Wikipedia offers a high-level explanation of this phenomenon (emphasis added):

Self-propaganda is a form of propaganda that refers to the act of an individual convincing them-self of something, no matter how irrational that idea may be.[73] Self propaganda makes it easier for individuals to justify their own actions as well as the actions of others. Self-propaganda works oftentimes to lessen the cognitive dissonance felt by individuals when their personal actions or the actions of their government do not line up with their moral beliefs.[74] Self-propaganda is a type of self deception.[75] Self-propaganda can have a negative impact on those who perpetuate the beliefs created by using self-propaganda.[75]

This is the place where media bias meets many of us. In Russia’s case, most Americans who are older than thirty remember when Russia was the Soviet Union, and the running narrative about that power was that they were out to subvert the whole world to Communism. Communism itself was portrayed as infinitely evil, a dystopian existence at best, where the masses lived in mutual misery and fear of being reported and taken away in the night. Certainly in the history of the Soviet Union all these things were true, but not always all at the same time. Nevertheless the period of anti-Soviet, anti-Communist propaganda was one of the principal narratives in the United States from at least as early as 1946, and running all the way to at least 1984. It is no accident than when Russia began to put herself back together and assert her own sovereignty as a nation, under President Putin, that powers in the United States who had been very pleased with a weak and compliant Russia, began to develop the present narrative, which is that essentially in Russia, nothing has changed; Putin misses the Soviet Union and therefore he wants the country to be communist again, and that he is a thug and he is wily and out to get us all.

It worked, too.

The success of the Russiagate narrative

The Russiagate narrative is an excellent example of how deep this goes. Whether one thought Donald Trump “colluded” with Russians or not (“collusion” itself a shadowy term that sounds a lot more sinister than it actually is, because the nature of collusion was deliberately left vague – an Insert Conspiracy Theory Here sort of thing), the persisting notion that the Russians / Putin did *something* to “interfere” with the US presidential elections was never just completely blown out of the water by any mainstream figure, including the President himself.

However, the examination of this topic by William Binney, formerly of the NSA, reveals that no interference of any kind ever happened. This is my own assertion as well. However, Russiagate is useful for more things than just getting rid of President Trump. It can be used to cripple his efforts to restore and build a new and much stronger relationship with Russia, which is vitally needed. It also is used most effectively to keep Americans scared.

Scared of what, exactly? Nothing specific, just the vague notion that in some way “Putin is going to get us all.” No one even bothers to ask “for what purpose would he need us?”, because that is not a necessity of the current propaganda offensive. All that most people have to be told is “he is going to get you” and the defensiveness immediately arises.

The ability to so easily induce a false perception of “the other guy” is made successful because such propaganda was literally everywhere. There is something in the human psychology that responds very strongly to such stories, and I am sure that there are far deeper studies on how and why this works, but this link offers a beginning into further study of this for anyone who is interested.

There is one further aspect to the success of this particular propaganda campaign. The American nation has long upheld its own First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably gather and redress the government for grievances. We think we have a free press, and because that press is free of government control, we are inclined to believe the press is itself objective and instrinsically honest. For decades we trusted CBS, NBC and ABC reporters to bring us the truth about matters of importance around the world and at home. And because we ourselves were a victorious free nation, we thought that the incidence of the news lying to us was very low and worthy of great scandal if and when it happened. This has persisted into current times with great power.

In short, we generally are inclined to trust our news media outlets.

By contrast, many modern-day Russian people do not trust their news media. They have several reasons they tell me directly for this:

  1. The government has a stake in all newsmedia outlets, and therefore this implies government control
  2. Many of the media anchors who talk a good “Russia is the best!” game are known hypocrites, having homes, properties and educating their children in Western schools, often in the United States. What you do is more telling than what you say, and the Russian people know about this.
  3. The newsmedia for the most part is not sensationalist, but the programming that is is often transparently propagandistic. The Russians know this happened before and they can smell a lie from their media, so they generally do NOT believe their news
  4. the availability of both the Internet and VPN technology to allow the Russian person access to any news outlet in the world, including those of the West, allows the Russian person to check what they hear and read at home against what is being said elsewhere
  5. Having done this, the Russian people generally are great thinkers, and they try to analyze the information they have and come up with their own conclusions. For many of them, their own final analysis is what matters, and not what the newsmedia says.

For this reason, many of my friends, colleagues and students in Moscow and across Russia often ask me questions, for they know that I practice journalism and they want to know “an American’s perspective” on American issues. This is good. This is what I also ask them – for the Russian perspective on Russian issues. This is vitally important for us to understand how we each see things.

But why is there a Russiagate narrative in the first place? What is the reality behind this?

Some of my own readers are virulently critical of my simple answer. Yet, there has been nothing to show me that the answer is wrong. In short, the reason the American Russiagate narrative and its cousins exists is because the powers that be in the West are afraid of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It is that simple.

Christianity in the West has largely been rendered toothless through its tendency to give way to secular humanist policies that on the surface may appear Christian, but are really intrusions of “The Brotherhood of Man” which seeks to usurp the Christian Church and replace it with itself, as a social model in which humanity sets its own course, independent of tradition, religion or any lessons that history has taught us.

Russia is not moving in the same direction as the West is. Russia and the former Soviet countries are increasingly Christian, and in such a manner that the Orthodox Church in these countries has a real say in policy and government.

If you are an American reading this, and the thought of “theocracy!!” arose in your mind, this is an example of American secular humanist propaganda and its success in molding your own thinking to jump to a conclusion. The implication is that theocracies are inherently bad. No explanation other than the vague notion that somehow a theocracy is going to try to force people to be Christian.

Yet we have theocracies in the world that no one complains about: Saudi Arabia is a major one. The fact that they are a very conservative Islamic nation with severe womens’ rights issues has been brushed aside by the country’s usefulness to the United States. Russia is not a theocracy, but even if it were, it would be a Christian theocracy, and those historically have been very free nations and even empires, not repressive like Muslim nations at all. Yet Russia’s symphonia of Church and State is taken as something totally sinister, and we are all supposed to just believe that it is.

This video will tell more about the reality of life in Russia. I can personally vouch for it, as I have been living in Moscow since 2015 and have seen much of the country. The direction is undeniably towards Christianity and as that has developed, so have things like freedom of speech (very highly valued here), and a sense of personal responsibility in life.

Any American should honestly ask themselves why they believe what they believe, and compare it to what information is given here. It should be very interesting thought.

 

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John Ellis
July 22, 2020

In order for propaganda to work, two evils are required, a deceitful rich and a gullible public.
So, as we are all selfish, quite natural is it for the rich to get rich by being deceitful, and there is nothing we can do about it.
On the other hand, as our being gullible is due to our being so stupid as to think that the rich who own all of mainstream media desire to keep us free by keeping us informed, this we can end quickly — simply stop desiring something for nothing.

John Ellis
July 22, 2020

Russia and the former Soviet countries are increasingly Christian, and in such a manner that the Orthodox Church in these countries has a real say in policy and government.”

The word Christian means to be like Christ, to obey the commands, “Do not use force to overcome evil… give all your wealth to the poor” as spoken by Christ.
And so, as government is obsessed with using force to overcome evil, as government allows the rich to enslave the poor, surely man’s government has to be what we Christians call “the Antichrist.”

Sue Rarick
Sue Rarick
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

Some of your quotes are using outdated translations of Greek. The original texts were written in old ancient Greek but were translated using modern ancient Greek. Ex. Thou shall not kill is actually thou shall not murder.
Common sense is that if you don’t resist evil, evil dominates.So what you are in effect proposing is to be Christian is to allow evil to prosper (you can’t use force to overcome it)

John Ellis
Reply to  Sue Rarick
July 22, 2020

During the days of Christ, both the Old and New Testament were written in ancient Greek. Than in AD 382 the first Catholic Bible was written in Latin. Than in the 1600’s your Orthodox Church translated the Latin Bible into Russian.
Actually, all Bibles are identical in thought to the first Bible, the Catholic Vulgate Bible, which you can read online.
A correct translation of the 6th Commandment is: “You shall not kill.” Which in fact means: Do not take the life of any human or unborn baby, or do anything that may lead to their death.

Sue Rarick
Sue Rarick
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

There were two versions of ancient Greek. It was written in one and translated in the other. It has nothing to do with the Latin translation other than they used the wrong version of Greek.
Your translation is wrong. Kill was incorporated into the word murder in old ancient Greek. The old ancient Greek word for kill was eliminated… try to keep up.

John Ellis
Reply to  Sue Rarick
July 22, 2020

If we care to correctly translate Scripture we must obey a command that is given 11 times in the New Testament, “On the hands of two or three witnesses (Text) shall all things be established” For example, in all of the New Testament there is only one Text that states we may use force or kill by using deadly force, Romans 13:1. Which says that Christians are “ordained by God” to rule government and to “bear the sword” for government. Truth is, the New Testament is our Christian Constitution, a pacifist Constitution from start to finish as exemplified by Matthew… Read more »

Sean
Sean
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

And that last paragraph you quote proves that there is not and never has been such a thing as a Christian. Jesus didn’t even practise it.

John Ellis
Reply to  Sean
July 22, 2020

As his goal was to speed up the process of earth reaching the ultimate conclusion of a fake religion called ownership, by getting himself crucified, surely it was non-violent disobedience for him to overturning tables and drive away cattle.

“Greater love has no man than
lay down his life for a friend.”

John Ellis
Reply to  Seraphim Hanisch
July 22, 2020

You are most likely correct about the Orthodox Church Bible being a direct translation from the ancient Greek. Also, I am most likely correct about the Septuagint Old Testament being translated from Hebrew into ancient Greek at Alexander Egypt in BC 225, which is why both the Septuagint and New Testament scrolls were written in the same ancient Greek language. Be that as it may, all Bibles are Identical in thought and morality to the Catholic Latin Bible. To change my mind, go to http://www.drbo.org/index.htm, compare your Bible to the Catholic version and if you find a difference, most grateful… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Seraphim Hanisch
July 22, 2020

Until the end of the Dark Ages and for over a thousand years, all of the New Testament scrolls were hidden away in monasteries and forbidden to be read by the common people. So, if you say that God would never allow the New Testament to be corrupted, what about the 27 gross contradictions now present in all New Testaments? For how can we be the pacifist described in Matthew 5:38 and also “bear the sword” as described in Romans 13:1?. Did both Christ and John the Baptist die without faith? How can we both “receive many times more in… Read more »

John Ellis
Reply to  Sue Rarick
July 22, 2020

As 7 billion sinners now do nothing to save the 1 billion least educated poor from suffering death by starvation, as no religion has 1 saved sinner to their name, surely, the only purpose for planet earth is to reach the ultimate conclusion of evil. Surely, to act in harmony with all the heavenly realms, you, personally, must obey the command, “Do not use force to overcome evil. If they strike you on the right cheek, turn to them the other.”

Sean
Sean
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

What about “Rendering unto Caesar all that is Caesar’s”?

John Ellis
Reply to  Sean
July 22, 2020

Paying taxes to government, surely this is nothing for a true
Christian to worry about, for all their wealth ends up being
charity to the poor, the best tax deduction known to man.

Theodros
Theodros
July 22, 2020

‘Why does the MSM tell Americans to fear and hate Russia? Christianity’

Because Russian Orthodox Christianity is the biggest threat to their filthy globalist ‘LGBTQ’ agenda and they know it. They know with the Russian Orthodoxy standing in the way their Hollywoodized, degenerate secularist-jihadist agenda will miserably fail.

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John Ellis
Reply to  Theodros
July 22, 2020

NOT TRUE
For in Russia and USA, the rich own all of mainstream media, plus fund all the pro-gay and anti-gay groups, plus fund all the pro-life and anti-life group, with the deceitful intent to maximize anger, hatred and division.

John Ellis
Reply to  Seraphim Hanisch
July 22, 2020

Where is the logic in placing you marriage under the jurisdiction of the state by purchasing a marriage license, when divorce court turns all family members into creatures of the state?
Where is the morality when church, state and deadly force join in a satanic union to regulate morality?
Having compassion and giving charity in a way that best produces a grateful response, this is true morality. A thing impossible than socialism only creates a god-ego pride in the poor.

Theodros
Theodros
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

No sodomy pride marches in Russia, No ‘gay’ propaganda in Russian schools and institutions, No perverted ‘gay marriages’ officiated in Churches in Russia. These degenerate perversions exist in the US/West and are promoted, funded, exported, and lionized by the US, Western pop culture, media, academia, society, feminists, cinema, sports, hollywood and secularized churches of the West. The satanic West push and export these perversions in the guise of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ to non-islamic countries (because they are scared of muslim reactions if they do the same in islamic countries) and they just can’t understand how Orthodox Russia would dare… Read more »

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John Ellis
Reply to  Theodros
July 22, 2020

We are in perfect agreement on all the misery caused by this problem, but, until we bring a majority into agreement on the root cause, we will never be able to organize a solution.
For when we are all born with an illusion that we deserve more of everything, more pleasure, more sex and more power to control, only one thing will satisfy such lust, excessive wealth.
Surely, we American are in a worst case condition for overcoming such greed, as we have the most filthy rich society on earth.

Theodros
Theodros
Reply to  John Ellis
July 22, 2020

Good points!

Main Stream Madness
Main Stream Madness
July 22, 2020

Schizophrenic MSM…..first they criticize Russia (in Soviet times) for being anti-church and now they criticize post-Soviet Russia for being too pro-church.

Theodros
Theodros
Reply to  Main Stream Madness
July 22, 2020

Exactly!

Mondo Cane
Mondo Cane
Reply to  Theodros
July 22, 2020

An angry dog, you can pacify with a t-bone steak. A mad dog infected with rabies, never. comment image

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George Gellatly
George Gellatly
July 23, 2020

The simplest answer is that in CHRISTENDOM the Orthodox Church are considered like Shia are in the Islamic faith!

Theodros
Theodros
Reply to  George Gellatly
July 23, 2020

Hollywoodized Western ‘churches’ like the R. Catholics and Protestants are morally compromised and secularized institutions that adapt and change with the degenerate Western postmodernist secular systems. Orthodoxy is the most ancient and the most sacred system of Christianity which cannot be effected by decadent secular systems and that is why you have NO Orthodox Church anywhere in the world performing ‘gay marriage’ or ordaining homosexuals into clergy.

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John Ellis
Reply to  Theodros
July 23, 2020

What percent of your members care for the poor and homeless?
Do your believers refuse to fight wars for God and country?

John Ellis
Reply to  George Gellatly
July 23, 2020

True Christians look upon all established religions
as a place where you go to become self-righteous.

John Ellis
July 23, 2020

CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS

  1. Do no use use force to overcome evil.
  2. Keep only enough property for a comfortable life.
  3. Give all you can give to those who have less.
  4. Do not enrich yourself upon the misery of another.
  5. Eat nothing processed by man or animal.
  6. Ownership is evil, as God owns everything.
John Ellis
July 23, 2020

When New Testament teachings contradict each other, we must except only the ones that have the most supporting Text.
For example, as 42 Text state that only the chosen are saved, we must reject the 12 Text which state that we are saved by faith and faith alone.

John Ellis
July 23, 2020

REAL SALVATION — FAKE SALVATION

The real salvation is described in 42 Text scattered throughout the New Testament, it being a free gift that does not require our having the inner goodness to choose salvation.
Problem is, during the Dark Ages, 12 Text were added to corrupt Scripture with a fake salvation, the satanic illusion that we must first have the inner goodness to choose salvation or we will be rejected by God. Truth is, earth was created to reach the ultimate conclusion of evil, which requires that most remain sinful.

Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

“Communism itself was portrayed as infinitely evil, a dystopian existence at best, where the masses lived in mutual misery …” The masses never lived in misery (what is “mutual misery”?) in the Soviet Union. On the contrary, the masses received pay for their work, after the Revolution in 1918, which was a novelty. During the Russian Empire, under the Tsarist regimes, the “masses lived in misery” (not “mutual” though, everybody in his own misery), due to the fact that around 80 percent of the entire population were serfs, who did not get paid at all but were brutally exploited for their… Read more »

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Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Not only did the Soviets free the masses from misery and slavelike work for their exploiting masters, the Soviet Army liberated the Nazi death camp of Majdanek today, 76 years ago. They brought freedom to the imprisoned masses, saving them from mass extermination in the Nazi gas chambers. Eternal glory to the Red Army! 76 years ago, on July 23, 1944, Soviet troops liberated the prisoners of the fascist Majdanek concentration camp in occupied Poland. The concentration camp was established in autumn 1941. A total of around 150,000 prisoners went through the camp, and around 80,000 people were killed in… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Faces of victory: Today, 46 years ago, on the 23rd of July 1941, Red Army Major Pyotr Gavrilov, stalwart defender of the Brest Fortress, fighting the Nazis solo in the catacombs, was taken prisoner. He spent 3,5 years in concentration camps, until 1945. For his bravery he was awarded the title “Hero of the Soviet Union”. 🏰🎖️

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Mass extermination of prisoners in the Nazi death camp of Majdanek, Poland, was stopped today, 46 years ago, on the 23rd of July 1941, by the glorious and valiant Red Army of the Soviet Union. This video shows the gas chambers and crematoriums for mass extermination of fellow human beings by the brutal and inhumane Nazis:

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Liberation ofthe huddled masses in Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland, today 46 years ago, by the glorious Red Army. Eternal fame and remembrance of the Soviet liberators! Part I of the documentation:

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Second part of the documentation: The Nazi mass murderers are put to trial, after the huddled masses of survivors in the death camp Majdanek have been liberated by the Glorious Soviet Army. Thank you, dear ancestors and forefathers of my dear people! Eternal Glory!

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Third Part of the Documentation: the Inferno. Masses of charred bodies are found in the Nazi death camp Majdanek after it has been liberated by the valiant Soviet Red Army.



Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

Fourth part of the documentation: Masses of shoes, stolen from masses of murdered prisoners, and also masses of cyclon B were found in the Nazi death camp of Majdanek, after it had been liberated by the glorious Red Army of the Soviet Union.

John Ellis
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
July 23, 2020

True, for Democracy USA is the ultimate perfection of evil, with the 51% most wealthy so greed driven as to enslave the 49% working-poor without even healthcare.

John Ellis
July 23, 2020

NEW LAW
Anyone who owns a million of anything, they shall labor among
the working-poor until they die in agony without healthcare.

Thomas Shaw
Thomas Shaw
August 28, 2020

This is a excellent article thanks Duran

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