The propaganda war: Russian pundits dare to air their real views

It’s an overstatement, of course. Ukraine isn’t “Afghanistan, but worse” – although it could quickly mirror that 10-year Soviet disaster.

But the fact that Russian TV pundits are saying it, in the face of edicts from the Kremlin that only government-backed propaganda about the war should be broadcast, is a major victory for liberty.

I hope those Russian celebrities don’t suffer for it.

Of course, Russia isn’t the only country whose media are clogged with nationalist, imperialist claptrap masquerading as news.

Look at the UK’s coverage of the war. It all seems designed to draw you into that jingoistic mindset, so you’ll happily support your own country being drawn into the conflict when idiots like Liz Truss demand it.

Liz Truss!

I was going to ask, rhetorically, why she hasn’t been sacked yet but I think we all know the answer:

She’s doing exactly what she’s supposed to be doing.

Pundits have reportedly spoken out against the Ukraine war on Russian state television including one who called it “Afghanistan, but even worse”.

Guests appeared to break ranks with Kremlin propaganda by calling for an end to the deadly invasion, according to media reports.

The Russian government has stepped up censorship since it launched its invasion of Ukraine, which has killed hundreds of civilians and caused more than two million to flee in the first two weeks.

The Kremlin has blocked most of Russia’s independent media outlets and forced the rest to halt coverage altogether with threats of prosecution and prison for reporting that deviates from the official line, which includes calling the action a war or invasion.

Meanwhile, state television broadcasts messages claiming Russian troops are in Ukraine to save people from “neo-Nazis” and to disarm a country that was preparing to wage war.

Pundit Karen Shakhnazarov said on state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev on Wednesday… “If this picture starts to transform into an absolute humanitarian disaster, even our close allies like China and India will be forced to distance themselves from us. This public opinion, with which they’re saturating the entire world, can play out badly for us.”

The Daily Beast reported another guest, Semyon Bagdasarov, as saying: “We don’t need to stay there longer than necessary… Do we need to get into another Afghanistan, but even worse?”

Source: ‘Afghanistan but worse’: Russian state TV ‘airs criticism’ of Ukraine war | The Independent

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