Russia Today, seething with Anti-Americanism
Dave Essel reports: I don’t know what drove me to visit Russia Today’s website but I was struck by the level of transparency that must be the rule on the site, which runs under the banner shown above. I thought LR existed to find and expose Russian lies, hypocrisy, and mental and moral confusion but here is their main propaganda site openly confessing to these traits! We’d better start looking for another job…. [BTW, the site looked so stupid and boring that I could not bear to go any further and simply contented myself with taking the screenshot above]
Remember that wacky Russian “professor” Igor Panarin, who claimed that the United States would implode and break apart just like the USSR, within the next year or so?
To us he may seem wacky (or less diplomatically, insane), but in Russia, he represents mainstream “thought.” In fact, he is a representatative of the Russian state itself. And Russia Today, the Kremlin’s state-sponsored propaganda network, is actively propounding this view by any means possible, including repeatedly publishing the crazed rantings of one Gerald Celente, who it refers to as an “American economist.”
On February 11, 2009, RT trumpeted Celente proclaiming that the U.S. would experience its worst-ever economic depression this year, supporting Panarin’s idea that the country would break up next year. The U.S. stock market has been roaring so far this year, of course, and the U.S. has weathered the global downturn far better than Russia. RT ignores that fact, of course.
On April 14th, RT offered the screaming headline that, based on his diagnosis, the U.S. had already become a fascist state just like Mussolini’s Italy. The U.S. has just had a major transition of power both legislatively and executively, and is proceeding with a massive revision of the Bush policies across the board. In Russia, one hand-picked successor took over from another. RT ignores all that too, and publishes stories suggesting that Obama is nothing more than front for the banking cartel.
Finally, on July 1st, just in time for America’s birthday celebrations, RT announced his conclusion that the U.S. currency was now worthless because of over-printing by the Treasury Department. Meanhile, it is the value of the ruble that has plummeted dramatically, while the world still views American treasury securities as its only true safe harbor.
All these claims are, no thinking person can gainsay, quite fully insane. They are the ravings of a madman so far outside mainstream thought that the distance can only be measured in light years. Oh and, by the way: He’s a total fraud.
Celente flits around claiming to have made correct predictions about various cataclysmic economic events, claims that are in fact entirely bogus and which he does not even try to substantiate. Far from being an “economist,” his education is entirely shrouded in mystery (neither his speaker biography nor his Wikipedia entry says a word about it) and his background is in local New York State politics.
Search around, and you’ll learn he was a professor at St. John’s University in New York. Professor of what? Dig further, and you’ll find he taught American politics, not economics; he claims to have designed a course there in “campaign technology.” Still nothing remotely qualifying him in the sphere of economics. Apparently he has a PhD in political science from somewhere, and it’s some kind of secret how he got it, and he hasn’t done anything even vaguely academic in three decades. He left academia in the 1970s, for unspecified reasons, and started working for “chemical industry interests,” whatever that means. Then he left them as well and founded his own soothsaying agency called The Trends Research Institute, where he makes money by reading tea leaves like a gypsy.
Russia Today’s stated mission was supposed to be simple: Tell the truth about Russia, the full story, not just the litany of bad news being told be “racist russophobe” foreigners. But the news out of Russia these days is so woefully bad on every front (war, economic collapse, ostricization) that RT has turned to making venemous attacks on other countries, just as was done in Soviet times, in the hope of distracting attention from all the failure.
It would be one thing if RT’s efforts to do this were at least rational. It could easily make a living copying from various American newspaper editorial pages, for instance. But it’s not content with that, because the difference in standard of living and other forms of progress achieved by America is so much more vast than in Russia. So it is scraping the bottom of the barrel, just as in Soviet times, repeating the most hilarious and insane ravings as if they were fact.
Russia is not well served by this line, just as the USSR was not. It prevents Russia from recognizing its own very real faults, and encourages the maintanence of the status quo. It’s almost as if RT is saying that it doesn’t matter if Russia collapses, again, for the third time in century, as long as America also collapses. It lies to the people of Russia, making them think they can get along in a world where America has collapsed, when in fact they can’t. American demand for crude oil is the only thing that keeps the Russian economy solvent, and Russia ought to be doing all it can to bolster America, not to attack it. The fact that Russians can’t understand this, and go on spewing ridiculous propagandistic lies, is a sure sign of a coming Russian apocalypse.