Media’s ‘Alternative Facts’ Concerning Russia

During US President Donald Trump’s pre Superbowl interview with Fox News veteran Bill O’Reilly, Trump was challenged over his contact with Russian president Vladimir Putin. O’Reilly seemed horrified that Trump, who he supported throughout his campaign, would even consider amicable relations with the leader of the largest country in the world. “He’s a killer!” O’Reilly boldly claimed at an undaunted Trump. No facts were provided to support this very serious claim, but then, when Russia is discussed in the western media it generally is a fact free zone.

Much of the media still seems to be in arrested development, believing the Cold War is ongoing and Russia is still a communist state. Of course, the current Russia is about as far away from the USSR in ideology as possible. It’s also common knowledge that Russia wants to control all of Eastern Europe, and would do so were it not for the United States and it’s allies holding Putin, the modern day Hitler back. Again, comparing Putin to Hitler is as ridiculous as comparing him to Stalin.

Putin is a nationalist, plane and simple. He took over from Boris Yeltsin, who was widely disdained by the Russian people for prostituting Russia out to the western globalisation process and almost destroying the Russian economy. He took over the largest nation in the world, which faces violent dissidents and separatists in volatile locations such as Chechnya. He took over a people who for years had atheism enforced on them as state policy, and some of their most beautiful churches destroyed by the evil communist regime, a people that have since returned to religion and tradition en masse, presumably with a new found appreciation for the old after seeing what the alternative looked like under years of atheistic communism. So when Putin behaves as a strong leader, tries to keep Russia protected from the worst effects of globalism, and uses the law to try and protect and enforce a traditional morality, it doesn’t make him Hitler or Stalin, who forced a rationalist ideology on their subjects in place of existing structures, it makes him a true representative for the Russian people.

And this is born out by the statistics. Putin is often polled at a 90 percent plus approval rating. Some in the West will decry any statistics on his support, or any election in Russia as a fraud, but without doubt the majority of Russian people are happy with Putin’s leadership  – certainly happier than they would be with the kind of leader the West would like to force on them. As to the charge of being a killer, I wonder what is O’Reilly referring to. Is he talking about the Russian interference in the Ukraine, brought on by a Western backed coup over a democratically elected, pro Russia regime? Or is he referring to the Russian support for the Syrian army, an army who has single handedly been preventing Syria from falling into the hands of ISIS and other radical extremists for 6 years now? To state the obvious, if one were to label any world leader a killer in the last few years it would have been Nobel peace prize winner Barrack Obama. Obama dropped over 26 thousand bombs in his final year in office. Like Russia, he also oversaw a bombing campaign in Syria, except unlike Putin, he intervened in Syria without the permission of the regime there, launching a bombing campaign which Bashar Al-Assad said was unhelpful in fighting extremists. Hardly surprising, considering the uprising in Syria was almost entirely a creation of the US, who armed and funded terrorists there as far back as 2011.

These are facts. When Russia is slated regularly in the media, it is generally slander appealing to people’s prejudices and ignorance on the topic. The media decries the era of ‘post truth’ and ‘alternative facts’, yet when it comes to discussing Russia they repeatedly show how little they regard the truth.

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