Contradictions define Kremlin apologists



2014/07/10 • Analysis & Opinion

According to the conventional wisdom, Vladimir Putin and his Western supporters propagate a uniform message throughout the world. At its most extreme, this view sees Russia as having a formidable propaganda machine that is running roughshod over the Western media and public.

In fact, Putin and his supporters and apologists often disagree. One reason may be that the machine just isn’t as formidable as it’s made out to be. Another may be that the Kremlin’s supporters make mistakes when interpreting or anticipating the frequently contradictory or incomprehensible statements of the Delphic oracle that is Putin. A third may be that they have difficulties bridging the growing gap between reality and Putin’s oftentimes shifting views. The Putinite interpretation—one that I won’t even bother refuting—is that disagreement is the foundation of vigorous democracies such as Putin’s Russia.

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  • Bill Roy

    Fantastic analysis.

    This can also be applied to the RU armed forces. People think of the ‘Great Red Army’ – it was great in size only, the ‘modern Russian army’ is not even that.

    One thing is for sure, a different formidable propaganda machine has sprung into action, and it is against the Russian propaganda machine. This new online irregular army consists of people around the world ready to stand up and fight back against the lies of Russian propaganda and indeed deeds of the Kremlin and their mercenaries and army.

    Now under analysis tell me who is actually losing? Which side is losing strength daily? Which side is being ridiculed by their own propaganda? And on the battlefield who now has to resort to threatening the use of nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear nation?

    The answer to all these questions is ‘Russia’.

    Let’s keep the fight going, Russia, or rather the Kremlin including the Huylo, has had its own veneer of invincibility taken from the mirror into which they have been looking. Now they can either accept they were totally wrong and seek Ukrainian and World forgiveness or try and bluff and threaten their way out of the reality they have just realised.

    The question is which choice will they choose?

    In the meantime their ‘great propaganda machine’ has started cracking apart everywhere and no amount of sticky tape will bring back the shine that Russia, and many in the world, thought it had.

    • Murf

      Well said!

    • sandy miller

      Bill Roy…I don’t know what you’re reading but what I read on the internet in many cases is obviously pro Russian while others are more nuanced. We barely hear a story in MN when when we do it comes from Associated Press who is a moscow proganda machine.

      • Bill Roy

        @Sandy – Look at the polls from around the world of how people are responding to the Russian invasion and Terrorism in Ukraine – the vast majority show a real downturn in peoples favourable ratings of Russia. It is NOT the number of posts made that counts – it is how those posts are perceived by people. The evidence is overwhelmingly showing that being able to prove the Russian trolls stories are totally fabricated has far more impact then nuanced reporting by either ‘lazy’ or ‘biased’ reporters and trolls stories do.

        It is an old adage but still held to be demonstrably held by the majority of people – “Once a liar, always a liar!” Every time the Russian trolls and their puppet journalists are debunked means that people become more anti-Russian propaganda.

        It has previously been held that it is the number of $$’s spent that counts, that is now shown to be, at best, only partly true. What counts just as much at least is peoples perceptions of the authors of the reports/stories. The worldwide Ukrainian irregular internet battalions (sounds good against the ‘Russian propaganda army’) have proven this, even Lavrov has today admitted that Russia’s image has been severely eroded – his answer ‘spend more money’ – exactly the wrong approach. :)

  • Case Triskell

    I like the analysis of Alexander J. Motyl.