Katerina Azarova — Vice, which started out as a Canadian magazine and grew into an international media empire, is known for its in-depth, yet highly comprehensible coverage of international news. So it’s flattering, I guess, that they would pay attention to our articles, albeit a little confusing as to why.
Sputnik News, dubbed the "Buzzfeed of propaganda," has been paying particular attention to the Canadian election: http://t.co/A7IWtl4nHw— VICE News (@vicenews) October 4, 2015
After diligently mentioning all the right buzzwords — “Kremlin” and “propaganda” – in the very first paragraphs, Justin moves on to say that Sputnik is “directly run by the Russian government” – but claims that information is “scrubbed daily from the news outlet’s Wikipedia page”. And it is bizzare.
Now, I know, and you know, that journalists rely on Wikipedia for a quick fact check or background details to a story. But I would never expect a reporter of Ling’s stature to be using Wikipedia as a news source. (No offence, Wikipedia).
I’ll admit, curiosity got the better of me and I, too, checked out Sputnik’s Wiki page.
I may be wrong, but the rest of the piece reads like Justin Ling simply hasn’t made up his mind about who we are, what we do and how he feels about it all. What other conclusion could we possibly draw from this paragraph? Its focal point is a vaguely demagogic question about what constitutes a ‘scandal’, for crying out loud.
“They also write that Ottawa was "embroiled in scandal" over its decision to give shelter to anti-regime protesters during the Euromaidan uprising in Kyiv — which is a revelation that garnered some news coverage but that never amounted to a 'scandal.'”
Shame we can’t ask Olivia Pope to help Vice out with this one.
There is a huge demand for an objective news service in the world today which NewsBeat Social is filling…. http://t.co/em60lDEauf— Stanley W. Fields (@stanleyfields) October 4, 2015
I don’t really know if this piece has “slickly remixed President Vladimir Putin's brand of revanchist nationalism for an international audience” enough. But we did try to load it with tweets, just in case.