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    This is Why Washington Needs Mainstream Media 'Tales of Russian Atrocities'

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    Commenting on a recent article in the US media decrying once again Syria and Russia for their "atrocities" in Aleppo, with, of course, no proof whatsoever of the "crimes against humanity" proffered other than some jihadist propaganda, a Russian political scientist explained to Sputnik that Washington relies on articles like this to "save its face."

    Ben Taub, a former contestant on the TV show "The Voice" and occasional contributor to The New Yorker magazine has a very poor view of Russia and Syria it seems, calling Aleppo's evacuation a "crime against humanity."

    The distinguished author, who graduated in 2014, cited as evidence the baseless tweets of a Syrian teacher and activist Abdulkafi Alhamdo who, standing against some white wall which could have been virtually anywhere, urged his audience, carefully cultivated on social media, not to "forgive Russia, Assad, and Iran" after his death and "let them pay the price."

    Taub then hastily labelled the release of the civilians, who had been previously prevented from fleeing the city by their benevolent jihadist overlords and were shot dead when they tried to do so, as  a "crime against humanity."

    Commenting on the article, Kirill Koktysh, Russian political scientist, associate professor of International Politics at Moscow-based MGIMO University, explained that Washington needs stories like these to "save its face."

    "It is being done to save the face. Russia has been and still remains a subject to be attacked with information," he told Radio Sputnik.

    "Western countries are trying to convince their population of the morality of their positions, doing all they can to prove that their opponent is immoral," he said.

    However these accusations have been roughly and hastily fabricated, he added. All of this is clear falsification in favor of the agenda these countries have been previously pushing through.

    The magazine may profit from increasing its circulation, he said, regardless of the truth of the assertions.

    The political scientist suggested that such misinformation might resonate with some audiences, however doubted that the political establishment would take it seriously.

    "However if they believe in bears walking along the streets in Russia and drinking vodka then I would assume those very people will buy it," he told Sputnik.

    However he noted that reporters on the ground tell a different story. And referred to Professor Tim Anderson, a distinguished author and Senior Lecturer of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia, who advised to listen to the reports of Syrian, Iranian, Russian and independent reporters (including Maytham al Ashkar, Shadi Halwi, Asser Khatab, Khaled Alkhateb, Ali Musawi, Lizzie Phelan, Murad Gazdiev, Vanessa Beeley, Eva Bartlett and the late Mohsen Khazaei) who have actually spent time in the country and revealed exactly what is happening there. A truth that The New Yorker readers have not yet been treated to.

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      anne00marie
      Another article from the political section that is all over the place and you would expect to find in the Western Media.
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      double bonus
      ["It is being done to save the face. Russia has been and still remains a subject to be attacked with information," he told Radio Sputnik. "Western countries are trying to convince their population of the morality of their positions, doing all they can to prove that their opponent is immoral," he said.]

      It is just a matter of simple disrespect for Russia, without any accountability.

      The concept of "saving face" is NOT RELEVANT in the US. That is for Asian countries like Japan. Americans are taught "critical thinking" skills, even if
      they don't always use them, properly. The truth is always the final goal.

      The US having a "free press" is supposed to inform the public of the truth.
      These fabrications show the US Media has turned to outright falsehood and manipulation, and that is irredeemable. These media monopolies have to be broken up. Slap them across the face with the truth, and repudiate their lies
      and fabrications unmercifully. THAT is how you "save face" in the US, at least!

      Just try to do it in a friendly upbeat tone, without displaying any anger.
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      zorsai
      Morality being taught by those responsible for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Dresden and the forced famines in their former colonies?
    • FlorianGeyer
      I would assume that Ben Taub also has dual Israeli Nationality.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Many Americans already know not to believe what is written by the fake news main stream media..... Let's put it this way...... All of Trump voters already know of the fabricated media lies in conjunction with the DNC and certain govt officials throughout the whole political and corporate establishment. That's a guaranteed 50 million plus true Americans. Then you have the minorities who on a high percentage vote democrat. These minorities are so occupied in their lives trying to stay ahead and make ends meet that the last thing they will focus on and care about is what is going on in Syria or Ukraine. They will put their focus on what is happening to their own South American countries instead. With that being said many minorities don't trust govt to begin with. They will take their free welfare services but the trust in govt is still lacking. So population wise your talking possibly another 40 + million ( documented and undocumented ) so who is left to read the fake news ? Some left over liberal progressive millennials ? I don't think so because they are educated enough not to trust the govt and status quo. They can go on the Internet and read other international sites to balance a story line out and come to their own conclusions. Hence is the reason most were in line with Bernie Sanders because they hated Hillary for lying to the American public and running a corrupt political career. So who is left in the viewing audience ? The senior citizens who stayed glued to the tv ? Maybe half of that population ? The other half is so worried about their health they could not give a crap about govt. so then you have the professional liberal democratic worker in his or hers 30's , 40's and 50's. That group will make up a certain percentage for the DNC support but again that's the age of raising children so most of their focus are their children ( grammar school , HS and college ). So my point is not too many Americans will have the time to read and believe the fake news fabricated about Russian and Syrian forces committing crimes in Syria ....... As far as they are concerned they need to put food on the table, educate their children and focus on their health first and foremost. Watching fake news is not on their agenda.
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