Journalism

Journalism

A broken media. The priority: being subservient to the US – Nachdenkseiten

This article originally appeared on Nachdenkseiten.de. In the Corona debate, our media turned out to be mostly a committed appendage of the government and the state. The debate about Russia shows how our media is shaped and controlled by US interests. This was highlighted again during the Federal Chancellor’s visit to the USA. Because Scholz […]

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Germany Journalism

German media and the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz – Nachdenkseiten

This article first appeared on Nachdenkseiten.de Before his visit to the USA, the German chancellor is under massive pressure from the German media to act against German interests during his visit to Washington. These interests lie in an understanding with Russia and in a secure energy supply. If many German editors have their way, Olaf […]

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Journalism Russia Ukraine

In people’s mind, Putin has already invaded Ukraine – yet again

A few years ago we published an article called “How to write about Russia”, in which we compiled a list of the omnipresent and obligatory cliches that are employed when Western journalists write anything about Russia. Some thought it was satire. Some just did not take this too well. Journalists tend to be, for whatever […]

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Journalism

Western Media publishes maps of Russian invasion of Ukraine

This article is based on a text by Strana.ua Several Western media outlets today published maps showing Russian troops near the border of Ukraine. These maps also show how Russia is going attack in the event of a war, which, according to the publications, may just start. But this is not certain – Putin, allegedly, […]

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Geopolitics Journalism Russia

“You should heat your house with your newspaper”: Maria Zakharova replies to Italian journalist Maurizio Molinari

This text was originally published on the webpage of the Russian Embassy in Italy. Of course, some will feel that they can dismiss the text outright for the simple fact that it originates from a Russian State institution. The text, however, methodically deals with a number of the cliches and tropes constantly recurring in Western […]

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Journalism

Is East and West Russian propaganda?

Some of the people who have come across East and West articles may have quickly concluded that our own website must be part of that wide infamous disinformation effort backed and organized by the Kremlin, the most powerful disinformation machine in the world, against which we have been warned for the past few years. After […]

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History Journalism Politics

East and West at 5

Five years ago, in May 2016, East & West was born. 5 years is not a long time ago, but from the perspective of 2021 the year 2016 feels already like a slightly different era. May 2016 was before the Brexit referendum, before Donald Trump‘s presidency, the likelihood of which at the time most experts […]

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Journalism Poland

“Independent media” made in USA – Myśl Polska

This article was originally published by Myśl Polska. State television holds the people for a bunch of thoughtless idiots, and this is undisputed. It serves them coarse propaganda on TVP1, TVP2 or TVP Info, which doesn’t make rational people even angry, but rather laugh. Watching the next news sites we see in front of our […]

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Journalism United States

Putin has been waging war on American science for 10 years, writes the New York Times

Putin has waged war on American science and has run a campaign of health disinformation for a decade, the New York Times has argued in an article published on 13 April. According to the New York Times, this is “part of a wider effort to discredit the West and destroy his [Putin’s] enemies from within.” […]

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Europe Journalism Russia

The fake news about Russian fake news

Yesterday, once again, Russia was accused of spreading fake news by a European government. It was the UK turn this time, where government officials have rebuttedas fake news the news, reported by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who contracted the coronavirus, was put in intensive care on […]

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Europe Journalism

Italian newspaper La Stampa: “More military men than help from Russia”

When last Sunday night 9 Russian air planes arrived with medical equipment and personnel, many in Italy felt gratitude for the help delivered in one of the most difficult moments in recent Italian history. Some, however, including La Stampa journalist Jacopo Iacoboni, saw in the delivery coming from Russia, that included Russian military virologists and […]

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Europe Journalism Politics

Stop Fake: “Behind Russian aid to Italy there are German Neonazis”

The delivery of Russian aid to Italy was coordinated with the help of German “neonazis”, the Italian version of Stop Fake, the famous web operation whose statutory mission is to unmask fake news, has claimed. Russia sent several planes with medical equipment and doctors to Italy on Sunday, in an effort to help the country […]

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Interviews Journalism Politics

“The socialism doesn’t work narrative is wildly distorted and simplistic”

Interview with Alan MacLeod on Venezuela Dr Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His is the author of “Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting”, published by Routledge in 2018. You can find the book here (Amazon US) and here (Amazon UK). East & West: You […]

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Journalism

The top 10 fake news of 2018 by mainstream media

We live in an age of fear. An age where some immensely powerful institutions relentless try to make political use of fear, because, when people are scared, they lose their ability to think. No, we are not talking about Donald Trump or the ghost of a return of fascist populism. We are talking once again, […]

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Journalism

Сумашедшие феминистки от Путина

English version here Можно условно сказать, что эта была одна из (коротковременных, как все в эпохе интернета) сенсаций года. В сентябре стало вирусным видео, в котором молодая женщина, которая бросает отбеливатель над мужчинами в петербургском метрополитене за то, что они сидят c раздвинутыми ногами. «Мэнспрединг» – так называется акт, в котором мужчины в общественном транспорте […]

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Journalism Russia

Is the EU vs Disinformation website just another propaganda tool?

Русская версия тут In September a video in which a lady is seen to throw bleach over men in the Saint Petersburg underground for what has been dubbed “Manspreading” went viral. “Manspreading” is the act in which men on public transport sit with their legs wide apart, not only taking up an uneccesarry amount of […]

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Journalism

10 reasons why you should not be a journalist

Why give people reasons not to do something? Well, one of the basic skills of journalism is supposed to be adherence to factfulness or realism. When young people choose a profession these days, they generally do not do it out of mere calculation, weighting in rationally all the pro and contra arguments: they are almost […]

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Journalism United States

Comment is free – but what is free is often cheap too

The press conference after the Trump – Putin summit in Helsinki, as we know now, was not in general received very well but the US media, an point of view that was promptly adopted by their European counterparts. Many looked at the conference as if waiting for a revelationary moment, with the whole world, as […]

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Geopolitics Journalism

Geopolitics and media bias

Is there bias in Western media? Some would argue, of course, bias is inevitable. Some would argue, no, media in the West is by definition free of external influence, high-professionalized and objective, anybody who is stating the opposite is falling for conspiracy theories or Russian propaganda. A recent paper, conducted by the Peace Research Institute […]

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Interviews Journalism Russia

“In Hollywood films, Russians are villains, gangsters, mafia bosses, corrupt oligarchs or prostitutes”, interview on Russophobia with Dominic Basulto

East & West: You have written a book called “Russophobia” on how Western media uses Russia to create the picture of an enemy (you can find the book here). How do you explain this phenomenon in a few sentences? Because these people, journalists and other media experts, generally are not exactly the picture of modesty […]

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