Sunday, March 13, 2016

Did RT founder, former Putin aide Mikhail Lesin leave the US after his death?

The Russian rumor mill churned out a multitude of conspiracy theories with respect to the death of Mikhail Lesin – a prominent media mogul, credited with being one of the founders of RT (formerly known as Russia Today) and a former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Lesin was found dead in his Washington, D.C. hotel room in November 2015. Ironically, RT - the very network he helped to spawn - incorrectly reported that Lesin died of a heart attack. This claim was based on an alleged statement by Lesin’s unnamed family member. It should be noted that his daughter, Ekaterina Lesina, is a bureau chief at RT.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Kremlin is trolling for Trump

The Russian media is aflutter with pro-Trump reporting and for a good reason. The leading presidential candidate appears to be susceptible to skillful pro-Kremlin manipulation and grooming. In fact, Donald Trump is receiving foreign policy advice from a former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Lt. Gen. Flynn is a registered Democrat, who “has not ruled out running for elected office at some point in the future.”

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Russia's Top 200 Lies - International Edition

While you were enjoying Thanksgiving, the Kremlin press continued its yearlong tradition of Fakesgiving. Here is the latest compilation of debunked propaganda fakes.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Department of Homeland Security spends $20.3 million on conferences

In August 2015, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released “Management Advisory on Department of Homeland Security Components’ Reporting of Conference Spending.” This report reveals that the DHS had blown an astonishing $20.3 million of taxpayers’ funds in just one year on hosting and attending conferences. It should be noted that according to the OIG report, the DHS failed to report all of the conferences in contravention to their obligations to do so.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Former Deutsche Welle reporter Kitty Logan loses press accreditation in Ukraine

Kitty Logan was covering events in war-torn Eastern Ukraine for Deutsche Welle. Her reports didn’t garner much attention, but one of her Facebook posts changed everything. Kitty wrote: “Following previous failure to find rebel front line troops in action and returning with photos of pets, tried again to witness ceasefire breaches. ‘Should I shoot at them so you get something on camera?’ asks the rebel commander, pointing at Ukrainian positions across the open field, currently silent… Well, errr… Story deadline looming… Oh, OK, why not then… Within an hour, total mayhem. Two sides throwing everything at each other – RPGs, mortars, rockets. They were still at it when we made the mad dash out.. Some ceasefire. Did feel a tad guilty though.”

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Russia’s top 160 lies about Ukraine

Russia’s propaganda games continue to escalate, parallel to its on-the-ground activities in Ukraine. Amorphous tactics of deliberately faking, distorting or skewing information are designed to make detection more difficult. For example, Russian media scaled down their misuse of photographs from Chechnya, Syria and other parts of the world as images of Ukraine, since those fraudulent representations are easily refuted. Propagandists resorted to altering images – for example, adding swastikas to Ukrainian flags and so on. Nonetheless, that technique was also easy to debunk. Therefore, the Russian media machine evolved to staging entire “events” and “demonstrations,” in order to produce original imagery and video recordings that would be considerably more difficult to dispel.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Russia’s top 140 lies about Ukraine

The Kremlin’s propaganda continues to advance by leaps and bounds. Instead of being embarrassed by the constant stream of debunked news stories, Russia’s agitprop machine is on the offensive. 

The principle of “mirroring” is a common Soviet/post-Soviet tactic employed by the Russian Federation, brazenly accusing opponents of the same actions Moscow is undertaking. Russia’s talking heads and Internet trolls have taken to accusing the West of inventing “the myth of Russian propaganda.” The Kremlin’s official and unofficial spokespersons disingenuously accuse Ukraine of “faking the news.” 

The stream of phony “experts” delivers deliberately false narrative to please the likes of RT and Sputnik. Russian media outlets tirelessly disseminate various hit pieces, targeting reporters and researchers who successfully debunk Kremlin propaganda. They’re aided by hordes of paid trolls. Nonetheless, this elaborate smokescreen is not sufficient to override outrageous misrepresentations and outright fabrications birthed by Russia as a diversion for its covert offensive in Ukraine.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Offensive Verizon commercial upsets Ukrainians the world over

“Ukrainian culture is only slightly more tolerable than a nasty bug,” implies an insensitive Verizon commercial and Ukrainians aren’t taking it lightly. Verizon’s latest FiOS campaign, features beautiful Rashida Jones – the daughter of musician Quincy Jones, best known for her parts in TV series “Parks And Recreation”, “The Office” and feature film “The Social Network.”

Monday, May 4, 2015

Oakville concert of controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa is canceled by event organizer Les Holdway on May 2, 2015

After a midlife crisis, controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa revived her stalled career by uploading videos of her piano performances to YouTube. Self-promotion on social media worked wonders for Lisitsa. Several years later, the 46-year old pianist’s use of the Internet reversed her progress and severely undermined her career. 

Valentina Lisitsa utilized her popularity as a podium to exhibit ethnic hatred, racism and support for terrorist activities. She liberally peppers her Twitter tirades with obscenities and vulgarity. A sour note permeating Lisitsa’s rants is her overwhelming hatred towards all things Ukrainian. While the pianist was born in Ukraine, she makes a point to identify herself as a “blonde Russian,” promising to never speak Ukrainian language as long as she lives.