BBC News looks at Russian propaganda in a way it never does with Western propaganda





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Published on Dec 16, 2016

Can you imagine that BBC News would *ever* do a segment analysing US or British propaganda about the assault on Mosul? Or Sirte? Or Fallujah? Or Belgrade?

On December 15, 2016, Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford delivered a classic example on Aleppo, Syria, of the kind of propaganda we discussed in a recent media alert. (BBC News at One)


Consider her words:

‘On the ground in Syria, Russia’s special forces – shown here for the first time on state television. The commentary is all about a heroic fight against terrorists. No mention here of any civilians caught up in the bloodshed.’

Try this for Western reporting of US/Nato/Western assaults:

'The commentary is all about a heroic fight against terrorists. No mention here of any civilians caught up in the bloodshed.’

Then, to camera, Rainsford in Moscow says:

‘For Russia, the conflict in Syria was always about projecting its power and influence. As the West stalled, Moscow moved in. The message to Russians here that they were helping to protect the world from terrorism. The message to the world, that Russia under Vladimir Putin is a political and military power to be reckoned with.’

Over library footage of the severe damage done by Russian forces to Grozny:

‘As to brutal bombing campaigns, Russia has done that before. This is not Aleppo, but Grozny in Chechnya – a city flattened in what President Putin also called a war on terror. In this latest conflict, he’s faced no calls at home for restraint.’

Finally, footage of Isis fighters with captured Russian arsenal at Palmyra:

‘But, with all the focus on Aleppo, this happened. Russian troops were forced to abandon their positions in Palmyra, as militants from Isis moved in. Recapturing this Syrian city was also once trumpeted by Russia as a great victory.’

Again, try to imagine an equivalent piece on BBC News about Western military action. It simply would not happen.

(Please forgive the rough nature of the video - filmed by holding a camera in front of a tablet showing the iPlayer footage).

Update (17 December 2016): BBC News has now published an article by Rainsford:

Aleppo Syria: Russia hails 'victory over terrorism'



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