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How Moscow's propaganda television network distorts reality to portray Russia as a victim

How Moscow's propaganda television network distorts reality to portray

By Oliver Darcy / Wednesday morning, as Russia's unprovoked war against Ukraine enters its seventh day, I turn on RT, the Russian-controlled network that has recently been banned in Europe and removed from television worldwide. . Founded in 2005, RT, which operates multiple channels, including RT America, has served as one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's largest megaphones worldwide. It provides an insight into how the Kremlin would like to portray the world and its role in it.

For several hours I watched the channel and was amazed by the shamelessness of its executives and personalities to deceive the audience and to avoid the issues in question. RT's main point of coverage portrayed Russia as a mere victim of Western aggression, a country forced to launch a "military operation" after being forced by a senior and powerful NATO that showed no interest in taking its concerns seriously. Moscow security.

"Liberation" Russia

Peter John Lavelle, head of the Crosstalk program in Russia, puts it this way: The fault lies with the failed "liberal order" enforced by the West. "It's very irritating," Lavelle said on his show. "This is about security"

According to RT, Russia was not necessarily the aggressor. The channel occasionally said Russia was a "liberator," and was essentially freeing people from threatening forces in Kiev. "MILICS SAY 40 CITIES AND VILLAGES ARE NOW LIBERATED," declared a Russian speaker.

Other areas of focus

One segment focused on how the Russians face hostility in Western countries over the situation in Ukraine. She quoted a man in the UK who said he was not ashamed "to say he is Russian but is afraid and worried that society will have this perception that all Russians are bad.

At other times, RT aimed to portray Russia as a country that cares deeply about humanitarian issues. The network told a story of how Russia has welcomed war-displaced schoolchildren: "RUSSIAN SCHOOLS WELCOME HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TO A SCHOOL FROM DONBASI". Against the backdrop of exciting music, the segment featured interviews with several children expressing how grateful they were and saying that Russia is ready to welcome many more children.

* Oliver Darcy is a CNN reporter