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Saturday 17 April 2021

Murdoch Empire Goes Full Pravda

We no longer have the old certainties: once upon a time, our free and fearless press was clear who were the good guys, and who were the bad ones. The West was good; the Chinese and Russians were not. But for the Murdoch mafiosi, all that changed with the arrival at the White House of Combover Crybaby Donald Trump. The Donald’s relationship with the gangster rĂ©gime of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was different.

You'll have to speak up Vlad, I can't hear youse

The Kremlin appeared to have Kompromat on Trump; it was clear to anyone watching that the Putin gang weighed in on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 Presidential race, and the lawsuits are still going on, as well as the routine expulsion of so-called diplomats. What is also becoming apparent is that the Murdoch mafiosi does not have a problem with Russia.

This has exhibited itself in Tucker Carlson, the white supremacist and top rating host at Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) taking the side of the Russians on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight - against that of his own President. So when Joe Biden decides on economic sanctions against Russia, Carlson protests that it’s unfair.

Here’s what he told his viewers about sanctions. “Save that tape for the future when you want a reminder of just how insane things got in the year 2021. That wasn’t posturing, that wasn’t their bad, those are actions against a sovereign nation, a foreign power, expelling their diplomats, destroying their economy, threatening to back their enemies in a war”.

There was more. “A real war, too, not a war of words, a war where people get killed. We’re doing all those things. The question’s why are we doing them. That’s the part that nobody ever explains”. Time was when a bit of war now and then, allied to destroying the Russian economy, would have the US right cheering it on. Now it’s being questioned.

Worse, Carlson has the full backing of Rupe’s son Lachlan, who supported him in rebutting demands by the Anti Defamation League for his sacking after Carlson had trotted out the Great Replacement Theory live on air. And it gets no better on this side of The Pond, as the Sun has demonstrated in its worryingly partial coverage of Putin and Ukraine.

Earlier this week, the paper published a piece with this less than critical headline: “Ukraine faces ‘wipe out blitzkrieg’ as sabre-rattling Russian expert claims Putin mobilising HALF A MILLION troops”, adding “Russia is also known to be moving landing ships from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea for the first time since the end of the Soviet era”.

A supposedly independent expert - who just happens to be Russian, writes for Russian publications, and whose views were not subjected to any kind of critical analysis - is quoted as saying “An unprecedented mobilisation of the Russian armed forces is taking place … The exact number of people participating is not officially indicated. Apparently more than half a million”. Ukraine’s Russian speaking cities, he tells Rupe’s downmarket troops, “will be occupied in the course of a victorious and fleeting blitzkrieg”.

All this, we are told, “comes after Putin snubbed Biden's call for peace talks … the Kremlin told Washington it would act decisively if the US took any new ‘unfriendly steps’ such as imposing sanctions”. And that’s in the Sun, not Pravda.

The Great Murdoch backing the Russians? We are truly through the looking glass.

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Anonymous said...

if white supremacists love Russia so much, they should all be deported there.

The Hounds Of Doom said...

Maybe not deported... let's say asked why are they still here (anywhere in the West) if Putin's regime is so amazing?

Arnold said...

There's also -


He does have a point though. Recent wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan haven’t achieved much. Would there be a positive outcome from a war with Russia? Would Ukraine benefit? I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

This is a poor take. It's shallow and uncritical, relying for its anti-Rupert ammunition on a profoundly reactionary chauvinism and crassly stereotyped anti-Russian xenophobia indistinguishable from the centrist brand of imperial propaganda.

Anonymous said...

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

Er...wait...no, it's the Chinese!

Or the mighty Cubans! Or the terrifying Venezuelans! Or the warmongering Vietnamese! Might even be the world-dominating North Koreans!

Come to think of it, the Scots, Welsh and Irish look threatening too.

What ARE we to do against these multiple dastards? Nuke 'em ALL and hope we don't get nuked back?

Why do so many hate us?

Unknown said...

Deport - black box contract with Gulag. Have the whole lot doing 25yrs in a Uranium Mine.