— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Secretary of State John Kerry accused RT Thursday of being a Russian “propaganda bullhorn.” Blasting the network for its supposed efforts to “propagandize and distort” the events in Ukraine, Kerry followed a familiar path of ignoring US involvement in the crisis and placing the blame squarely on Russia. Offering analysis with RT’s Gayane Chichakyan is Brian Becker, national coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition (25 Dec 2014)’.

The intrepid roving reporter Pepe Escobar had some things to say as well: ” Looks like RT is ruffling very important feathers in the US. So the strong words RT program – oh, network… maybe program – just like the Iraq war: ‘I’m a guest there and then I’m home’. This is the top US diplomat speaking. It’s ghost-written of course, he did not write these words himself. He didn’t even know what he was reading. Let me have some strong words as well. Let’s talk about bullhorns. Let’s talk about Fox News as a private US bullhorn for the most demented extreme right-wing factions in the US. Let’s talk about BBC as a state-owned British bullhorn for MI5, the Foreign Office and 10 Downing Street. Let’s talk about Al-Jazeera as a state-owned bullhorn for Qatari petro-dollar foreign policy. So, Mr. Secretary of State, I have a proposition for you. Maybe strong words [those are], I can use my soft side as well. Instead of bull-horns and RT program and whining like a kid, why don’t you visit one of RT’s offices, like in Washington, DC, your town for instance, and then we can discuss geopolitics and American foreign policy among adults, among grown-ups and not among the whining children, groupies and cheerleaders? You may be surprised, you may even learn something”.[1]

The whole Ukraine affair seems to have been started a long time ago, as indicated by the rabid Russophobe and neoconservative warmonger Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, when she told the National Press Club in December 2013, that the United States had “invested” $5 billion” in preparing the groundwork for achieving goals in Ukraine amenable to U.S. interests in order to give “Ukraine the future it deserves”.[2]

Escobar, for his part, continues that “this is information war in fact. And the America’s absolutely terrified. Because now it’s not only CNN all over the world like during the war in Bosnia or during the first Iraq war. Now there is RT, Al-Jazeera, France 24, Deutche Welle, TVE, ССТV, and one day we are going to have Brazilian TV going global, not only in Portuguese. They are terrified of Press TV in Iran, which also broadcasts in English, so they ban Press TV all over the place. And I’m speaking not as an RT employee. I want to make this very clear . . . The narrative of Ukrainian crisis is so complicated. You need tomes and tomes to decipher the nuances. TV is a very instantaneous medium. RT is trying to do something very complicated, which is not only to give the Russian point of view, but also other points of view in the region, including the developing world’s point of view, to counteract what is essentially American propaganda”.[3]


[1] ” ‘Mr. Kerry, let’s talk about Fox News, BBC and Al-Jazeera bullhorns’ ” RT (April 2014). http://rt.com/op-edge/154836-kerry-usa-rt-attack-bullhorns/.

[2] Cfr. “Ukraine Unrest 2014: The latest Chapter in New Cold War” A Pseudo-Ottoman Blog (20 Feb 2014). https://sitanbul.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/ukraine-unrest-2014-the-latest-chapter-in-new-cold-war/.

[3] ” ‘Mr. Kerry, let’s talk about Fox News, BBC and Al-Jazeera bullhorns’ “.


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