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How effective is Russian propaganda from a journalist POV?



Russian state media has played a crucial role in President Putin’s war on Ukraine.

Six journalists are among the dead in Ukraine, as world leaders scramble to prevent a greater international conflict.

Ticker NEWS spoke exclusively with journalist Professor Peter Greste bout the importance of a free and diverse media during wartime periods.

Professor Peter Greste is an international journalist who has covered many wars, he told Ticker NEWS the current rhetoric from Moscow is “propaganda”.

Greste has covered a lot of wars in recent history, but he says its hard to think of any conflict that is “quite as morally unambiguous as this one.”

“The evidence that we’ve seen so far of Russian tactics, particularly in targeting civilian areas, seems just outrageous,” he told ticker’s Adrian Franklin,

“Some of the rhetoric some of the propaganda coming out of Moscow seems almost as horrific.”

Greste says we could be confronting the next international war, the next World War.

“I think we’re going to see a hardening of public opinion and and it’s going to be much more difficult for anybody to negotiate a settlement,” he says on the overall outlook of the war right now.

“I think we’re going much more likely to see a more aggressive and protracted conflict. This is not over anytime soon.”

War-time media reporting in a country criminalising independence

“It’s made it almost impossible for Russian journalists to operate independently and with integrity in Russia,” Greste says.

Russians have passed a law that criminalised what they describe as deliberately false information about the deployment of the military forces of the Russian Federation.

Now, they’re defining deliberately false information as any casualty figures.

Greste says this includes not using words like war or invasion. Instead, the Russians have described it as a special military operation, which is a euphemism. “This clearly is designed to try and minimise what the Russians are doing.”

“Increasingly, and perhaps troublingly, we’ve seen the Russian support for President Clinton, President Putin steadily increase. Now, I think he’s still in a rather precarious position,” he says.

“A lot of people, including myself, an idiot, initially said that the truth would would leak out, that the Russians would get access to more accurate information, that’s slowly start to understand the extent of the propaganda coming from Mosco,”

“But I think the effectiveness of their internal propaganda in their attempts to close down anything that might undermine that propaganda is really working. And in a way, I think this is going to make things more difficult for Russia to back down, not easier.”

Is journalism the most dangerous professions to be in right now?

Six journalists are among the dead in Ukraine, as world leaders scramble to prevent a greater international conflict.

At first glance, Greste says it seems like a deliberate target by Russians, however more investigation from organisations like Reporters Without Borders, CPJ, and the committee for the protection of journalists are underway.

“In per capita terms, this conflict is already one of the most dangerous since the Second World War for journalists in particular,”

Greste says

World leaders are being watched like a hawk

The stakes are colossally high, and if any world leader makes a misstep, then we could find ourselves in another world war, says Greste.

“And if we don’t confront Russia, if we don’t get more aggressive, then we run the risk of sending a message to Moscow that it’s okay to invade neighbouring states with impunity.”

The repercussions come at a high risk, Russia could send its troops over the border into places like Poland, and the Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

The award winning journalist says world leaders have to deal with the problem of working out a way of finding a path through this conflict, that gives Russia a means to withdraw without losing face.

He adds that there’s been a lot of criticism of Vladimir Putin.

“And that’s perfectly justified, given what we know of the way that he’s been conducting the war. But if he has no way to go without losing face, if he has no way of backing out without being seen amongst his own people to concede defeat, then he has nothing to lose,” he says.

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Trump’s campaign tactic – debase and disgrace the legal process



Donald Trump, former president of the United States, hated Arraignment Day I in Manhattan two months ago, the first time a former president had been criminally charged. 

Trump was being forced against his will into a proceeding he had utter contempt for.  He was being arrested and fingerprinted and photographed under an indictment under the jurisdiction of Manhattan in New York City for allegations of hush money payments and fraudulent bookkeeping practices to conceal criminal activity. Trump heard the charges read out against him and he entered a plea of not guilty.

Trump had a terrible day. Trump wore a scowl throughout. His countenance was fearsome.  What Trump hated most about his arraignment in New York is that he had to sit at a table with his counsel side by side with him — equal to him — and with the judge above him looking down on him. Trump could not control the discussion and could not interrupt to make his points.

Trump was subordinate to the judge. He was subordinate to no one as president.

Arraignment Day II

Arraignment Day II in Miami will be worse from Trump, even more stressful.  The charges are substantially more serious:  the alleged violation of federal criminal statutes involving the alleged mishandling and illegal possession of classified documents, lying to legal authorities, and obstruction of justice.  Potential penalties run to years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

Trump throughout his business life had always crafted his affairs to avoid being a defendant. But in his term in office, he was caught up in it big time. He was a defendant in two impeachment trials – again, unprecedented events – and left office in disgrace.

But Trump does not feel disgraced. He never does.  Trump does not have a reverse gear.  He never retreats.  Never admits. Never concedes. Never yields.  Trump is never embarrassed. Trump never feels ashamed. When something goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else.

And Trump never repents.

Trump can feel this way because Trump is waging war on behalf of his armies in “the final battle” for the future of the county. In his first, fiery post-indictment speech in Georgia, Trump said, “They’ve launched one witch hunt after another to try and stop our movement, to thwart the will of the American people.  In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you … “Either we have a Deep State, or we have a Democracy…Either the Deep State destroys America, or WE destroy the Deep State.”

It is a powerful formulation, and his true believers love it.

Hours later, In North Carolina, Trump mainlined his distilled message for the Republican crowd:

“We are a failing nation. We are a nation in decline. And now these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement.

It’s totally corrupt and we cannot let it happen.

This is the final battle.

With you at my side we will demolish the Deep State.

We will expel the warmongers from our government.

We will drive out the globalists.

We will cast out the communists.

We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.

We will roll out the fake news media.

We will defeat Joe Bide and we will liberate America from those villains once and for all.”

Any lesser mortal would be staggered by these events.  Any other presidential candidate would be driven from the race.  But not Trump.

Debase and disgrace

Trump is using the same playbook today as he successfully triggered after being charged in New York:  debase and disgrace the legal process by terming it completely political.  Trump said the federal indictment is “election interference at the highest level.”

Almost every other Republican running for president has adopted this line, insulating Trump from pressure to leave the field.

Trump’s chief opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said after these indictments: “The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.”

Republican congressperson Nancy Mace: “This is a banana republic. I can’t believe this is happening.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Democrats are arresting their political enemies. and they work together in their corrupt ways to get it done.”

Trump is using his affliction to raise millions of dollars from his base.

Trump will likely face Arraignment Day III in Georgia in August.  A state prosecutor is expected to charge Trump with criminal interference in the certification of Georgia’s vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

As of now, there is no sign of cracks in Trump’s support among Republican voters.  There is no surge to another candidate.  What remains to be seen is whether Republican voters, as they see Trump spend his days in courtrooms and his evenings at rallies around the country, reach a conclusion that this is a spectacle too far, too much to bear, and that they want to turn to another conservative populist who stands for them in the political trials— and not the criminal trials – of 2024.

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Donald Trump’s legal woes will serve him well



It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.


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