Saturday, May 21, 2016

Eric Zuesse — Russia Bombed Syria to Flood Europe With Refugees - National Public Radio

Yep - and this from one of America's most trusted news sources!
The “Morning Edition” program of the U.S. National Public Radio network — which is America’s most-trusted American source of news as measured by “the ratio of people who trust a news outlet to those who distrust it” — included on May 20th a segment, “Russia's Involvement In Syria Worsens Migration Crisis, Zannier Says”, in which the interviewer, Renee Montagne, opened her interview of Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), by saying:

“There is actually a theory out there to do with the migration crisis in Europe, that Russia may have purposely been bombing Syria with an air campaign in order to send more Syrian migrants into Europe, to destabilize Europe. Now, I’m wondering whether you think that’s far-fetched, but, at the same time, it sort of fits the picture of a Cold War?”
He answered:

“Yeah, certainly Russia dealing in Syria had a number of goals, … but then of course, the impact of the bombings on civilian infrastructure, hospitals etcetera, has created an additional wave of refugees. … It is very difficult to tell whether this was intended or not, but certainly it would fit the picture in a way.”
Propaganda spin. Don't lie blatantly, where you can get caught out, just use implication and innuendo.

Nothing about Erdogan blackmailing Europe, either.

Interestingly also, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of which Zannier is the Secretary General is monitoring the casefire in eastern Ukraine.


Bob said...

One interview does not make NPR a propaganda source. How do they compare with the major networks, like FOX, CBS, NBC, etc. ?

Tom Hickey said...

To a large extent we have PBS and we have NPR, but unfortunately they’ve been politicized by the Right -- and maybe to a certain extent, themselves, too. But they’re as close as we’ve got, and they’re not close enough.

'The Newsroom' Cast on CNN Visits, Politicized News and Anthony Bourdain as Inspiration (Q&A)

NPR is similar to BBC in this regard.