Tue Jan 23rd, 2018 at 09:41:40 PM EST
A warning word by Colman over 12 years ago:
○ Neocons sighted on the Thames
As promised earlier today, my follow-up diary ... some links added in article are mine!
Neo-McCarthyism and the US Media | The Nation - June 2015 |
Large parts of eastern Ukraine lie in ruins, and relations between the United States and Russia have perhaps reached their most dangerous point since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
And yet a special report published last fall by the online magazine The Interpreter would have us believe that Russian "disinformation" ranks among the gravest threats to the West. The report, titled "The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money," is a joint project of the Interpreter and the Institute for Modern Russia (IMR), a Manhattan-based think tank funded by the exiled Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
More below the fold ...
Cowritten by the journalists Michael Weiss and Peter Pomerantsev, this highly polemical manifesto makes the case for why the United States, and the West generally, must combat what the authors allege to be the Kremlin's extravagantly designed propaganda campaign. If implemented, the measures they propose would stifle democratic debate in the Western media.
Who Are These Guys?
Weiss and Pomerantsev are an unlikely pair. Weiss, youthful yet professorial in manner, has become a nearly constant presence on cable news because of his supposed expertise on, among other things, Russia, Syria, and ISIS. A longtime neoconservative journalist, he began his rise to cable-news ubiquity as a protégé of the late Christopher Hitchens. After working with Hitchens, he made his way to the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a London-based bastion of neoconservatism that, according to a report in The Guardian, has "attracted controversy in recent years--with key staff criticised in the past for allegedly anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant comments."
The historian Marko Attila Hoare, who resigned in protest from the HJS in 2012, has written that the organization publishes "polemical and superficial pieces by aspiring journalists and pundits that pander to a narrow readership of extreme Europhobic British Tories, hardline US Republicans and Israeli Likudniks." According to Hoare, Weiss reinvented himself at the HJS "as an expert on Russia--about which he has no more academic expertise than he does about the Middle East." Weiss served as HJS communications director before moving on to found the Interpreter under the auspices of the US-based IMR in 2013.
An assiduous self-promoter, Pomerantsev chronicled his journey into the belly of the Russian media beast in a recent book, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible. A launch party in early 2015 at the Legatum Institute, a London-based research organization with close links to the IMR, offered a glimpse of the esteem that Pomerantsev enjoys. At the event, the American director of the institute's Transitions Forum, Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum, told the audience that she believes his book is "an extraordinary achievement." Pomerantsev, it turns out, is an experienced lobbyist too. In his book he recalls visiting the British Parliament in 2013 to make the case for "why Europe needs a Magnitsky Act."
Neocons 2.0: The problem with Peter Pomerantsev | Pando - Apr. 15, 2015 |
In his opening statement last month before a US Congressional Committee hearing titled "Confronting Russia's Weaponization of Information," the Russian-born British author Peter Pomerantsev served his Republican-led audience a piping hot serving of neocon alarmism.
Quoting "the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove," Pomerantsev described Russia's 2014 takeover of Crimea as "the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare." To which Pomernatsev added his own chilling warning:
"To put it differently, Russia has launched an information
war against the West - and we are losing."
The hearing was put on by Orange County neoconservative Republican Ed Royce; the purpose of the hearings was to drum up fear about Russia's "unprecedented" information war on the West -- a propaganda battle which obviously exists, but whose dimensions and dangers are being cynically exaggerated -- and then convert that fear into budget money for US propaganda and NGOs to subvert Kremlin power.
What made Pomerantsev's lobbying appearance with the neocons so disturbing to me is that he's not the sort of crude, arrogant meat-head I normally identify with homo neoconius. Pomerantsev's book, "Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia" , is the most talked-about Russia book in recent memory. His many articles on the Kremlin's "avant-garde" "information war" and its "political technologists" have been hits in the thinking-man's press: Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books...
So once again the Democrats have joined the party of John McCain in fear mongering and are being led into a new campaign of bombs, bombs, away ... bomb, bomb Iran. Following in the tracks of some Democrats voting FOR George Bush's Iraq War in October 2002.
Related diaries on topic, a war of words and ideas ...
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