Propaganda: The Other War Being Waged In Russia, Ukraine
According to The Daily Beast, fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden is now regretting his decision to appear in a question and answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It certainly didn’t go as he would’ve hoped. I don’t think there’s any shame in saying that he made an error in judgment,” a source told the web site.
It was apparent that Snowden might have been having buyer’s remorse when he penned an op-ed in The Guardian, the paper with which he is closely aligned, saying Putin needed to held to account for his actions.
The use of Snowden in Putin’s propaganda campaign would not be the first time the Russian leader has attempted to orchestrate the media.
Putin’s ability and desire to shape and manipulate his nation’s public image is well-known. His regime is quick to respond and has utilized social media to its advantage in the past.
A Facebook post by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev exemplifies this strategy, says the New York Times.
The post was described as hyperbolic, littered with exaggerations, conspiracy theories, and rhetorical bluster about the Ukrainian crisis.
“It is an extraordinary propaganda campaign that political analysts say reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials. And in recent days, it has largely succeeded — at least for Russia’s domestic audience — in painting a picture of chaos and danger in eastern Ukraine, although it was pro-Russian forces themselves who created it by seizing public buildings and setting up roadblocks.
“In essence, Moscow’s state-controlled news media outlets are loudly and incessantly calling on Ukraine and the international community to calm a situation that Ukraine, the United States and the European Union say the Kremlin is doing its best to destabilize,” says the paper.
A recent United Nations report warned that propaganda is rampant in Ukraine and needs to be “countered” in order not to escalate an already tense situation.
One of the more blatant examples of the impact of propaganda were reports that masked men were handing out pamphlets outside synagogues telling Jews they needed to register with the government, or face deportation. While it is unclear who was responsible for the pamphlets, the incident has nevertheless rekindled strong memories of World War II-era fascism in Ukraine..