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Pussy Riot or Propaganda riot? RTE takes the cake again
Friday August 17, 2012 15:00 by lefty
Clearly, the usual suspects are using this totally hyped media trial to get the dig they promised in at Russia after it didn't play ball regarding Assad in Syria. Apparently even RTE has it's instructions to do a hatchet job. You have to laugh at our own extended segment RTE propaganda tour de force on last nights "prime time". It's quite funny to hear everyone saying "pussy" with a straight face on prime time catholic Ireland TV. Don't they realise it's NOT tiddles the cat we're talking about here! ;-)
What exactly is a "free pussy riot" anyway? Sounds like protest I could believe in!! ;-)
You just have to laugh at the extended (no less than 16 minutes!!) RTE "pussy riot" anti russian propaganda segment on last nights "prime time".
Just watch this Prime Time Propaganda Clip (a monster 16 minute propaganda segment!!) and tell me it was in any way balanced! (from 18:44 - 34:00)
With a straight face, absolutely no Irony, Donagh Diamond talking about protesters maybe getting jail sentences. Like that never happened here or in the US!!!
And the only church THEY defiled was the church of shell.
Tell me that if Occupy protesters "Occupied" a church here and sang a punk prayer that they wouldn't be up on charges.
At least a permit is very easy to get for your protest in Russia apparently. That's probably a little harder here sometimes!! DCC, despite having little problem with large corporate / business eyesore signs, selectively do not like legal postering for small political gatherings much either!!
And Imagine the hoo hah and media frenzy worldwide by US media stations if russian cops were accidentally taped joking about raping members of "pussy riot".
Here's putin himself speaking on the topic of Pussy Riot:
(and note the first comment "In a russia without Putin they would have gone to the church for food" ;-)
Seems pretty clear to me that he realises it was just a harmless prank and suggests publicly that he hopes protesters "are not treated too harshly"
Then to top off, why not watch Sam Smith's ignorant comments about Julian Assange at the end of Vincent Browne on TV3 where he equates and links belief that Assange might be extradited to the US if sent to sweden with "Jim Corr", i.e it is conspiracy theory, a standard MSM ploy.
**No offence intended to Jim. Some of these theories have often turned out to be closer to reality than many MSM news reports!!
http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/41/52020/1/Tonight-with-...rowne (starts at 39:27)
(Well, at least that could feasibly be just written off as pure rabid ignorance on the part of SS!)
I wonder would Enda Kenny be quite as forgiving if Shell to Sea / Occupy got up and did a punk prayer about him in one of our crowded cathedrals during a mass slating his leadership and favourable treatment of Shell who are busy flouting our laws and damaging public roads, and the state provision of large numbers of (thuggish and in some cases borderline rapist) Gardai to help them do it whilst in the throes of a recession, and the state imprisoning of peaceful protesters like Maura Harrington and Niall Harnett (See http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101343), and also the state being far too soft on the church really, despite widespread proof of systematic cover ups at the highest levels all the way to rome, of the rape of generations of our children.
*Yes, he leaves THAT embassy open but closes the Iranian one despite a trade surplus of 70 million+ with Iran (and their clerics never raped our children either!)
Fair and balanced indeed!
Compare most of the hysterical world wide media frenzy to this report:
Not bad for evil russian state media no?
We've just been through the London Olympics where there was virtually no media criticism of UK foreign policy and middle east war involvement, military contracts and very little about the strong local police / military presence and social suppression during the games and the almost total corporate hijacking of the event to the detriment of local markets trying to eke out a living. Compare and contrast to Bejing where every second sentence everywhere seemed to be about China and their oppression of Tibet and their human rights record. A total propaganda fest.
One really has to wonder(for, oh.. maybe a nanosecond!) just whose media is more Orwellian these days!!