It’s hard for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty to sell the USA as a shining example of civil liberties and democracy when the internet is drowning in pics of American killer cops beating down on anyone in sight.
It looks like the main US regime propaganda outlet, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), is censoring and downplaying the orgy of police violence that’s being unleashed against people protesting killer cops and the murder of George Floyd.
Now compare it to other state-funded media. For example, here’s Germany’s Deutsche Welle — also for June 5:
And the BBC for the same day:
It’s hard not to notice a difference: Both the BBC and Deutsche Welle carry multiple front-page stories about the protests, while there is absolutely nothing on America’s premier regime propaganda outlet.
I’ve looked at about a dozen of them. Most have no coverage of the protests at all. A couple — like the Russian and Afghanistan division — do have a tiny protest stories, but they are given very little attention.
After they were exposed in a series of reports in the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was a weak movement to shut these propaganda ops down completely — an effort driven by Senator J. William Fulbright. But instead of getting canned, the went “legit” and were expanded.
In 1972, Senator Fulbright wanted to shut down America's government-fnded propaganda radio stations RFE/RL: "I submit that these radios should be given an opportunity to take their rightful place in the graveyard of cold‐war relics."
In the 19070s, RFE/RL came out of the shadows and began operating in the open, with funding annually appropriated Congress.
From then on, RFE/RL was supposed to get more professional and objective. And they frequently were. (Well, aside from the glorification of fascists, antisemites, and Nazi collabos.) I personally know people who work there and they’re good journalists.
Still, this regime media outfit has stayed true to its original purpose: to promote the interests of American Empire. And the bloody police repression of protesters taking place in cities all across the USA right now really fucks with its central ideological and rhetorical weapon.
It’s hard to sell America as a shining example of civil liberties and human rights and orderly democracy when the internet is drowning in pics of killer cops and soldiers beating down on anyone in sight. So the censorship is really not that hard to get!
PS: Next up, I’m going to write about the insane racist libertarian pro-cop reactions of most Russians in Russia in response to these protests. It’s actually really nuts. They fully support the cops! As Evgenia says, “It makes me embarrassed to be Russian.”