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War propaganda - are we really THAT retarded?


GefreiterKania 31 | 1,326
19 Jan 2023 #1
Łukasz Warzecha's makes a couple of good points in his article in the recent issue of "Do rzeczy"*. We all know how detached from reality is the Russian propaganda but what about our own - the Ukrainian/Western one. Why don't we demand higher standards of information coming from the war and why do we fall for the same bulls*it over and over again?

1. How many times did we hear that Vladimir Putin is on the brink of death (all the cancers and other deadly diseases)? On Polsat News Victor Suvorov made a prediction that Putin will be dead by Christmas (true, he didn't mention which Christmas - maybe he meant Christmas in 2047?).

2. How many times have Russians practically ran out of ammo (especially rockets - they ran out of them at least 20 times now)?

3. How many times the Russian conscripts rebelled and refused to fight? How many times the distant republics of Russia were on the verge of declaring independence and Russia was practically falling out into pieces?

4. How many times was Russian army totally disorganised and withdrawing in chaos?

5. How about general Ben Hodges' prediction (made in March) that Russians will run out of ammo and soldiers in 10 days?

6. In September "Die Welt" wrote that Russians only have ammo stock until the end of the year.

7. We keep getting information about exorbitant Russian losses but somehow we receive almost no info about Ukrainian losses.

I could go on, but you get Warzecha's point - we hear the same bullsh*t over and over again. When will our societies finally start to demand sensible, reliable information about the war? How come so many people who until February 2022 did the job of journalists have so suddenly transformed into primitive propagandists? Are we really THAT retarded to believe the same lies repeated over and over again?

Let's make a prediction about what will be happening in the front in the coming 3 months according to our media. I'll make an educated guess:

- Russians will be withdrawing chaotically, abandoning weapons to which they don't have any ammo left anyway;
- Vladimir Putin will contract three more cancers and will be dead by Easter;
- Thirty seven (possibly thirty eight) Russia republics will practically rebel and leave Russian Federation.

Any other predicitions of media news in coming months?

* Łukasz Warzecha, "Wojenni podżegacze", Do Rzeczy 3/150, 16-22 January 2023
Novichok 4 | 7,958
19 Jan 2023 #2
@GefreiterKania
Finally, a post written by an adult. Brilliant.
OP GefreiterKania 31 | 1,326
19 Jan 2023 #3
Thanks, Novi. :)

Anyways, propaganda has always been a useful tool but it shouldn't become too primitive and obvious, and access to different points of view should never be denied to people (as it, unfortunately, is the case in Poland).
johnny reb 50 | 7,224
19 Jan 2023 #4
@GefreiterKania
Great post

I brought Number #7 up awhile back.

7. We keep getting information about exorbitant Russian losses but somehow we receive almost no info about Ukrainian losses.

If I remember correctly the answer I got was because Ukraine does not keep records of their losses.
So if I got it correctly then, Ukraine only keeps records of Russian losses but not their own losses.
The U.S. says that about 200,000 military causalities on both side with Russia at 110,000 and Ukraine at 90,000.
I can't wait for the movie to come out.
Bobko 26 | 2,036
19 Jan 2023 #5
@GefreiterKania

Whoa! Kania! Perhaps we should hire Pan Warzecha to head our information warfare efforts...

This is one field where Ukraine has achieved an indisputable victory. Perhaps this is not so surprising when you take into account that their commander in chief is a former entertainer. Meanwhile, we Russians have always been terrible at propaganda.

If you think about it, in Russia, 70%+ of our famous actors and singers are Ukrainians, or born in Ukraine. Those fellows always knew how to present something in the right way, haha!

It also helps that there are many more Ukrainians living in Europe and North America than there are Russians. The emigrant Ukrainians have played a huge role in helping their government back home calibrate their message, in such a way that it hits precisely the correct notes to a Western ear.
OP GefreiterKania 31 | 1,326
19 Jan 2023 #6
Perhaps we should hire Pan Warzecha to head our information warfare efforts

Warzecha is a good Polish patriot; he would rather have sexual intercourse with a hedgehog than work for Putin, but I suppose you meant it as a compliment. ;)

Yes, he's a good, objective journalist - a rarity these days.
Bobko 26 | 2,036
19 Jan 2023 #7
he would rather have sexual intercourse with a hedgehog than work for Putin

Kania - it is possible to organize both! In Russia, anything is possible.
amiga500 4 | 1,510
19 Jan 2023 #8
Why don't we demand higher standards of information coming from the war

Naive in the extreme, but I admire your idealism.

Integrated Operations in the gray zone is standard doctrine for the military. All those memes and news reports you see are a part of the war. tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13523260.2021.1980984?cookieSet=1
OP GefreiterKania 31 | 1,326
19 Jan 2023 #9
Kania - it is possible to organize both

I am 99% sure you're joking.

EDIT: Make that 95%.

@amiga500

People deserve reliable information. The primitivism of propaganda on both sides starts to annoy me. :-/
jon357 74 | 22,742
19 Jan 2023 #10
their commander in chief is a former entertainer

As was Ronald Reagan.

our

No, not 'your'.

Ironically, given a couple of posts in this thread, no single country has ever spent anything like as much as r*SSia spends on propaganda.
AntV 5 | 720
19 Jan 2023 #11
How come so many people who until February 2022 did the job of journalists have so suddenly transformed into primitive propagandists?

Could the answer be they were never really anything more that propagandists all along, and that their propagandism has just now become inescapably apparent?

The free world's journalism is in crises, IMHO. It has discredited itself so often that what they report can only be taken with a grain of sand...or until it has been corroborated by a gazillion sources over the course of many many months. It's flipping distressing!

Are we really THAT retarded to believe the same lies repeated over and over again?

Uhh, yeah! :) Considering media is a consumer product and this nonsense is consumed heartily by the consuming public, we're pretty damned retarded. OMG, I sound like Novi.

Any other predicitions of media news in coming months?

--That Putin will give a televised public address, whereby he peels off his mask to reveal his true identity: Adar, leader of the Orcs. [which, of course, many on PF will go, "well, duh!"]

--That Putin is setting off for Argentina to have a secret meeting with a very old frail man with a Charlie Chaplin mustache who speaks with a distinct Austrian accent who goes by the name, Hitolf Adler--must be some kind of enigmatic code name or something.
pawian 224 | 24,521
19 Jan 2023 #12
- Vladimir Putin will be dead by Easter;

How do you know it is propaganda for retards??? :):):) Are you one of the Magi like Milo who can read stars and know Putin will survive Easter at least until Christmas??


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