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Article from the German Blog ‘The Propaganda Show‘, translated for Media Watch on Russia Insider, Feb 13, 2015 by Anita Zalaldinova

Introduction by Russia Insider: The German media is a godsend for media watchdog sites like Russia Insider. They are so comically ridiculous, putting out tons of priceless material every day. Our only problem is that we don’t have the manpower to cover it all. Luckily, we’ve come across an excellent German blog called The Propaganda Show, that slices and dices the morons that are the mainstream German media with great skill and relish.

German website 'The Propaganda Show'

German website ‘The Propaganda Show’

We keep telling you, this is hugely important. The propagandistic weirdness of the German media has been completely laid bare with their reporting on Ukraine, and Germans are furious. It has spawned a whole cottage industry of German blogs who write about it. The term “The Liars Media” has been named word of the year in Germany (Lugenpresse). The phenomenon is endlessly discussed in the media, talk shows, etc.

Interesting that this is going totally unreported in the Anglo media. Want to know one reason Merkel is buzzing around trying to put together a peace agreement, or at least pretending to? Because Germans are on the verge of a popular revolt against the baloney being fed to them by their establishment.

Call for volunteers: If there is anyone out there who can help us translate and or edit these articles from German, we have a ton of them, and they are excellent. Please contact us at [email protected]

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It is part of the regular disinformation and propaganda practice in the state liars-media ARD and ZDF [the two main German TV stations] as well as in transatlantic corporate media, that the viewpoints of those the West has declared to be their enemies are omitted, or just held up as ideologically wrong. Words are mangled out of their context, concealed and changed to the opposite until it adds up to what the agitators of the media want to convey on behalf of their bosses as an image: The ‘enemy’ is evil and guilty! We’re the good guys.

Such a cheap, and—with a bit of effort—transparent propaganda, is at the moment seen in almost every post, concerned with the conflict in Ukraine, in the liars-media ARD and ZDF.

Merkel and Hollande—without whose approval no financial or political support to Poroshenko’s war in eastern Ukraine would be possible—are represented as doves of peace and conciliators. The right of citizens of eastern Ukraine to self-determination is negated. These ‘rebels’ must be killed and expelled because they did not support the coup, staged by the West, against their legitimately elected president. Russia is represented as a culprit that delivers weapons to the East Ukrainians – evidence is not tendered, still it is considered necessary to deem it trustworthy.

This open and flawless war propaganda has of course nothing to do with the principles of objective and balanced reporting laid down in the broadcasters’ mission statements. ARD and ZDF are tools of war and not of enlightenment and information. So-called journalists, who participate in this war propaganda, are willing accomplices, and only very few of them are victims of disinformation.

These offenders—such as Katrin Eigendorf, Udo Lielischkies, Birgit Virnich, Golineh Atai clearly have access to accurate information but distort it intentionally and on political grounds. They are the source of this seditious propaganda.

That includes, as well, those performing the leading roles–columnists, chief editors, directors, etc.–who are guilty of incitement and disinformation. They are usually involved in transatlantic networks that dictate the tone of propaganda.

But below these two levels, there is an army of third-class journalists which can be partly considered as victims because they are too stupid and politically uninformed to look through the propaganda apparat, which they are part of.

An example of this group: a simple-minded local editor, whose political interest is limited to the marksmen’s festival in Posemuckel (a small town), rages against Ukrainian separatists because they allegedly defiled the victims of MH-17.

A classic example of this venality is Eva Corell from Bavarian Radio. She reports from the security conference in Munich and distributes Western propaganda, even though she is in possession of the source information. Just as Katrin Eigendorf deliberately falsifies the messages, Correll does too with her hostile Russian aggression. You can hear this every morning on WDR news:


‘Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande want to ensure that peace is being implemented. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan opened the last day of the Munich Security Conference. He warned that the role of the United Nations is at risk as a central pillar and guarantor of international security, because the Security Council is blocked by the current confrontation between Russia and the West. This was also demonstrated by the speech of the Russian foreign minister in Munich yesterday. Fiercely attacking the United States and the Europeans, he stoked fears of a new Cold War’. (Audio here.)

The degree of impudence with which Corell is lying, concealing the information and distorting the speech of Annan to propagate is just incredible—but we are going to prove it here very accurately.

In fact, Annan never said a single word about Ukraine or referred to Russia. His speech revolved exclusively around the conflict in the Middle East. He spoke about Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine, and what he said was a massive criticism of Western policy.

Kofi Annan outlined three causes of the conflicts in the Middle East:

1. The demarcation after the 1st World War by France and Great Britain.
2. Even much more important – today for the states in the Middle East – he considers the invasion and devastation of Iraq by the US and its allies 2003 – he issued warnings about that at that time, and his words have been proved to be right.
3. The key quote about the Security Council:

Kofi Annan:

A third factor that has helped to perpetuate the chaos is the inability of the Security Council to agree on a coherent strategy for Syria since 2011. Reluctant oversite is indeed an apt description. The Council’s inability to craft and implement a common strategy to end the fighting is seriously undermining Israel as the central pillar of the international security architecture. Naturally the members of the Security Council are not sorely responsible for this state of affairs. [Full video of Annan speech here.]

What Corell propagates for hours in the news is bold lies and distortion. She conceals Annan’s criticism of the actual causes of war and terror in the Middle East and warps a statement by Kofi Annan which has never been made, namely, that the Security Council would be blocked as a result of confrontation between Russia and Western countries.

The fact that the liar Corell again labels Russia as an alleged offender of ‘Russian confrontation’ probably surprises no one. But again: that’s a cheeky lie!

Nothing like that was said by Annan. As evidence we add here a link the full speech (260MB), which is available together with the speech of Mogherini and the introduction speech by Ischinger, both given at the Security Conference. There is also an audio recording of Kofi Annan 15-minute speech backed up separately, so there is no need to download 260MB.

The fact that the liar Corell propagandistically distorted Sergey Lavrov’s speech, and it did not retain a single word of what had been actually said, will not surprise the reader from now on.

A liar like Corell knows that the majority of German citizens have neither time nor interest to inform themselves about what Lavrov said in reality. They trust naively that the public broadcaster will provide correct information. So when Corell claims shamelessly that Lavrov would have stoked fears of the Cold War, this is utter nonsense. Lavrov also recalled the crimes and the double standards of the West. The NATO propaganda magazine Spiegel called it a ‘Round-Up’, but of course, it has nothing that could refute Lavrov’s representation. The man says simply nothing but the truth. You can watch Lavrov’s full speech here.


Shameless lying, concealing uncomfortable but important truth, and total distortion of reality. That is what is presented to German citizens by ARD and ZDF. The transatlantic print media is in lockstep. They don’t give readers perspectives from the Russian side, but instead spread lies and distortions of what Lavrov and Putin actually say.

Here are some more examples, from Springer publications (Germany’s largest publisher):Springer WORLD liars.


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