Sunday, February 12, 2012
Last year, I blogged about the demonstrations in Russia against Vladimir Putin and how some reports from the Western media were totally wrong. The problem with those reports was the number of demonstrators involved in the demonstrations. The Western media inflated the number of demonstrators involved even beyond the numbers given by the protest organizers.
Some things don’t change because the Western media are doing it again.
On February 4, two demonstrations were held in Moscow, one supporting Putin and one against. The organizers of the “anti-Putin” rally had to concede that the turnout at the “pro-Putin” rally far exceeded their own numbers. They gave the numbers for their own rally at 62,000 and 80,000 at the “pro-Putin”. The organizers of the “pro-Putin” rally gave the numbers for their own rally at 110,000 and 50,000 at the “anti-Putin”.
No matter how you spin that, the number of demonstrators in the “pro-Putin” rally was higher. So what did the Western media so? They lied.
An Associated Press story, which was picked up by hundred of news organizations round the world, put the number of demonstrators in the “pro-Putin” rally at a ridiculous 20,000. I mean just look at the above picture of the “pro-Putin” rally and tell me how anyone can come up with just 20,000 in that crowd?
I mean the number “reported” by the Western media is 4 times less than the number given by the organizers of the “ANTI-Putin” rally. Come on, even Chinese propaganda can do better than that. If the Western media want to do propaganda, then do it correctly. Report the number of demonstrators at the 2 rallies as being even, not 4 times less than what was reported by the organizers of the “anti-Putin” rally!
That is just incompetence.