In Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin's Propaganda Factory, Lukas I. Alpert claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin's effort to influence global opinion has taken on a more sophisticated and dark form.
Sophisticated, yes, dark, no.
The Author further claims that with "state-backed English-language news broadcaster RT, the Kremlin has unleashed the same sort of propaganda campaign on the world it has used to deftly cultivate Putin's popularity at home", which is also not true. Putin uses a much more heavy handed approach at home and keeps RT relatively free to report honestly on topics that illuminate unpleasant realities of his enemies. RT simply does not report on the ugly side of Putin or mafia-run Russia.
What the author doesn't mention is that most of what RT disseminates is actually true and often uncomfortably true to the U.S. government and the more criminal multinational corporations, including the owner of the Wall Street Journal. RT provides a fresh perspective that is enjoyed by tens of millions of viewers in more than 100 countries and has a huge following in the United States. Most viewers don't have any illusions about RT and realize that if they want accurate information about Russia they will need to seek it elsewhere.
Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin's Propaganda Factory is a poorly conceived bit of propaganda that entirely misses the mark.
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