Merkel Declares War On "Fake News" As Europe Brands Russia's RT, Sputnik "Dangerous Propaganda"

Tyler Durden's picture

Picking up the torch on the most hotly debated topic by the humiliated US mainstream media, namely the spread of so-called "fake news" (not to be confused with Brian Williams lying for years on prime time TV, and which until recently was branded far simply as "conspiracy theory"), German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Wednesday against the power of fake news on social media to roil the establishment and to spur the rise of populists, after launching her campaign for a fourth term.

Speaking in parliament for the first time since her announcement Sunday that she would seek re-election next year, Merkel cautioned that public opinion was being "manipulated" on the internet.

"Something has changed -- as globalisation has marched on, (political) debate is taking place in a completely new media environment. Opinions aren't formed the way they were 25 years ago," she said.

Quoted by France 24, she said that "Today we have fake sites, bots, trolls -- things that regenerate themselves, reinforcing opinions with certain algorithms and we have to learn to deal with them." The chancellor said the challenge for democrats was to "reach and inspire people. However, should that fail, Merkel essentially suggested the time for censorship has come: "we must confront this phenomenon and if necessary, regulate it."

She said she supported initiatives by her right-left coalition government to crack down on "hate speech" on social media in the face of what she said were "concerns about the stability of our familiar order".

She warned that "Populism and political extremes are growing in Western democracies."

Merkel's warning comes a week after Google and Facebook (which overnight was revealed to have a "tool" ready to implement regional censorship) moved to cut off ad revenue to bogus news sites after a US election campaign in which the global misinformation industry may have influenced the outcome of the vote.

Perhaps a reason for Merkel's concern is that while her conservative Christian Democrats are largely favourites to win the German national election, expected in September or October 2017, she is facing a strong challenge from a resurgent rightwing populist party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has her liberal refugee and migration policy in its crosshairs.

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Meanwhile, just as Merkel was launching Europe's war on "fake news", Europe's bureaucrats were one step ahead, and in a shocking move, on Wednesday the EU Parliament voted on a non-legislative resolution which calls for the EU to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” Russian news websites RT and Sputnik news agency were alleged to be among the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda."

A total of 691 lawmakers participated in the vote: 304 voted in favor of the resolution dubbed ‘EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties’, 179 voted against and 208 abstained from voting. Authors of the document equate counteracting Russia with the resistance to Daesh terrorist group and call on EU member states to boost financing counter-propaganda projects.

Written by a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group, Anna Fotyga, the report alleged that Moscow aims to "incite fear and divide Europe," and called for the establishment of measures to tackle the perceived Russian propaganda threat. The report suggests that Moscow provides financial support to opposition parties and organizations in EU member states, causing disintegration within the bloc.

In other words: to counter alleged Russian propaganda, Europe is unleashing it own, very much formal counter-propaganda. 

As a result of the vote, Russia is now accused of "information warfare," with such entities as RT TV channel, Sputnik news agency, Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency and the Russkiy Mir (Russian World) fund alleged to be among its most threatening propaganda "tools."

The document also places Russian media organizations alongside terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Sputnik has already appealed to the UN, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and a number of international journalists' organizations and NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders, to take measures to stop what it considers to be interference into freedom of speech in the EU. "The resolution hits straight at a number of respected media, including Sputnik agency, and has an aim to stop their activity in the EU. Moreover, the resolution bluntly contradicts the  EU's own human rights and freedom of press norms," reads the letter signed by Sputnik Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan.

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Shortly after the vote Vladimir Putin slammed the EU parliament resolution against Russian media. He said that Europe is trying to "teach" Russia democracy. Putin added that the EU Parliament's resolution demonstrates "political degradation" in regard to the "idea of democracy" in the West. He also pointed out that while "everyone tries to lecture" Russia on democracy, European lawmakers themselves resort to a policy of restrictions, "which is not the best way" to deal with any issues.

"More recently — and these attempts are still ongoing — they [European officials] tried to 'teach us' democracy, and we have always heard from these 'teachers' that the most vicious way to do business with opponents is to ban something and that it is not consistent with the principles and norms of democracy. Open discussion is always the best way," Putin said.

Adding that he hopes the Western move to "counter Russian propaganda" won't lead to serious restrictions, the president congratulated RT and Sputnik journalists on their work.

He concluded that the EU parliament resolution is an "evident sign of degradation of the Western society's vision of democracy," Putin said. It is curious how many "western society" citizens agree with him.

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1980XLS's picture

Now she can claim all the refugee problems are fake, I suppose.

Newsboy's picture

She forgot ZH and Breitbart.

What disrespect!

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Newsboy Nov 23, 2016 9:24 AM

Stuff it Sauerkrautpuss!


& FFS, why do all these bitchez like Merkel & Clinton insist on wearing Kim Jong Il costumes? (nevermind, don't answer that).

Mr.Sono's picture

I can't wait till this stupid bitch will loose next year election. She has done way to much damage, to such a great county.

Robert Paulson's picture

The more they tighten their grip, the more countries will slip through their fingers.

HopefulCynical's picture


These assholes have no idea the problems they're brewing for themselves. Of course, this isn't surprising; psychopaths always have an overabundance of hubris and arrogance.

We do, however, need to find a way to get the goose-stepping neo-Nazis to STFD & STFU. I'm guessing those assholes are a CIA/Soros operation also.

wildbad's picture

well its official now if it wasn't before, obama, merkel, UN avery socialist crackpot professor, CNN they are all on the same talking point that those with the better and more reality based ideas are crackpots themselves and their news sources are fake.

these authoritarian communists will never learn.

send them to reform school.

we can hit this softball out ofd the park 99 times out of one hundred you liberal socialist fools.

you lost, accept it and stick this meme up your collectivist asses with the other lost causes you support

Kotzbomber747's picture

I live in Germany and I have RT and Spunik apps on my smartphone and tablet. These newsstations are a bit like "Voice of America" during the Cold War, and the way people in the DDR were illegally watching the West German TV stations. It's a breath of fresh air. 

Wondering when I'll be arrested for defying Western propaganda and seeking alternative news sources... 

wildbad's picture

Nice name Kotzbomber ;-) Yeah, you and I are already being searched for in the XKexscore NSA search engine and our profiles set to "yellow" by both the NSA and BND. easy as pie. they can put their slowest woman on it and she will have a full dossier on us both before her coffee gets cold.

i am happy that i know this as it makes me double down on their illegaly spying asses.

they are the terrorists and liars and MIST Leaders

researchfix's picture

Yellow will soon be the color of the majority.

TeamDepends's picture

Rapefugee cultural enrichers burn down their own housing because they were not given enough Nutella and Gummibears. Heckuva job, Merky!

CuttingEdge's picture

Question for the sour kraut Merkel?

Know the worst fake news outlet I have come across in recent times (and I get around)?

Try Der Spiegel.

Here is a flavour of their bullshit - the rhetoric in the articles is cringeworthy and should be certified for sub-IQ consuption only...


A Political Catastrophe: Trump's Victory Ushers in Dangerous Instability


One-Hundred Years of Fear America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West


An Absurd and Dangerous President


Problem is, Donald doesn't have any golf courses in Germany.

Suck it up you libfucktard cunts.

Your world is going in the blender.

Terp's picture

One would hope that this article is "fake news", but no.
That actually happened, no shit. The fair hall in Dusseldorf this summer was torched because they ran out of pudding.

BennyBoy's picture


I am waiting for the proof that RT is fake....




....Still waiting....or is their proof non existant?

Or just fake?

Handful of Dust's picture

"Lock her up!"


Unless and until these left wing extremists are locked up they will continue to destroy countries and their citizens.

A Nanny Moose's picture

What about Pravda? The original is now irrelevant?

Mountainview's picture

RT and Sputnik... compared to the monolithic one-dimensional German MSM still a different point of view. I am still waiting for the German version of ZH.

Orc from Mordor's picture

Guys from Germany, remember that we are not going to save you again. Why? First, because we've had no gratitude for the first time we did it. Second, we've had no gratitude for the second time, when we didn't let US and UK turn you into "a potato field". And we are not going to shoot you again, we'll just make you a glass field if you try to teach us democracy or race theory again. Remember it.

edotabin's picture

I used to listen to some podcasts and thought the exact same thing. The only problem is that I am in America.  It's funny how things change.

Jubal Early's picture

AFN (Amercan Forces Netowrk) broadcast cia mind control rock and roll music into germany for decades, and it is one of the ways the germans were convinced to overcome all the evil perpetrated on them by the occupying forces.  Boomer Germans love all things from 60's america, just look at how many are out there on route 66 on rented harleys.

Russia needs something cultural, music or video, to counter act hollywood/hip hop/nigga krap.  It really can't be that hard. 

caconhma's picture

The Soviet Union was intellectually bankrupt. Consequently, Soviets were jamming all western broadcasts starting immediately after WWII.

Well, it did not work and the Soviet Union collapsed and now EU is following the old Stalin script with undoubtedly the same results.

It becomes more and more obvious that EU is terminally ill and is on a life-support. I am glad!

Trogdor's picture

Isn't it odd that these people demonize Hitler (who was rabidly anti-Communist) as the "greatest mass murderer ever" and yet they never mention ol' Joe Stalin (a rabid Communist) who murdered at least 30 million? 

Could it be that Merky et. al. share the belief system of one of the greatest genuine mass-murderers of all time?

Orc from Mordor's picture

30 zillion, that's the exact number and that's only killed by Stalin personally. And he also ate them all, personally. You're so full of bullshit.

sun tzu's picture

Stalin beez a goot boi and dindu nuffinz. He was bout to enroll in college to become and engineer n sheet. He loved bakkaball and was a rapper. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Don't put all the blame for the Bolshevik massacres of Dzugashvili ('Son of Jew', 'Son of Dzugash', take your pick).  All the Bolsheviks involved 'deserve' to 'share' the credit.

Orc from Mordor's picture

The Soviet Union was intellectually bankrupt? Yeah, that's why the Soviet Union was the first in space, and that's why about 70% of engineers in USA came from the then collapsing USSR. Your logic is as good as that of any westerner. I really wonder what they do with you at school. Maybe they fuck you directly in the brain?

hoos bin pharteen's picture

Great scientists ruled by evil, inept, leaders yielded poor results. Or as PJ O'Rourke noted, the Soviet Union failed because no one wanted to buy shoes made in Bulgaria.

sun tzu's picture

Here's what the Soviets did between Sputnik and the time the USSR collapsed




That's right, nothing. Crawl back up your whore mother's ass and think of something new. 

The Wizard's picture

The global elites have a goal of controlling the Internet. It something they do not have total control over and it is the tool being used to expose their corrupt ways. What is ironic is Pandora's box has been opened which will expose their control of the mainstream media and the fake news that is spoon fed to indoctrinated fools.

This will backfire on them just as did The Don's election.  Trump rips into lying media.

PizzaGate is being exposed. The cover of human trafikking, sex slavery, pedophilia has gone on too long. Like the video states an open investigation must take place. Why are so few digging into this?



Trogdor's picture

Why are so few digging into this?

Because the agencies who could "do something about it" are involved in it.  Washington DC bureacracy is AWASH in pedophiles who know that they'll get their "chicken" as long as they do what they're told and look the other way, or sabotage any investigations.  Something like 800K children a year disappear - and yet the NSA - who listens to all phone calls, reads all emails and texts, and monitors all communications can't seem to find anyone doing this kind of thing?  Puuuhhleeeze.

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Yes. Could be the reason why Trump is backpedaling.

847328_3527's picture

Stop with that pizza thing. You're making me hungry!

The Wizard's picture

I have thought about the blackmail possibility on Trumpster. He brought up the Epstein issue at CPAC and Clinton's involvement in it. I don't think he would have brought it up if he could be implicated. The thought of blackmail shouldn't be discounted. The other way I look at it is if they wanted to blackmail him, they could have done it long ago. A recording about hitting on a woman is child's play to what the Clinton's have done.

HamFistedIdiot's picture

I don't think that Trump has been involved. But maybe the scale of the problem, and the Clinton Foundation being near the center of this heart of darkness, is leading Trump to scale back or reroute his agenda. If he were to go straight at PizzaGate and whatever the Clinton Foundation has been a party to, his life could be in jeopardy. This is not mere economic or crony capital corruption. It's Satanic. Still, I think Trump would find it abhorrent, if he knew about it. Who knows what he's been briefed on. Nevertheless some of his recent statements and appointments are troubling to me. I am willing to give him a chance, but I am taking note of everything he says and does. An interview posted at Breitbart said that Special Prosecutor was the way to go for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary's emails. It would spare the FBI and DOJ from being overly politicized. Hopefully there is some grand strategy at work, but I am afraid it might be a lessening of our "revolution's" aspirations.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I figure the elites thought the Internet would be used for:

1) business purposes (THEIR businesses would benefit, directly enables vast amounts of outsourcing)

2) create widespread porn addiction

3) shopping.

This whole idea of people using it to spread information, they must have thought they had that covered via their control of all traditional media, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels, universities, publishing houses, school textbooks.  WRONG.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

And of course to monitor and track people's activities.

wildbad's picture

these pathetic losers are DONE

they don't get it at all. even their own minions will not buy this bullshit.

over here we are forced with threat of jail to pay for the state radio and tv stations production costs. it is incredibly propagandistic. they don't even pretend to show Trump in any light other than racist, misogynistic demagoguery. a loud mouthed buffoon compared to Killary's measured royal presence.

Merkel is an autocrat who has lost her power but can't face it yet. just like Le Pen will winn her upcoming election Merkel will lose hers. If it weren't for the losers tagged to replace her she would be already cashing in her payola check and moving to her private eagles nest compound in a non extradition country.

i am sickened by the brazen and stupid evil of these communists

animalogic's picture

The sheer GAUL of the EU', its utter chutzpah is simply breath-taking. Sputnik & RT are organs of propaganda ? How DARE they present stories that aren't 100% ideologically correct! Two or so independent voices as opposed to the entirety of the MSM: its like comparing a fly speck with a pile of elephant shit.

DontGive's picture

You can thank the internets. They call it blowback. What was once a military communication experiment, turned on the makers. Is this the awakening of Skynet in it's early stages, and a sign of things to come? Thank the taxpayers for funding this voyage.

Payback's a bitch.

PT's picture

A judge and a jury have a trial to determine whether a defendant is innocent or guilty.  But consider from the perspective of the defendant.  The defendant already KNOWS whether he is innocent or guilty.  A defendant goes to trial and finds out whether the judge and jury are innocent or guilty.

Byte Me's picture

Yeah, but now she's a shoe-in at the next election.


Got The Wrong No's picture

I love the smell of Elitist Ass frying in the morning. 

Akzed's picture

Such orgs are tyically infiltrated early on, if not originated, by "law enforcement," yes.

UndroppedClanger's picture

Time for... A New Hope? Now I have a mental image of a dumpy little Darth Vaderfrau, cheers for that :D

g speed's picture

yep--and as time goes on it will morph into a gargoyle and the vision will be complete---evil shows on the face of it.

Mareka's picture

Sounds like the populace is being prepped for implementation of state controlled media.

Obama & Merkel reading from the same sheet of music on stopping the flow of news from any independent outlet.

Ratcheting up through the sequence of response.
Transitioning 3 to 4

1) Ignore
2) Ridicule
3) Discredit
4) Ban

man of Wool's picture

She might of fucked Germany a bit but she really really fucked up the EU with that invite to the Syrian refugees as appeasment to Erdogan. That will be her legacy.

Killtruck's picture

Funny how all of this "fake news" hubbub started happening after that closed-door summit that Soros hosted. 

Odd, that.  

HowdyDoody's picture

I am sure it is purely coincidental, and just another example of the Hidden Hand moving in mysterious ways.

wildbad's picture

excellent loop closer Killtruck.

Fake that REALLY the best they could do? And these twats want to rule the world.