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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scatha's picture

Fascism is already in EU, Imperial European Fascism, hypocritical, murderous, book burning institutional fascism and rampant corporatism, aimed to gag the voice of the peoples, that now is only accessible via Internet and Eastern media, RT. Sputnik, PressTV, and Chinese media.

Here is an inverted Churchill’s warning of cold war 1.0 and establishment of IRON CURTAIN of propaganda which adequately describe the suppression liberties and free speech in EU today, making the war and mayhem possible:

From majestic fiords of Norways polar circle to golden beaches of Island of Cyprus a Black Propaganda curtain has descended over Europe. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Western and Central Europe. Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Geneva, Dublin, Berlin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Athens and Nicosia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the American sphere of oppression, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to brutal American power but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of direct totalitarian control from Washington D.C.


And here is a link to post about western propaganda about war in Syria:

Rocco May's picture
The fall of the Berlin wall was a Zionist plan. The result is worldwide dictatorship= NWO.Merkel from East Germany has the knowhow how to install a dictatorship.   Merkel( jewish) is supported by George Soros who finances ESI- Think Tank.So they want to "transform" Europe:  


tuetenueggel's picture

She underestimates german people, who have nuff from wars.

DeathMerchant's picture

Perhaps but you are in a war for your mere survival now

Dickweed Wang's picture

This is a fucking joke!  Are Sputnik and RT biased towards the Russian viewpoint?  Of course they are. That said, I find much more "truth" in the reporting on those outlets as opposed to the blatant propaganda being spewed by the western MSM.


LoveTruth's picture

No one trust the EU leadership, except the globalists, the fa.ggots, and the mad ones.

BarkingCat's picture

Is it just me or does this cunt look like Adolf Hitler????

My mind keeps putting that mustache on her face every time I see her.

tuetenueggel's picture

I think that she´s almost as fat as Goering was. But she doesn´t reah his IQ by far.

Long memory man's picture

Dresses like Goering, must be a fan.

are we there yet's picture

RT is much less distorted than msnbc and many other networks controlled by Murdock.
The problem is that Germany and others can not control RT. It appears that RT is given journalistic freedom except nothing is ever negative about Putin. If you know that, then RT is a good source of news.

Long memory man's picture

hell is Murdock still alive?????????? I thought he had died.

Fireman's picture

Sing along and crank da fukker high!


And precisely because we WERE all living in Amerika prior to the Trump glitch ex STASI agent "Erika" (currently NSA GESTAPO asset Frumpy Merkill Fettsack) knows she is history like that other psychopathetic hag before her, the evil undead witch Clinton.


Ramstein is not only a USSAN Pentacon occupied zone in Germany, from where the anglozionazis conduct illegal war crimes it is also a group of Germans who nail Amerika for exactly what it is.

We're all living in America
America is wunderbar
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika

Wenn getanzt wird, will ich führen
Auch wenn ihr euch alleine dreht
Lässt euch ein wenig kontrollieren
Ich zeige euch wie's richtig geht
Wir bilden einen lieben Reigen
Die Freiheit spielt auf allen Geigen,
Musik kommt aus dem Weißen Haus,
Und vor Paris steht Mickey Maus

We're all living in America
America is wunderbar
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika

Ich kenne Schritte, die sehr nützen,
Und werde euch vor Fehltritt schützen,
Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss,
Weiß noch nicht das er Tanzen muss!
Wir bilden einen lieben Reigen,
Ich werde Euch die Richtung zeigen,
Nach Afrika kommt Santa Claus,
Und vor Paris steht Mickey Maus

We're all living in America
America is wunderbar
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika
We're all living in America
Coca-Cola, Wonderbra
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika

This is not a love song
This is not a love song
I don't sing my mother tongue
No, this is not a love song

We're all living in America
America is wunderbar
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika
We're all living in America
Coca-Cola, sometimes war
We're all living in America
Amerika, Amerika



The other Ramstein

nicxios's picture

Regulate my cock you bitch. You and the rest of the EU scumbags can fuck off, the jig is up you fucking ivory tower echo chamber rejects.

smacker's picture

I've always had doubts about Mutti being anti-democratic. After all, she did come from the East and was a propaganda figure in the old state regime there.

She's now come out of the closet on immigration into Germany of welfare seekers and fake news. Her definition of fake news is like that of other western leaders: it's anything which dissents from the Daily Slime churned out by the MSM oligarchs which is intended only to deceive and manipulate populations so that .gov can carry on betraying them and gutting their own countries in deference to the NWO globalists.

Your best bet with Russia is to abandon fake sanctions and do business with Putin. Russians have (or had) a liking for German cars, now not so much. How exactly is that helping German industry?

Sorry Mutti, you've been outed. And your beloved EU is on death row.

jpmrwb's picture

Merkel cautioned that public opinion was being "manipulated" on the internet. I would think she would be concerned since it was reported she (government of Germany) gave Bill and Hiliary over a million euros to their so-called charity fund.

tuetenueggel's picture

10 Million

5 by GIZ and 5 more by ministry of environment.

Questions ?

Ross123's picture

Obviously Merkel and Obama had a long talk recently. Too much opinion is made via the internet etc. --translation " we are losing control of the story that needs telling".

If the Germans re elect Merkel again next year they deserve every bit of misery they get. 

smacker's picture

Unlike Western Daily Slime news channels and print media which only ever give their own .gov point of view of events, usually provides the Russian point of view or the other side of the story but also explains the Western point of view for comparitive purposes. It bends over backwards to show both sides of the story.

That's called fake news according to Mutti. ho-ho.

tuetenueggel's picture

How do you know that you´re in Germany ?

IF you have to read and listen to foreign presse to know, what really is up in your home country.

KuriousKat's picture

She must mean declaring war on the US and UK

From one of the masters at exposing hoaxes and fake reports
- WaPo reported in 2006 that hundreds of "news" stories published in Iraqi newspapers were secretly written by U.S. troops. The Lincoln Group, which claimed to have 12 government contracts totaling over $130 million, paid newspapers to print the stories. Rather than term the work psychological operations or propaganda, the president of Lincoln Group preferred to call it spreading "influence," and in spite of the fact the project was contracted by a psyops division of the military.

- An Associated Press investigation, details of which were published in 2009, indicated the Pentagon would increase its spending by 63 percent, to some $4.7 billion, to win what it called "the human terrain" of world public opinion. It would employ 27,000 people for the effort, which nearly matched the 30,000-person work force of the entire State Department. The massive operation included the Joint Hometown News Service, which in 2009 alone planned to put out 5400 press releases, 3000 television releases, and 1600 radio interviews, among other work, and without informing audiences it was produced by Pentagon staff.

Fake news sites and hoaxers are certainly part of the problem, but I present for consideration a greater challenge to Mark Zuckerberg, his willingness to effectively moderate his site, and how he will state his policies on the issues: He is fully aware Facebook serves as a psychological warfare tool for the intelligence community, and so is anyone else who has been paying even minimal attention.

In January, 2015, The Guardian reported the British army was creating a special force of "Facebook warriors," skilled in psy ops and the use of social media. The 1500-member unit aimed to join Israel and the United States in engaging "heavily in psychological operations" across social media platforms.

"Against a background of 24-hour news, smart phones and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter," The Guardian explained, "the force will attempt to control the narrative."

AriusArmenian's picture

Putin is right. Many of us in the West agree with him.

Consider the terms the EU uses to describe what Russia is doing:


    fake news

    hate speech

    information warfare

    tools of propaganda

    propaganda threat

    information warfare

The EU accuses Russia of doing what the US and EU themselves are doing. This is classic psychological projection.

Most amazing of all is the EU equating Russia with Daesh which is beyond lunacy. Russia is Daesh with nuclear weapons? Do the idiots in the EU realize what they are setting themselves up for? So who is behind this madness?

The answer is to understand who controls the EU and it's the US that buys off all important EU politicians and oligarchs by stuffing their pockets with dollars. The CIA substantially controls the EU MSM that controls the major narratives in the minds of the people. This US Deep State regime of control over Europe was established after WW2. The US Deep State is controlled by US oligarchs and at its core are Wall Street and its intelligence agency jackals.

So what does this tells us, what is the major trend? It tells us the next major target of the US and its Anglosphere and EU vassals: Russia. The US Deep State knows that it cannot defeat Russia and China that are together and therefore cannot control the rise of the powers in the East. Unless it defeats Russia it cannot defeat or control China, Syria, or Iran and therefore cannot control the coalescing and multifarious East that can economically and militarily overpower the West.

Can or will Trump take us off this trajectory that is heading directly to war with Russia? The last seventy years since WW2 tell us that the best we can hope for is another Cold War with the US and its Anglosphere and EU vassals on one side with Russia, China, Iran, Syria, and others in the East on the other side. The threat of nuclear war will hang over our heads and will only be one false flag away from starting.

Trump will not be able to disassemble the military industrial surveillance police think-tank warfare establishment inside the US Deep State. If he tries anything near that the US Deep State will disassemble him like they did to JFK.

DeathMerchant's picture

Sputnik is an abbreviated Breitbart. Tells it like it is

messystateofaffairs's picture

That Merkel is a tough woman to not have died from the massive stupidity she suffers from.

messystateofaffairs's picture

Its not fair, all Russian propaganda has to do to be effective is tell the truth. Zio propaganda has to jump thru too many hoops to try and get the lies to stick.

Faeriedust's picture

Gawds, this is just sad. It's so bloody obvious when Merkel picks up an American meme and runs with it like this that they are all part of the same propaganda machine, organized by the same Davos Class of senile elites.  Like they really think that branding news sites that some of us read as "fake" or more honestly "enemies" is going to change our opinions of either of them?  Surely they understand that people would neither read nor believe a thing that RT or Dmitri Orlov have to say, if the things their Approved Media Flunkies had any credibility left?

The once-great Free World.  When I was a child, people around the world believed ALL their lies, ALL the time.  But they got careless.  And stupid.  And we got broke and beaten, and somewhere around that, we got wise to their game.  And now we're waiting for Mockingjay, but in the meantime we'll settle for Giant Orange Meteor.

TeraByte's picture

Europe´s problem is not implanted foreign information, but own media, whose credibility is much in tatters. People see it through.  US media too is too stupid to even comprehend the rules of an successful information war, Trump ,Brexit and a hell of lot new nasty surprises awaiting, when toying with Ceausescu's hat.

Long memory man's picture

I do not want an information war, I want an information truth.

onmail1's picture

Western media is bull$hit

western media is only CIA supplied , rich backed

dangerous concoction to mislead the world

as we have seen during US president campaign

when they declared HoeKillary as leading 

euroPeon media follows US media i.e. same BS

The political news on German TV DW, Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, French TV 


What has western civilization sunk to?

Their propaganda against Assad has misled 

many young ppl into believeing & then joining ISIS & ISIL

This is also the main reason for rise of ISIS & ISIL

Yes western media is responsible for young ppl's poisoned minds


I urge ppl all over the world 

to sure watch RT new and also CCTV

they give you another dimension


Long memory man's picture

I cannot think of a more wonderful thing for her to say< 700,000,000 viewers at present , she will now double it, what magic PR for RT.


Do not forget also that in 10years of being in business Wikileaks has NOT posted 1 incorrect item, no other agency can claim that, perhaps RT will one day.


Keep it up Angela

evildimensions's picture

I've generally found RT to be pretty reliable and accurate. Yes there was some bias in the Ukraine, but other than that I give them top marks. IMhO they are right up there with the BBC. Very professional and high production values. That said, they do have a one or two annoying female anchors, but that's a stylistic point. The quality of the news is top notch.

Serpiko's picture

Thank you again Markel, I am reading RT now and I didn´t know that this was happening in Italy

sekhars's picture

when you lose most of the things you can live but when you lose your minds nothing matters. Merkel is near that point. She must be tired of playing this role for so long for NWO losers who now can't counter alternative media's truth.  Wellcome to rationality Dr Merkel. Very soon people in Germany will take away this power from you as well. 

SweetDoug's picture

Oh great… More fake news from ZH, on fake news sites, that report fake news.