The Washington Post: Useful-Idiot Shills For A Failed, Frantic Status Quo That Has Lost Control Of The Narrative

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Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Don't you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

I was amused to find my site listed on the now-infamous list of purportedly Russian-controlled propaganda sites cited by The Washington Post. I find it amusing because I invite anyone to search my 3,600-page archive of published material over the past decade (which includes some guest posts and poems) and identify a single pro-Russia or pro-Russian foreign policy entry.

If anything, my perspective is pro-US dollar, pro-liberty, pro-open markets, pro-local control, pro-free-press, pro-innovation, and pro-opportunities to rebuild America's abandoned, decaying localized economies: in other words, the exact opposite of Russian propaganda.

My "crime" is a simple one: challenging the ruling elite's narrative. Labeling all dissent "enemy propaganda" is of course the classic first phase of state-sponsored propaganda and the favorite tool of well-paid illiberal apologists for an illiberal regime.

Labeling everyone who dissents or questions the ruling elite's narrative as tools of an enemy power is classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting, i.e. a broad-brush way of marginalizing and silencing critics with an accusation that is easy to fabricate but difficult to prove.

Such unsupported slander is a classic propaganda technique. It has more in common with Nazi propaganda than with real journalism.

The real useful-idiot shills are the editors and hacks paid by the Washington Post, who are busy penning articles such as "Why the electoral college should choose Hillary Clinton". Isn't this fundamentally a call to over-ride the Constitutional framework of the republic's democracy?

In other words, the ruling elite's candidate lost, so let's subvert democracy to "right this terrible wrong" that was wrought by fed-up debt-serfs.

Substitution is a useful technique to reveal propaganda: if Trump had lost by a thin margin, would the The Washington Post publish an article "Why the electoral college should choose Donald Trump"?

Any site suggesting such an outlandish subversion of American democracy would of course by labeled Russian-controlled propaganda by The Washington Post. In other words, it's OK for the organs of Imperial Propaganda to call for the subversion of the Constitution, but if someone else dares to do so, you know the drill: they're labeled a tool of Russian propaganda.

Just as a reminder, this is the status quo / ruling elite's handiwork The Washington Post shills/propagandists support: a status quo of institutionalized privilege, corruption and systemically soaring wealth and income inequality:

The institutionalized impoverishment of non-elite students:

The institutionalized impoverishment of the bottom 99.9%:

The institutionalized impoverishment of everyone below the protected technocrat-insider class of shills, apparatchiks and professionals:

This is what The Washington Post is pushing: a parasitic, predatory, exploitive, ruinously corrupt and venal ruling class and its army of apologists/lackeys/factotums.

The fundamental source of the Post's hysterical accusations is the ruling elite has lost control of the narrative. This is the source of the mainstream media's angst-tinged hysteria and frantic efforts to marginalize and discredit any dissenting narratives that undermine or question the power of a corrupted, self-serving ruling elite that has failed the nation and its citizens.

This is why Donald Trump was routinely labeled a Russian shill by the mainstream media during the campaign. Regardless of what you think of Trump or Clinton, what can we say about a supposedly responsible media that so cavalierly spews fact-free accusations of foreign control? This is the height of irresponsible propaganda being passed off as "journalism."

Free speech implicitly carries the responsibility of the reader/listener/viewer to make a critical assessment of the content, its source and its aim: who benefits if we accept the narrative being pushed?

The delicious irony of The Washington Post's hysterical campaign to smear dissenters as tools of Russian propaganda is that it only serves to discredit the Post itself. For my part, I invite you to read all ten of my books and make your own critical assessment of the content and answer these questions:

1. Did you find even a single passage in the thousands of pages that favored Russian policies?

2. Did you find any passages that favored domestic resilience and self-reliance, localized economic development, and the promotion of innovations that favored the many rather than the few?

3. Don't you think it fair and reasonable that anyone accusing me of being a shill for Russian propaganda ought to read my ten books in their entirety and identify the sections that support their slanderous accusation?

If they can't support it, then isn't their accusation the very propaganda they claim to be identifying?

Just as a reminder: here's my chart of the Ministry of Propaganda (from 2007):

When Does "Managed Perception" Become Reality? (May 1, 2011)

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TeamDepends's picture

The commies are calling us "Russians", so we have come full circle. So, circle the wagons.

Rich from PDT's picture

Agree. Get your shit in order folks!

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Handful of Dust's picture

Mussolini's closest advisers told him he MUST control the media to brainwash the people before grabbing dictatorship and forcing the sheeples into serfdom.

The Elites and DC Establishment is following the same path.

letsit's picture

How to interpret the news.

philipat's picture

SPAM ALERT: Do not open the fake links. tazs has now joined letsit as co Spammer-in- Chief after Yippee Kiyay and lonnng were banned. This serial spammer amongst others known as: mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, letsit, Mano-A-Mano, techies-r-us, beauticelli, stizazz, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch, lock-stock and tazs (some banned others still active for the purposes of talking to and congratulating himself). He seems to have more accounts than all other ZH members combined. Beats me why The Tylers can’t just block his IP?

Curiously_Crazy's picture

"Beats me why The Tylers can’t just block his IP?"

I've explained this to you before. Most IP addresses are dynamic these days and not static. By blocking a particular address it means the next person who is allocated that address can't get to ZH. Not good.

Furthermore, getting around an IP ban even if it was static is something a primary school kid can do these days so it's a pointless exercise.

Don't let the idiot stress you so much phil.. not worth the emotional energy. Believe it or not us on ZH are a reasonably smart group of people and can spot his type a mile away. Have fun.. get out and about.. enjoy your weekend :)

philipat's picture

No worries, it's all set-up automatically, all I have to do is hit a key in response to an alarm. In this case I hit the key whilst catching up with business mail with a glass of chilled Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc in the other hand sitting on a Yacht sailing through the Lombok Straits (East of Bali). No emotional drain on me, just a bit of sport...Thanks for the update on IP, my IT folks didn't explain that to me. SO it means that nobody can be identified online any longer?

Trogdor's picture

Oh, no, they can trace an IP back to a person easily enough.  They just have to know the IP and WHEN it was used.

On the other hand, if you use a VPN service, your IP will be masked .... assuming you're not using a VPN put up by the NSA ;)

11b40's picture

So you are a serial troll. Why so desperate to keep ZH readers from clicking on the links? What is it you are trying to censor? Why do you feel compelled to come here and ' protect us?

robertsgt40's picture

I just wish authors would stop using the word "democracy" like it's a good idea. The US was founded as a constitutional republic, not a DEMOCRACY! Learn the difference.   

D. G. Neree's picture

Does history tell us what happens when propaganda fails and the people see through it and recognize it for what it is?

Nobodys Home's picture

I like the ability to pick some music from the site while reading

sun tzu's picture

Presstitutes from the Washington Compost

Badsamm's picture

Seriously, when does the shooting start?

Lynx Dogood's picture

I am Circleing the wagons, With every neighbor that I can. Cities and counties as well. We are telling the counties around us and they have ears. Nobody likes or trusts what is going on!!

philipat's picture

And of course, quite remarkably, those making these accusations ("reported" by WaPo) remain anonymous, with a website registered via Proxy. Fortunately, the MSM has lost all of its credibility but they just don't get it. Accusations such as these just compund their problems and accelerate the death spiral. I loved the way that they tried to obfuscate their accusations (and any burden of proof) by saying (words to the effect) that their target sites were not necessarily overtly funded by, supported by or otherwise directlly linked to Russian interests. Quite remarkable for a once great "news"paper.

From a purely strategic business point of view, I also find it remarkable that in a dieing newspaper business, WaPo and NYT actively seek to alienate at least half their potential readership by posting consistently "progressive" libtard propoganda and unsubstantiated drivel such as this? In fact for "news"papers, it is way more than half the potential readership market because the FSA don't (or can't) read anything. Great business recipe for an accelerated demise, which can't come soon enough.

Handful of Dust's picture

MSM is so disconnected they are blind to their own obvious extinction. That's why Trump won by a landslide despite the MSM; they're blind.

While MSM was praising Hitlery, the majority of the nation saw her as the crook she is and was marching in a different direction; Evangelicals were supporting Trump, black ministers were supporting Donald Trump and even The Catholic Church branded Hillary as the Anti-Christ.

MSM can't even see the nose on its face anymore.

Jim in MN's picture

We can keep listing the five or six families that own ALL MSM in the USA.

That along with the Wikileaks emails about who has cock and tail with John Podesta, at risk of being left off the Clinton bus, ahould be all the evidence needed to prove they are merely court minute-takers.


sun tzu's picture

Washington Compost doesn't care if it loses $1 billion per year. They are owned by scAmazon's Jeff Bozos who has $40 billion. 

SHRAGS's picture

philpat, the "business" isn't about P&L for the newspaper, its about the propaganda & political leverage value to the owner.  The Australian Newspaper admits it hasn't made money since 2008, and is losing AUD $40 to $50 million per year, yet it is still in business.  Rupert Murdoch obviously figures its worth it as he makes up those loses with other businesses within Aus.  It also gives him an immense amount of political leverage. The Australian was a prime instigator of the dumping of Tony Abbott (by going after his Cheif of Staff Pete Credlin) and having Malcolm Turnbull installed as PM.  That is the power of a newspaper.  If it makes money as well, that's a bonus.


The Australian is also onboard with the Fake News meme / Trump = Russia, ALT-Right is Russian propaganda meme following the other big global news sites just as this google search URL shows:




Chris Mitchell admits The Australian has not been profitable since 2008



The Australian has struggled to be profitable since the global financial crisis of 2008 its editor-in-chief Chris Mitchell has conceded in a video interview, on the newspaper’s website this morning.

In the interview with newly installed Media editor Sharri Markson Mitchell took the ABC’s Media Watch host Paul Barry to task for last week declaring The Australian was losing between $40m to $50m a year, and said he plans to report the ABC to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

“It’s probably not a profitable business on The Australian,” said Mitchell, in response to a statement by Markson that print was still a “profitable business”. “As people have noticed we’ve had a hard time since the GFC but the idea that we are losing $50m is incorrect.”

“(It’s) completely incorrect and we’ve never gone even close to that,” he said.

Mitchell has generally insisted that News Corp Australia’s national broadsheet was profitable. As recently as 2012 he said The Australian made a “positive contribution” to News Corp’s bottom line, while in 2011 he declared that the newspaper had been profitable for most of the last 25 years. (*Mitchell has since clarified these remarks to Mumbrella see update below.)

“This question is bound up with print charges and divisional profits, but News (Corp’s) profit would fall very substantially without this paper,” Mitchell said, in 2012.

In today’s interview, Mitchell conceded the challenges the newspaper faces with the digital revenue model. He also spoke about the newspaper’s attempts to cut costs, which he said would see the newspaper halve its loss compared with last year.

“Like most newspapers we’ve lost classified advertising”, he said. “I think the aim of the game in paper is to lift your display advertising and lift your cover prices and then the balance that you lose from classified you need to try and make up with digital.

“Have we made that up? No we haven’t but we have cut costs pretty effectively and I would think we would go close to halving our loss from last year, this year.”

Mitchell did not declare the size of The Australian’s losses but, as Mumbrella reported back in August The Australian, like many News Corp papers has suffered double digit declines in print revenues.

The editor-in-chief of The Australian also said the newspaper would continue to “extract” money from print for as long as possible.

“I think there’s two ways of thinking about the future of our business”, he said. “There’s the people like Greg Hywood and our former CEO here Kim Williams who believe the task is to get to a digital future as quickly as possible.

“The other view is that print has some future and we are determined to extract dollars out of that for as long as we can on the way to building a digital future.”

“In our company, and certainly at The Australian, you’d find that more than 90 per cent of all our revenue comes from print. So even though we’ve built quite a growing digital business, and we have 65,000 paying subscribers, there’s a dime for every dollar we make in print.”

One of Australia’s most combative editors Mitchell also took aimed at Paul Barry and the ABC arguing that there was a “concerted effort” to paint The Australian as unprofitable.

“I think there is a concerted effort by media rivals and, particularly by people at the ABC, to paint The Australian as some loss making hole in the ocean,” he said.  “That’s not right and I wouldn’t think they would give us so much attention if they weren’t so perplexed by our journalism.”

Nic Christensen


Kidbuck's picture

When your personal identity if bound up in being a commie faggot (apologies to queers that don't push their proclivities unsolicited) such as Keynes or the entire newsroom of the New York Times, for example, then the only way you can see to make yourself less of a leper is to tear down normal healthy people and activities, and institutions. Notice I provide as much proof as the MSM typically does.

fleur de lis's picture

The NYT has been promoting murder and mayhem around the world for years on the pretext of democracy.

Have they ever done an expose on the American tax money that got laundered through the Federal Reserve to fund the filthy Bolsheviks?

Have they ever done an expose on the narcotics business that fattens the bankbooks of DC screwballs?

Have they ever done an expose on the USS Liberty?

Have they ever done a real expose on anything other than easy targets?

The NYT would never touch a story that would upset their DC feeders.

The NYT is like some kind of gossip paper and a soap opera all rolled up into birdcage liners.


East Indian's picture

Russians are no longer commies,

And commies are no longer Russians.

Russians are now crony capitalists, and American elite control the American society more than Stalin ever could control the Russian society.


God, help us take the wrong fork in 1991. 

VIS MAIOR's picture

BEST  most truly and realistic comment.. K+

cowdiddly's picture

The joos news

2000 Russia is going to collapse

2016 Russia is trying to take over the world and is rigging our elections

fleur de lis's picture

Remember that is was the Federal Reserve that turned the Russians into Commies in the first place.


Sen. Louis Thomas McFadden(R-Pa) tried to warn us at the time and he got JFK'd for it.

Scroll down to his comments on the Federal Reserve Corporation.

Yes, boys and girls, the Fed was a Corporation before it repackaged itself as a bank.





land_of_the_few's picture

The Russians are capitalists now but they are not the Oligarch-robbed dolts the MSM would like you to believe. It *was* like that in the 90s - a lot of the robber barons were thrown out and now sit moaning in the West that it's "so unfair", and pretend to be hard-done-by "political" exiles. These are people who can't comply with enforced post-Yeltsin features such as "actually filling out compulsory tax returns" for companies and individuals, and "filing company accounts". There is a capital amnesty scheme where oligarchs can come back with the money they took (normally ftom fraudulent privatisation and asset-stripping) and do business as long as they actually follow the tax and accounts rules.

AViewFromDublin's picture
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur SchopenhauerGerman philosopher (1788 - 1860)
King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Nov 26, 2016 10:03 PM

It looks like things went downhill for the plebs when Ronnie Ray-gun's economic policies finally  took hold

BabaLooey's picture

"I was amused to find my site listed on the now-infamous list of purportedly Russian-controlled propaganda sites cited by The Washington Post. I find it amusing because I invite anyone to search my 3,600-page archive of published material over the past decade (which includes some guest posts and poems) and identify a single pro-Russia or pro-Russian foreign policy entry."

Don't worry Chuck.

The Washerton BezPoop is going to drive traffic TO your site.

In fact, you can use it to bolster some ad sales. 

"Hey look Mr. Advertiser! Even the Washerton Poop thinks I'm something to be looked at!"

FUCK 'em.

The Warshington JeffyPoo is a dying compost of smoldering dung.

847328_3527's picture

It's hilarious that Amazon and it's fellow shills were advertizing some of the 1-star bashings of the Trump Christmas ornament on it's web site, "Make America Great Again Christmas Hat" in red.

It's hilarious because what Amazon did was to advertize it, calling consumers' attention to it, and then it sold out in a few hours at $149 a pop, all going to Donald Trump's store!

The last I looked only 3rd party seller were now reselling it and the price has gone up to over $200.

Americans love The Trump meister and his popularity only increases by the day.

Go Donald!

Never One Roach's picture

Those hats are going to up in price is my bet. As long as they don't sell more of them, they'll be collectibles in this historic election.

Nobodys Home's picture

Some of the FAKE leftist reviews are kinda funny:

"The only ornament on the tree that will try to deport your nativity scene."

Handful of Dust's picture

The ironic thing of that review is [Christian] Trump is the only candidate who will actually protect your Christian nativity scene by strict vetting of tearrist rapefugees, and he will also allow you to put up Christmas trees ... as opposed to Soweto bin Bama who banned them from VA hospitals last year. I think Soweto and his wookie would have a coronary of they saw a nativity set out front.

My guess is Hillary would ban Christmas trees and decorations also so as not to offend her supporters.

Nobodys Home's picture

"classic McCarthy-era witch-hunting"

But he was right ! And now it's the communists slinging accusations!

Mahatma Coat's picture

It's desperation.  No-one told them that when you find yourself at the bottom of a hole you should stop digging.

Never One Roach's picture

My guess is they will keeping shilling for Hillary-Soros and other extremist groups until Hillary/Huma/etc are locked or at least indicted for at least the crimes Comey already listed. If the fbi is replaced with a real crime-fighting director, maybe they'll also go after Creamer and his gang for inciting riots and mayhem.

At least Issa said his committee is still investigating and the fbi has not completely closed the case yet. However, the statute of limitations probably has a while to run.

And then there's the Clinton Foundation, Pedopodesta, and on and on. Hillary can make her life and those lives around her miserable for years to come.

Kidbuck's picture

They will never quit no matter how discredited the objects of their affection become and they will raise new generations to carry on their traditions. Don't they still worship FDR who dragged us into WWII? Don't they still worship the War on Poverty that destroyed so much? Not to say our recent wars in the middle east or the war on drugs are any different.

Ignatius's picture

Power's first corrollary:  hypocrisy.

balz's picture

What is the Washington Post and why should I care about its opinion?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

When there is no way out, find a way to dig in deeper. This is precisely what the WaPoo is doing. Stick a fork in it. The turkey is done.

rrrr's picture

It is not a question of whether the Washington Post and the New York Times are right or wrong, or desperate, or smart, or anything like that. Rather, it is only a question of how many people see it their way, and whether there are enough such people to wield the power the WP and NYT are trying to bring about. All the posts on this page completely underestimate the potential influence these powerful entities seek to incite and control. The men behind entities such as these have been doing such things for a very long time. They have very consistently succeeded. To prevail they do not have to defeat us permanently all at once. All they have to do is grind us down over centuries. This they are doing.

sun tzu's picture

All those with below average intelligence still watch, read and believe the lamestream presstitute media. 

effendi's picture

Yes and no. The print media is dying. Less than 10% of people now buy a newspaper and their circulation is dropping by about 10% every year. They are also getting thinner as advertising revenue falls and many have ceased publication. This also applies to magazines with many titles now defunct and others just about there (Newsweek).

20 years ago nearly every commuter had a newspaper, now I rarely see a single paper and most are playing Scary Bird or watching videos on their phones or pads.

WaPo has fallen from 431,000 in March 2013 to 330,000 in Sept 2015. NYT from 731,000 to 528,000. Wall St Journal from 1,481,000 to 1,064,000 etc etc. I'll bet that their circulation will continue to fall and as circulation falls the distribution costs rise per each copy (if a delivery truck delivers a bundle of newspapers then the cost to deliver is higher than when they delivered 10 bundles). They also have to trim staff and expenses so they also cut back on what investigative research they can do.

Many no longer even watch TV.

Kidbuck's picture

You might care about the MSM when you find out all the facts in your kids' school books come from fiction originally peddled in the MSM.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Such unsupported slander is a classic propaganda technique. It has more in common with Nazi propaganda than with real journalism."

Me thinks you are being unfair in your interpretation of the German intellect circa 1930. Germany didn't have choices given the sanctions that were imposed on them by the British, French and Americans post WWI.

One can only wish with the EU and U.S. economies having long surpassed anything remotely as bad as Weimar Germany of the 1920s debt in the last decade could be as strong an economic engine as Nazi Germany was by 1933!

Which is why we went to war with them 8 years later!!!