Disinfo: 98% of French media are conspiracy-prone because of their Russophobia

Summary

An analysis of 56 leading French media, shows a massive mainstream conspiracy based on a hatred of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

98% of the French press have republished, without checking, a certain number of statements relating to the Russia-Gate thesis. And when this thesis of Russian meddling has been torn to pieces by the various reports and the various American studies, many French mainstream journalists have refrained from admitting their mistake.

Some even consider that a collusion has always been established when it wasn’t the case. There is Russophobia among some journalists because they need an enemy. The dominant oligarchic class inside the EU needs a devil at the gates of Europe.

Moreover, countries like Russia and China do not accept a new world order dominated by imperialist powers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian meddling in elections and calling any attempt to denounce them as Russophobia and conspiracy theories.

Extensive evidence confirms that Russia did meddle in the 2016 US presidential elections, specifically aiming to damage Hillary Clinton's campaign and aid Republican candidate Donald Trump. In the US, 126 millions of users were reached by Russian operatives, 29 millions from them have seen the content "directly".

Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election. Robert Mueller’s report maintains that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”. Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities did take place.

The 448-page Mueller report issued in March 2019 (see here) contains copious detail about how Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, both by using social media to influence American voters with disinformation and by hacking into the Clinton campaign’s computers.

A previous (2017) report prepared by the US Intelligence Community analysed the motivation and scope of the Kremlin's intentions for the US election and the Kremlin's use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion.

As concluded earlier by the US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.

See similar cases claiming that Robert Mueller failed to find anything that would incriminate the US president, Charges of Russian meddling in US elections collapsed after release of Mueller report, Russiagate never had any real basis and Russiagate is a hoax .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, US, France
  • Keywords: election meddling, Mainstream media, Anti-Russian, Donald Trump, Russophobia

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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