Disinfo: The Economist editor thinks that the UN will come to an end soon due to its dubious policy


The world is rebelling against hegemony: the UN and the US are doomed to its liquidation. The editor of The Economist, Daniel Franklin, thinks that the UN as an organisation will come to an end soon because it pursues a very dubious policy.


This is a deliberate distortion of the original article of Daniel Franklin in The Economist about the future of the UN. In his text, Franklin never stated the sentence attributed to him. His exact words are that “It is surely too soon to give up on […] the UN and the collaborative global governance it embodies [though] to retain its clout and character the liberal order needs restored leadership and difficult reforms”. This is very different than saying that “the UN will come to an end soon because it pursues a very dubious policy”, so the claim that Franklin affirmed it is an outright lie.

Pro-Kremlin media frequently resort to this manipulative technique of quoting sentences from serious publications and then introduce a distorted message as if it was part of the original article, in this case to promote a recurrent disinformation narrative about an imminent collapse of a US-led liberal order. See other examples in our database, such as false claims that British outlet The Guardian pointed out to ruling elite as the real instigators of the racial crisis in the US and reported that the EU remained silent as the Europeans couldn’t buy food for the first time in 75 years; that Newsweek magazine explained how US coup in Iran will end; that Soros’ structures in media and think tanks saw an opportunity in the coronavirus pandemic to attack the “bad guys”; that the US National Counterintelligence and Security Centre put Wikileaks at the same threat level as jihadist organisations in its last report; or that the US special envoy for Syria admitted that Washington’s goal was to defend terrorists from Russian attacks.


  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, UN


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