Western mainstream media lack objectivity

Summary

There is a dependency and a lack of objectivity in Western mainstream media. According to them, Putin is guilty of everything.

Disproof

The 2016 World Press Freedom Index gives EU member States an average ranking of 33rd out of 180 countries, with five EU countries in the world's top 10 for press freedom. In contrast, Russia ranks 148 out of 180 countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 50
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: The West
  • Keywords: Mainstream media, Vladimir Putin, The West
  • Outlet: ZeroHedge
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Disproof

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Disproof

No evidence given to support this claim. The existence of paramilitary fighters or mercenaries from NATO or US-friendly countries is a recurrent narrative in Russian disinformation since at least 2014.

See here for other disinformation cases about alleged presence of foreign mercenaries in Eastern Ukraine, from Baltic snipers to snipers from Georgia, female snipers from Poland, and even a whole NATO brigade.