As the think tank movement exploited perceived threats to Europe to promote the “Russian propaganda” trope, the EU stepped in with its own “mythbusters.” Since then, the much-hyped Stratcom East has poured and nitpicked its way through the Russian press but rarely, if ever, landed any blows.
A Guantanamo Bay inmate’s correspondence with his lawyer was full of shocking revelations about his suffering at the hands of the American authorities. But one US tabloid instead decided to focus on the TV offerings at the prison.
In the modern information-driven world a person can easily fall victim to false accusations, as the online rumor mill and click-hungry media rush to find someone to blame for various emotionally-charged crimes. The apparent bombing in the St. Petersburg Metro is just the latest example.
Regular readers of RT Editorial will know this column has provided evidence of how think tanks, which are increasingly indivisible from lobby groups, faithfully promote the specific agendas of their paymasters regardless of their stated high-minded missions.