“We’re not on TV proper now — we will inform the reality”


Screendump by way of Julia Davis

By EU vs Disinfo

In the midst of a stay streamed marathon protection of Sunday’s elections in Ukraine, Russian state TV host Olga Skabeyeva advised her co-host, Yevgeniy Popov:

“We’re not on TV proper now — we will inform the reality.”

Was this a Freudian slip? A honest confession? Or did the host by mistake suppose the digital camera was off?

Deny – and conceal behind a joke

The remark was rapidly famous by Julia Davis, an American skilled in Russian disinformation who interprets and analyses Russian state TV in actual time on her Twitter.

The Rossiya 1 host reacted to Julia Davis’ remark with a tweet merely saying “liar” – and a blinking smiley.

Skabeyeva’s quick tweet advised two classical disinformation approaches on the identical time: Flat denial and hiding behind a joke.

“Your flip to lie”

However, Davis had heard proper.

Ms Skabeyeva’s remark echoed the whistleblower testimony of her former colleague on the state TV channel Rossiya 1, Leonid Krivenkov, who earlier this yr advised RFE/RL about how the community’s workers would joke by saying “your flip to lie” on the inner communication channels earlier than switching over to a colleague.

In one other classical case, an worker of the state-controlled NTV confessed on digital camera to having unfold disinformation: The NTV journalist didn’t realise he was being recorded when he advised a BBC correspondent that his community had reported the killing of slightly lady in Ukraine, realizing that the killing had in reality by no means occurred.

The Kremlin’s propaganda and its obsessions

It was already a well known proven fact that the Russian state-controlled media prefers to disregard home affairs and compensates with an nearly obsessive protection of what goes on exterior Russia – particularly in Ukraine.

What was much less identified – however is now clear due to the change on Julia Davis’ Twitter – is that the Kremlin’s propagandists pay a lot consideration to how their work is monitored and uncovered overseas.

Observe this hyperlink to the EUvsDisinfo database for examples of disinformation showing in Olga Skabeyeva’s and Yevgeniy Popov’s speak present “60 minut” on the state TV channel Rossiya 1.

By EU vs Disinfo


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