When all else fails, blame Russia. That seems to be the EU approach to deflecting blame from its response to the Corona-virus pandemic, no doubt because it has worked so well for Democrats in the US or London in the fabricated Skripal affair.
As Brussels finally got around to locking down the EU borders on Tuesday, London’s Financial Times ran a ‘bombshell’ story blaming “Russian pro-Kremlin media” for a “significant disinformation campaign” to stoke “confusion, panic and fear” in the West and “aggravate the Corona-virus pandemic crisis.”
This is based on a nine-page report by the strategic communications division of the European External Action Service, the EU’s de facto foreign ministry.
It’s almost as if the PR flacks in Brussels plagiarized the work of James Comey, Jim Clapper and John Brennan from the infamous US “intelligence community assessment” blaming Russia for the 2016 election – down to segueing into a diatribe against RT instead of offering evidence.
This isn’t the first attempt to blame Russia for “disinformation” about the pandemic. The US State Department bandied about one such conspiracy theory just last month.
It seems to be the go-to tactic of Western propagandists to deflect criticism from their own governments, whether it’s Theresa May using the “highly likely” Skripal affair to distract from Brexit woes or the US establishment trying to leverage it against President Donald Trump via “Russiagate.”
It doesn’t appear to matter that both ultimately failed to achieve their objectives; propaganda always doubles down.
There indeed is an epidemic of fake news about the Koronavirus – witness the recent “Marshall Law” hoax in the USA – but what the Euro-spooks and FT either missed or chose to ignore is that it has targeted Russia too.
Completely ignoring their erstwhile rhetoric about universal values and global solutions, governments and media across the West are using the pandemic to settle internal political scores, while projecting blame on Moscow in order to deflect it from themselves.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.