Kremlin Propaganda Boss Lashes Out
July 30, 2012
Margarita Simonyan / Wikimedia Commons
Margarita Simonyan, the editor in chief of the Kremlin’s worldwide, English-language Internet-video propaganda channel RT, has given an interview to Russian news site Itogi.
In the interview, available only in Russian, Ms. Simonyan says of the network “we fully agree with the foreign policy of this country [Russia].”
She explains the mission of RT as shouting down the “multi-million choir” of the Anglo-Saxon media.
While deriding cable news competitors like Sky News and Fox, Simonyan welcomes other state-owned media outlets like Iran’s Press TV and China’s CNC World as allies in Russia’s information war against the West.
Simonyan also praises the Huffington Post and Alyona Minkovski, the Moscow-born anchor of RT’s Alyona Show who recently announced her departure from the Kremlin-run channel for a new Huffington Post venture HuffPost Live.
Minkovski, much like Russian President Vladimir Putin, brooks no dissent.
Confused as to WHY the Russian Propagandist applauds the Huffington Post?
About the HuffPo’s founder, Arianna Huffington:
Huffington was born Arianna Stassinopoulos on May 15, 1950 in Athens, Greece. Her mother Elli was active in the Communist-led Greek resistance movement during World War II. Her journalist father Constantine edited the resistance newspaper Paron, survived internment in a Nazi concentration camp, and after the war became a publisher.When Arianna was 16 her parents divorced, and she and her younger sister moved with their mother to
In England Arianna attended Cambridge University, where she studied Keynesian economics at Girton College and one of her tutors was the Maoist economist Joan Robinson. At Cambridge she became the first foreign-born female president of the famed debating society the Cambridge Union and an outspoken Tory. She graduated in 1972 with a master’s degree in economics.
In search of spirituality, Arianna read the collected works of psychoanalyst Carl G. Jung. She introduced Levin to an organization called Insight whose rituals encouraged followers to act out their fantasies.
The future Arianna Huffington also became a disciple of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree
Rajneesh, whose cult practiced open sexual intercourse among its members, and with its leader, as a central sacrament of their faith. This cult later moved to America’s West Coast and attempted to take over an Oregon town. Bhagwan devotees were directed to purchase what eventually became 139 white Rolls Royces for their leader. As Judith Miller and two other New York Times investigative reporters recounted in their 2001 book Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, the Rajneesh cult spread potentially lethal Salmonella bacteria in this town. Rajneesh cult members did this as a way of infecting and incapacitating town residents on election day so that cult voters could win control of the local government. The Bhagwan died in 1990.
“It was like knowing there was another dimension to life and that I wanted to experience it, knowing that nothing else mattered as much,” Huffington later told Stephanie Mansfield of the Washington Post about this time of her life. “It took me over completely.”
In 1997 the Huffingtons divorced, with Arianna receiving an undisclosed but large financial settlement in the seven-figure range. This event became a watershed in her orientation and choice of political bedfellows.
“She’s a chameleon,” Michael Huffington told the New York Times to describe his former wife. Since their divorce, Arianna Huffington’s political positions have shifted dramatically towards the left. She now describes herself as a “progessive independent” who is “coming from the fourth dimension of political time and space.”
In 2000 Arianna Huffington was deeply involved in staging the “Shadow Conventions” designed as media propaganda shows to undermine Republicans and nudge Democrats farther to the political left. These mock “conventions” were organized by the “Shadow Party” organizations funded by George Soros and other wealthy leftists.
Huffington’s books in recent years reflect her new left-leaning slant. They include How to Overthrow the Government (2000); Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America (2003); and Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America (2004).
Republican strategist Ed Rollins (who managed Michael Huffington’s 1994 campaign
for the California Senate) once called Arianna Huffington “a domineering Greek Rasputin” who
was “the most ruthless, unscrupulous, and ambitious person I’d met in thirty
years in national politics.”
Van Jones Campaigned for Huffington
In 2003 Van Jones took unpaid leave from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights to work as the Grassroots Director for the Arianna Huffington for Governor campaign. He has played a key role in developing the campaign’s “Schools Not Jails” platform.
Paul Wellstone tribute
As the 2004 Democratic National Convention was poised to open in Boston , Jobs with Justice, , hosted a living tribute to the late Senator Paul Wellstone on July 25. Hundreds filled the historic Old West Church to tackle the question, “What must the Democratic Party do to live up to the progressive vision of Paul Wellstone?”
Confessing to once being a Republican, columnist Arianna Huffington reminded the assembly of all the dirty tricks and disgusting tactics that are on the horizon as November nears. Saying that “Mobilization is the key,” she proposed reaching out to the 50 percent of the eligible electorate that stayed home in 2000. “If we are able to just energize 10 percent of those voters, we win.”