How Russia is spreading blatantly false information about the war in Ukraine

William Brangham:

In the United States, Carlson’s view is just one of many that Americans can listen to and weigh for themselves.

But, as the carnage of Putin’s war continues, the reality for many Russians is real only to the extent that their government allows it.

And I am now accompanied by Anton Shirikov. He researches disinformation and propaganda inside Russia at the University of Wisconsin.

Anton, nice to have you on “NewsHour”.

So we touched a bit on the media that the Russian people see? Can you give us a better idea of ​​what the average Russian sees from Ukraine in their news?

Anton Shirikov, University of Wisconsin: Yes. Thank you for inviting me, first of all.

So what the Russians see is mainly that there are military actions going on in Ukraine, but it’s all very targeted, it’s targeted against Nazi battalions, against military infrastructure. He does not harm any civilians. And most Ukrainians welcome Russians. They want to get rid of their corrupt and fascist government. But the government resists and the government forces resist. And that’s why Russian forces are in Ukraine.


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