Journalists and Not-So-Much Journalists on Zelensky

One has to put some context around the appearance of Saint Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday evening before the U.S. Congress. Those with a modicum of accurate background information could smell a rat behind all the hugs, kisses, and stormy applause. The real record renders the smell a stench. Alas, neither the accurate record nor the stench can find its way into the corporate media.

Here’s the thing – in the words of humorist Will Rogers: “The problem ain’t what people know. It’s what people know that ain’t so; that’s the problem.”

A Help Desk

One can expect serious writers like Joe Lauria of Consortium News to post some thoughts apres-St. Zelensky-tour-de-force, in due course. But everyone is entitled to some time off for Christmas and something needs to be said – like now.

Happily, much has already been written and spoken that exposes the dominant (propaganda) narrative for what it is – drivel. For example, readers can find much helpful sustenance in an extremely detailed piece Lauria wrote on July 2, 2022 about what actually happened in Ukraine over the past several years.

Joe’s piece came in response to spurious charges by a Orwellian ‘rating’ group, led by the usual suspects, called “NewsGuard”. Consider Lauria’s piece required reading; you may find it on the final exam.

For those who prefer video, I gave a kind of kind of tutorial on July 7, 2022, with emphasis on how Russia views the stakes in Ukraine: “Ukraine: A Taste of The Truth”.

I have also done several other videos on the general subject. (See: YouTube or

Not-So-Much Journalists

Reading the two articles below confirms the truth of Will Rogers’s adage – in present circumstances a dangerous one – that THE problem is “what people know that ain’t so”. You may wish to tell your friends to read/watch Lauria and me (above), as a sort of inoculation against the rubbish below:

Volodymyr Zelensky Is the Leader of the Free World
By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News, December 22, 2022
When my stomach finally settled after reading this one, I tweeted.

Zelensky’s message: Ukraine is fighting for good over evil
By Andrew E. Kramer, December 21, 2022

Reprinted from with permission.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

5 thoughts on “Journalists and Not-So-Much Journalists on Zelensky”

  1. The Ukrainian PR game has been absolutely top notch. From the old lady with the sunflower seeds to mark your graves bit, to the Russian warship go fuck yourself, to the I need ammunition not a ride. Meanwhile RT issues crude threats and hamster eating bits ( which personally I found funny)

    1. It’s almost certainly U.S. propaganda, and they’re just giving it to Ukraine. I can’t imagine that Ukraine has a sophisticated propaganda machine like the U.S. does.

  2. December 22, 2022 America’s 2022 Allocations to Ukraine Total $112 Billion

    During this year, the U.S. Government has allocated $112 billion to Ukraine, in order to defeat Russia in the battlefields of Ukraine. Russia allocates normally $60 billion per year for its entire military, but this year has increased that 40% to $84 billion, because of its invasion of Ukraine.
    August 2, 2022 $54 Billion for Ukraine While America’s Millions Suffer in Poverty

    In America today, 1 in 6 kids are in families below the poverty line. The [official] poverty rate is 14.4% as of February 2022. The child poverty rate in January 2022 was 17%.

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