Did Russia Just Undergo Regime Change?

James Corbett, January 25 2020

So, if we were to craft a headline for this article that avoided Betteridge's Law, what would it be? "Something Just Happened in Russia But No One Is Sure Precisely What." Hmmm.

Good morning, students. It's time for Media Literacy 101. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin.

Have you ever heard of Betteridge's Law of Headlines? It is a journalistic maxim formulated by Ian Betteridge which holds that "any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word 'no.'"

So let's apply that rule to a randomly selected example. For instance, if you see a headline like "Did Russia Just Undergo Regime Change?" you can answer that question "No, Mr. Journalist man, Russia did not just undergo regime change."

See? Simple.

Keep that in mind as you scan the MSM for coverage about the remarkable events that just took place in Russia (Al Jazeera, Daily Beast, I'm looking at you.)

So what did just happen in Russia. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

In case you haven't heard, Russian President Vladimir Putin just delivered his annual address to the Russian Federal Assembly. This address, however, was anything but routine. In years past, Putin has started this speech with some political blather about how the Russian government will work to grow the domestic economy and provide for Russian citizens before pivoting to international concerns. See, for example, his 2016 address highlighting how the burgeoning Russian/Chinese partnership can serve as "a model for shaping a world order free from the domination of a single country," or his 2018 address rebuking the US for its aggressive foreign policy and bragging about the capabilities of Russia's modern military arsenal.

This year's speech diverted from that pattern. He began with a lengthy introductory passage about the demographic crunch which Russia (and, although he didn't stress it, almost every other nation) is currently facing and the various financial support programs that the Russian government will be introducing to encourage the Russian people to have more chil...

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Meng Wanzhou’s Politicized Extradition Hearing

Stephen Lendman, January 22 2020

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...don’t think badly of yourself if you find it harder and harder. The insanity is reaching levels unexpected.

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I'm so glad you've committed your life to fighting with us against the coming mass extinction! You have committed your life, right? Good.

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Ignore their managed news misinformation and disinformation fake news. Follow reliable independent media, mainly online – the only way to stay informed on what’s vital to know.

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if there is something deeper going on here, then that leaves only one question: Where next?

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