So, you might want to sit down for this, but believe it or not the mainstream media is behaving in a way that seems somewhat untruthful.

I know! I know. I’m just as astonished as you are.

So you know that Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons scandal we’ve been talking a lot about lately? The one where evidence keeps piling up that the US, UK and France launched airstrikes against the Syrian government last year in retaliation for a poison gas attack which never took place, and then manipulated an ostensibly independent and international chemical weapons watchdog organization into covering it up?

Well, it turns out that bigtime news media outlets haven’t been all that interested for some strange and mysterious reason. But just today they broke the silence with a new report that mentioned the scandal, and they’ve totally spun it in a way that makes the US and its allies look good! Can you believe that?

And you’ll never guess what excuse they’re using to spin it. Never in a million, billion years.

Put a pillow down on the floor, because your jaw’s about to drop like James Le Mesurier: believe it or not, they’re blaming it on Russian disinformation.

AFP, which just as an aside is one of only three gigantic news agencies that are responsible for most of the stories you see in the mass media, has put out an article that has been picked up by multiple mainstream media outlets titled “Showdown looms over Syria chemical weapons probe”. The article deliberately frames the issue as one which has been “highlighted” by “Moscow”, and publishes a claim sourced to unnamed western officials that “the Russians and Syrians are trying to muddy the waters”.

“Moscow has consistently raised doubts over chemical attacks in Syria or insisted they were staged, and has recently highlighted a leaked report raising questions about a deadly chlorine attack in the Syrian town of Douma in April 2018,” AFP reports. “Western diplomats however say the Russians and Syrians are trying to muddy the waters about alleged attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.”

Never mind that the leaks themselves are intrinsically important and completely authentic, regardless of who’s “highlighting” them. Never mind that the leaks have been “highlighted” by many non-Russian outlets, ranging from small alternative platforms like my own here in Melbourne all the way up to as mainstream as the UK’s Daily Mail. All it takes is one Russian to talk about any issue of any kind and it can magically be spun as a talking point of Moscow, no matter how many westerners who have nothing to do with Russia are also talking about it.

The report’s author, Danny Kemp, has been spending time narrative managing about the OPCW scandal on Twitter as well. Kemp argues that WikiLeaks, who published a leaked internal email from the organisation on Sunday which challenges the establishment Douma narrative, doesn’t have trustworthy publications because WikiLeaks is associated with (you guessed it) Russia.

“Western source notes Russians are particularly sensitive re Douma because happened close to where their own troops were operating,” Kemp tweeted. “Also worth noting Mueller highlighted WikiLeaks role in publishing Russian-hacked DNC documents. Plus Russia was accused of hacking OPCW last year.”

Kemp’s baseless Russia smear is invalidated by the fact that multiple other outlets have also published the email, including the Daily Mail, and by the fact that Reuters has independently verified the email’s authenticity with a source in the OPCW.

The OPCW’s Director General Fernando Arias said during a convention at The Hague today that he fully supports the conclusions that were published in the OPCW’s final report on the Douma incident this past March, which asserted, contrary to everything the OPCW whistleblowers claim, that there was enough evidence to believe that a chemical weapon was used.

“On the first of March, 2019, the Fact Finding Mission issued its final report on the incident of alleged use of toxic chemical weapons in Douma on the seventh of April, 2018,” Arias said. “The evaluation and analysis of all the information gathered by the Fact Finding Mission provide reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon had taken place.”

“It is in the nature of any thorough inquiry for individuals in a team to express subjective views,” Arias added. “The overall conclusions of the inquiry, however, must be based on the preponderance of objective facts.”

“While some of these diverging views continue to circulate in certain public discussion forums, I would like to reiterate that I stand by the independent, professional conclusions reached by the Fact Finding Mission,” Arias said.

Again, everything Arias said is contradicted by what the whistleblowers from inside the aforementioned Fact Finding Mission have been saying:

  • The leaked email says chlorinated organic chemicals on the scene were as low as one or two parts per billion, meaning they were trace background levels you’d find in any industrialized area, and that the symptoms of the victims were inconsistent with chlorine gas poisoning.
  • The leaked Engineering Assessment signed by ballistics expert Ian Henderson states that the alleged chlorine cylinders were much more likely to have been manually placed on the ground than dropped from the air, meaning the incident would have been staged by the Jaysh al-Islam fighters occupying Douma and not the Syrian air force.
  • The information given to journalist Jonathan Steele by the whistleblower “Alex” lists even more inconsistencies with the OPCW report, claims that dissent from the final drafts of the OPCW’s Douma reports was a majority opinion within the team, and says investigators felt pressured both by OPCW management and an uncomfortable intercession by US government officials to come to a specific conclusion.

Given all this, there is no reason for anyone to feel at all confident that “the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon had taken place” in Douma. 

In the hours since Arias finally gave them a denial of the OPCW scandal that they can use in their reporting, the mass media have suddenly broken their deafening silence on this important story. Reports have come out on Arias’ defense of the official Douma reports from Reuters, AP and CBS explaining to readers that the OPCW’s head honcho says all the naughty people sharing unauthorized narratives about Douma are wrong. In a story about Syria and The Hague, the CBS article mentions the words “Russia” or “Russian” no fewer than twelve times, spinning the entire affair as nothing more than a Moscow-orchestrated conspiracy theory.

Here’s an excerpt from the CBS article, just to give you a taste of the conspiratorial-lunatic spin job they’re doing on something that amounts simply to authentic leaked information:

Russia and Syria have alleged that the incident was staged since soon after it took place. Russia even attempted to bolster its case by bringing individuals who it identified as Syrians seen in “staged” videos after the attack to testify to the OPCW at The Hague.


European OPCW members rejected the Russian-Syrian claims outright, and refused to attend the session at OPCW headquarters.


“This obscene masquerade does not come as a surprise from the Syrian government, which has massacred and gassed its own people for the last seven years,” France’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Philippe Lalliot, said in response.

I guess it’s nice to have some company on this important story after months and months of near-total silence, but man the spin’s making me dizzy.

Of course it’s not the mass media’s job to objectively report facts, it’s the mass media’s job to manufacture consent for the status quo upon which the media-owning plutocratic class is built. This status quo naturally includes the globe-spanning US-centralized empire and the endless war which glues the whole thing together. The narrative that this oligarchic power alliance has once again deceived the world about yet another military intervention in yet another Middle Eastern nation would do serious damage to people’s trust in the imperial propaganda machine, so the story will be ignored for as long as possible and then attacked with extreme aggression when that fails.

We’re on attacking already. This is good.


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51 responses to “Surprise! MSM Spins OPCW Leak As Russian Disinfo”

  1. its all so laughable, and it is becomming old also. The Russians … well they laugh, the ones I know do.

  2. I hate those Rooskie Mieces to Pieces.

  3. Why do I laugh hysterically when I read shite like this these days? I used to be outraged but now I wonder whether I should be in an insane asylum. Or am I already in an insane asylum?

    1. Thom, I believe the correct expression is: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, won’t be fooled again.”

    2. Thom I laugh hysterically because most we are served is so utterly transparent shiite, that only the very ignorant fall for it

  4. “believe it or not, they’re blaming it on Russian disinformation.” Yes, again.
    Fool us once, shame on them (but then sociopaths feel no shame). Fool us twice, and it begins to look like that’s their business model. Fool us continually, and it becomes evident that the leaders of humanity are sociopaths. So if we want to quit being fooled as a society, we need a fool-proof system to screen out sociopaths from our leadership positions. Humanity has never had the technology to do this, until now. Unfortunately, that technology is being controlled by, you guessed it, the ruling sociopaths.

    1. exactly – I have been saying that for years. Nothing will change until a critical mass of sheeple learns to spot psychopaths and to prevent them from causing damage
      having psychopaths in charge of a country is like having a fox in charge of a hen-house
      It’s not even their fault – psychos cannot be any other way due to their mental sickness

      But they also know how to prevent sheeple from learning about psychopaths (The same way Big Pharma- funded universities teach students what Big Pharma tells them to teach- I did a degree in psychology in London (UK) and we hardly even mentioned psychopaths – we mostly focused on comparatively harmless schizophrenics.

  5. Ah, the Certificate of Authenticity. 🙂
    Nothing can be absolutely believed to be true …… until it is dismissed as “Russian Disinformation” or the people talking to you are denounced as “Russian Assets.” When those things happen, then you know its true and important.

  6. This article reminded me of all of the ” public schooling ” I received as a child in Boston and the many tales related to the founding of the U.S.A. Of course the many bad things that had been done were omitted. This article reminded me of just what this country should be about. Peruse it here:
    Monsters and United States Foreign Policy by Laurence M. Vance

  7. Hmmm

    It seems to me that “truth” in this context is defined as that which “our” government acts upon.

  8. Point One, we realize it would be very foolish/stupid to engage one’s own civilian population with “bad and thus internationally illegal” deadly chemical weapons when one’s conventional army is actually in the process of mopping up operations against “rebel” forces in that theater utilizing “nice and thus fully approved” deadly conventional weapons while knowing full well that doing so would simply serve as the excuse necessary for Western Democracy Forces to expand its own conventional “nice” operations in opposition to you there. Point Two, we actually realize that neither Assad nor Putin is that stupid… unless they’re pure genius by fooling us into thinking they’re actually that stupid. Point Three, we realize that neither is President Trump that stupid, plus he’s apparently not generally in favor of wars or the expansion thereof (at least thus far) but then again, he also could be a genius just fooling us. Point Four, IT’S SHOWTIME… we realize our millions of U.S. dollars invested in Tomahawk cruise missiles are getting stale just sitting around offshore and besides, the slobbering mouth breather war pig/neocons and their owl worshiping globalist lackey choir of international press club members is already on the warpath crying for blood. Point Five, Therefore, in the absence of solid, absolute proof that you (Assad and Putin) didn’t do it (the chemical thing) and in the presence of “solid proof” from our “intelligence” agencies that you did do it, please be notified that “we” (the free world” are going to carefully target exactly this particular place and that particular place which our “intelligence” claims to be “bad sites”… so kindly remove all your personnel ahead of time so we can make some big booms because we “must must respond to this!” before the truth comes out. Point Six, sorry about that.

  9. It is interesting that they mention that Russia debunked their claims immediately last year, by bringing to the Hague the star of the propaganda video, a young Syrian boy, who testified that he was coerced into going to the hospital, where the White Helmet video production team grabbed him and sprayed him with water. It is interesting because none of the imperial media covered it at the time, and yet they clearly know that it happened.
    The part about the west refusing to listen to evidence is also accurate.

    Oh, wait, is it clear what happened from this ”news” report?
    ”Russia and Syria have alleged that the incident was staged since soon after it took place. Russia even attempted to bolster its case by bringing individuals who it identified as Syrians seen in “staged” videos after the attack to testify to the OPCW at The Hague.

    European OPCW members rejected the Russian-Syrian claims outright, and refused to attend the session at OPCW headquarters.”

  10. Monotheistic death cults have been murdering each other in the name of truth love and peace for centuries; add the wanton provision of modern weapons-for-profit to this toxic ignorance and the provider/profiteers are the sole beneficiaries.

  11. USA-ma Bin Laden Avatar
    USA-ma Bin Laden

    In other news, the vaunted Free Press has discovered that the mythical Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction that America was running its mouth about for years to justify its war of aggression against that nation was … wait for it … actually “Russian disinformation”!

    Oh, hell, let’s just save some time and state that from now to eternity: Anything that questions America’s lies and deception is actually Russian Disinformation.

    People that question the JFK assassination dating back to the 1960s … they are actually Russian assets and bots.

    People that question America’s 9-11 Reichstag Fire … Russian disinformation.

    People who believe that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy are not real … Russian troll farms!

    From now on, it’s Marcia/Jan Brady channeling Sen. Joseph McCarthy: Russia, Russia, Russia!

    1. jfk was not the least of the big time mccarthy supporters when it mattered. the democrats are continuing a fine old tradition.

  12. Where do you turn for “the truth”?

    1. But isn’t the spreading of propaganda by the MSM illegal? It used to be, but nowadays it isn’t:
      Therefore, you, YOU!, are going to have to find what YOU believe to be “the truth” YOURSELF!

  13. Over 97% of all scientists conclude that the syrian attack was done by syria with Russian help. Just like climate change. It is a done fact. Quit discussing this.

    1. except with climate change, the actual scientists say it’s humans using fossil fuels. in your little hypothetical, it’s bureaucrats, and the scientists and investigators on the ground are pushing back against that.

      1. Lol. You can see corruption everywhere eccept in your core beliefs. Assume everyone is lying to us.

        1. i assume the fossil fuel companies, which developed this propaganda using the same ad agency the tobacco industry used, is lying to me. i don’t think gravity or evolution are plots, either. the poor, poor fossil fuel industry, if only it had the money to fund some research to support the propaganda, but everyone knows giant corporations are helpless in our system, right?

    2. One school of thought suggests the computer hack that kicked off the “Climategate” maelstrom was a PRC operation as opposed to blaming the standard default bad guy Russians. Yes, it was those inscrutable orientals for reasons even more inscrutable. Perhaps it went something like this… Ming: Klytus, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today? Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K system, Your Majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet… Earth. The Emperor Ming: How peaceful it looks. [He activates a console, and watches as earthquakes, floods, etc., start to occur. They both get a good laugh out of it.] Klytus : Most effective, Your Majesty! These Earthlings will blame it on “Climate Change”. Ming: Screw that Kyoto Protocol! Release the incriminating E-Mails!

  14. Sometimes a simple statement can be so correct that it hits you like a punch. This is such a statement:
    To what passes as Donald Trumps mind, everything that Barack Obama achieved in his presidency was entirely wrong and must be wiped out.-Brian Cloughley Peruse the entire article here:

  15. Since there is no corporate news source that can be trusted, how are we to know if this excursion from reality is believed by anyone other than said news sources’ echo chamber? Any poll is just as likely to be as corrupt as the excursion is. Perhaps the use of forged polling data to influence people is just an extension of the lie. I find it hard to believe that anyone with two brain cells that get along believes this male bovine fecal matter.

    1. Exactly. You basically believe in the lies you agree with and disagree with the lies you oppose. We each pick our own lies and call it the truth.

  16. LOL. Yup, they still upset about loosing their slaves in the 1800’s and the Russians helped Abraham Lincoln do it, they’ll never stop until they get paid for their stolen slaves and lost income, and even then I’m sure not, because it’s really just the idea of the whole thing. America, home of the god like things.

  17. I guess there’s not many of us WW-II kids around anymore. But the Nazi regime employed this same technic of repeating the same simple talking point lies over and over brought the Germans under control.

    They only realized it all, after defeat.
    Is that what it’s going to take?

    I don’t think Americans, in general, are cognizant enough to even question it.

    1. If you do question it, you are shouted down. Typical fascist technique. Only now they call themselves antifascist. Sometimes life is hysterical.

    2. “But the Nazi regime employed this same technic of repeating the same simple talking point lies over and over brought the Germans under control.” Umm, sorry, but you fell for the controlled narrative all the WW2 kids and their parents were brainwashed with. Very little we have been taught about “Nazis” is true. Most of it is the polar opposite of reality.

  18. Every truth teller will be a Moscow agent, thus disarming their threatening truths.

  19. Mr. Arias is a completely discredited source. His remarks include a large number of unacknowledged quotes taken verbatim from Nancy Pelosi’s recent press conference presentation.

  20. No doubt, it’s also the Russian/Syrian attempts to demonise the good old Western nations lined up to destroy them, that caused BOLTON to threaten the families of the OPCW investigators, unless their findings displayed what they were told to publish. I said at the time, how come very little mention was being made of this event in the M.S.M. and very few folks were talking about it. Now it becomes obviously clear, with those FACTS on the table, Russian/Syrian fable is neutralised. So c’mon people, lets drag that event out of the bin and spread it far and wide. How come BOLTON got a free pass on threatening an Official of OPCW ?????? That for sure, was no Russian/ Syrian ploy. Unless of course BOLTON is actually in the employ of these nations ??? 🙂

  21. Every day is another multi-ringed political-MSM circus of fantasy land plots and lies. There is this poison gas story of Ms Johnstone’s. There is the ” Randy Andy ” mess in England; see here:
    And of course there is always more Russia – Ukraine twists and turns to comprehend; see here:
    And on top of all this one has to wonder if ” Bibi ” is going to start another war so that he can avoid going to trial for his criminal conduct in Israel? There are also many, many mini-rings to this enormous circus you are liable to wrench your neck looking at them unfold. The political cartoonists and writers are going to have a field day for the next eleven months.

  22. I’ve said many a time, that if Hillary and Obama were to BOTH slaughter an innocent baby on the steps of the Capitol building, and ONLY the mainstream media were there to cover it, it might just as well have never happened. The entire mainstream media is controlled by 6 global corporations, all run by the very globalists who profit from every horrible thing that happens on this planet. There is little point in “protecting” a “free press” when we certainly don’t have one anymore (outside of the alternative media – and thank god for them).

    1. Hmmm

      Good comment.

      Though it should be noted that the “Globalists” who maintain a stranglehold on pretty much everything Americans, see, hear and read these days also happen to be to be predominantly Jewish. And all are walking in lock step as leaders of the rabid, zionist, israeli uber alles Brown shirts of the 21st century…. “Globalism” as practices by these psychopaths is nothing more than a more efficient and cost effective means to and end.

      There hasn’t been a “free press” since well before 9-11. And one can make a strong argument it was decades before 9-11 since America has free press. IMHO

      1. This article taken from

        John Swinton reply to the crowd of journalists on the evening of his
        retirement ,being roasted for his years as editor of the NYT ,approx 1880 , stunned the attendance with his so eloquent truth .

        N.Y. Times Editor John Swinton: All JOURNALISTS Are PRESSTITUTES — ~“There is NO SUCH THING as an independent press. NOT ONE OF YOU DARE write your honest opinions. If you did, you know it would never appear in print. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before 24 hours my occupation would be gone. The BUSINESS OF THE JOURNALIST is to DESTROY the TRUTH; to LIE outright; to PERVERT; to VILIFY; and to SELL his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the TOOLS OF RICH MEN BEHIND THE SCENES. We are the jumping jacks; THEY PULL THE STRINGS AND WE DANCE. We are INTELLECTUAL PROSTITUTES”

    2. Oh, it would have happened, but Russians would be superimposed over Hillary and Obama. Yes, thank God for them, as long as they last. Julian is the experiment, and it appears to be working quite well for the Sociopaths In Charge. Future such assaults on the truth will garner less and less of the public’s attention, until true journalists can be summarily executed without notice or repercussion.

  23. Meanwhile, the average American couch potato remains much more concerned over the success of his local NFL team. Syria can sink into the Mediterranean if only his team could win the Super Bowl. You know, these never-ending wars of aggression are of even less concern to these folks than who wins the presidency, and that ranked distinctly behind football for nearly 30 percent of American men.

    1. Unfortunately, which NFL teem wins a game is just as important as who wins a presidential election. Who is elected is irrelevant. As we are currently seeing, any deviation from the path chosen by the Sociopaths In Charge will be met with whatever level of resistance is required to defeat it.

  24. How is the false narrative finally defeated and esposed from these professional liars ,paid to lie to keep up appearances to a public that only follows a false narrative .This is bound to drive anyone with a sound mind absolutely crazy.Good work Caitlin on your investigative work.
    As they keep trying to manufacture reality.LOL.

  25. There must be a special place in hell for these bastards. Will they only be satisfied when WW3 breaks out?
    Will they ask the frothing Russophobe Fiona Hill to add her opinion, especially after her semi deranged rantings at the impeachment hearings a couple days ago.
    Putin did it. Russia did it. Over and over ad nauseum.
    The sheer shameless dishonesty and censorship and straight out bullshit from these creatures is head spinning.

    1. I agree completely. It’s beyond insane at this point.

      1. Hi Carolyn – did a street campaign with the SEP on Sunday here for Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning and advertising the upcoming meeting in Melbourne.
        Yes, a small minority took leaflets (from me) and were definately sympathetic to Julians plight, a number signed up to come to the meeting on Dec 15th, but the sizable majority….
        My god, the level of brainwashing! Groupthink en masse = Fascism. Couple people made comments about JA being a rapist, as well as some other nasty comments.
        And quite sharp No’s from a lot when I asked them to take a pamphlet. This is what the filth media has done.
        People no longer have independent thoughts, just soundbites from the MSM. Welcome to 1984.
        Maybe I expected too much? It was the first time I’d done that sort of thing for nearly 20 years. Will do another one soon. Long reply, sorry.

  26. I was genuinely hoping for more, but not surprised. I have never seen anything like this Russian Hysteria! If only Orwell was alive to see this…

  27. The Syrian chemical attacks narrative (always coming from those with plenty to gain by pushing it) sounds as fake as the Skripal affair and attendant narrative spinning. I don’t believe a word of either ‘official’ story and by extension the word of anyone pushing those narratives. That turns out to be a rather large swath of the military intelligence mass media establishment. By the logic of these clowns, Tulsi is responsible for the Douma chemical attack because she’s a Russian plant who met with Asad! The McCarthyism has become so obvious that it has to be discredited soon, along with the massive cast of clowns who have been pushing it. Or maybe I underestimate the credulity of the average citizen.

    1. Tulsi picked up the Russian produced poison gas at Trump Towers and carried it to Damascus in her carry-on luggage. Once there she handed it over to Assad himself.

      Russia has had a long history enlisting American government officials as assets dating back to Benjamin Franklin and his interesting relationship with Princess Ekaterina Dashkova, head of the Russian Imperial Academy of Sciences and a close friend of Catherine the

      While these remarks are meant to be sarcastic one never knows what mainstream media may do with them.

      That Syria carried out a gas attack at Douma just made no sense and Robert Fisk’s column was pretty clear that there was no gas attack.

  28. Ever since Tony Blair’s “dodgy dossier”, we have seen more and more public exposure of the same syndrome.

    1. Set up a reputable-sounding institution or agency.

    2. Use billions of taxpayer money to hire hundreds or even thousands of genuine experts.

    3. Equip them with masses of the latest high-tech equipment.

    4. Put some political hack who knows which side his bread is buttered in charge.

    5. Get the hack to write all the reports, completely ignoring what the experts say (if they are even consulted).

  29. ‘The article deliberately frames the issue as one which has been “highlighted” by “Moscow”, and publishes a claim sourced to unnamed western officials that “the Russians and Syrians are trying to muddy the waters”’.

    Or, to put it in more familiar terms, “My mind is made up: don’t try to confuse me with facts”.

  30. Do not forget to say your prayers before you go to bed and be sure to look under your bed for the ” Russian Asset ” likely to be hiding there! Are Donald Trump and the MSM in a contest to tell the most lies per day? Heaven help us. Please peruse this:

  31. I believe Mark Twain said many years ago that ” If you dont read the news papers, you are not informed, if you do read the newspaper, then you are mis informed

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