Maybe “Tainted” Fisher should go to Russia to work

David “Tainted” Fisher’s “skills” as a journalist could certainly earn him some big bucks in Russia.

He will be a shoe in when he shows how he established the role of embedded journalist inside a crook’s mansion on his CV. Plus his ability to pretend to be an investigative journalist when an illegal hacker hands over all the investigation stuff and all he has to do is badger people’s employers and associates into a one liner to give the appearance of balance. Even better if he can arrange for them to be sacked…now that is journalism he can sell…oh wait he already did that in NZ.

His CV more than qualifies him for a media role in Russia:

In today’s Russia, by contrast, the idea of truth is irrelevant. On Russian ‘news’ broadcasts, the borders between fact and fiction have become utterly blurred. Russian current-affairs programs feature apparent actors posing as refugees from eastern Ukraine, crying for the cameras about invented threats from imagined fascist gangs. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists had crucified a child in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. When Alexei Volin, Russia’s deputy minister of communications, was confronted with the fact that the crucifixion story was a fabrication, he showed no embarrassment, insteadsuggesting that all that mattered were ratings. “The public likes how our main TV channels present material, the tone of our programs,” he said. “The share of viewers for news programs on Russian TV has doubled over the last two months.” 

The Kremlin tells its stories well, having mastered the mixture of authoritarianism and entertainment culture. The notion of ‘journalism,’ in the sense of reporting ‘facts’ or ‘truth,’ has been wiped out. In a lecture last year to journalism students at Moscow State University, Volin suggested that students forget about making the world a better place. “We should give students a clear understanding: They are going to work for The Man, and The Man will tell them what to write, what not to write, and how this or that thing should be written,” he said. “And The Man has the right to do it, because he pays them.”

The Man currently pulling Tainted’s strings has been pulling them for some time.

Oh those long days sitting at the table at the mansion watching Kim Dotcom mark your efforts must have been tedious.

Imagine how liberating it would be for your sources to write all your stuff and all you have to do is pop your byline on it?


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