Warn readers: 'This article contains information that does not correspond to reality'
"The Russian Foreign Ministry has launched a new special outreach that identifies the New York Times and NBC, among others, as sources of “fake news,” says a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova recently held a press briefing to explain the objective is to highlight trending stories targeting Russia that lack evidence.
“The section will feature bogus propaganda stories by various media sources and provide links to them,” she explained.
“Unfortunately, this section will be updated regularly. Of course, not every fake news story will be published there,” she said. “The objective is to show the main trends in publishing fake news about our country and to try to stop their spread.”
Her comments were posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which said the section first featured articles from five media outlets.
Those headlines, with a red circle stamp carrying the word “Fake,” included: “Vitaly Churkin is 5th Suspicious Death of Russian Diplomat in 3 months” (Santa Monica Observer), “Russia Is Hacking France’s Presidential Frontrunner [Emmanuel Macron]” (Bloomberg), “Russia Deploys Missile, Violating Treaty” (The New York Times), “Russia plotted to overthrow Montenegro’s government” (The Telegraph) and “Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S.” (NBC News).”
Zakharova explained that when her department sees “fake news,” officials try to reach the media outlet and provide Moscow’s perspective.
“Unfortunately, very often no one wants to reflect Russia’s official line. Let’s try doing it in reverse. If you have complaints, write and we will simply change something. Let’s swap places and you will see how hard it is to prove that you’re right.”
Zakharova said the point is that “in most publications the Russian position is totally disregarded, and if it isn’t, it is disproportionate to the bulk of the material.”
“I have already given very many examples, you can see them on our site in the previous briefing transcripts. That is why our task is not so much to disclose or publicly condemn but rather to draw attention to the fact that the Russian position should be reflected in the media. If you are writing about Buks and accuse Russia, it probably makes sense to have the position of the other side reflected in the pages of your publication, or to insert a respective section in the narrative, to allocate time to it.”
She explained the problem originally arose when Russian officials would grant an interview to “Western TV channels” and the report would include only a tidbit or two of their comments.
The solution, she explained, is to “record the interview ourselves and then publish the complete transcript and video.” -- WND.com