This is the top story on RT, filling the “Popular” promo box:
The story is you know – basically just what the headline says.
But you have to wonder: what is the point of this?
RT has for years consistently translated grizzly and horrific stories from Russia that would otherwise go unknown to English-reading audiences.
What is the purpose of this?
It’s not an important story.
It’s sexy and will get clicks – people are suckers for satanic murder stories, particularly those involving cannibalism.
But is this not the diametric opposite of the core mission of RT, which is to present Russia as a reasonable, civilized place, in the face of ongoing slander by the Western media?
A story of satanic cannibalism portrays Russia in more or less the exact light that the Western Jewish media tries to portray Russia – as a backward doom zone of unhinged white hillbillies who are all a fifth of vodka away from committing an incomprehensible atrocity.
Granted, the Western Jew order is pro-satanism, but they certainly are not pro cannibal murder. And even if the West is pro-satanism, saying “Russians are the real hardcore satanists” is not a reasonable narrative for a media outlet that is supposed to promote Russian interests.
Understand: this is just one random example that has run across my desk. RT is filled with this stuff, showcasing it on a weekly or even daily basis.
The point is: Russia is indeed very normal, to an American with 1990s sensibilities. It’s largely white and Christian, the women are thin, the men heterosexual, the teenagers much more likely to get into rowdy shenanigans than to overdose on fentanyl. Due to the language gap and a general lack of interest in Russian affairs, most minor news stories of events in Russia go unreported.
RT just as easily could have chosen to report a story about a 95-year-old woman who died and left her significant fortune to the local parish to rebuild the church she was baptized in that had been destroyed by the communists, or a man who runs a home for 3-legged dogs.
But they choose “satanic cannibalism.”
Obviously, this is an issue of wanting clicks, which is part of their mission. But in my view as a journalistic professional, the core mission of promoting the interests of Russia should always outweigh a mission to attract clicks.
I like RT, and think it remains the single best mainstream daily news hub, covering many stories that are very important but largely untouched by the rest of the English-language media. I don’t have a dog in the fight with regards to their coverage of Russia. Yet, it does strike me as ridiculous enough that I feel obliged to mention it aloud.