Raw desinformation Dagsnytt atten
The following is a translation of a commentary by Pål Steigan at his website steigan.no on 04. January 2017. Some explanation of the terminology/names: NRK is the state owned Norwegian broadcasting company. Dagsnytt atten is a news magazine in one of NRK's radio channels. Each day at 18.03 ('atten' means eighteen in Norwegian), central participants in Norwegian societal debate meet in studio. Although Dagsnytt atten is a radio program, TV cameras have been installed in studio, and Dagsnytt atten now has more TV followers than radio followers. Tove Bjørgaas is a NRK journalist. Iver B. Neuman is a researcher at NUPI. NUPI is a Norwegian research institute, focusing on international matters with relevance for Norway.
"Raw desinformation Dagsnytt atten
On Tuesday January 3rd, NRK's Dagsnytt atten covered
the diplomatic crisis between the US an Russia after Barack Obama decided
sanctions due to alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic Party's servers.
program is available here. It was a school example of raw desinformation.
One thing is that everyone in the studio seemed to dislike Vladimir Putin,
but as journalist and "expert" one needs to control such emotions. Iver
B. Neuman managed to say, without any resistance from the interviewer,
that "Russia's economy is becoming worse year by year. Putin has not done
anything in sixteen years." This is a lie and that can be proven. How
can Neuman say something like that when any first year student can enter
the World Bank's reports - or Wikipedia - and get access to documentation
of the opposite of Neuman's allegation?
It did not go better with Tove Bjørgaas. She said: "The Democratic Party has been victim to phishing, then a Russian hacker group got access to the servers. Leaked to Wikileaks, leaked via the Russians.
Assange has categorically denied that the Russians were their
source. Why did not Bjørgaas mention that? The former British ambassador
Murraig writes on his blog that the allegations from the CIA is
a vile lie. The reason why he can say so, is that he, according to himself,
not only knows who the source is, Murray himself has met the source and
talked with him. And this source is not Russian.
The entire Dagsnytt 18 program was lies and fake news. Have you got no journalistic pride at Marienlyst? Is this something you can be proud of?"
Translated by Erik Strand