It is the duty of journalists to inform the readers on the basis of facts and to present the complete picture of a news item, and not only the parts that arouse some emotions for a certain politician. InfoShqip published a story about Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was probably invented by Putin himself. This is what the communication experts say based on the fact that he told the same story in different versions, writes Portalb.mk
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InfoShqip on the social network Facebook, through a personal story of the Russian President Vladimir Putin, presents a portrait of him as an emotional and positive person.
“During World War II, a Russian soldier received permission to visit his family. As he approached his neighborhood, he saw military trucks transporting dozens of corpses to the mass grave and realized that his neighborhood had been bombed,” – the text reads.
This is not entirely true
To make all this seem as credible as possible, Hillary Clinton’s authority was used, but her statement was not quoted completely and accurately, and the author chose only the words that suited their article.
It is true that Hillary Clinton said that this story was told to her by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012, but added that she did not fully trust it and that there was no chance for anyone to confirm its truth.
“Obviously I have no way to verify Putin’s story, but I’ve thought of it often. For me, it sheds some light on the man he has become and the country he governs. He’s always testing you, always pushing the boundaries,” she wrote.
There is a possibility this story will be a myth, Putin has told it several times – in different versions!
In the autobiography of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2000, he told the same story in a very different version.
Contrary to the first version where he says that his father saved his mother, who was mistakenly placed along with other corpses, Putin says in his autobiography that his father was at war and that he had no chance to see his mother or take care of her.
There are other contradictions between what Clinton said and wrote in her 2000 autobiography and Putin’s public statements about the story. To read more about it, click HERE.
However, the portals that published this story were not interested in confirming its veracity, which is not in line with professional journalistic standards because it presents an inaccurate picture of a particular story.
In a 2014 column for the Times, British publicist and historian Ben McIntyre cast doubt on Putin’s claims, saying it could be “a half-truth that politicians say when they want to manipulate the past to create the present”.
This is not the first time Putin has lied
In an interview with the BBC, Sergei Markov said that “Putin has stopped telling the truth” about Ukraine because the decision to invade had already been made.
Putin also lied about the fact that he called the aggression against Ukraine and the attack on civilians in Kyiv and other cities “a special military operation to rescue Donbas.”
Journalists should be careful not to fall prey to the propaganda of politicians
Information that is not objective and is used to influence people’s thinking or behavior in order to fulfill an agenda, mainly political, is considered propaganda.
Emotional and irrational messages are often used in propaganda, if you have noticed, the whole false story about Putin is based on emotions, so that it will reach the feelings of the readers so as not to activate the brain.
Journalists often fall prey to various political propaganda because they do not have enough information, and that the information they publish has nothing to do with the truth. This practice would be prevented if journalists check their information before deciding to publish it.
Otherwise, because Putin and his PR team often chased the story and told it in various forms, this could also be considered a distortion of the truth or a SPIN as defined in the CriThink Handbook. This is a propaganda technique that involves telling a story in the interest of one side.