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Russian Photo of MH17 Debunked as World Points Finger at Putin

By    |   Monday, 17 Nov 2014 01:53 PM

A Russian photo of MH17 released by state-controlled media purports to show a Ukrainian fighter jet shooting down the passenger plane July 17, but the U.S. State Department said Friday it was a fake.

The Associated Press reported that even before being dismissed as a "preposterous" attempt to "obfuscate the truth and ignore ultimate responsibility for the tragic downing of MH17," several bloggers had deconstructed the photo.



They claimed it was a forgery, specifically pointing out that the cloud formation in the photo is ripped from a 2012 stock image. Others said that the images of the planes were disproportionate to the landscape, concluding that the edited picture was crudely slapped together at best.

Many said the photo was a cynical attempt to propagandize ahead of the G20 summit in Australia, where President Barack Obama, President Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders met to discuss a range of issues and policies.

Russia's Channel One and Rossiya TV stations were the distributors of the photo, and claimed that they had obtained it via email from a man who was identified as an aviation expert.

"There is one great difference between Soviet propaganda and the latest Russian variety. For the Soviets, the idea of truth was important — even when they were lying. Soviet propaganda went to great lengths to 'prove' that the Kremlin's theories or bits of disinformation were fact," wrote author Peter Pomerantsev in a new book on Russian propaganda excerpted in The Atlantic.

"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 . . . 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."

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A Russian photo of MH17 released by state-controlled media purports to show a Ukrainian fighter jet shooting down the passenger plane July 17, but the U.S. State Department said Friday it was a fake.
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