One feels a deep sense of irony in much of what is happening these days within mainstream Western media.

It is no revelation to say that it was apparently long ago collectively decided by the Western world, that there would be one set of rules for the United States (our de facto leader from whom we take cues in all matters of international relations and receive “protection” from in return), and one set of rules for everyone else.

Those who fail to appropriately fall in line with this method of doing business are of course nothing more than raging, blind propagandists.

And mainstream Western media likes to talk about propaganda. It likes to talk about propaganda a lot, in fact.

A cynic might surmise that it has something to hide.

So perhaps, most ironic of all ironies, is watching respected veteran journalist Christiane Amanpour invite the host of RT’s In The Now, Anissa Naouai, on to her show to discuss propaganda, only to then launch into a 9-minute long CNN-approved Putin hate-fest.

Naouai herself wrote on Twitter that the segment which appeared on TV was heavily edited — and watching it for yourself, it’s easy to tell she isn’t exaggerating.

RT.com covered the disputein an article today.

It is possible to see at least a couple of instances where they’ve cut and pasted Naouai’s comments to suit the overall theme they were going for, which unsurprisingly was: Russia is a bad, bad place.

So then, why bother having an RT host appear on CNN to defend her position at all, if they were just going to censor her? Easy.

CNN needs to create the illusion of debate, and it’s difficult to do that without sometimes appearing to show a second perspective. Enter Naouai.

But they couldn’t just let her run wild with her comments, lest you actually believe it was up to you to come to your own conclusions based on an honest debate.

God forbid you would hear what this unreliable Russia-defender actually had to say in full and make your own mind up.

And have you heard? She’s a traitorous American, no less.

If you’re in any doubt over what is going on here, look no further than the banner CNN used on the bottom of the screen during part of the segment:

That’s CNN’s way of making sure its viewers know whose side to be on from the get-go.

But wait, there’s more.

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