Reuters: The Rise of Misinformation (“Informational Sabotage”)
Ed. note: So what’s the deal here Reuters? Training your journalists to “spot deep fakes” when Reuters itself is sabotaging news concerning Russia’s energy giant Rosneft? Even though Reuters claimed it built a “fake news A.I. bot” for use on twitter, apparently it doesn’t matter when falsified news is used against Russia.
Rosneft wants Reuters banned in Russia for its ‘sabotage’ reporting of Venezuela oil deal
Originally appeared at RT News | Fri, 19 Apr 2019
Russian oil giant Rosneft has lashed out at Reuters, calling the agency’s claims the company helped Venezuela avoid US sanctions “informational sabotage” and promising to work towards banning it in its home country.
In its exclusive piece on Thursday, which was solely based on undisclosed “documents and sources,” Reuters accused Rosneft of cashing in checks for the restricted Venezuela’s state oil firm, PDVSA. It said the Russian company was allegedly getting Venezuelan oil with a discount, paying for it immediately in bypass of the usual 30-to-90 day transaction timeframe and then getting the full amount from the final buyers.
Rosneft blasted the report as “a blatant lie” and “a provocation” against the company in its response on Friday. The statement read:
“Reuters have ceased its operations as a news agency and a media outlet. This enterprise systematically engages in forging and spreading deliberate misinformation, legalization of rumors in the interests of its sponsors; invents news opportunities with the aim of damaging Russian economy, Russian companies and the Russian state.”
Those actions by the international news organization constitute “informational sabotage,” it said.
Rosneft insisted that it had no other choice but to “address the law enforcement agencies in order to curb the activities of this bogus agency [Reuters] on the territory of Russia.”
The US has put Venezuela under harsh sanctions which target its main source of income – the oil exports – and other areas of its economy. Washington has also directed foreign companies not to deal with PDVSA or face punishment themselves, according to reports.
American restrictions represent a heavy burden for the Latin American nation, which suffers from hyperinflation and is unable to import even the most essential food and medical supplies. However, the pressure still hasn’t been enough to fulfill the Trump administration’s goal of replacing socialist President Nicolas Maduro with US-backed opposition leader, Juan Guaido.
Here is the Reuters news article that appeared on April 3, 2019 Russia claims was “informational sabotage”:
Here is a Reuters article reporting that journalists and investigators were involved in falsified reports over 350 times when Reuters itself was falsifying reports on Russia energy giant Rosneft. Is this how the media operates now? Do hit pieces on other media sources while your own news media is just as culpable of running not only fake news stories, but deliberate “informational sabotage?”
Regardless if it happened years ago or not, the photographs were fake. And if they were fake then are some of the photographs Reuters utilizes today in their news reporting faked images?
Reuters has been caught up in the “fake news” phenomenon as well over the years.
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Edited April 26, 2019: Reuters caught again this time will face legal action.