Ray McGovern: Answering NewsGuard

To counter the hagiography engulfing the Ukrainian president, the author recommends a video tutorial he made in July and an article by Joe Lauria published in response to NewsGuard around the same time.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky displaying a present that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave him after his speech to U.S. Congress on Dec. 21. (C-Span still)

By Ray McGovern

One has to put some context around the appearance of Saint Volodymyr Zelensky one evening last week before the U.S. Congress. Those with a modicum of accurate background information could smell a rat behind all the hugs kisses, and stormy applause. The real record renders the smell a stench. Alas, neither the accurate record nor the stench can find its way into the corporate media.

Here’s the thing – in the words of humorist Will Rogers: “The problem ain’t what people know. It’s what people know that ain’t so; that’s the problem.”

A Help Desk

Happily, much has already been written and spoken that exposes the dominant (propaganda) narrative for what it is — drivel. For example, readers can find much helpful sustenance in an extremely detailed piece Joe Lauria of Consortium News wrote on July 2 about what actually happened in Ukraine over the past several years.

Joe’s piece came in response to spurious charges by an Orwellian “rating” group (led by the usual suspects) called “NewsGuard.” Consider Lauria’s piece required reading; you may find it on the final exam.

For those who prefer video, I gave a kind of kind of tutorial on July 7 with emphasis on how Russia views the stakes in Ukraine: “Ukraine: A Taste of The Truth.”

I have also done several other videos on the general subject of Ukraine.

Not-So-Much Journalists

Reading the two articles below confirms the truth of Will Rogers’s adage – in present circumstances a dangerous one – that THE problem is “what people know that ain’t so.”

You may wish to tell your friends to read/watch Lauria and me (above), as a sort of inoculation against the constant supply of rubbish on Ukraine that the public is subjected to.

This article is from RayMcGovern.com

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a C.I.A. analyst includes serving as chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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11 comments for “Ray McGovern: Answering NewsGuard

  1. Anon
    December 31, 2022 at 20:51

    If Street Cred (re: former Serving Agents in America’s CovertNet…)
    is your goal… CN readers benefit
    through Not 1… Not2… But3… including This piece’s Analyst!
    And NOT Anonsource!!!

  2. LeoSun
    December 31, 2022 at 11:44

    Mr. McGovern, what “We, the People” know, is, that “those w/a modicum of accurate background information,” voted for Biden-Harris. Consequently, giving all the f/oxygen they need to power the Science Fiction Flick, Thing 1 & Thing” we’re living in!!! It’s MADness (Mutually Assured Destruction). It’s f/CRIMINAL

    The ball buster, in 180 seconds, WITHOUT any RESISTANCE, Volodymyr “El Chapo” Zelensky on 12.21.22, RAISED $45 MILLION Dollars for the US/NATO’s vs. Russia “FOREVER” WAR in Ukraine, traded FLAG$, Volodymyr “El Chapo” Zelensky received nearly TWO (2) Dozen standing ovations, AND, Bolted! Ukraine or Bust!

    About three (3) days ago, the MAN who, imo, should be President, DENNIS KUCINICH, succinctly summed up the history of Ukraine, “Well, first of all, look at what’s happened. I think the way this unfolded in Ukraine.”

    – “WE ALL KNOW from 2014 how the US engineered a coup AND knocked out the Ukrainian government AND put in one that would serve the US interest, which was to nullify the power of the constituency in Eastern Ukraine, which was Russian-speaking. AND, they wanted to basically, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, keep that out of influencing the policies of the region, which they did. I mean, 14,000, by some estimates, Russian-speaking Ukrainians were killed from 2014 until 2021. Most Americans have no idea about that.”

    Raise your hand, if, you kick your own ass, for NOT taking the Smart Risk, Every Time, the Green Party was on The Ballot, and, YOU, instead voted for a Democrat and/or a Republican. Giving the “MADness” all the oxygen it f/needs!

    B/c, imo, @ the end of the day, the USG & their f/“SAINTS” aim is a Corporate coup d’état:

    1. Control over Science and Technology
    2. Control over Financial Systems
    3. Control over Access to Resources
    4. Control over Weaponry
    5. Control over Communications

    This IS what happens when Con$umers, Democrats & Republicans, order a President (Biden-Harris) through the U.S. Mail. The result IS the State of “Democracy by Dictator$hip.” Protest & Survive!!!

    A BEST PRACTICE, Grasp tightly what is real in life; and, “Make It Rain.” WE the PEOPLE need to get the Muckity Mucks up to speed w/ “A Plan to Save the Planet, ”developed by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research & The Network of Research Institutes.”

    “The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think for himself, w/o regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost editable, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.” H.L. Mencken

  3. lester
    December 30, 2022 at 21:40

    I’m afraid that too many of us Americans are still affected by our childhood Cold War political education. That makes it too easy to make many of us anti-Russia, anti-China, even though neither country is Communist any more.

  4. Carolyn Grassi
    December 30, 2022 at 16:12

    Thank you, Ray, for your comprehensive history regarding Russia’s relation to the West. I will recommend your presentation to friends.
    If the mass media allowed other opinions (as yours) to inform the American people about the realities behind this current war in Ukraine. Where are the peaceniks? May your work for peace bear fruit in this approaching New Year!
    Carolyn p.s. Glad your son is helping you with the website

  5. SH
    December 30, 2022 at 12:20

    Under Cui bono, Ray mentions Haspel/BAE- but closer to home – Sec. of Def Lloyd Austin – fresh from the Board of Directors of Raytheon – one wonders why he didn’t mention him – not good to poke an admin in the eye”, esp one with drones :D

  6. IJ Scambling
    December 29, 2022 at 16:26

    Thanks, Ray! Also want to note that your presentation, your way, as well as the info you provide, is very enjoyable with its good-humored, relaxed style.

  7. BP
    December 29, 2022 at 13:12

    > Saint Volodymyr

    Right on the button. LOL

  8. Drew Hunkins
    December 29, 2022 at 13:06

    Imbeciles believe the Washington-Zi0-militarist empire had nothing to do with the Russophobic fascist 2014 coup in Kiev.

    • lester
      December 30, 2022 at 21:35

      I hope, Mr. Hunkins, you are thinking of Christian Zionists, eager for the End. They out number Jews who are Zionists many times.

      • firstpersoninfinite
        December 31, 2022 at 09:36

        When did the Christian Zionists receive 30 billion dollars? Never. Yet I can appreciate the point you are making.

    • Patricia P Tursi, Ph.D
      December 31, 2022 at 07:32

      Great to get a timeliness from Ray. I was surprised, however, that no mention of the US billions spent on Ukraine, and involving Biden, Neuland, and resulting in the 2014 Coup, etc, wasn’t mentioned. Zelensky is featured in a few videos to demonstrate, besides his acting ability to play statesman, his ability to play the piano with his “private member, and his ability to dance (Zelensky Dancing in High Heels) including tongue and hip thrusts. These are worth a search and highlight the absurdity of rewarding this degenerate with billions of dollars, but demonstrates The American Way. The shelling by the Azov Nazi Battalion , resulting in the deaths of thousands in Eastern Ukraine and the threat to Russia’s only warm water port in Crimea is never mentioned by the US, but as Ray mentioned, must have contributed to Russia’s decision to defend. The US has 3 coasts with warm water ports, but Russia can’t have one secure port? I believe our country is being destroyed by a world org and that we may have witnessed our last election. Since our inception,, we have always been at war.

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