44 thoughts on “‘The real problem with fake news….’: Slavoj Zizek in RT’s ‘How to watch the news’, episode 03”

  • If Muslim guy kills a white person in America and the media says that he was a victim to some brutality and let's just say that he was and on the other a hand a white guy kills a black guy for an ideology, let's say racism. So isn't it in a sense right to point that out, not saying defending them but just pointing that out ?

  • What I love about Zizek is that he reminds us on PRINCIPLES how truth/lie is created rather than react to what's being "served on the table".. So yes, try find multiple examples from multiple situations in multiple places on Earth and then and ONLY THEN you might understand the truth

    The sad story is that although we're in reach of lots of information, the process of separating the wheat from the chaff is getting harder and harder.. The good story is again = don't focus on what's served on the table but what created that process of serving things in that certain way to the public itself

    ALSO love the fact that people seem to (or at least HOPE they do) have started the "traditional and boring" "practise" of measure twice before cut, alas, GLAD it's in people's minds (at least somewhat) cause for decades we've been bombarded with bullshit like "we must act" or "now is the time" and similar type of "PR management" and/or modern "leadership/success" "guidelines" type of BS

  • ListenUpMusic says:


  • The thruth about anti-semitism: jews have been the most persecuted people for 3000 years and bullshit always been on them since history exist.

  • The suggestion by the YouTube warning that RT is government funded seems to be the farcical claim that YT and Google are in no way being manipulated by the US government.

  • Kilgore Trout says:

    Isaac Asimov made a similar point in one of his Foundation novels.
    "The closer to the truth, the better the lie, and the truth itself, when it can be used, is the best lie."

  • Tobias Winter says:

    How well his description fits to RT itself. Started as a counter-weight against mainstream media, it showed itself as a toothless propaganda outlet, just like the mainstream media. Toothless because it shows the same lack of basic values, by wildly switching between pro-imperialistic propaganda for neonazi groups and anti-imperialistic coverage about the Venezuela crisis.

    However, we have to be thankful, since it's a fine lesson about how those who claim to be anti-fake can be just as rotten, if their value system is no different from their supposed opponents.

  • "the most dangerous fake news is a lie that relies on true facts." Sneaky Zizek explaining how RT works on RT. Chapeau!

  • Fennec Besixdouze says:

    @9:50 wtf? I don't know anything about not breastfeeding elevating the risk of breast cancer, but certainly the research on breastfeeding and its profound benefits to the child is overwhelming.

  • Vladimir Barraza E. says:

    Why did RT correct Žižek’s sentence: “all the data are true”. Clearly he distinguishes between datum (sing.) and data (plural), which is a loan word from Latin.

  • SLAVOJ ZIZEK is become burned card since he gives credibility to the Russian elite and what is paradoxically is he is against western elite and give cheap advertisement for communist elite. Shame on you zizek

  • This is the problem with Zizek's inescapable ubiquity — with his willingness to talk to any camera you point at him he's now allowing himself to be clumsily packaged next to FoxNews clips for RT propaganda.

  • Insult the Government? Russians Could Go to Jail Under Proposed Law

    President Vladimir V. Putin has expressed support for restrictions against insulting the state online.
    By Ivan Nechepurenko
    March 7, 2019

    MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers, moving to further restrict freedom of speech, passed bills on Thursday that would introduce jail terms and fines for insulting the government online or spreading so-called fake news.

    The bills are seen as an effort to pre-empt and control public criticism as Russia’s prolonged economic stagnation pushes down the Kremlin’s approval ratings. They reflect a nearly two-decade-long project by President Vladimir V. Putin to put information flow under state control, a push made more difficult by the growth of the internet.

    The new measures await final passage in the upper chamber of parliament and Mr. Putin’s signature. He has expressed support for restrictions against insulting the state online.

    One set of bills passed by the lower house, the Duma, would subject private individuals to fines of up to $3,000 or 15 days of administrative arrest for insulting the government online. Individuals would face fines of up to $6,000 for posting what is termed fake news.

    Another bill would demand that news media outlets and other websites remove any information that shows “clear disrespect” to the society, the state or its symbols, the Russian Constitution or the government. Internet service providers and website owners would have one day to remove the insults, or face a complete block.

    Lawmakers also passed a bill that would force websites to immediately remove any “false, publicly important information” that a government watchdog deems to be a threat to public order.

    The measures did not stipulate clearly what would be considered fake news. The authors said in interviews that this would be determined by state prosecutors and the government communications watchdog.

    Critics said that the measures were loosely defined to allow the government to block any information online that it finds undesirable.

    With the bills’ wording as “vague as possible,” Vladimir A. Ryzhkov, an opposition politician, said on Facebook, “it will create possibilities for the widest possible arbitrariness for law enforcement. As a result, the society’s trust in the government will fall down and the public atmosphere will be poisoned.”
    As more Russians switch from television — largely controlled by the state or Kremlin allies — to the internet as their main source of information, the government has made keeping the web under its control a top priority.

    In February, lawmakers proposed creating the infrastructure to separate Russia from the global internet altogether. Last year, the state banned Telegram, a popular messaging app.

    The Russian government has opened its assault on so-called fake news even as the United States has accused Moscow of engaging in the practice itself, through a disinformation campaign that was intended to sway the 2016 American presidential election.

    The new bills were passed as Russians’ trust in government agencies and Mr. Putin in particular has been steadily declining. For the first time since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the number of Russians who say that the country is heading in the wrong direction has surpassed those who say the opposite. The finding came in a poll conducted in January by the independent pollster Levada.

    The share of people who approve of Mr. Putin’s work as president has declined by about 20 percentage points since it reached a post-Crimea peak of 86 percent in 2015.

    Nikolai F. Uskov, editor of Forbes Russia magazine and a frequent commentator, said that the bills were the government’s “weapon against the media.”

    “The government is clearly getting ready that protest moods will grow and that this will be reflected in publications in social networks and by the media,” he said, speaking at Ekho Moskvy, a radio station. “I don’t think this will save the state,” he added, “because the wave of anger will sweep away all restrictions.

  • From NT Times:
    “Crackdown in Russia: The country’s lawmakers have approved measures that would introduce jail terms and fines for insulting the government online or spreading “fake news.”
    —I wonder if RT has/will cover(ed) this story. This is a big deal .

  • The real problem is bigger fake news makers are terrified by small fake news maker. But I would prefer to trust small fake news rather than large fake news.

  • Existential Bread says:

    Fake news in a two party system is more utilitarian, it encourages indoctrination at a rapid level with little understanding.

  • Richard Foran says:

    Up until the internet governments could tell you any story about a situation. You could only read about it in a newspaper, magazine or watch the news. Imagine having the internet in ww2 or contra wars.

    We can access the world anytime we want now and governments can no longer be so inventive with facts. So the fake news is the only distraction left. Had there been no internet currently the invasions of Iraq and say the current Venezuelan situation could have so easily been passed off in ways we would have never know. Note how the fantastical stories about WMD are going away as we have the internet and it boils down to Us wants Oil Russia wants Oil in Venezuela with only fake news… To confuse right and or wrong

  • Juan Llorente says:

    Since Zizec is at the other side of my political views and he is becoming more and more popular, I wanted to hear something from him. I actually agree with mostly everything he said. He is also controlling the narrative of what he is saying but overall I liked what I heard.

    I am looking forward to see his debate with Jordan Peterson. I would like to see them respecting each other intellects and understanding the importance of having people tjinking, regardless of how and what they think

  • So much intelligence, but the part of his brain that's like "this is how you pronounce the letter 'S'" is just broken I guess?

  • Cliff Matthews says:

    Slavoj Zizek looks undoubtedly uncomfortable in his own body (or maybe he's so socialist, he's too lazy to take a bath?)

  • True objectivity is impossible in journalism or life. We don't have the capacity to be truly objective, we're always influenced by our ideological perspective, I think it's noble for journalists to try for some degree of objectivity, thus the difference between tabloid papers and say broadsheets, but at the end of the day an emphasis on objectivity simply leads one to be politically neutral and make false equivalences between issues.

  • Soviet News was hardly ever fake news. It was real and educative. Corporate Bourgeois News is all fake news and always will be.

  • This guy is nervous inoff to listen and watch (eaven though interesting), but dont cut and distract it eaven more!!! 😉

  • thats a plan to confuse and continue the bullshit propaganda . . one thing i do know is the fox news audience can be fooled into thinking anything

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