• pingveno@lemmy.ml
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    11 months ago

    Fair question. First, I would not characterize what he does as being softer on Russia to bring balance. Some of his videos have been exposed as just being lies. That casts doubt on the rest, since ultimately you kind of just have to trust him. And before someone pops up to complain about Ukraine, yes Ukraine engages in propaganda as well. I am only cautioning against considering this source as being trustworthy.

    I could try to give a rundown of him, but it would look a lot like his Wikipedia article so I will just point you there.

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      11 months ago

      Fair, I’d be interested in examples, since I mostly know of him from seeing people talk about him on Lemmygrad or wherever (who have their own issues, of course). I can go find them myself though, I appreciate you giving me a general idea about what’s up wtih the guy.

      I do appreciate him bringing these interviews on the ground, but I always want to do my best to account for bias and spin, even for things like that that appear straightforward. I haven’t even watched the second half of the video cause I figured it would feature him more (maybe that assumption was incorrect idk).

      Definitely sounds like a crackpot who shouldn’t be taken too seriously from Wikipedia though. I just think calling something “propaganda” is a shallow criticism on its own.

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        11 months ago

        Do not take pingveno seriously. He is an enlightened centrist NATO bootlicker and for the past 3 years has been doing this on Lemmy. He will, at a moment’s notice, jump out to call Snowden, Assange and others Chinese/Russian puppets as well.

        Wikipedia is well known to have been dominated by “Western” admins and editors, and so they push for neoliberal propaganda. Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information that involves socialist leftist politics and history.

        Patrick was former US Navy and has been vlogging Donbass for the past 8 years from the frontlines, unfiltered. And he got demonetised within the first month back when he started vlogging in 2014.

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        11 months ago

        I watched through one of his videos. If memory serves, it was him wandering around Mariupol right after the Russians finished turning it into rubble. He happened upon a man who told him how wonderful the Russians were. All this in what were supposedly the ashes of his hometown. It was the most transparently staged bullshit I’ve ever seen. Probably a Russian soldier with a few scripted lines.

        I think a lot of the folks on Lemmygrad consume a lot of Russian state media and media that draws from Russian state media. Lancaster is regularly featured on Russian state media, so it makes sense that they would be passing around his content.