Crimea and Ukraine: Luke Harding goes off his meds

by Kit

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Modern mass-media is replete with instances of cognitive dissonance. However none can so perfectly encapsulate the madness of the pretend world so many “journalists” now live in better, than these two offerings from the always entertaining Luke Harding.
It has been reported that Russia has beefed up security on the Ukraine-Crimea border, in response to an apparent attack by SBU agents that resulted in the deaths of 2 Russian servicemen, there are also fears Kiev may try to disrupt the September 18th parliamentary elections.
Luke’s reaction to this, on twitter, was as balanced and reasonable as anybody who reads his articles would expect (at least, the ones he hasn’t stolen from other people):

Yes, he declares the Ukrainian attacks are “classic fakery”, when asked he would not provide evidence for this assertion. But then evidence isn’t really Luke’s thing.
The strange thing is that, in his other writings, such as this column for the Guardian, he writes:

Last November Ukrainian activists blew up energy pipelines to Crimea, plunging homes into darkness. People ate dinner by candlelight, factories shut down and for the first few days even traffic lights stopped working. The peninsula’s water supply is also vulnerable.

So which is it Luke? Do Ukrainians target Crimea or not? How can you state that the most recent Ukrainian attacks on Crimea are “classic fakery”, whilst at the same time volunteering that Ukraine has been actively trying to terrorise the population of the peninsula for over two years?
How can you confidently speculate about “another invasion” of Ukraine by the Russian army:

At this point there seem to be three possible scenarios. One is that Putin will try to leverage this latest crisis to persuade EU countries to drop the sanctions imposed over the Ukraine conflict. Another is that he is preparing a limited military incursion, possibly to set up a security corridor, which doubtless would include the electricity station in the nearby Ukrainian city of Kherson. A third is that he is planning something bigger.

…whilst simultaneously admitting that every single one of your previous speculations as to Russia’s plans in Ukraine had been totally wrong?

In spring 2014 there was speculation that he would seek to carve out a land corridor connecting separatist Donetsk and Luhansk with Crimea. That would involve over-running Ukrainian forces in the port city of Mariupol and advancing along the coast. The Kremlin also floated the idea of Novorossiya, a historical pseudo-entity encompassing Ukraine’s southern and south-eastern Russian-speaking regions…None of this happened

Not for a moment does the author’s fevered brain consider that, given every single one of his previous speculations “never happened”, maybe he should lay off the speculating this time. Not once do his previous humiliations cause him to adjust his world view. It is, to put it bluntly, insane.
It is staggering that, no matter the utter and complete failures of logic, no matter the number of totally incorrect rampant speculations they publish, the MSM will simply continue to push insane narratives about Russia, written by a man with only the flimsiest grasp on reality.
Oh well, that’s The Guardian for you. And especially Luke Harding, it’s why he’s our favourite.


Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Robert McMaster
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Robert McMaster

Don’t suppose Lukie-boy actually goes to the actual scene of events to gather evidence or facts. No, I didn’t think so.

Empire Of Stupid
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You have to admire Luke Harding and his unstinting dedication. Here’s a man who sees the hammer and sickle in every shadow, terrified that his underpants are radiating intelligence to the FSB, knowing that huge bearded dancing Cossacks lurk over every horizon, yet he crouches doggedly over his keyboard, typing nonsense for his bizarro masters to his bizarro audience . . . and getting paid for it. Bravo!

michaelk
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michaelk

A few, interesting details about this story, that Harding seemed to miss. But, I suppose when one is lost in a journalistic rant, that’s understandable.
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/08/11/ukraines-october-surprise/

Eric_B
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Eric_B

Harding talks about the power lines to Crimea being blown up then speculates that as Crimea is short of electricity Putin might invade Ukraine to gain control of a power station.
If he had done any research he would know that since April Crimea’s electricity needs have been supplied from Russia.
He describes the people who blew up the power lines as ‘activists’. The EU has a different view, defining such people as ‘terrorists’.
And the Guardian wants us to pay £5 a month for the privilege of reading trash such as this?

michaelk
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michaelk

Editorial standards, old-fashioned concept, I know, seem to have really slipped at the Guardian since Viner took over at the wheel. Harding is referring to gossip coming from highly questionable sources and presenting it as a verified story, which is absolutely terrible journalism.

Jerome Fryer
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Jerome Fryer

In fairness, this is an ‘opinion’ piece. Luke Harding’s opinions can be safely disregarded, I believe.

elenits
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elenits

It could be that the Graun has invented a new business model by fielding fake, nonexistent ‘Avatar’ journalists to deliver the Nooz.
The Avatars replace the old real journalists as they leave or retire. Senior trolls are used to personalise the Thanatopolis DC press releases.
No pension funds necessary. No huge rental costs. Huge savings as its once readers abandon the paper.

Robert McMaster
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Robert McMaster

This is beginning to sound like the ‘Guardian’ is a Scientology knock off. L. Ron is hoovering around somewhere.

elenits
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elenits

Does Luke Harding actually exist? Did Roland Oliphant perhaps invent him?

tutisicecream
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Thanks for this piece Kit. Clearly Harding is emblematic of what the Guardian now represents. In any ordinary job that relied on honesty, accuracy and integrity he would have been sacked long ago. What struck me reading his piece of agitprop was that in his haste to milk his Langley brief he forgot that the real flaky fakers in Kiev signed up to the Minsk agreement which should have been implemented in full by January this year and hasn’t. Now surely if Poro & Co were doing what they should, what they had agreed to and signed up to the… Read more »

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

Harding, in my opinion, is a prime example of what forty years of total dominance in the West by Rightwing psychopaths has done to society. The MSM is an absolutely vital brainwashing apparatus, central to elite parasite totalitarian control, so the intellectual, moral and spiritual disease is most marked there. I could name twenty psychotics at least as florid in their maniacal disinforming and hate-mongering as Harding, in just one Murdoch title here-his flag-shit, the ‘Australian’.

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

The Graun has long since dispensed with any requirement for fact. In reality, facts at the Graun are customised to order. to fit the needs of the Russia-rubbishing campaign being operated at the time. However, since forgetting to get a new Russian visa in time, Luke has been sidelined to the Naughty Corner in Muswell Hill, and the groundwork is done by his one-time rival Shaun Wanker, previously of the Lebedev-owned paper laughably known as the ‘Independent’. For example, Shaun and his imaginary friend ‘Roland Oliphant’ (ie a pseudonym he uses to flog his trash to other newspapers, and similarly… Read more »

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

I can’t see any difference between what Harding does as a VICIOUS hate-monger and war-monger and what Streicher did, and what got his necked stretched. Of course, Streicher was more likeable and intelligent than Harding, but otherwise I see no differences.

John Adrian
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made-up story written by a little schoolboy who dreams of being a war correspondent… so has to invent the war first.

Suddenly I am reminded of Damien, the roving reporter in Drop The Dead Donkey, renowned for his efforts to “spice up” stories (or even fabricate them entirely).

Mao Cheng Ji
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Well, when I read this Harding’s piece, my first reaction was that, rather than “off his meds”, he must be ON something; I don’t know: magic mushrooms? LSD? Time to lay off the acid, Luke…

Jen
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Jen

Naah, don’t blame the magic mushrooms or the LSD, I reckon Harding is on ice.

Frank
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Propgandists like Harding live in a different world from most ordinary people. They tend to be either cheap opportunists who would do anything for preferment of promotion to a higher status, or, conversely, they actually believe in their own bullshit – a narrative which no amount of counter-factual evidence will impact. The great student of ‘nationalism’ – a term used to mean any sort of ideological commitment to the love object – the master of understanding political psychology, George Orwell, makes some penetrating observations: ”All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British… Read more »

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

Do you remember Harding inside Syria doing propaganda for the jihadists pretending that they were the mythical Free Syrian Army, when they were al-Nusra Front? He just likes fascists butchers, that’s all. Very common on the Right.

JJA
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JJA

Very cogent analysis.
with regard to:
“All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts. A British Tory will defend self-determination in Europe but oppose it in India with no feeling of inconsistency.”
From a recent visit to Spain, I discovered many English immigrants (both pensioners and people working, albeit mostly in the ‘black’ economy serving English immigrants in Spain) had actually voted Brexit, mainly on the grounds that there were now too many immigrants in England.
Mindboggling.

Joe Kilroy
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Joe Kilroy

Nice try at demolishing a brilliant journalist who has more courage in his little finger than the lot of you put together. Is the huge typeface on your site so that morons can read it ? I see you don’t like being called ‘ Putinbots’, how about Putinoids, is that any better? Your rag has Kremlin-funded written all over it. You’re a joke.

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

Nice try, Luke.

Eric_B
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Eric_B

why would making the typeface bigger make it easier for morons to read?

david king
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david king

Hehehe.
Yes sure.
Isn’t Harding just pissed off because the fsb moved his pens about?

Frank
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There is nothing courageous about going along with, imbibing and spouting the orthodox narrative; on the contrary real courage comes from opposing the received wisdom of the day. In the face of the Spanish Inquisition it took courage to defy the Grand Inquisitor, whereas Mr Harding is the spokesman for the increasingly neo-MacCarthyite Inquisition. In Ibsen’s famous play ‘The Enemy of the People’ the principal figure Dr. Stockman has discovered they are being polluted by waste from the town’s tannery. Of course there is money involved and in opposing this scheme Stockman and his family are subject to vicious persecution.… Read more »

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

Yes, it certainly takes a lot of “courage” to overstay your visa and get deported. As Luke did. It was the reason he was not allowed back into Russia. Later on, he claimed that “Putin” had blocked his visa.
Plagiarizing stories from The eXile and thinking no-one would notice was another example of Luke’s ‘courage’.
I wonder which Grauniad staffer is lurking behind the name “Joe Kilroy”??

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

Nick Cohen!

Brian Harry, Australia
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Brian Harry, Australia

Yeah……that’s him……”Like”

elenits
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elenits

Don’t tell me! NOT Kilroy as in “Kilroy wuz here”?!!

Jen
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Jen

If not Luke, then maybe Shaun.

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

If not Luke, then maybe Phoebe.

Jen
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Jen

Or one of their children.

JJA
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JJA

To be fair to Shaun, even he tweeted scepticism about the Guardian/Observer’s claim that Russian football hooligans in France this summer were soldiers trained by Putin for the very purpose!

Catte
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Hi Luke Joe – thanks for picking up on the crucial issues here, namely a) the size of our typeface and b) that we’re being paid by the Kremlin. If I can briefly address both these important points. a)Our font size is 16px actually, which is fairly bog standard,though maybe a little to the larger size of average. Bigger than RT’s font, but around the same as the Intercept if I remember correctly. I hope this settles this vital question for you. b)We aren’t actually being funded by the Kremlin, or by anyone. I think you might find it helpful… Read more »

JJA
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JJA

Harding? Brilliant journalist? Even in jest that’s not funny! Read below if not convinced.
http://europe.newsweek.com/assange-how-guardian-milked-edward-snowdens-story-323480

Laguerre
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Laguerre

Harding never had much of a reputation for truth-telling. So I guess there must be some ulterior motive behind you gushing praise.

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

And especially Luke Harding, it’s why he’s our favourite. But when it comes to ambulance-chasing in Russia, Grauniad readers are spoiled for choice. Will it be Shaun “I saw the tank convoy, really I did, Roland Oliphant* was standing next to me” Wanker? Or how about rabid neocon whackjob Alec Loony? Or we might be treated to some paid-to-post trash from the Carnegie-funded loss-making propaganda, The Covert Journal. (This is for stories which even Wanker and Loon refuse to cover). The Covert Journal is used to add the veneer of apparently ‘independent’ journalism to trash which is so badly unsupported… Read more »

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Of course, Hellary’s story that the Russians hacked her server simply must be taken at face value.

elenits
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elenits

Also at face value:
Killary’s assertion that Putin / Russia hacked the DNC server…hand in hand with Trump, naturally.

joekano76
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Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

Secret Agent
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Secret Agent

Well, the Graun had to run this one out quickly as Theresa May says she is going to talk to Putin. This is a catastrophe for the Empire and must be stopped. Expect war to break out in the Donbass shortly. The UK must fall back into line. It’s bad enough that the Turkish coup failed and the Philippines are making goo goo eyes at China while calling the American ambassador a homo. The other news is that Russia has fielded a couple of tank divisions in anticipation of a Uke blitz on the Donbass and if necessary will annihilate… Read more »

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

This is why Corbyn MUST go, one way or another. Rigged court ‘decisions’ a speciality of the ‘Common Law’ where bent judges can read ANYTHING they like into words that other ‘esteemed’ judges find plainly say the opposite, just shows you HOW vital his erasure is to the elite. This is because a Corbyn-led Labour would be an obstacle to the full Libyan-style assault on Syria that Netanyahu has ordered and his psychotic stooge, Clinton, is slavering to deliver. I very much expect a frenzy of hate against Corbyn, featuring accusations of ‘antisemitism’, of course, then a naked rigging of… Read more »

elenits
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elenits

We still have half of August (the traditional war month) and the 5 months to Inauguration to change “facts on the ground”, ne’er fear!

Dak
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Dak

I would say something about this but there is really no point, Hardings always-wrong predictions, laughable conspiracy theories about Russia, grandeur delusions about himself which in turn cause paranoid delusions are all well known. Journalism is a very strange thing if you’re coming from a science background. You can lie all the time, you can be consistently proven wrong for years and years, as a matter of fact your whole carrier can be nothing but laughable misses and your “op-eds” exposed as nothing but official propaganda, you dont have to provide evidence, none at all, just hide behind “anonymous sources”… Read more »

Richard Le Sarcophage
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Richard Le Sarcophage

I remember something written by Montaigne, where he said that lying, properly understood, was a crime more worthy of the stake than most others. He lamented that once the tongue had acquired the habit of lying, that it was dreadfully difficult to make it return to honesty. What would he make of the moral, spiritual and intellectual sewer that is the West these days, where lying is not just ubiquitous, but almost universal? I now cannot think of any politicians and very few journalists, only one or two ‘mainstream’, in this country (Australia)who are NOT utter, psychopathic, shits.

Brian Harry, Australia
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Brian Harry, Australia

“Utter, psychopathic, shits”……You’re not kidding. I believe British newspapers are notoriously, ridiculous rubbish, but Australia’s News Corp are the absolute pits………..

Jen
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Jen

Montaigne never met Hillary Clinton, otherwise he’d revise his opinion of lying being worthy of the stake … that is, the stake being the only worthwhile punishment for lying.

elenits
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elenits

Luke Harding is an international joke by now.

reinertorheit
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reinertorheit

Although Ben Judah takes the throne of Clown Prince of Poppycock.