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UPD: 06/05/2014 It does not hurt to lie

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The biggest surprise in the whole current situation for me was the rapid, no, instantaneous oskotinivanie our media. Everyone who tried to pretend to be a journalist somehow yesterday tried to propagate propaganda today - rabid, primitive, evil.

Our television is like an erupting abscess, my favorite newspaper "Gazeta" and "Lenta" are glassy-eyed empty stuffed animals of former self. There is no journalism left in the country. People - ordinary, sane, it seemed - forgot about everything and lie, they lie, they lie! The painted little calves in Vesti and the First are lying, correspondents lie, the editors lie in trifles and the main editors are lying in big trouble.

And how is it with them, I wonder, it turns out? After all, like two months ago there were people like people? After all, all those who today are so desperate, so passionately lying, could not completely reborn in a month.

It is known that a person forced to lie and admit circumstances, tries with all his might to avoid cognitive dissonance - and is struggling to gather information that would help him to justify himself, to prove to himself that he does not lie and does not insist. Rational thinking has nothing to do with it: everything is solved by emotions. Liars and scoundrels can not live, considering themselves such. Therefore, they convince themselves that their truth is like that. That others lie. That they just protect themselves and their side. And because they are right. Their position is vulnerable, fragile, and any support for these liars and scoundrels is very important: they were tried to raise them in their childhood as good people, and they now have a hard time. Any praise, any recognition is important to them.

And now we read: Vladimir Putin awarded orders of more than three hundred journalists for "objective coverage of events in the Crimea." Well, in general in Ukraine. Orders and medals to correspondents, moderators, showmen, grand princes ... "Alexandra Nevsky", "For Services to the Fatherland" and "Order of Honor". Okay, the correspondents are still - in the hell on the orders of climbed. And Kulistikov with Solovyov for what ?!

The first thing that comes to mind: these are not labor awards, but combat ones. After all, supposedly a time of war, and hence, on the other side of the enemy, and therefore, the pen should be equated with a bayonet. In war, as in war.

And then you'll think: who started this war? Who cursed Bandera and fascists, UNA-UNSO, who fanned hysteria among Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Ukrainian Russians, who told them about the Lvov massacre for breakfast and Kharkov hangings for lunch half a year? Who turned the "Right Sector" from a handful of marginalized people who had no name before, into the central force of Ukrainian nationalism? And who, most importantly, this nationalism stuffed with growth hormones, month after month, watering the whole Ukraine with lies?

Now - yes, war. Now on each side - the dead. Now there is no right or wrong anymore. Now the anthill is set on fire, you can shake your hands, step aside and stare, taking an "impartial position."

So: it's you guys who arranged. In the Kremlin came up, and you arranged. Every one of you who did not want to change jobs. Who was afraid of lowering wages. Who just did not know how to object to the boss. Who convinced himself that he was right.

"Polite people" - the GRU special forces - may not have killed anyone. And you killed. It will not be easy for you to live with it. It's better to lie to yourself, as you lied to others. It is better to shirnutsya and forget yourself.

Your medals are not rewards. It's Putin who gives you morphine in syringes.

Wash it today. And remember those whom you wash.

Dmitry Glukhovsky - Journalist