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On Friday, State Department spokesman Ned Price joined the “special report” to discuss how the United States is working to bring the truth about the war to Russian civilians in order to fight against the propaganda of their president.
NED PRICE: Public opinion in Russia is notoriously difficult to gauge. Russia is essentially a closed society. Vladimir Putin has near-total control over news outlets, which may explain why his popularity by some ratings and metrics is quite high. And that is precisely because Vladimir Putin fed his people a constant diet of lies, misinformation and propaganda. No wonder, then, that this war effort he launched against Ukraine enjoys some support among the Russian people. Our goal is to get the truth, to get accurate information about Russia, and we did that in different ways. Just a few days ago, Secretary Blinken addressed the Russian people via Telegram, a popular social media platform in Russia. We appeared on Russian television. We have used all the levers at our disposal to try to obtain precise information in order to counter this propaganda.
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