War in Ukraine: How do we know what’s true?


War in Ukraine: How do we know what’s true?

by Karen Kataline

How do you know when you know something?

Since that could lead to an esoteric conversation from which we may never return, a better question for today’s world is, “Are you willing not to know?”

On everything from Covid to Trump, we have watched the ‘legacy’ media reach full-scale propaganda.

They will do anything within their considerable power to get you to be against whatever they’re against and to think whatever they want you to think–even to the point of making you believe that doubt, disagreement, or asking questions is dangerous.

The idea that dissent is dangerous, is what’s dangerous. 

The essence of a cult and propaganda is an authoritarian or guru telling you that thinking your own thoughts is harmful or worse, will harm others.

Today, we are watching the unthinkable. We are seeing open persecution and the retaliation of dissenters. The tallest nails are being made an example and a warning to others not to oppose their authority.

For good measure, they cheer this persecution claiming that it shows moral superiority. This sets the stage to invite, then incite the public to join in and pile on. This is classic demagoguery and hate-mongering right out of the Marxist playbook, done by the very people who supposedly warned us about intolerance not too long ago.

We have seen this basic form of psychological warfare work again and again, especially on the most gullible.

So why in heaven’s name are people of every political persuasion so easily believing their reportage on the war in Ukraine?  Did the same media suddenly decide to tell the truth about this one issue?

“But what am I to believe?  Where will I get my news?” they lament.

A lack of curiosity is folly in a dangerous world but so is the willingness to believe a packaged narrative about a war a world away so we can feel certain of who the bad guys are.

Right now, there are a lot of bad guys, including those in our own government who have been telegraphing this war for weeks. Among the many questions we ought to be asking is, why? -and whose side are they really on?


Karen Kataline is a commentator, columnist & talk show host. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is a sought-after guest on talk shows around the country.

Kataline’s style has been described as “funny, feisty, but fair.” She hostsSpouting Off, a live, call-in talk show covering politics, pop culture, and social psychology. She maintains an active blog and her Op-Eds can be seen online at Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller, FrontPage Mag, and The American Thinker.



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Nabi Rasch
Nabi Rasch
1 year ago

It’s not just the MSM that’s full of lies and spins. The Conservative media fabricates nonsense, floats its own dumb narratives too–all the time promoting the presumption the other side’s the only unreliable twit. Best to go non binary.

1 year ago

Some examples of marketing for war. It reminds me of many years ago a couple locals made a film, 405 the Movie. Hollywood special effects people wondered how the two managed to shut down the 405. It was done very simply. Another video at the time was the new fighter aircraft and an airliner. There was no way to tell it was All CGI.


1 year ago

Everyone is telling us the Ukrainians are pushing back on the Russians, and supposedly winning. Why then is it necessary to release criminals from jails. This is an act of desperation.


1 year ago

In a way this shows not only the ignorance of the dominant media, but also calls into question when reporting who is the Nazi in the US. These people are So DAMN Stupid they can’t see a legitimate Nazi when it hits them straight in the face and yet they have the audacity to call any American a Nazi. F.OFF NBC. Boy, Was Trump Right.