By Caitlin Johnstone

The president and first lady of Ukraine have posed for a romantic photoshoot with Vogue magazine, wherein President Volodymyr Zelensky waxes poetical about his love for his darling wife.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: how is Zelensky making time for a Vogue photoshoot amidst his busy schedule of PR appearances for other major western institutions?

I mean this is after all the same Volodymyr Zelensky who has been so busy making video appearances for the Grammy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the World Economic Forum and probably the Bilderberg group as well, and having meetings with celebrities like Ben StillerSean Penn, and Bono and the Edge from U2. It’s as busy a PR tour as he could possibly have without having a discussion about the strategic importance of long-range artillery with Elmo on Sesame Street.

Oh yeah, and also isn’t there like a war or something happening in Ukraine? You’d think he’d probably be somewhat busy with that too.


Call me crazy, but I’m beginning to suspect that there might be a concerted effort to manipulate the way we think about the war in Ukraine. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say it’s the most aggressively perception-managed war we’ve ever experienced.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February we have not only been smashed with mass media propaganda unlike anything we’ve ever seen while Russian media are purged from the airwaves, we’re also seeing the new media element of unprecedented amounts of online censorship, algorithm-boosted propaganda, and social media trolling.

So we’ve literally never seen this much overall effort put into manipulating the way the public thinks about a war. Which makes sense, given that it’s a profoundly dangerous proxy war which stands to benefit ordinary people in no way, shape or form.

I mean, can you imagine if people were allowed to just think their own thoughts about their government’s economic warfare against Russia which is hurting them financially and pushing millions toward starvation with the full awareness and approval of the US government? Or if Americans were allowed to wonder if the billions they are pouring into this proxy conflict could be better spent at home? Or if people started objecting to a needless conflict for geostrategic domination threatening their lives and the lives of everyone they know with the risk of nuclear annihilation?

Can’t have that.


There is a night-and-day difference between wanting to tell people the truth about something and wanting to manipulate their perception of something. There are times when true facts can be used to influence people’s perception one way or the other, but if your agenda is to manipulate perception rather than tell the truth you will necessarily be forced to rely on lies, half-truths, distortion, and lies by omission wherever the truth doesn’t serve that agenda.

If they were telling us the truth about this war, they wouldn’t be censoring Russian media. They wouldn’t be censoring online voices who disagree with the official narratives about Ukraine. They wouldn’t be continually blasting us in the face with mass media perception management, and they sure as hell wouldn’t be putting Ukraine’s celebrity-in-chief on the cover of Vogue magazine.

We are being manipulated, and we are being deceived. And we are being manipulated and deceived because our perceiving clearly on our own would go against the interests of the empire. They are lying to us because the interests of the people and the interests of the empire are, as usual, squarely at odds.


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  1. “We are being manipulated, and we are being deceived.”

    Only the unwitting can be manipulated. Wise people saw that typical con-game coming from a mile away.

  2. It was done to the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, why is it so complicated, the World is on the threshold of WWIII, to do JUSTICE to the Ukraine, and the half dozen minorities in that Fascist Country?? Who are the Demonic Creatures, promoting the ‘Illegal Artificial Entity’ by any International Law, of the existence of the Fake Country of the Ukraine?? That IS the Question!!

  3. This kind is something evel, no words for, very very evel people they sell theit own mother for some money, usefull dirt !

  4. Before deal with the war issues Clownlesky should take care of keep his wife stay away from Elon Musk so that nothing happens him the same than happened to Sergey Brin with his wife… 🙂

    • Who is Elon Musk his bos, he came in lots of money, out of nowewhere, no this is a very dirty play as all the others !

  5. Vogue can make the most demonic and alien seem human. How they glorify the sick Adrenchrome junkies who live off the blood of innocent children in Pedowood or the demented royalty who hunt children for sport are perfect examples. No surprise that Zelensky who has turned his nation into a blood sacrifice would grace their covers. What we need is a pair of glasses like those in John Carpenter’s They Live to see who these people really are.

  6. Zelensky is an artist, comedian. He has never controlled anything, can’t control anything. It is the officers of England and the United States who are waging war in Kiev.

  7. The photo brings to mind Nicolae and Elena Ceaușescu. When the Ukrainian people learn how many of their countrymen have been uselessly slaughtered by Zelensky the next shooting may not be with Vogue.

  8. Gee, no kidding! Now, for something really important. Will Tom Brady and his super model wife “hook up” with the Zelinskys in the the southern Florida social scene? I expect so. And, you common folk can just eat shit cake.

  9. That and the fact he fled Ukraine during the height of this, and appeared on 60 Minutes, most likely with his entourage, boot licks, and family. While the Ukrainians stayed with no leader?!? WOW

    How touching.

    The public image and the cults of personality plague the world. They are no different, and cult-like. False leaders. A TV personality with no balls, maybe his wife knows where he left them?

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