UK media and elisions

This really follows on from a post on a similar theme last week.  In that post we commented how stories about Libya in the UK press somehow seem to manage to skate over the recent history of Libya. Anyone reading these reports could  be forgiven for not realising that NATO attacked Libya in 2011 – an event which preceded the current chaos in the country. In that report Gaddafi simply “died”. No mention of the NATO attacks and assist at his ‘death’ at all. Continue reading “UK media and elisions”

NATO is lying again

President Putin commented on Ukraine that the Ukrainian army is like a NATO legion. These are his comments as reported by RT (which works for the Russian Foreign Ministry):

“We often say: Ukrainian Army, Ukrainian Army. But who is really fighting there? There are, indeed, partially official units of armed forces, but largely there are the so-called ‘volunteer nationalist battalions’,” said Putin.

He added that the intention of Ukrainian troops is connected with “achieving the geopolitical goals of restraining Russia.” Putin was addressing students in the city of St. Petersburg.

According to Putin, the Ukrainian army “is not an army, but a foreign legion, in this case a foreign NATO legion, which, of course, doesn’t pursue the national interests of Ukraine.”

How ‘truth’ can become a lie

This is a story by Reuters journalists Maria Tsvetkova and Aleksandar Vasovic. ‘Additional reporting by Peter Apps and Christian Lowe ‘.

It tells how 2 burnt out Russian tanks have been found on a Ukrainian battle-field, evidence of Russian military involvement in the conflict in Ukraine.

The journalists involved perhaps think they have done a good job. A piece of objective reporting. With evidence and eye-witness accounts. Certainly it makes a welcome change from the waves of unsubstantiated propaganda that the Western media usually prints.

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