If you’re trying to watch the 2008 Summer Olympics from the United States you may be forgiven for not knowing that there are other countries competing in the games besides the United States and China, because that’s all you’ll see. NBC has apparently decided that it’s a matter of honor, and has set itself to proving that the United States empire can go toe to toe with China, and is not, despite all the evidence to the contrary, in a state of decline. It’s a little bit pathetic, really.
But it does at least conform to the general U.S. media blackout approach, which, when not engaging in presenting news from the point of view of empire (aka the ruling class), crumbling or no, is simply to lie. Case in point: CNN was banking on you not being able to spot the difference between the South Ossetian city of Tskhinvali and the Georgian city of Gori, when it ran footage of Georgian attacks on South Ossetian civilians and labeled them Russian attacks on Georgians. How many U.S. citizens have ever been either place, after all?
“CNN is broadcasting misleading film from the conflict between Georgia and Russia, twisting public opinion to favor the Georgians,” according to an interview of a representative from Russia Today.
The representative accused CNN of having used video of Georgian forces attacking Russian civilians in Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of South Ossetia. CNN claimed that the images were of Russians attacking Georgians in the Georgian town of Gori.
The Georgian assault on Tskhinvali, described by Russian officers and other witnesses as an act of genocide and a war crime, led to the massacre of at least 2,000 civilians. The fact that Georgia, supported by the United States and Israel, was responsible for the provocation which led to the Russian response, has been concealed by the majority of the Western media.
One example of the media bias shielding Georgia for its responsibility for the carnage, is the fact that outlets such as the BBC continue to report that thousands of civilians were killed in Georgia, with the obvious deduction that they are victims of the Russian attack. However, these victims were not killed in Georgia, they were slaughtered in Ossetia by Georgian forces.
As the blog Campanadas de Libertad reported, “while the inhabitants of Ossetia claimed more than 1,000 dead, the BBC did not report this, nor any other news coming out of Osseetia, showing the destruction caused by the Georgian bombing of the separatist republic. Everything we’re obtaining are unbalanced reports of the destruction caused by the Russians.”
The Russian president Dmitri Medvedev ordered an immediate halt to military operations against Georgia. “The purposes of this operation have been achieved…The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” he was quoted by Interfax.
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