ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


How to lie by mattsteinglass
September 17, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Media, Russia

The Russians, showing that piker McCain how it’s done:

Vietnam Backed Up Russia’s Peacekeeping Effort in Caucasus

Sep. 16, 2008

http://www.kommersant.com

Vietnam supports Russia’s active role in keeping peace and promoting cooperation in the Caucasus region, Pham Gia Khiem said. On August 8, Georgia initiated military action in South Ossetia and brought fire to the republic’s capital Tskhinvali. Then, Georgian troops almost completely destroyed Tskhinvali and lots of settlements. According to South Ossetia’s authorities, the death toll exceeded 1,500 civilians.

Russia moved troops to South Ossetia to defend Russia’s citizens living there. The ships of the RF Black Sea Fleet neared Abkhazia to prevent aggression and deaths amid the civilians, including the Russians that were spending vacation there. On August 12, Russia announced the end of the operation and completed withdrawal of troops ten days later.

By my count: the headline is a lie, not supported by the material in the article. The first sentence of the article is probably accurate. The second sentence of the article is a distortion; it remains unclear who fired first in Ossetia. The third sentence is a lie. The fourth sentence uncritically repeats a biased and probably false statistic. And so on.

And Kommersant is one of the better newspapers in Russia.

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