The NYT and the Russia/Georgia Conflict

The New York Times published today a lengthy front-page article about new evidence from independent security observers that contradicted the Georgian government’s account of the conflict in the Caucasus this past August–an account that, as FAIR pointed out at the time (8/14/08), many in the U.S. media had repeated with little skepticism in their rush to fit it into an old Cold War frame.

In a post aptly titled “Now They Tell Us,” Left i on the News comments:

In deference to the U.S. ruling class, the Times is still hedging its bets (“the accounts are neither fully conclusive nor broad enough to settle the many lingering disputes over blame”), but it’s quite clear that the contemporary reaction of the entire U.S. ruling class, from Bush to McCain to Obama to the corporate media, was never based on a rational interpretation of the facts, but was instead entirely predicated on U.S. desire to isolate Russia in the world, not to mention a desire to fan the dying embers of anti-Communism as a “force that gives us meaning” (to steal from Chris Hedges).

Once again, as with the truth before the invasion of Iraq and so many other incidents throughout history, score one for the left and progressive media and zero for the corporate media (and minus a million or more for the people of the world who suffer the consequences).