Jun
01
2001

Macedonia War Gets Kosovo Treatment--in Reverse

In the lead-up to NATO's Kosovo bombing campaign in 1999, U.S. media coverage took a propagandistic tone—blaming a long-standing, multi­faceted conflict almost entirely on the Serbs, or even solely on one man, Slobodan Milosevic. At the time, FAIR pointed to the region's complex history of ethnic confrontation, including the chronic turmoil of the 1980s, when it was the Albanian majority, then enjoying broad political autonomy, that was accused of discrimination and abuses aimed at driving out the Slavic minority (Extra!, 5-6/99). Much of the media portrayed the Kosovo conflict as little more than a racial pogrom orchestrated by the Serbs […]