Western Media ‘Myopic’ in Reporting of Assassination Attempt on Putin, Says Russia Expert
MOSCOW, February 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Reporting of the assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin has
exposed the hypocrisy of the Western media, according to Srdja Trifkovic, foreign affairs
editor of Chronicles magazine.
Trifkovic said, “The news that a plot by Chechen terrorists to kill Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin has been foiled by Russian and Ukrainian security services was greeted in
the Western media by skepticism bordering on scorn.
“The New York Times set the tone with a long quote by a ferocious Russian critic of
the Kremlin, Dmitri Oreshkin, who claimed that ‘the real leaders of Mr. Putin’s political
structure, the people from the Federal Security Service, are trying to mobilize public
“Foxnews.com quoted unidentified Russian ‘posters on blog platforms’ as saying this
was but ‘a good PR move for the country’s main thief.’ Like the rest of the pack,
Australia’s ABC suggested that the timing of the announcement was meant to help ‘the
Russian strongman’ at next week’s presidential election.
“Not one major Western daily paper or TV channel has bothered to look into the
substance of the story itself. Is it actually true, or likely to be true, regardless of
any political effect? What is the track record of the accused? If the official story is
suspect, are they then the victims of a sting operation, or just plain innocent?
“One hoped in vain for a commentator on either side of the Atlantic to point out the
obvious: If the plot, uncovered earlier this month, was meant to be executed right after
the election, then it is hardly surprising that the announcement was made shortly before
the election. By contrast, only two weeks earlier, no mainstream outlet had wondered if
the news of an alleged plot to kill President Barack Obama was meant to increase his
popularity in the presidential election year.
“For many Western media analysts “Vladimir Putin” has long ceased to be a political
figure, having morphed into a dark metaphysical concept. Whatever the Russian premier does
or says will be processed through a very dark lens by the bien-pensants who see him as the
embodiment of what they loath: a patriotic leader who believes in – and upholds! – the
right of sovereign nations to be the masters of their own destiny within their borders.
“Accordingly, if Russia vetoes a Security Council resolution that could be manipulated
in order to justify military intervention against Syria – just as the one on Libya was
manipulated almost a year ago – it is because Putin is in cohorts with a blood-stained
dictator. But when the United States vetoed resolutions condemning meddling in the
internal affairs of sovereign states (1979), forbidding use of nuclear weapons against
non-nuclear states (1979, 2007), or advocating a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty
(2008), it was business as usual. While in some of those instances (and many others,
notably involving Israel) the United States was right to use its veto power, this is not
the issue here. Hypocrisy is.
“That same hypocrisy is on display when Putin’s ‘KGB roots’ are routinely invoked to
‘explain’ his views and intentions, even though he was but a field office administrator in
East Germany. Two decades ago, however, President George H.W. Bush’s earlier job as the
head of the CIA was deemed irrelevant in explaining his motives for invading Panama,
launching the First Gulf War, or intervening in Somalia.
“Anti-Putin protesters are lionized, and a ‘Russian Spring’ wished for, regardless of
the strong support which he continues to enjoy outside the narrow confines of Moscow’s
Bohemian Bourgeoisie. On the other hand, brutal clampdowns on grassroots movements and
peaceful protesters are ignored or belittled if they involve pliant clients such as
Bahrain, or below-the-radar-screen ‘backwaters’ like Senegal.
“It is futile, however, to look for consistency, logic, or mere honesty in the ongoing
anti-Putin-fest. The core problem with Putin, for those who keep attacking him with such
monotonous predictability, is that he puts his country first. He does not accept that a
‘democratic’ Russia can be only the one subservient domestically and externally to the
demands and ideological concepts of the Western elite class. For that reason the
forthcoming presidential election will be deemed ‘undemocratic’ in some Western quarters,
and the legitimacy of Putin’s imminent victory in that election will be disputed.
“So be it. The people of Russia will decide what they want, whether the chattering
classes of Hampstead and the Upper East Side like it or not.”
SOURCE Russia Insights www.russia-insights.com