Our regular commenter “Elmer” tips us that the German website Sueddeutsche.de reports as follows (staff translation, corrections welcome):
The Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper has reported an interesting case involving the news channel Russia Today (RT). Its correspondent in Tbilisi, the Briton William Dunbar, mentioned last Saturday in a live broadcast that Russian aircraft were outside of South Ossetia and involved in an attack on the town of Gori, noting that Russian bombs had hit civilian houses. As a result, RT ceased live satellite broadcasts and the 25-year-old Dunbar resigned in protest, telling the newspaper: “The facts did not fit with what Russia Today wanted to broadcast.”
Commenter “Simona” helped correct our translation and points us to Media Network, which quotes Dunbar saying: “I felt that I had no choice but to resign.” He said that he was reporting the facts, but that “the real facts of the matter didn’t conform to what they were trying to report, and therefore they wouldn’t let me report it.”
Russia Today, for those who do not already know, is a Kremlin-sponsored propaganda tool which uses Westerners, like the malignant Peter Lavelle, to undermine Western resolve against Russian aggression. We have repeatedly exposed Russia Today and Lavelle for being the frauds they are. A German blogger calls it “self torture” to watch RT’s shamelessly dishonest propaganda displays unfold, which is understandable given that Germany is so close to neo-Soviet Russia. Just imagine that Russian domestic TV, also state-owned and operated, is even more strictly controlled, and it is not hard to understand how Russians can be so mind-bogglingly ignorant of basic facts and therefore so blindly supportive of their rulers.
It is time for the West to stand up and stamp out Russia Today’s outrageous, manipulative lies. Have the Russian media reported the basic fact that Russian forces bombed civilian targets in Gori? Are the Russian people totally oblivous of this fact? Are they making judgments about their government’s actions in the dark? If so, does Russia Today really believe it can perpetuate the same climate in the West, with a classically neo-Soviet campaign of disinformation?
It must be stopped.