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Post by Johnnie » Tue Sep 16, 2008 6:27 pm

I watched Sky news tonight about the Georgian/Ossetian conflict with Alex Rossi.

I've been following this story from even before the beginning of this war, so I know what's going on. Oh, and I'm neither Russian, nor Georgian. All I can say is Mr. Rossi can really put a spin on things!!

He reports that Russian aircraft bombed the Georgian town of Gori. He spent a long time telling us how terrible it was, (I'm sure it was, as all wars are), but he left out important details. In fact by leaving out certain facts, he misled viewers into believing that the Russians didn't have a good reason for attacking the town. In fact, the Georgian army were using Gori to stage raids on Ossetian positions. It became a legitimate target after the Georgian army used that location to fire multiple rocket launcher systems on civilian areas in the Ossetian capital. As we know, a hospital was struck, as was a university, yet no mention was made of that.

I'm not a qualified journalist, but I would have thought such information would have provided viewers with the necessary balance to make their own minds up about who the aggressors are/were. As it stands, the piece he made to Sky News became propaganda. It's as simple as that, and I was ashamed to hear it.

If Sky News continues to lower their standard of reporting to such a level, then we will just switch. There are so many sources of news nowadays, we don't have to listen to biased reporting from Mr. Rossi.

All sides in this conflict need to show restraint. There is no need for Mr. Rossi to take sides. British reporters were once seen as bastions of fairness, but sadly, no longer ...

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Post by Lone » Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:41 pm

Bias and propoganda? Just another normal day at Sky News, and I can't ever see it improving. As long as the bulk of their viewers aren't intelligent enough to tell the difference between truth, lies and propoganda they'll never change.

Having said that though, in regard to the specific Georgia issue, both sides have engaged in heavy propoganda. Just switch over to Russia Today and it's like watching a B-movie-like news channel.

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Post by xxx » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:07 pm

I thought at the time that Alex assumed the post in Moscow that he'd be quite good, however, he hasn't really done the job justice. Laurence Lee was far better, just a shame that he went over to AJI.

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