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Outrageous: Russian TV Anchor Mocks Iwo Jima Memorial As Homoerotic In War-Statue Spat With CNN
NewsBusters ^ | February 16, 2014 | Tim Graham

Posted on 02/16/2014 6:49:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The London Daily Mail reported this week that “CNN caused a firestorm when it included a war monument in Brest, a city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, in an article on the 'world's ugliest monuments' published last month.” This isn’t Ted Turner’s CNN, where a reporter would be disciplined for saying the word “foreign” in a sentence. The online article from a travel-piece contributor was intended as humor.

A Russian news commentator responded by suggesting the Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima sculpture just north of Arlington National Cemetery – is “easy to mock” for its homoerotic look:

As pictures of the monumental Brest sculpture filled the screen, Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers how the Americans had ridiculed the Soviet soldier depicted in the war memorial.

He then showed a picture of the Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture shot from behind, so that the U.S. Marines raising the flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima were bent over one another.

'It's easy to mock,' Kiselyov said with his trademark smirk. 'A fevered subconscious could ascribe just about anything to it. Take a closer look: A very modern theme, is it not?'

The CNN contributor mocked the memorial statue in Belarus by describing the look of a Soviet soldier “emerging from a mountainous block of concrete looks as if he's about to thump the West into submission before hurling North America at the sun.” It also noted that others think the soldier "simply looks constipated." Those are fighting words.

On February 6, CNN edited the story on its website and added a note apologizing for the offense it caused in Belarus and Russia. The day after the CNN story was published, the Russian Foreign Ministry took the unusual step of summoning CNN's Moscow correspondent for an official reprimand.

An online statement said “mocking the memory of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for the victory over fascism cannot be justified or forgiven.” CNN then withdrew the article entirely. In a statement where the article used to be, it states:

CNN apologizes for the unintended offense caused by an article from a contributor that was commissioned to be a humorous look at monumental architecture worldwide. Neither the piece that was commissioned nor the edits made by CNN were consistent with our standards.

We recognize that the Courage Monument carries deep and significant symbolism in honoring the soldiers who gave their lives defending their nation.

Ted Turner sold CNN to Time Warner, and many remember how Time magazine mocked the Iwo Jima memorial on its cover in the spring of 2008, putting a tree in place of the flag to illustrate an article on "How to Win the War on Global Warming" -- under Time editor Richard Stengel, now working in President Obama's State Department.

PS: Ted Turner once lauded the Soviet Union on TV as a "great success."

PPS: Gay lobbyists have tried to appropriate this image.

[HT: Dan Gainor]


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Russia
KEYWORDS: belarus; dmitrykiselyov; homosexuals; iwojima; marines; media; olympics; putinsbuttboys; russia; sochi; usmc; worldwarii
You don't know how mad this makes me. My late father fought in that war, although not on Iwo Jima and contributed to the building of that monument.
1 posted on 02/16/2014 6:49:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And I guess that this depicts a heterosexual sex act?

-PJ

2 posted on 02/16/2014 6:51:30 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

3 posted on 02/16/2014 6:52:55 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, it appears it was instigated by CNN showing its usual level of editorial judgment. An eye for an eye and so forth.
4 posted on 02/16/2014 6:59:51 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If the anchor had any interest in defending America, the response would have been:

“I guess its obvious who has the homo-obsession.”


5 posted on 02/16/2014 7:05:21 PM PST by G Larry
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To: G Larry

PERFECTLY ALRIGHT. THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY. Hopefully the truth comes out in spite of those who can’t handle it.


6 posted on 02/16/2014 7:15:13 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“PPS: Gay lobbyists have tried to appropriate this image. “

Where did these b*astards do that?! Unbelievable! The war memorial?!


7 posted on 02/16/2014 7:18:56 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Someone should tell Dmitry Kiselyov that the statues are based on a photo taken by a Jewish photographer--his head might explode.

I wonder if the name Kiselyov comes from kisel' which apparently means a kind of jelly.

"Listen to me! I am Dmitry, son of Jelly!"

8 posted on 02/16/2014 7:22:41 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is getting funny, with everyone accusing everyone else of being homoerotic. Bobsledders, war heroes . . . what next? Wrestlers? Kids playing leapfrog? Children riding piggyback? Men pulling up their socks? Oh, wait . . .


9 posted on 02/16/2014 7:23:10 PM PST by firebrand
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To: Viennacon

This next civil war will make the last one look like amateur theatricals at Bible Camp.


10 posted on 02/16/2014 7:23:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Viennacon; Political Junkie Too; BenLurkin; hinckley buzzard; G Larry; ajolympian2004; freema; ...

Want to be in the new gay Iwo Jima photo?
http://www.outsports.com/2010/1/23/4049268/want-to-be-in-the-new-gay-iwo-jima-photo


11 posted on 02/16/2014 7:30:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The ignorance of CNN.

Maybe if they would learn more than LGBT history, they would have known that the Brest Fortress (Hero Fortress) is a symbol of the Soviet resistance up there with Stalingrad and Kursk.

Knowing CNN, they probably found the Russian insult erotic. Having an occupation media is detestable. Having one that defines banality is downright terrifying.

See my tagline. The occupation media has to be erased first in any revolution.
12 posted on 02/16/2014 7:35:10 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pansy-a$$ed little reporters from both countries mocking memorials to Courage and Determination both at Brest AND at Iwo Jima.


13 posted on 02/16/2014 7:35:25 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: BenLurkin

That is one butt-ugly “monument”. And the fact that the Iwo Jima memorial causes some commie TV tool be become homosexually aroused is telling, too. Does Vlad know he has a fairy doing the news?


14 posted on 02/16/2014 7:35:37 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The nice points to consider are that the Left doesn't understand that the clock is running down, and that a eugenic solution to Socialism will be the ultimate result of 60 years of their expressed contempt.

The next Civil War will rapidly change from a struggle for to a mass murderous against...

15 posted on 02/16/2014 7:38:52 PM PST by jonascord (Hurrah for the Bonny Blue Flag that bears a Single Star!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Brest Fortress Documentary YouTube

Brest Fortess Movie English Subtitles YouTube
16 posted on 02/16/2014 7:46:54 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ugh


17 posted on 02/16/2014 7:52:35 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Russian TV Anchor Mocks Iwo Jima Memorial As Homoerotic

Who on God's green earth EVER imagined that before.
I reckon that tells us everything we will ever need to know about this particular Russian TV Anchor.

18 posted on 02/16/2014 8:03:37 PM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hear you, 2DV, I really do. No ‘buts’ about it.

I recommend the following reading:

http://www.brest.by/ct/page3e.html

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_02_07/CNN-insulted-memories-of-millions-who-fought-Nazism-Dolgov-8572/

I really don’t understand why Newsbusters ignored exactly what CNN did. Those that died over there fighting the Nazis were, in many ways, much more desperate than us and, unfortunately, fighting under a tyrannical flag.

If I were in your chair, I, too, would be spitting fire after reading the Newsbusters piece without knowing the rest of it; I spent a bunch of time on WWII history when I was in school and this pinged a few memories. That was before the web; a book paints a much more emotional picture, but the first link does it fairly well.

F&*% CNN.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 8:14:16 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

Oh, I have nothing but respect for many of the Russians who fought the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS, except for those who raped and killed civilians.


20 posted on 02/16/2014 8:17:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a grumpy Superman who crashed somewhere on earth.

The brave Russian soldiers deserved something better because they not only had to fight the Germans but also their MKVD and Military Kommissars who would shoot them in the back if they even wavered under heavy attacks.


21 posted on 02/16/2014 8:20:44 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This kind of stupidity easily escalates into barbarism. This is school-yard dumbassery. Thank God almighty the valor of our ancestors remains intact forever.


22 posted on 02/16/2014 8:22:35 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: Prospero

bttt - well put.


23 posted on 02/16/2014 8:24:07 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

2DV, know that I’m not comparing the 2 conflicts, or besmirching your father’s fight nor those he lost, only that each country, particularly in this case both fighting the ‘Axis’, revere its war dead in its own way.

Newsbusters could have done a much better job.

Unfortunately CNN seems to have been let off the hook by the moron Russian anchor, Dmitry Kiselyov.

Know that both yours & your father’s service & sacrifice will always be honored & never forgotten.


24 posted on 02/16/2014 8:26:26 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: logi_cal869

He fought in World War II, Korea and early Vietnam, as did many others.


25 posted on 02/16/2014 8:31:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
August 6, 1945: The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

August 8, 1945: The U.S.S.R. declares war on Japan.

August 9, 1945: The U.S. drops a second atomic bomb - this time, on Nagasaki.

Japan accepts an unconditional surrender only days later.

Talk about "easy to mock!"

Regards,

26 posted on 02/16/2014 9:20:19 PM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: alexander_busek

I wonder if the Russians realize how many people here wanted bombs 3 through 25 to fall on their major cities?


27 posted on 02/16/2014 9:25:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I had this a@@hat in front of me I’d show him what a former Marine is capable of.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 10:55:45 PM PST by Jarhead9297
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To: alexander_busek

>>>>August 6, 1945: The U.S. drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
August 8, 1945: The U.S.S.R. declares war on Japan.

August 9, 1945: The U.S. drops a second atomic bomb - this time, on Nagasaki.

Japan accepts an unconditional surrender only days later.

Talk about “easy to mock!”

Regards<<<<

Soviet declaration of war on Japanese has nothing to do with A-bombing.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 5:05:37 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: BenLurkin

That’s a great Poop face.
He should eat Fiber.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 6:48:15 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 7:06:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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Brest Belarus
Brest Belarus

32 posted on 02/17/2014 7:15:01 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
CNN apologizes for the unintended offense ...

Liberals love to throw insults around - then 'apologize'... They get to trash someone and then pretend it's a 'mistake'... MSNBC uses the same tactic.

33 posted on 02/17/2014 7:28:36 AM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because of left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfie)
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To: cunning_fish
Soviet declaration of war on Japanese has nothing to do with A-bombing.

I am aware that that is the standard assertion.

Regards,

34 posted on 02/17/2014 8:40:15 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Unfortunately the Red Army did a lot of raping and killing of civilians, including those of the non-German ethnic groups they were supposed to be liberating. Not that that gets much attention when WWII is discussed.

In the brief period the Soviet forces were in Yugoslavia to help the Partisans take Belgrade, they committed over 1000 rapes and 100 murders. One of the grudges Stalin had against Tito that led to his attempt to oust Tito in 1948 was that Milovan Djilas (the later dissident) had complained about the behavior of the Russian troops and Tito had not immediately sacked him.

35 posted on 02/17/2014 8:44:31 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He fought in World War II, Korea and early Vietnam, as did many others.

I hear you. I vacillated on replying, but felt it important. I am humbled even in the presence of my own boy (3-tour veteran), let alone my veteran elders & ancestors.

My big problem with this 'media circus' (well, besides not ostracizing CNN enough for this):

I don't see anyone identifying the 'contributor' of the CNN story and find that bothersome...

CNN apologizes for the unintended offense caused by an article from a contributor that was commissioned to be a humorous look at monumental architecture worldwide. Neither the piece that was commissioned nor the edits made by CNN were consistent with our standards.

...yet they published it anyway.

Google Cache conveniently has no cache of the page at the URL where a 'web-creeper' might find discover the contributor and neither does The Wayback Machine. I find that odd, particularly that even a Facebook posting that only linked to the story is now 'scrubbed' as well. It seems that internet censorship is alive & well, but to what purpose? To protect the contributor from deserved attention? The enemy is within and I am cynical as to the outcome.

36 posted on 02/17/2014 10:44:42 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: alexander_busek

>>>Soviet declaration of war on Japanese has nothing to do with A-bombing.
I am aware that that is the standard assertion.

Regards<<<

Or maybe an ignorance of people stating otherwise on basic historical facts and utter stupidity?

FDR and Churchill demanded Soviets to declare a war on the Japanese as part of D-day deal. It was negotiated as early as 1943 that Soviets will start exactly 3 months after German defeat. Do you realize that Soviet invasion in Manchuria involved millions of troops and thousands of pieces of machinery, most of these moved from Germany? Do you really think this operation was planned and performed in only days after bombing?


37 posted on 02/17/2014 4:45:10 PM PST by cunning_fish
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