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Ukraine, Changed Forever on Live TV - journalist exposes complicity of media in cover up
The National Review ^ | February 23, 2014 | John Fund

Posted on 02/24/2014 12:07:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Every revolution has moments where the hinge of history seems to swing wide and everything is different and the old regime is delegitimized. In Ukraine’s revolution, the moment that’s likely to be immortalized is when protestors charged police barricades in Kiev’s Independence Square (“Maidan”) last Thursday, reportedly capturing a number of police troops, only to have dozens of protesters then gunned down by snipers. Even a face-saving compromise brokered the next day by Western diplomats couldn’t save President Viktor Yanukovych. His security forces withdrew their support, leaving him unguarded. At 2 a.m. last Saturday, helicopters ferried him and his stooges away from his Michael Jackson–style presidential palace to the Russophone eastern sector of Ukraine. He remains in hiding.

But for many Ukrainians, there was another moment when they realized the ground was shifting beneath them. It came last Friday evening, during one of the most popular talk shows on Inter, the most-watched Ukrainian network. Lidia Pankiv, a 24-year-old television journalist, was invited on by host Andriy Danylevych to discuss the need for reconciliation following the agreement signed by Yanukovych and dissidents earlier that day. While reporting on the Maidan protests, Pankiv had helped persuade the Berkut riot police not to use further violence against the activists, and she had disclosed that one of the Berkut officers was now her fiancé. But reconciliation was not what Pankiv wished to discuss. As relayed by journalist Halya Coynash, Pankiv had a different message:

You probably want to hear a story from me about how with my bare hands I restrained a whole Berkut unit, and how one of the Berkut officers fell in love with me and I fell in love with him. But I’m going to tell you another story. About how with my bare hands I dragged the bodies of those killed the day before yesterday. And about how two of my friends died yesterday. . . . I hate Zakharchenko, Klyuev, Lukash, Medvedchuk, Azarov. I hate Yanukovych and all those who carry out their criminal orders. I came here today only because I found out that this is a live broadcast. I want to say that I also despise Inter because for three months it deceived viewers and spread enmity among citizens of this country. And now you are calling for peace and unity. Yes, you have the right to try to clear your conscience, but I think you should run this program on your knees. I’ve brought these photos here for you, so that you see my dead friends in your dreams and understand that you also took part in that. And now, I’m sorry, I don’t have time. I’m going to Maidan. Glory to Ukraine.

Danylevych immediately tried to return to the night’s topic of reconciliation. But he was stopped by guest Konstantin Reutsky, a human-rights activist from Luhansk. Reutsky agreed with Pankiv, saying that Inter journalists had “lied and distorted information about Maidan over the last three months.” Danylevych tried to interrupt Reutsky, who went on to say that the protestors had tried for months to avoid bloodshed. “But what happened yesterday is a point of no return,” Reutsky continued. “After that you can no longer say, ‘Sorry, we got carried away, let’s turn the page and start afresh without offense.’ What happened yesterday is impossible to forget.” Danylevych, after shouting down Reutsky’s further attempt to discuss the crimes committed by the government, changed the topic. But a chief media mouthpiece of the regime, owned by the president’s oligarch backers, had been exposed. Hours later, the president fled his palace.

After the broadcast, several Inter journalists approached Reutsky and thanked him for speaking out. Earlier that day, 16 journalists at the network had issued an open letter disagreeing with Inter’s coverage of the protests.

Reporter Halya Coynash points to the Yanukovych regime’s record of media control and censorship: “It proved unnervingly easy within a matter of months of Yanukovych’s [2010] election to remove most critical analysis, negative reports about those in power, and inconvenient information from television.” Whatever new government is formed, that sorry record must not be repeated in a new Ukraine.

As someone who reported from Eastern Europe during the fall of Communist regimes there, I recognized a recurring pattern in the collapse a quarter century later of the regime in Kiev. Regimes can stay in power in an age of mass media only if they have enough murderers willing to gun down people in the street. Snipers were willing to kill their fellow countrymen in the streets around the Maidan last Thursday, but their superiors reached a breaking point when the shots didn’t achieve the desired level of fear. “The shooting stopped when the security chiefs realized the game was over — not because they didn’t have enough Kalashnikovs, but because they proved ineffective: For one person killed, many more came out on the Maidan,” Maria Semykoz, a Ukrainian economist from Lvov, told me by e-mail.

Now that the regime is gone, Ukraine will face wrenching change. Even if Russia doesn’t attempt to stir up separatist sentiment in Ukraine’s Russophone regions, it has in the past shown it can play economic hardball. In recent years, it has limited imports from Ukraine, creating huge lines at customs posts on the border. At times during winter, Russia has cut off critical natural-gas shipments to Ukraine. The sway Russia holds is probably the main reason Yanukovych abandoned a trade treaty with the European Union last November in favor of a deal signed in December with Vladimir Putin. The financial assistance Putin promised in that deal would no doubt be withheld if the government in Kiev turned decidedly toward Europe and the West.

Ukraine’s immediate problem is that it is on the edge of economic collapse. To become a normal nation anchored in the global trading system, Ukraine will have to endure decisive and deep economic reforms, including state spending cuts, privatization, and the implementation of a tax system that is simpler and less loophole-ridden.

“The problem is, the people will likely hate the politicians brave and honest enough to implement those reforms,” Semykoz tells me. “We need now a generation of political kamikazes, who, like the protestors on the Maidan are ready to risk their future by doing the right thing today.” It’s not clear whether any such leaders are ready to step forward in Ukraine.

But, for now, there is cause to celebrate. The ghosts of Ukraine’s Soviet past have not been banished, but they are fading. It’s not a coincidence that Ukrainians are now tearing down dozens of Lenin monuments, though the statues remained standing at the time of Ukrainian independence in 1991 and even during the Orange Revolution of 2004. For the first time since independence, Ukrainians seem to be getting serious about putting individual rights and freedoms at the center of their political system. Here’s hoping that the U.S. and Europe, both of which have largely avoided engagement with Ukraine in recent months, will now step forward to help the Ukrainian people succeed in their aspirations.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: maidan; media; msm; russia; statemedia; ukraine

1 posted on 02/24/2014 12:07:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ukraine’s immediate problem is that it is on the edge of economic collapse. To become a normal nation anchored in the global trading system, Ukraine will have to endure decisive and deep economic reforms, including state spending cuts, privatization, and the implementation of a tax system that is simpler and less loophole-ridden.

“The problem is, the people will likely hate the politicians brave and honest enough to implement those reforms,” Semykoz tells me. “We need now a generation of political kamikazes, who, like the protestors on the Maidan are ready to risk their future by doing the right thing today.” It’s not clear whether any such leaders are ready to step forward in Ukraine.

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Never did I think that I would get America confused with Ukraine!

Thanks for an informative, and perhaps prophetic, post.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 12:22:28 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve
I had the same reaction to parts of the story. At some points like:

Regimes can stay in power in an age of mass media only if they have enough murderers willing to gun down people in the street. Snipers were willing to kill their fellow countrymen in the streets...

I kept going "oh, wait!"

3 posted on 02/24/2014 12:35:03 AM PST by stormhill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Wow, who’s got the cojones to go on a show in the USA and do the same?


4 posted on 02/24/2014 12:36:29 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And, so goes America? Where are our heroes?


5 posted on 02/24/2014 1:14:39 AM PST by XHogPilot
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The main take away from this story is that regimes all over the world are becoming unstable as the economic collapse comes closer to reality.


6 posted on 02/24/2014 1:24:08 AM PST by Misterioso ("There are two potential violators of man's rights: the criminals and the government." Ayn Rand)
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To: Misterioso
".........The world cries, and rightly so, that the demands of those marching in Kiev be heard today, and sanctions against the Ukrainian government already are being enacted. But there is an awkward silence on the subject of those who are on the march in Caracas. Perhaps that has something to do with the Western intelligentsia’s shameful embrace of Chávez and Chávezism and their subsequent ambivalence about the immediate and entirely foreseeable legacy of that embrace. Who can forget the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s praying at Chávez’s graveside as Sean Penn and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looked on? Or Representative Chaka Fattah and other Democratic grandees eagerly accepting gifts of discounted Venezuelan heating oil on behalf of their constituents? Representative José Serrano’s paean to the dictator as a man committed to “empowering the powerless”? Oliver Stone’s praise of the “great hero”? The lionizing of the authoritarian regime by Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover? Barack Obama’s physically clinging to the man who would later denounce him as a “clown”? The descent of Venezuela into autocracy and misery has been enabled in no small part by American elites and by elected members of the Democratic party specifically. There should be a reckoning for that fact. ............"

On the March in Caracas - The silence on the subject is awkward

7 posted on 02/24/2014 1:50:42 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

good points


8 posted on 02/24/2014 1:58:47 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The blood of the Venezuelan martyrs drips from the mouths of the American left.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 2:26:39 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Media sycophants of a corrupt Marxist regime, stooges supporting elites with Michael Jackson style adulation, a tax system that is corrupt with agents that harass citizens and eat out their substance, as some citizens are getting serious about putting individual rights and freedoms at the center of their political system. Here’s hoping that ….., &…... will now step forward to help these freedom-loving people succeed in their aspirations.

Here’s hoping. Hope & change.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Happy-face Marxism, John Funds?


10 posted on 02/24/2014 2:34:44 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Absolutely true and depressing.

But don't forget the involvement of the American Press.

They are the enablers of all the evil: deaths, impoverishment, suffering, caused by the Left.

They cheer the evil and ridicule the good.

They are the Beast of Revelations.

11 posted on 02/24/2014 2:35:43 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: eCSMaster

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3126318/posts#8


12 posted on 02/24/2014 2:39:02 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: stormhill

Regimes can stay in power in an age of mass media only if they have enough murderers willing to gun down people in the street. Snipers were willing to kill their fellow countrymen in the streets...

I kept going “oh, wait!”


For some “silly’ reason that phrase we’ve been seeing lately: “At least the police officer got to go home safe and sound to his family”, popped into my head.

Perhaps all it takes in a ‘regime change’ situation like in the Ukraine is that the realization that that going home ‘thing’ might not be occurring tonight. That in turn makes the ‘security agent’ think about what they are doing instead of just blindly following orders.


13 posted on 02/24/2014 2:47:08 AM PST by The Working Man
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Excellent article. Which has importance for our own situation here in the US.

The Ukraine leaders experienced something like the Ceausescu Moment.

Are we approaching Obama’s Ceausescu Moment? And the MSM with him? Will we have another Great Awakening in the US. And a cleansing purge with it?

God help the US.

Guess we shall see.


14 posted on 02/24/2014 3:07:57 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Enterprise

Bump!


15 posted on 02/24/2014 3:10:33 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Enterprise

btt


16 posted on 02/24/2014 3:17:35 AM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Among Øthers :


             

                             if you think it's hyperbole, you're not paying attention

17 posted on 02/24/2014 3:21:19 AM PST by tomkat ( a million tiny cuts per day .. make one)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The media... in the celebrity pocket of the 666 mark of the fascism beast.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 4:04:31 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: eCSMaster
"But don't forget the involvement of the American Press. They are the enablers of all the evil: deaths, impoverishment, suffering, caused by the Left."

Every evil thing going unchecked in America and much of the world is the direct result of our dishonest, corrupt, blatantly biased Mainstream Media.

Many people have said that evil runs rampant because good people do nothing but true of the matter is that most the time good people sit idly by because they are not told the truth about what's going on!

Our media was given constitutional protections because the founders recognized the importance of keeping the people informed because most people will do the right thing if they are simply told the truth. Unfortunately the media has abused its power at every turn and in my opinion hold power over the most evil and corrupt institution on Earth.

If it wasn't for all the lies the media shoves down the throats of the people all over the globe, much of the evil in the world today wouldn't even exist, because the people wouldn't stand for it!

19 posted on 02/24/2014 4:25:24 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“It proved unnervingly easy within a matter of months of
Obama’s election to remove most critical analysis, negative reports about those in power, and inconvenient information from television.”

Only changed a word or two...


20 posted on 02/24/2014 4:32:02 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

——only to have dozens of protesters then gunned down by snipers. ——

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSvj8F_Br4M

Here is the video of one such engagement depicitng the very effective sniper fire killing the protesters. They advance an get killed. More come up and are killed. Others come to retrieve the wounded and dead and are shot.

It is 41 minute video of either extreme courage or fool hardy bravery. Perhaps it is both. Theu are dedicated to their cause


21 posted on 02/24/2014 4:37:51 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
journalist exposes complicity of media in cover up

Eason Jordan, CNN and Iraq immediately come to mind.........

22 posted on 02/24/2014 4:39:45 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: bert

Short video of the sniper attack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHq-4a0sIAo#t=0


23 posted on 02/24/2014 4:42:59 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: bert

Pitchfork and torches time?


24 posted on 02/24/2014 4:50:29 AM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: eCSMaster

I agree the media is evil, but revelation is clearly talking about the RC church.


25 posted on 02/24/2014 4:57:08 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: bert; Texas Fossil

Thank you.


26 posted on 02/24/2014 4:58:17 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Yaelle

Benderovcy sure have cojones, them are heirs of Galitsia SS-men, in Volyn alone they cleansed 70 000 Poles and how much Jews – nobody knows. They were fighting Soviets until 1956 and at lower scale always. Want to have somebody like them to rule your country? Under Yustchenko they dominated Ukrainian policy but cojones do not provide prosperous economy too pity.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 5:02:01 AM PST by Cossak
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My wish is that the people of Ukraine are left alone to decide their own course. My fear is that this is a fuse (don;t know whether long or short) on a very big bomb


28 posted on 02/24/2014 5:54:19 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Yaelle

With the seven second delay and all of the wusses in the control room, whoever did would be off the air before anyone heard a word

But the media in the US is just like Inter and Tass


29 posted on 02/24/2014 5:55:33 AM PST by Nifster
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To: Texas Fossil; All
Ukraine's fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych wanted for mass murder

"..........Yanukovich, who vanished on Saturday, is still at large.

"An official case for the mass murder of peaceful citizens has been opened," acting interior minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook profile. "Yanukovich and other people responsible for this have been declared wanted," he said.

Yanukovich had left a private residence in Balaclava, in the Russian-speaking Crimea region, for an unknown destination in a car with one of his aides, Avakov said.

On Independence Square in central Kiev, cradle of the uprising, barricades of old furniture and car tires remained in place, with smoke rising from camp fires among tents occupied by diehards vowing to stay until elections in May.

The mood among the few hundred on the square was a mixture of fatigue, sorrow for the 82 people killed last week, and a sense of victory after three months of protests. A large video screen by the side of the stage was showing the faces of the dead, one after another, on a loop."..............

30 posted on 02/24/2014 6:27:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Those poor protesters had nothing but fire and stones with which to fight their oppressive government, and against heavy odds, they did a masterful job. That is why the last hill to die on in this blessed land is to defend the Second Amendment’s guarantee that it will never be so in America.


31 posted on 02/24/2014 6:28:50 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: 21twelve

I wonder if Barry and his merry band of commie criminals looked at the square in Kiev and had the brains to feel even a moment of fear?


32 posted on 02/24/2014 7:31:11 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Maybe Barry and Company figure that Putin will pull it out...we still don't know if he will let the Ukrainians get away with claiming their independence. Barry won't do anything to stop him, and the EU, which was afraid to tangle with Radovan Karadzic, is not going to resist Putin.

Maybe Putin is assessing the situation and trying to decide if force is necessary or if he can get his way without force.

33 posted on 02/24/2014 2:01:47 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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