‘Reporting Live From Kyiv’, by Jim Fitzgerald

Many of the so-called journalists who are supposedly reporting on the Ukraine-Russia war don’t have a clue as to what’s actually going on. It’s not entirely their fault. From Jim Fitzgerald at antiwar.com:

The war in Ukraine, perhaps more than any other war before it, is being waged with words.

Of course, words have played an important role in every war, but in the past correspondents have operated much closer to the conflict than they are in Ukraine.

Back in April of this year, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour bragged from the InterContinental hotel in Kyiv that “This hotel is going to join the ranks of some of the great war hotels for journalists around the world. We had the Holiday Inn in Sarajevo, the Palestine Hotel in Iraq…and now the Intercontinental in Kyiv.”

Of course, this begs the question, “Why are all the war correspondents from the major news outlets all huddled together in the same five star hotel in Kyiv?” Last time I checked, the war was over 800 kilometers east and south of Kyiv. It seems reasonable to believe that the job of a war correspondent is to get as close to war as possible in order to cover it as accurately and as objectively as possible.

So, what’s going on here?

Veteran foreign correspondent Patrick Lawrence says it straight out, correspondents in Ukraine are simply “not allowed to cover this conflict at close range. Their foreign editors do not want them to and the Ukrainians will not let them. Neither wants daily reports of a slow march to defeat.”

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