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Kiev’s Atrocities and the Silence of the Hawks

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Little of this is noted in the United States. In a democratic political system, the media are expected to pierce the official fog of war. In the Ukrainian crisis, however, mainstream American newspaper and television coverage has been almost as slanted and elliptical as the statements from the White House and State Department, obscuring the atrocities (if reporting them at all) and generally relying on information from Washington and Kiev. Why, for example, have The New York Times, The Washington Post and major television networks not reported regularly from Ukraine’s war-ravaged cities, instead of from Moscow and Kiev? Most Americans are thereby being shamed, unknowingly, by the Obama administration’s role. Those who do know but remain silent—in the government, media, think tanks and universities—share its complicity.