Friday, November 26, 2004

Ukranian TV Revolts

Reporters and journalists working for the country's state run television have revolted, stating they will no longer tell the "government's lies":

Journalists on Ukraine's state-owned channel - which had previously given unswerving support to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych - have joined the opposition, saying they have had enough of "telling the government's lies".

Journalists on another strongly pro-government TV station have also promised an end to the bias in their reporting. The turnaround in news coverage, after years of toeing the government line, is a big setback for Mr Yanukovych.

Journalists in Ukraine seem to have responded to the call by opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko for them to reject government censorship.

A correspondent on the state channel, UT1, announced live on the evening bulletin that the entire news team was going to join the protests in Independence Square. She said their message to the protesters was: "We are not lying anymore".

The media in the United sttaes could take a lesson from the journalists in the Ukraine and reject the Democratic Party's talking points, but it is safe to assume that the journalists in the Ukraine have more integrity than say, Dan Rather, Katie Couric, Maureen Dowd or anyone else that appears on the network newscast or in your daily paper.

The revolution appears to be gathering steam, as hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets and have blockaded government buildings in protest of what seems to be a clearly fraudualent election result.

The election has also pitted Russian President Vladimir Putin against President Bush. The US has already said that the election results are not acceptable because the election did not meet international standards. Putin believes that the results are clear and that the candidate he backed won.

The situation on the Ukraine is incredible. We are witnessing a populist revolution, the triumph of liberty and democracy over the clan rule that has dominated the eastern bloc countries since the fall of the Soviet Union. If Russia had visions af reassembling the former empire through crooked elections, a Soviet Union in everything but name, the revolt of the Ukrainian people could be a fatal blow to that dream. This is a very interesting and fluid, situation. Check back for developments.

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