Russia’s state-run television channels are not known for their impartiality.
Their coverage of the massive pro-European protests that have engulfed Ukraine is no exception, analysts say.
Russian state television has been churning out what critics describe as misleading, at times downright odd reports since protests erupted almost two weeks ago in Ukraine against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to walk away from a key association deal with the European Union.
On December 8, as hundreds of thousands of angry demonstrators flooded Kiev’s Independence Square to call for the government’s sacking—felling a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin in the process—Russia’s Channel One reported that “only a few hundred people” had turned out and assured viewers that the protests were “dying out.”
Russian television reporters have spared no efforts to portray the protesters as a horde of hooligans funded by the West to topple Yanukovych and sow chaos in Ukraine.
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Wow, this is pretty awful…