By Jerry Kroth
May 02, 2021 "Information
- The American mainstream media is having a
hissy fit of virtue signaling at the ‘appalling’ act
of aviation piracy of Belarus’ Lukashenko who forced
an aircraft to land so he could search and arrest an
opponent of his regime, Roman Protasevich.
He succeeded in doing that, and now Lukashenko must
endure daily condemnation from every corner of the
EU and mainstream U.S. media.
Strangely, though, we have all become so accustomed
to journalism which no longer tells both sides of
the story —it is called “advocacy journalism”—that
to counter this egregious one-sidedness we should
remind ourselves, and especially the snobbish
moralists of NPR, CNN, and Washington Post, that the
U.S. did the exact same thing.
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When Bolivia’s President Evo Morales was flying back
from Moscow, there was suspicion that his plane
might be carrying the evil Edward Snowden. We forced
his plane to land in Austria and searched under
every seat, nook, and cranny looking for him.
That was also an act of aviation piracy too, and of
the first order, but no comparisons are made, and
there are no reminders that we were guilty of
exactly the same appalling behavior we accuse
Lukashenko of today.
The only difference is Lukashenko seems to have
found his nemesis, but we didn’t.
Jerry Kroth, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor
Emeritus from Santa Clara University
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