Sunday, March 14, 2010
Russophobes of the Week: 'pro-government' Imedi TV in Georgia
Well, we’ve started Iran Lie Watch- perhaps its also time to launch Russia Lie Watch.
Thanks to our regular commenter Jack for flagging up this truly shocking story.
Today's Mail on Sunday reports:
A fake news report claiming that Georgia had been invaded by Russian tanks and its president killed has caused widespread panic in the country.
The mock half-hour report on pro-government television station Imedi TV brought back memories of a 2008 invasion when Russian troops and tanks invaded the former Soviet Republic.
The station introduced the report as an 'imitation of possible events', but the warning was lost on many viewers as mobile phone networks crashed and residents the capital Tbilisi rushed into the streets.
'It was indeed a very unpleasant program, but the most unpleasant thing is that it is extremely close to what can happen and to what Georgia's enemy has conceived,' Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said.
No, Mr Saakaswally- 'the most unpleasant thing’ is you- a fanatical, warmongering, neo-con Russophobe.
Instead of pontificating on 'what can happen', let's focus instead of what did happen in the summer of 2008, when Saakaswally’s Georgian forces launched a brutal war of aggression against pro-Russian separatists in South Ossetia. Now Saakaswally's supporters at Imedi TV are trying to scare the Georgian people into believing that the Russians might invade. But the greatest enemy of the Georgian people are not the Russians, but their own President.