In Iraq it was “weapons of mass destruction.” In Ukraine it’s “elevated levels of radiation.” In both cases, the mainstream media are parroting “government officials” without verifying the facts on the ground.
The banner story in “New Mexico’s leading news source” peddled in foreign misinformation Friday with a story claiming a Russian attack on a Ukrainian power plant created “elevated levels of radiation.”
It turns out Russia didn’t “shell Europe’s largest nuclear power plant” and didn’t “set fire” to nuclear reactors. They hit a parking lot and an administrative building “near” an (inactive) nuclear reactor, and that in fact no elevated levels of radiation were detected.
“There is no current indication of elevated radiation levels at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine, a Biden administration official said on Thursday.”— Reuters, Mar. 3, 2022
The propaganda comes straight from the top. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is doing everything he can to start World War III, declaring “in an emotional speech in the middle of the night” that this could be “the end of Europe.”
“We must stop the Russian military immediately! Ukraine is 15 nuclear units, and if there is an explosion, it is the en of everything, the end of Europe. This is the evacuation of Europe. Only immediate action by Europe can stop Russian troops.”— President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, according to Ukrainian publication Korrespondent
Zelenskyy drew comparisons to Chernobyl in declaring Russia a “terrorist state.”
“Europe needs to wake up. The biggest nuclear power plant in Europe is on fire right now” (fact check: false). “Russian tanks are shooting at nuclear blocks” (fact check: false). “These are tanks equipped with thermal imagers, so they know where they are shooting.”— Volodymyr Zelenskyy
We are on the precipice of a global war, and the largest newspapers in the state is stoking nuclear fears by peddling literal #fakenews.
It’s a wonder why no one trusts the media.
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