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Close, But No Cigar

Reported by Nancy - May 10, 2005 -

Last night (5/9) on Special Report, Dana Lewis came THIS CLOSE to delivering an informative, useful, and unbiased report. Halfway through his brief segment, however, the usual spin took over.

At 6:37pm (ET) Lewis reported about the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis by the Allies in WWII. He started off beautifully, with historical film footage & a focus on an 82-year-old Russian veteran, Vladmir, who had been shot down behind enemy lines & interned in a prisoner-of-war camp. Lewis mentioned the 27 million Russians who died in WWII, & the 900-day siege of St Petersburg (Leningrad) in which 1 million Russians died.

Lewis then toured a Moscow museum with a guide named Sergei, & that's when his report started going downhill. As Sergei was pointing out the tanks & uniforms & guns sent by the US to Russia via the Lend-Lease program, Lewis started slamming the Russians because, according to him, they're only now learning how big a role the US played in WWII. Lewis also noted that "some old lies have been resurrected too" (e.g., Stalin as a "great leader") & that there's no acknowledgment of the occupation by Russia of much of Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the war.

COMMENT: Why bash the Russians on a day of celebration? Isn't that a bit mean-spirited? And why the insistence on crediting other allies with making the Russian sacrifice possible? Absolutely true, of course, that Russia had nowhere near the means to keep fighting without massive infusions of materiel from its Allies (principally the US), but that in no way diminishes the scale of the loss the Russians suffered: 27 million dead (that's roughly 9,000 x the death toll on 9/11). How effective would any other Allied campaign have been had the Russians not been willing to bleed themselves dry on the Eastern Front? Lewis is one of the better reporters FNC has in the field (his online bio will show you why), & could have provided straightforward info without the spin.

Of course, it's laughable for FNC to criticize anyone or any nation as being ill-informed. Please see my previous report on last year's PIPA study for some appalling data on how ill-informed many US citizens really are & the major role played by Fox in those abysmal results. My personal fave, relevant to this topic: 40% of graduating high school seniors believe the US fought with Germany against the Soviets during WWII.

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