31 July 2005

Russia Pulls Plug on MSM Network

Poor MSM. Once again, the messenger gets killed. This time, I agree with the sentence. BBC reports:
Russia's defence chief has barred the ministry from contact with ABC TV after the US network's interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. Sergei Ivanov said the ministry considered ABC "persona non grata" following Thursday's broadcast. However, the foreign ministry has said it will not deny ABC accreditation.
So, you can't speak with the military, only the foreign ministry? Sounds like the Clinton administration.

Lest we forget, Basayev is a bad guy. A really bad guy. Bad guy on the order of killing hundreds of innocents in one swoop kind of bad. Too bad that camera wasn't loaded with 9 mm film instead of 35 mm.

"Today I have given the order to the head of the press service that not one serviceman of the defence ministry should have contact with the American television channel ABC," Mr Ivanov said in televised comments.

Apparently, ABC did not carry this press conference.

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