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Even Hollywood won’t save Mishiko2011-07-18 11:28
The 2008 August conflict seems most revolting to the world community not as the fact of an armed clash between Georgia and the Russian Federation but for the scope of the media war. Despite the fact that the incident was over, Mikheil Saakashvili was forced into peace and Heidi Tagliavini's report decidedly nailed the leader of the Caucasian leader to the barn door, both sides are still trying to win public opinion. Yet, the movie that Georgia's taxpayers paid for - Five Days in August - was released only in the country of sponsors. And this fact is much more eloquent than words.
sponsors. And this fact is much more eloquent than words.
The so called collective guilt that the world community is trying to equally divide between Russia and Georgia was discussed in the UN Security Council more than once. While the empires were deciding whose actions had been more adequate under the circumstances Tbilisi and Moscow mobilized all available political technologists, PR men and journalists tasked to present their vision of the conflict.
Before Heidi Tagliavini presented her report according to which Mikheil Nikolozovich acts as a war instigator and an initiator of genocide of the South Ossetian nation, Washington was actively helping the Caucasian republic to change the course of events. Cold war experts (after confrontation with the Soviet Union), Americans know well that "the first war victim is truth". Hushing down the truth becomes a determinant in a media war. Thus, as the White House planned, anti-Russian positions presented by reputable channels were supposed to intensify lack of trust to Moscow and make the world love Georgia attacked by a violent army of "treacherous occupants".
As a result, nasty fact began to appear like mushrooms after a rain. CNN and Reuters were more than biased in covering the conflict: they set up a fake story on burning Tskhinval presenting it as the Georgian town of Gori. Yet, the first sparrow was Sky News channel featuring South Ossetia invaded by Georgian troops. The next day the information was reinterpreted. But the trust to Western mass media that - contrary to general opinion - are seriously dependent on the state and face rigid censorship - was undermined. There were other falsifications but Georgian leaders cut off all Russian-language TV channels hoping that a correctly educated nationalist will be satisfied with "stories" of Western partners.
As The Times wrote "if the Georgian army had been as aggressive as the PR-campaign of Georgian leadership, the end of the war in South Ossetia could have been totally different". When a number of NATO members and US started to discuss sanctions against Russia in earnest at UN sessions, it seemed Mikheil Nikolozovich was starting to win and the entire world would soon have compassion for the contracted Caucasian republic. But the speech by Vitaly Churkin, RF special envoy to the UN Security Council, was so convincing and adequate that Western media weren't brave enough to broadcast it. No wonder. Can you often see a special envoy from Washington that stands gasps for air unable to pronounce a single word since his instruction on discussion of South Ossetia does not contain an issue of US arbitrariness in Iraq?
In order to keep the interest to the frozen conflict, in which Russia is the winning side, alive, both sides turned to cinema as part of the media war. Georgians were not quick enough so they had to hurriedly prepare a response to Olimpius Inferno movie (Russia) with the conflict presented through relationships of two young men incidentally meeting in the territory of the clash.