by Edward Steen, Vienna, March 15, 2022
If the Ukraine horror story is also being fought in the media, and pseudo-media, this action was something like a direct hit for Putin and his tightly-controlled media. Somehow, against all the odds, and the nastiness that she will surely have to endure, a marvellous woman managed to disrupt the main Russian tv “news”, and delivered her protest straight to camera.
The BBC’s excellent Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg called it “Absolutely astonishing. During Russian Channel 1’s evening news broadcast, a woman ran onto the set with a sign: “No war…Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here.”
What is even more astonishing is that the woman was – until now – an editor for the tv station: Marina Ovsyannikova.
♦ MSNBC 15/03/22 The tv protest. Does it matter? What happens to Marina?
♦ MSNB 15/03/22 Former Zelensky adviser live interview – sounds of war in Kyiv getting closer. Fox News correspondent killed.
♦ But: MSNBC again – Fox’s Tucker Carlson promotion of Putin now on Russia Today/ RT loop
♦ Ticker News 15/03/22 Where is Marina Ovsyannikova?
♦ Washington Post 15/03/22 “They are lying to you” Russian tv sensation
♦ Zelensky in exclusive Vice News interview 15/03/22 Predicts Putin Will Negotiate: ‘I Think He Sees That We Are Strong’
♦ 60 Minutes, Australia 14/03/22 – Anti-war oligarch offers 1m dollars bounty on Putin’s head
♦ PBS Newshour 14/03/22 China-Russia. Will China help Putin? Beijing’s embarrassment and (economic) fears