Monthly Archives: April 2007

Russian Journalists Ordered to Lie

In most countries that’s optional but Russia is more ambitious than that:

At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”

In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.

So they’re going to mirror CNN’s programming? I guess they’re not out for ratings with this initiative.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Jet Crashes at South Carolina Airshow

They make it look easy but it isn’t:

A jet flying in formation with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team crashed into a Beaufort, South Carolina, neighborhood, causing an “enormous fireball” during an air show, authorities said.

The Navy aviator was killed Beaufort County Coroner Curt Copeland said. The F/A-18′s pilot is the only known fatality.

Fred Yelinek told CNN he saw the crash occur about a mile from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, which was holding the two-day show. He said the jet came down about 100 yards from him.

Yelinek said the jet struck a stand of pine trees, and pieces of the plane hit homes, but he didn’t see any catch fire. The pieces were “as big as a hand but no larger,” he said.

Pieces of a tree and the plane crashed into the home of a neighbor, Yelinek said, but she was uninjured. Pieces also hit other houses and smashed car windshields, he said.

“Most people were very shaken but unhurt,” the witness said.

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