19 Sep 2022 6:10 p.m
By Gert Ewen Ungar
It is part of every war propaganda to morally devalue the enemy. The fact that Germany entered the war long ago and became a party to the war can be seen in the German media. They have given up any critical distance and any effort to achieve journalistic quality in favor of one-sided war reporting. It’s propaganda, what the big German media companies do there. Descriptions from the Ukrainian side are accepted unchecked or even questioned, whereas what one cannot avoid reporting from Russia prompts the readers and viewers to be extremely skeptical, if it is reproduced at all. The most recent example that shows this are the reports of the discovery of graves in the Ukrainian city of Izyum.
Certainly many will and will remember Butscha – and the shocking pictures that came from there. Bodies littered the streets of the small town northwest of Kyiv for many days. The images were unbearable. The most serious allegations were made against Russia. The opposing side immediately accused the Russian military of having carried out a massacre among the Ukrainian civilian population. In the days and weeks that followed, Western politicians flocked to the body bags and had their pictures taken in dismay. Clarification was requested. It never existed.
Nor is anyone asking what happened to the call for an independent investigation. Nothing has become of her, would be the correct answer to this right question, which the German media does not ask. They don’t ask them because their job ended with spreading drastic images that were deliberately intended to emotionalize and prejudice Russia. This increases the willingness to endure the consequences of their own sanctions and of this war, which are also noticeable in Germany.
Anyone who asks about the events of Bucha today will automatically get the answer that Russian soldiers committed horrific crimes there, although the correct answer would be that no one knows because it has never been independently and thoroughly investigated. This pattern now appears to be repeating itself in light of finds from a burial site on the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Izyum.
The German media adopt the Ukrainian view and add a bit of embellishment around it, such as The mirror. “One thinks of Bucha and Irpin, those suburbs of Kiev that became symbols of the horror of the Russian war of aggression. One quickly wonders whether there were war crimes,” writes The mirror. Bucha was never cleared up, but that’s exactly why it’s great for anti-Russian propaganda. Packing Bucha and Isjum into one sentence signals to the readers: the Russians did it, done it again. That’s how easy propaganda works.
It is in the editorial office mirror not about enlightenment, there and in the big German media the main thing is to keep the upper hand over the narrative in an information war. The story should always be: Russia is the aggressor, Russian soldiers are uncivilized, Slavic barbarians who rob, pillage, rape, torture and of course murder.
There are undoubtedly war crimes in Ukraine. There is evidence that such crimes are committed by Ukraine: This includes the daily shelling of the two people’s republics in the Donbass. Civilians die there almost every day. There are no military targets there. The major German media reports nothing of these war crimes – as they have for the past eight years – and thus make clear their interdependence, their “embedding” in this war. The civilian infrastructure in Donetsk is being bombarded with western NATO weapons. This should always be kept in mind when calling for rapid and comprehensive arms deliveries. They deepen the rifts that run through the cultures of Ukraine, they cannot close them. How the people of eastern Ukraine could ever live with those of western Ukraine again after a Ukrainian victory is a question that those who call for arms and more arms for Ukraine are clearly unwilling to ponder.
But back to Isjum and what German media make of it. the daily News for example writes:
“People in the Izyum forest were killed between March and May, mostly by Russian bombers and artillery fire,” says chief investigator of the Kharkiv region police Sergey Bolvinov. During the Russian occupation, residents of Izyum buried the dead together with local undertakers , according to information from the Attorney General’s Office under pressure from the occupiers.”
“Pressure from the occupiers” sounds terrible, of course. But to them daily News asked: What would have been the alternative? Should the dead just lie there, as they were paraded on the streets of Bucha after many days?
Russia took control of Izyum in April. Who of the “occupiers” buried the dead who died there in March? And then another question: If the majority were killed mainly by Russian bombers and artillery fire, why should Russia, after taking Izyum in early April to May, continue to shell the city with artillery? That doesn’t make any sense and lacks any logic, what the chief investigator says and they daily News reproduces uncritically.
The story about Izyum is framed medially by a report about found letters from Russian soldiers, which were said to have been left behind during their hasty retreat. It tells of their moral and physical exhaustion. They report on holiday wishes that were not allowed to be realized and on their refusal to continue to serve. This story about such letters was first published by the Washington Postwho claims to have received the letters from Ukrainian armed forces.
the Washington Post admits that at first nothing can be said about the authenticity of the letters, but he immediately rates them as “quite definitely genuine” and doesn’t even feel silly. Among other things daily mirror takes over this story, although its subject matter and content makes it more suitable for a tabloid than for a newspaper with such claims to seriousness. But no matter, the main thing is that the desired shoot fits. The “home front” should know that “the Russians” are not only capable of any cruelty, but also willing – but he is now exhausted. The deserved victory is therefore close.
Since the German media consistently refuse to reflect anything of the Russian attitude and point of view or even to cite Russian sources, this should be added here. There is ample evidence that the army of Ukraine, often forced to retreat in its costly battles, simply leaves its own dead soldiers where they are. Russian media repeatedly report that the Russian army buries fallen Ukrainian soldiers because their comrades simply left their bodies behind. These dead are then usually nameless. This explains part of the graves found in Isjum.
It does not require great clairvoyant abilities to predict that the Izyum “investigations” will fizzle out just like the Bucha investigations. There is absolutely no interest on the part of the West in independent, objective enlightenment. There is only an interest in any material that is suitable for propaganda purposes in the media. The Ukraine provides this material just as willingly as the German media help to disseminate it and the allegations it contains.
The accusations are made: Russia shoots and tortures civilians. German journalism has done its duty by passing on this information. Whether that is true or not is not important at all. The only important thing is that the willingness to support Ukraine through emotionalizing images and reports is maintained. That is the goal.
The aim is not to make a contribution to finding the truth using journalistic means. That is no longer the point of German reporting on Ukraine. Otherwise one would point out all the inconsistencies in the story surrounding the graves of Izyum and be much more reluctant to disseminate all the unsecured material. The fact that it is not done shows that German journalism is part of the one-sided partisanship and ultimately the media flanking the waging of this war from Germany at the latest from this moment on – and is therefore practically dead as journalism.
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