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This is how UK media covers Britain’s Covid-19 response & that is how it covers Russia’s (is this FAIR journalism?)

You’d think humanity is facing a common enemy in the Covid-19 pandemic. For the UK media, the enemy is clear – it’s the Russians, whose pandemic measures are tyrannical and ineffective, even when they’re the same as Britain’s.

With global coronavirus cases nearing 2.3 million and deaths passing 157,000, government responses to the pandemic have been evaluated by the world’s press. However, not every government has been judged equally, and when we look at how the British media treats Russia’s response, the tone is laughably biased.

Lockdown: Russians under Putin’s thumb, Brits embrace ‘community spirit’

Late last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his country’s 147 million citizens to “stay at home and not travel.” Putin’s directive fell short of a full lockdown, however, and stricter orders have since been applied on a regional basis, with Moscow’s among the harshest.

Needless to say, the UK press saw totalitarianism on the horizon, with the BBC accusing Putin of “using the pandemic to tighten control.” The British Broadcaster reported that the lockdown measures have left ordinary Russians “confused and wary.”

Not in Britain! When Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a legally binding lockdown in late March, the only criticism leveled at the PM was that the draconian measures may have come too late. ‘Please tread on us!’ the press demanded. Though emergency legislation passed since then grants healthcare workers the power to detain “potentially infectious persons” for as long as they see fit, and though police officers across the country have eagerly played the petty tyrant, the British people are quite happy with the ‘new normal’, or so the story goes.

Amid a crackdown on everything from dog walking to sunbathing, “community spirit is making a comeback,” the Telegraph reported on Thursday. British columnists cheered on the resurgence of the “blitz spirit,” and the media reported that the public would be completely happy living under lockdown until July. Nothing to see here, citizen!

Enforcement: Russians get ‘cybergulag’, Brits get smart monitoring

When Moscow’s city government trialled an app to monitor the movements of coronavirus patients last month, the Guardian described this privacy-invading technology as a move toward a “Cybergulag,” quoting an opposition politician. Less than a week later, the same newspaper helpfully reminded Britons that their government can “legally use personal data from people’s mobile phones to track and monitor behavior,” quoting a privacy watchdog group.

When Sky News outlined the lockdown measures imposed on Moscow, it reminded its readers that “unlike in the UK, Muscovites are not granted time outside their homes in order to exercise.” When it stated that residents are still allowed to enter and leave the city, it neglected to mention that the same privileges aren’t granted to Brits, who have been fined for driving to walking spots in the countryside.

In Britain, fines and jail time for “quarantine deniers” are a matter of course. In Russia, they’re another “dangerous” component of the “cybergulag.”

Foreign Aid: Russian shipments an act of ‘Viruspolitik’, Chinese shipments to UK a ‘non-stop mercy mission’

Russia’s aid mission to virus-stricken Italy saw planeloads of military medics and disease specialists depart for the Mediterranean country last month, bringing with them mobile laboratories and crates of medical supplies. Shipments of gear have also been sent to the US and the Balkans.

Listening to the British media, you’d think Putin had delivered a fresh plague upon the West. The Times described the shipments as Viruspolitik,” or a cunning attempt by Russia to “exploit dithering in western Europe.”

“What does ‘from Russia with love’ really mean?” the BBC asked, casting doubt on the Russian operation without ever actually answering that question.

However, when the aid is flowing to Britain, the press sings a different tune. No such doubts were raised about British flights importing tons of protective equipment from Beijing, with that operation dubbed a “non-stop mercy mission” by the Daily Mail. Likewise, a Chinese company’s aid package to British workers was celebrated by the Guardian, while the Daily Mail gushed over the “poetry-inscribed boxes” of aid donated by the Turkish government last week.

Should Putin have personally written sonnets on the aid crates destined for Italy? We can only wait for the British media to scold him for not doing so.

Leadership: Putin hides, Boris leads from behind

When Boris Johnson self-isolated following his diagnosis with coronavirus last month, his decision to hold “digital cabinets” and address the nation via mobile phone videos was hailed as an heroic, if foolhardy, move. When his condition worsened, the British press panicked. “We need you, Boris – your health is the health of the nation,”wrote the Telegraph’s Allison Pearson, lamenting the fact that Johnson didn’t disappear “under the duvet for ten days, like any normal person.”

Putin, on the other hand, has been lambasted for cutting down on his public appearances. “Vladimir Putin has taken a backseat in tackling Russia’s coronavirus crisis,” the Guardian declared, describing the Russian leader’s decision to work remotely as one that “raised questions” about his health. The Sun, Britain’s largest tabloid, ran an article a week earlier claiming that Putin had “disappeared,” and likely had the coronavirus.

The virus is an invisible killer, and leaders have resorted to colorful analogies to describe their fight against it. Here too the British media took the opportunity to jab at Putin. When he compared the coronavirus threat to the threat posed by invading Pecheneg and Polovtsy tribesmen in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Guardian described the analogy as “an eccentric choice that left many Russians searching the internet.” The BBC, meanwhile, claimed that as Johnson recovers from his bout with Covid-19, he will “undoubtedly [be] thinking of an earlier epidemic…the plague that hit Athens in 430 BC.”

“In times of crisis,” the Telegraph’s Asa Bennett earlier wrote, “Boris Johnson has no doubt asked himself what his idol, Pericles, would do.” Pericles stewarded Athens through the plague of 430 BC, eventually succumbing to the disease himself.

But while Johnson can draw on the lessons of classical antiquity, Putin can’t look to the Middle Ages. Instead, according to the British press at least, he’s stuck in the Cold War forever – where aid is “viruspolitik,” digital tracing is the “cybergulag,” and every move is a “dangerous” one.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/486229-british-media-russia-coronavirus/

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AMHants
AMHants
April 19, 2020

For some reason Common Purpose are the shadow Government, controlling the UK. Set up by David Bell, the Head of the Media Standards Committee and Cambridge University Press. So many politicians are members of Common Purpose, including all UK Prime Ministers, since Margaret Thatcher. Ironically, her special adviser was David Bell’s brother Timothy. Common Purpose Members have been put into positions of leadership, in all Government and International Institutions. Including UK Military, media, Government, Councils, Education, police and Legal System, including Law Courts. Yet, so few realise. For some reason, they also have a problem with Russia and their priority… Read more »

Tony Giallo
Tony Giallo
April 19, 2020

The west is losing the information war. Russia is prevailing geo-strategically offering humanism to the west’s moral and financial degeneracy, and western governments are running out of ways to paper over the cracks.
Thats what I think anyway.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Tony Giallo
April 19, 2020

Both Putin and Trump enslave the 50% working-poor by poverty and killer-cop terrorism, both are all the more guilty for global warming. Surely, what you think is a worship of the rich.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  John Ellis
April 20, 2020

Rubbish!

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 19, 2020

Empire USA has a mainstream media, including state funded that has always been a dictatorship totally owned by the rich nobility, likewise Russia and China, media totally dictatorship owned by the richest of the rich. And during time of war, each nation’s media will brainwash the self-absorbed and indifferent public into killing for their home grown rich.
And so, stupidity above all stupefies is to write an article suggesting that among the mainstream there are different degrees of mental darkness and satanic morality.

Political Virology 101
Political Virology 101
April 19, 2020

Western mainstream journalism no longer exists. It’s long been infected with viral intelligence agents who have attached and injected their very own RNA code into the compliant hosts.

It’s a worldwide trend of varying degrees but the West, most esp. the US and UK, seems to have mastered the art flawlessly.

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 19, 2020

BY INTELLIGENT DESIGN — My slow of thought laboring-class is able to by hard manual labor generate all the wealth and feel a great sense of accomplishment in the doing of it. — And only because we are slow of thought, are we able to achieve the degree of humility needed to produce a grateful response for the compassion and charity we receive. — And as we are the 50% of society known as the working poor who have never received healthcare in America, if healthcare is declared a right and given to us free, thereby removing a burden on… Read more »

paul
paul
April 19, 2020

Is there anything more contemptible than the Zionist controlled western media?

Akouo
Akouo
Reply to  paul
April 19, 2020

nail on the head!

Akouo
Akouo
April 19, 2020

Sincere apologies from an Englishman (a real one as opposed to the international critics) No country is as community minded on a world scale as Russia and I pray that the foremost leader alive today, V Putin is well and remains so. Unfortunately the British establishment is in the tight grip of the same ‘international’ group that first ruined and then got chased out of Russia. The ones with most to gain from an unstable Middle East now made stable by the same V Putin. On a different note, I noticed Boris wasn’t ventilated. Almost as if they know damn… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
April 20, 2020

TASS: Russian diplomat urges to fine BBC for biased information on Russia — Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on the BBC to make more news about Britain — MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The British regulator, which frequently threatens Russian media with fines, should fine the BBC broadcasting corporation for creating a negative perception of Russia, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday. The Russian diplomat described on her Facebook account how the BBC provided information on Russia. “All, totally all that is reported on Russia, about Russia and from Russia is a thorough selection of words,… Read more »

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