The Guardian relied on reporting by The Kyiv Post which spoke to the rebel commander. The later, however, explains the "confession tape" Kyiv Post released was a tampered recording of the actual interview in which he said that according to Ukraine propaganda he has killed 15 POWs
This article originally appeared at Off Guardian
— Hello, Arsen! The “Kyiv Post” blames you in killing 15 prisoners of war according to the interview you allegedly give them earlier. So, what would you answer us about that?
— Well, in this regard, I’d like to say they have called me and asked me a question of a prisoner whom I supposedly killed. They told there were some other former prisoners who have witnessed my killing him. The guys who told that were among the prisoners we released home from our captivity. So, my answer was that there was the news spreading among the Ukrainian media lately that I did kill 15 prisoners instead of this one. So, they have mixed all this stuff and deceived public as if I confess that all.
Along with his wife the frequent target of pro-Kiev propaganda:
Commentary from Off Guardian before the story was cleared up:
When Luke Harding hyperlinked an outrageously stupid claim about the Lugansk aerial attack of June 2 to an irrelevant Kiev Post story many of us suffered a fit of righteous anger and accused poor old Luke in all mortal sins.
The Guardian’s latest use of this virtual paper makes us deeply reconsider our callousness. Now it is quite obvious Luke Harding was only intussuscepting up to the great master of Jedi Journalism, the Kiev Post. The aspiring padawan was trying its modest best to get that enlightening sabre apprenticeship.
Why would dream factories exist if dreams didn’t come true at times? Guardian’s recent repost from the Kiev, well, Post, should really be celebrated as the latest, much enhanced exploit of the promising padawan in the process of completely reducing itself to a faceless, meaningless, abjectly substandard propaganda sheet.
The Kiev Post’s story about a Donetsk separatist commander admitting to killing 15 (no more, no less) Ukrainian POWs, is rather poorly equipped to convince in its authenticity. If one gives it the benefit of the doubt, the obvious question comes up: why didn’t The Guardian do its own minimal reporting effort to dispel the very serious doubts that remain? Motorola could have just burst out a nasty joke, for all we know.
The answer is an easy one. The Guardian’s acclaimed journalists have already passed the point of no return between journalism and propaganda, between cognitive and descriptive effort, and intellectual laziness. The really bad news is The Guardian has convinced itself it is already in the trenches of its self-defined, self-waged and self-serving war with the Evil One, so it has nothing to prove to anyone anymore.
We are the first to admit to just reblogging, reposting, retransmitting and relaying what we see fit to print. But if uncritical copying and pasting of superficial, almost schoolyard exchanges between parties that live to troll each other, is Pulitzer-rate journalism, can we have a couple of these blingy awards too?
Guardian used to make sense; it currently steeps in destroying it. It used to have a sharp eye for injustice; it now practices selective blindness (Odessa, Konstantinovka). It used to be a newspaper; it has been downsized to a bad-looking blog. The force was strong with it. But one should never underestimate the power of the gray side.