Years ago, I worked in the Republic of Georgia. One of its regions, Adjaria, was “semi-autonomous,” which meant it was ruled by a strongman in Russia’s pocket, and the Georgians couldn’t do anything about it.
There had been protests going on for about a month in the capital, Tbilisi, about the last round of corrupt parliamentary elections. They built and built, and then the Rose Revolution happened. I remember sitting in my hotel room, my gaze ping ponging between the protests around parliament outside my window and my TV. The Adjarian station played nature programming throughout.
Later, when I told my Georgian friends about it, they laughed and told me that was typical. Whenever something happened the Soviet government did not want to let out, on would come the nature shows.
I see what’s happening in the media with this campaign, and feel we’re back in the USSR. Fast and Furious, an ambassador murdered, State Department lies about a video… They barely warrant a mention.
MSNBC runs with a fake story about Paul Ryan coming unhinged. The whole left wing mediasphere runs with a story misquoting Romney on airplane windows. And now MSNBC was caught doctoring a clip from an Obama campaign rally (below).