MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media
November 22, 2007
Blaming ‘External Interference’
A striking feature of Soviet media performance on Afghanistan was its focus on “external interference” – primarily US in origin – and the role of this interference in fuelling the war.
In 1988, Pravda reported that Afghan president Najibula had criticised this “interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan”. (Pravda, February 9, 1988) The newspaper failed to mention that the Soviet Union was itself guilty of illegal external “interference”. Instead, journalists blamed the West for “pouring oil onto the fire of the Afghan conflict”. (Pravda, February 22, 1987) Ignoring the fact that much of the fighting in Afghanistan was in +response+ to the Soviet occupation, the media were also heavily critical of Iran and Pakistan.