With the specter of a never-will-happen U.S. race war the primary focus of America’s mainstream media over the last couple of months, it seems that the press has 100% checked out of reporting on any significant shifts in the balance of power in Ukraine where Russia has been supporting rebels against the NATO/U.S. backed Ukrainian government for the better part of a year.
Indeed, Congress just passed a measure entitled the Ukrainian Freedom Support Act which significantly increases U.S. investment in the Eastern European conflict that’s claimed thousands of lives and resulted in the shooting down of civilian Malaysian flight MH17 in July of this year. The measure does the following:
- Puts sanctions on Russia’s energy and defense sectors
- Puts sanctions on Russian banks
- Allows the President to provide lethal aid to the government of Ukraine, specifically “anti-tank and anti-armor weapons, crew weapons and ammunition, counter-artillery radars to identify and target artillery batteries, fire control, range finder, and optical and guidance and control equipment, tactical troop-operated surveillance drones, and secure command and communications equipment…” in the amount of $350 million over three years.
- Provides non-military and energy assistance
- Requests a plan for increasing pro-Western, Russian language news programs in the region
- $20 million in funds for the Secretary of State to spend on democratizing Russian institutions
And yet, no one in the U.S. press seems to think any of this is a big deal. Not only have I not seen it on the front page of any newspaper recently but Google bears out that basically only Forbes cares about a conflict that the Russians have said could start World War III and which is being met in Russia with increasing pressure to directly provide Russian troops to support the Ukrainian rebels aka a full Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine.
Those are all top articles and there’s not a CNN or a Fox News among them. This is apparently not worth discussing over the air after the event just as it wasn’t worth discussing over the air prior to the Act being passed. Monetizing the culture war, it seems, is more important than the worst Russo-U.S. relations since the 1980s.