How would the Yanks like an Osama B-L TV interview?

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www.telegraph.co.uk

Russian fury as US TV interviews Chechen warlord
By Carl Schreck in Moscow
(Filed: 30/07/2005)

Russian officials responded with outrage yesterday at the broadcast on American television of an interview with Shamil Basayev, the Chechen warlord.

Basayev has claimed responsibility for organising last year's Beslan school siege that ended in the deaths of more than 330 children and adults and the 2002 seizure of a Moscow theatre that resulted in 129 hostages dying when police staged a rescue raid.

In the interview, Basayev admitted he was a terrorist but said each Russian had to feel the impact of war in Chechnya before it can stop.

Asked if a Beslan-type attack could occur again, he said: "Of course. . . As long as the genocide of the Chechen nation continues, as long as this mess continues, anything can happen."

Russia accused the United States of employing a double standard in the battle with international terrorism.

Boris Malakhov, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Russia "strongly condemns" the decision by ABC TV to give a forum to "the criminal and child-killer Shamil Basayev, whom the United Nations has put on its list of international terrorists".

"With this action the television station has demonstrated a disturbing disregard for the standards of responsible journalism and general human values," he said in a statement aired on Russia's Channel One television.

"The broadcast of this interview is difficult to reconcile with the efforts of governments, including those of Russia and the United States, in their battle with the threat of international terrorism."

The Russian Foreign Ministry yesterday summoned Daniel Russell, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US embassy in Moscow, to discuss the broadcast, Mr Malakhov told the Interfax news agency yesterday.

The interview was also denounced by Alu Alkhanov, the Kremlin-backed president of Chechnya - a predominantly Muslim region where Russian troops have been battling separatists for most of the past decade.

"I was startled by how they allowed this person, who openly claimed responsibility for dozens of terrorist attacks in Russia, which claimed hundreds of human lives, to voice new threats against Russia and the Russian people," he was quoted as saying by the news agency.

Basayev said he was plotting more attacks. "I'm making plans," he told ABC. "We're always looking for new ways.

Basayev, who has a $10 million (£6 million) bounty on his head and rarely speaks to journalists, was interviewed in his Chechen hideout by Andrei Babitsky, a Russian journalist, who said the rebels live in primitive conditions, eating mainly "instant soups and canned food" and sleeping on barren ground.

Despite the hardships, Basayev struck a defiant note.

"The Chechen people are more dear to me than the rest of the world. You get that?" he said.

"I admit, I'm a bad guy, a bandit, a terrorist. . . but what would you call them?" he said of the Russians.

"If they are the keepers of constitutional order, if they are anti-terrorists, then I spit on all these agreements and nice words."

A spokesperson for the US embassy in Moscow confirmed that Mr Russell had gone to the Russian Foreign Ministry yesterday but declined to comment further.
 
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Given the moral standards of most media whores, the yank TV big hitters (Oprah , Rivera et al) would probably queue up to interview OBL, Hitler, Stalin Pol Pot (sic) or any other murdering shite that would bump up their ratings. After all, that is far more important to them than any concern for good taste, moral propriety or dutyt o not give any purveyor of terror the oxygen of publicity.
 
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Themanwho said:
Given the moral standards of most media whores, the yank TV big hitters (Oprah , Rivera et al) would probably queue up to interview OBL, Hitler, Stalin Pol Pot (sic) or any other murdering shite that would bump up their ratings.
It's one thing if it was just for the benefit of the trailer-park demographic, a la Jerry Springer. But this is being done by supposedly respectable news outlets. Proof that when you come down to it, it's all about selling a product. I worked in media nearly ten years :oops: (put my career on official hiatus two weeks ago, thank yew Jeezis) and I am still amazed at how low the bar can go.

But I wouldn't knock Oprah completely. If she got one bored, bloated American housewife to actually read something via her Book Club — even if it was "Memoirs of a Geisha" — then she's done more to raise our collective IQ than a whole year of Fox news. :roll:
 
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TankiesYank said:
It's one thing if it was just for the benefit of the trailer-park demographic, a la Jerry Springer. But this is being done by supposedly respectable news outlets.
Respectable news outlets my arse. You mean respectable as in claiming that documents made using MS Word were authentic documents produced 30 some odd years ago? Or do you mean respectable as in showing a motor vehicle exploding in a roll over crash and the network people just happened to have rigged the vehicle with explosives?


But I wouldn't knock Oprah completely. If she got one bored, bloated American housewife to actually read something via her Book Club — even if it was "Memoirs of a Geisha" — then she's done more to raise our collective IQ than a whole year of Fox news. :roll:
At least Fox News tells you which side they are rooting for.....and it isn't the team featuring OBL and al Qaeda or this Shamil Basayev character.

ABC News respectable....give me a break.
 
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Few details:

The journalist who got interview with Shamil Basayev - mr.Babitsky is working on radio "Freedom" (USA funded). One can say that ABC as a private company has right to show what it wants. But how it possible that money of American taxpayers are using to get interview with children-killers?

Do you see a problem there?

I can imagine a reaction in the UK if Russian TV would show interview with organiser of blasts in London.
 
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But how it possible that money of American taxpayers are using to get interview with children-killers?

Do you see a problem there?
Absolutely I see a problem....It is an outrage. Reminds me of when John Miller of ABC News interviewed Osama Bin Laden about 7 years ago, except this case is probably worse. At least the OBL interview occurred before 09/11/01. Hell CNN even interviewed OBL in 1997.

It seems that Babitsky interviewed Basayev on the TV show "ABC News Nightline". ABC is hiding behind their 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech which is no surprise.
"July 27, 2005 -- Freedom of speech is never an issue when a popular person expresses an acceptable point of view. It is of real value only because it guarantees us access to the unpopular espousing the unacceptable. Then we can reject or accept it, condemn it or embrace it.

No one should have the authority to make that decision for us.

Not our own government; and certainly not somebody elses."
They don't care about right vs. wrong....they only care about getting good ratings.

BTW, I looked up some information on this Babitsky reporter. He is about as American as you are KGB. I'm sure he has an agenda with his report.

Andrei Babitsky was born in Moscow on September 26, 1964. He studied philology at Moscow State University. During the perestroika years, Andrei took part in the human rights movement. From 1987-89, he was on the editorial board of Sergei Grigoryant's journal, "Glasnost." As a result of his human rights activism, Babitsky was subject to administrative arrest.

Babitsky became a Radio Liberty correspondent in 1989. During the August 1991 putsch, he reported from the Russian White House. He was given an award by the RFE/RL president for "outstanding journalism during the 19-23 August 1991 events when he risked his life."

In October 1993, Andrei reported on the burning of the parliament as the RFE/RL parliamentary correspondent. He also covered Tajikistan and north Caucasus hot spots. During the first Chechen war, Babitsky was the RFE/RL special correspondent reporting directly from the war zone.

From 1996 until 1999, he worked in Moscow and the north Caucasus. In August 1999 he covered military operations in Dagestan. Reporting from Grozny, Babitsky has been the special RFE/RL correspondent since November 1999. Andrei Babitsky was the only non-Chechen reporter who has stayed in the devastated Chechen capital after the Russian government's attack on Grozny.
 

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