All information that emerges during wartime, no matter where it comes from, is tainted. It’s tainted because of the nature of war. War splits us. It unites one side against the other. It completely eliminates nuance. It over-simplifies everything. It consolidates everything into a neat little package: in this case, Russia versus the world.
And frankly, while Russia is obviously the aggressor here, we should be concerned about how unbalanced the coverage of this war has been. Most journalists are taking a clear side, which might be the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but is it right from a journalism perspective?
So how can we – as journalists and as news consumers – make sense of it all? Is it even possible to know the truth about a war when virtually all information is coming with strings attached, and journalists themselves are aligning with one side?
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