After weeks of enthusiastic coverage and outright sympathy for Euromaidan, Western media is showing the first signs of realistic coverage of the“revolution” in Kiev.
The New York Times today basically admitted that the situation for Ukraine would’ve probably been better under the original agreement between Putin and Yanukovych, rather than the more likely option that the country will agree to:
The agreement signed Friday did not explicitly reject money from Russia, but Europe and the United States have been leaning heavily on Kiev to accept that only a Western aid package led by the International Monetary Fund can rescue Ukraine’s economy.
“The United States view — and I believe this view is shared by our European allies and partners — is that the only viable route back to sustainable economic health for Ukraine goes through the I.M.F.,” said a senior state department official speaking on the condition of anonymity on Friday…
With this in mind, Europe and the United States have largely subcontracted the job to the I.M.F., which has been negotiating with Kiev for months over an aid package that, unlike the money offered by Moscow, has numerous strings attached, notably requirements that Ukraine scythe a thicket of bureaucratic regulations and cut subsidies that keep domestic energy prices low — and cripple the government’s finances.”
Nothing quite says freedom like the IMF coming in and imposing crippling austerity on your country. Way to go Ukraine!
Not only is the IMF possibly coming in, but the opposition figures are equally corrupt, if not more than Yanukovych. And remember, this is the man has Western media has been smearing as the epitome of corruption for the past three months. If the other side is worse, how is this in any way a victory for the average Ukrainian?
As you can see, Ukraine got incredibly screwed over in this situation. But the well-being of Ukraine isn’t the driving concern in the geopolitical sphere—it’s clearly another battle between Putin and the West.
And our objective media can always be relied upon to push out the messages that the US State Department has hand crafted for their use.
At least our media is now being somewhat more honest in their coverage when the flames have died down in the Maidan.