With bombs falling all around, embattled videographer Jon Farina visited with the abandoned poor and elderly at ground zero of the Russia-Ukraine war. An exclusive mini-documentary
Fascinating. This is what journalism used to be.
Interesting piece. Amazing to me that the true journalism is being done outside of the traditional corporate model. The corporate model is so corrupt it is anti-journalism. Bravo to this brave photo journalist!! As usual the poor and marginalized will pay for the elites misguided actions. So sad.
This is the most important bit about Farina's take on the riot: "I was shocked at how there was very little law enforcement, very few police officers. I knew within the first five minutes that it was going to be bad because there were no cops in riot gear. It was Capitol police with little cans of pepper spray. I knew they weren’t going to hold up."
A recently released news item that is, of course, being ignored by the usual media suspects, discloses that a "memo was detailed and published by the Pentagon inspector general. It details a meeting on January 3rd, 2021 in which then President Trump met with military advisors. While the topic primarily focused on national security matters, Trump also discussed ensuring enough National Guard troops were present to ensure a safe event.
“'Mr. Miller and GEN Milley met with the President at the White House at 5:30 p.m.,' the memo reported. 'The primary topic they discussed was unrelated to the scheduled rally. GEN Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event. Gen Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.'”
"However, several Democrat and military leaders were concerned about the perception that a strong military presence might invoke. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said 'he did not want to create the perception that the military was involved in the electoral process.'"
That Trump egged on or somehow incited the riot is a LIE, and most reasonable people have recognized from the jump that the show trial is based on nothing but an insane desire to bury Trump, the greatest political enemy Curtis Yarvin's so-called "Cathedral," the "media-academic complex" has ever known.
Most comments are about Jan 6 and only a few about Ukraine. The few Ukraine comments are not showing any outrage. Strange no? Maybe this is because there is something incongruous and unconvincing about the Ukraine video. For starters, those who have followed the war closely know there have been virtually no Russian attacks in Kharkiv. So why should we just accept that all the bombing must be Russian, and not Ukrainian false flags used for propaganda videos? Of course many have fled and many spend the nights in the subways and cellars to be safe. But how do you explain that cornucopia of food! Good grief. This is not what you would expect in a war. Plus the electricity and phones are all working. If the Russians are so nefarious why would they allow such infrastructure to be in service? Sure the few remaining residents have to be taken care of. But these teams of do-gooders may have hidden motives. And of course no person accepting this aid is going to protest or speak against the providers. Nor can the documentary maker raise these questions.
Patrick Lancaster has been interviewing people living in the Donbas for 8 years. You'll get quite a different perspective from those videos. This one is from Lysychansk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP3kt9fxXCs
"Farina’s January 6th footage was used by everyone from ABC to The Guardian to CBS and Stephen Colbert to the Wall Street Journal to NBC and MSNBC to CNN, and countless other major news organizations." So Farina's work has the dubious distinction of being used by what many consider the MSM propaganda arm of the Democrats, and surely counts as a negative, almost the definition of manufactured propaganda.
Additionally, the "Not Calm Hearts" narrative sounds like a rerun of the "White Helmets" manufactured propaganda campaign.
This intrepid and brave reporting should be commended. But in every war there are decent and compassionate people on both sides helping those in need. It’s hard to aggregate these anecdotes into convincing “data” and even more so to divine from them what is true.
Just like January 6. A photographer takes photos that become icons of a moment. “Trump supporters in violent mayhem?”. Well do those few hundred stand as icons of 70+ million people who voted for him? No. Not even close. But “Trump supporters” get smeared and demonized.
We see here people helping, cooking, tending to those in need, supporting their side in a war. What does that say about “the war”? What does it say about “the human condition”? What does it say about what’s true?
Well, that’s not the videographers job perhaps to answer those questions. Maybe that’s our job, as viewers. And maybe we’d all disagree on those questions just as much after seeing this as before.
This isn’t my war. I have no family ties to Russia or Ukraine. No ancestry there. Almost no knowledge of this history - except what I’ve picked up since February. I have a distant friend, Ukrainian-American, who I last communicated with by email in late February when he was in Kyiv. He may now be dead.
Beyond that. Matt notes, as if it’s significant, an old woman who speaks Russian and wants Ukraine to win. Maybe that’s true. Or maybe she’s afraid of being killed by Ukrainians if she says she wants Russia to win.
I’m glad this isn’t my war. It’s a civil war. A tribal war. Just like all the others like it since the dawn of time. What else is there to say? I hope that kind of war doesn’t come here — to the USA. But it might if people look at the anecdotes and spectacles that cameras and journalists provide, and don’t construct in their own minds fully truthful stories about them.
Reality is too important to leave to journalists. Many lie. Others tell a slice of the truth, sometimes because that in itself is a hard accomplishment. But these slivers of the world are only the beginning of knowing what is real.
You want to help people in Ukraine? Go here: https://gofund.me/c9e4510a
I worked with John in Cairo; subsequently he went to Ukraine. When (or perhaps before) war broke out, he wound up in Romania, where he rented a house for two exiled families. Now, as you can see, he's ferrying medical supplies to a friend there. Like the rest of us, John is just some average guy - but he happened to be in a place where he could do some good, so he did.
I know this post is about journalism, but it's important to understand that it's not only journalists who are heroes - in the US, Ukraine and around the world. Journalists are important, of course, since they usually let the rest of us know what's going on. And those who break through the corporate filters are often the most courageous - and influential. But there are many witnesses to this carnage; of course the tricky part is to recognize and filter out the charlatans so we can get a clear picture of what is really going on.
As we can see from the video of John & Julia, apart from the politics (or because of it) there is human suffering, and where there is human suffering, there are genuine efforts to alleviate that suffering. Kudos to John & Julia and all those who are doing so in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The people at YouTube are very liberal-progressive overall (including the leadership), so I feel pretty sure that they had no political motivation to cover up a Trump-inspired riot at the Capitol. They were just mindlessly applying their content policies, not considering that there is a difference between promoting violence and providing news coverage. It's stupid, but that's what you get when someone gets to be CEO (of YouTube, not Google/Alphabet) just because she was Sergey Brin's sister-in-law.
I think the most chilling part of this entire article were these two disconnected sentences; "YouTube had shut Farina down" and "Farina went on to leave media for a bit". It clearly shows the direct impact of big tech censorship on independent (and presumably less? biased) media sources. Fortunately Farina decided to get back in the game. Many others don't and I seriously doubt we may ever get back to a point of "what journalism used to be".
W. T. F.? Matt! Have “they” threatened you and your family?
Are you struggling to stave off a lawsuit or something? Why are you adding to the January 6th hysteria and clearly promoting it as hypnotized people acting on Trump’s volition to create an insurrection, which is completely false. This was a riot that got out of hand.
I was processing that when I realized you were doing a “poor sweet Ukraine versus horrible Russia” propaganda piece. Why? When you clearly know the CIA and the Pentagon pushed for this proxy war to destabilize Putin. And we WANT Ukrainians to die and create a failed state on Russia’s border.
Did CNN get pictures of you with a goat?
so sick of arm chair ass clowns, pontificating, either side, like myself.
everybody "knows" the "truth", and nobody knows anything.
what a freaking mess, humanity is. most cruel, to each other.
where are you, giant meteor?
Well, there you have it. Matt TaiBbi shilling anti-Trump supporter propaganda and Regime narrative regarding Ukraine.
No more benefit of the doubt for you Matt.
Have you not heard of Patrick Lancaster?
Yes. I was 11 years old when I learned what a Military Advisor was.
The same war criminals who designed the murderous Bush-Cheney regime policies are now in the Forever-Obama regime designing similar murderous policies.
Whether you voted for Donald Trump or didn’t in 2020, no one voted for this.