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Most news reports these days have to be taken with a grain of salt. Some like this one, require a whole bag.


Yesterday's Pravda headline:


' Washington airport refuses to service Aeroflot's flights.'



Sounds bad; more Russian bashing by the sound of that. Smells like a U.S. Government plot.


' SwissPort, the company for ground services of Aeroflot flights at the airport of Washington, the USA, refused to service the flights of the Russian air carrier.'


Ok, so it's not Washington airport, just the contracted service company.


And then the rest of the article:


' "Due to unfavorable weather conditions in New York and ensuing transport collapse at airports of New York and Washington, Aeroflot's ground services company in Washington, SwissPort, has not confirmed a possibility of servicing Aeroflot flights at the airport of Washington (IAD)," a message from the Russian air carrier said.




It was also said that Aeroflot was unable to specify the schedule of departures due to weather conditions on the East Coast of the United States.




The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, declared a state of emergency in the state due to extreme weather conditions. '




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They specialise in dis information. Pravda was government run.

I'm shocked, especially with pravda meaning truth in English.


But on a more serious note, Al Jazeera is ok as long as you bear in mind that it's 100% owned by the Qatar government. They only have balance when it doesn't involve countries perceived as enemies or opposition to Qatar. And like most news services, they do fabricate images and play with the truth a bit. Thankfully, it doesn't happen often.


There was a time when you wouldn't read anything good about any Shiite dominated country, but Al Jazeera will be getting cosy with Iran in the future. Things can change rapidly when there are hydrocarbons and money involved. I definitely take Al Jazeera with a grain of salt, but at least they are mainstream. Pravda, on the other hand, is only worth reading for the entertainment value. And it's very good for that.



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I'm shocked, especially with pravda meaning truth in English.<snip>

Reminds me of another, long since closed newspaper in Melbourne named the Truth.. What a pillar of journalistic integrity and accuracy that rag was.. I think even the page 3 biology diagrams entailed some enhancements...



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