On Monday, March 3, 2014, on Wolf Blitzer's program "The Situation Room," CNN's Christiane Amanpour defied NYU Professor Stephen F. Cohen's charge that Ukrainians are anti-Semites who don't deserve international support in their struggle for democracy.
Cohen alleged that "right-wing nationalists" and "quasi fascists" were "dictating terms" to a "not legitimate" "rump parliament" in Ukraine. Evidence of their "quasi fascist agenda" "They banned the use of Russian as an official language." "Hatred has been supported by Washington," Cohen alleged.
Wolf Blitzer quoted Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin, who characterized Ukrainian pro-democracy demonstrators as "Fascists and anti-Semites."
When Blitzer quoted Churkin, Stephen F. Cohen smiled smugly and crossed his arms across his chest, as if his team had scored a goal against a hated opponent. Cohen's smug pleasure at seeing Ukrainian pro-democracy demonstrators demonized as "fascists and anti-Semites" – by a spokesperson for Russia, as it invaded Ukraine militarily – was telling.
You can read a previous blog post addressing WABC radio's demonization of Ukrainians as brutal anti-Semites here.
I thank Joy Zamoyski Koch for alerting me to this story.
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