U.S. papers chicken on Kiev
Major update on the Yushchenko poisoning case, but where is it?
Whatever happened with that alleged poisoning of Ukraine's supposed reformer and Orange Revolution symbol Viktor Yushchenko in September 2004?
An major update is flashing around the world right now, but the big papers seem to be ignoring it. Thanks to the rip-and-run-from-the-Associated-Press policies of smalltown papers, you can read about not only in the Kiev Post (if its website wasn't being flooded right now) but also in the Erie (Pa.) Times- News, whose website isn't. Here's how the Eurasia Daily Monitor is reporting it:
Four years ago, the U.S. media marched in lockstep with Yushchenko's claim that he had been poisoned, and his face looked like it, having been transformed from handsome investment banker to quasi-Elephant Man (or at least Quasimodo).
Was it dioxin or simply (but seriously) pancreatitis, as his foes claim? Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com ponders the case and its coverage here.