Stick to the script

It’s amazing what happens when people who aren’t part of the party line get a second to speak their minds.

There is a noticeable silence when the girl tells the (unnamed) presenter that she was “not running away from the Russian troops, [but] running away from the Georgians”. When the girl’s aunt tells viewers that she blames the Georgian president for starting the conflict and about the causalities suffered by South Ossetia’s civilians, she is quickly interrupted and told that the programme will be going to a commercial break “in four seconds”, despite just coming back from one less than three minutes earlier.

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