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U.S. Media Non-Coverage of the Urmas Paet – Catherine Ashton Sniper Revelation (Update)


I just ran a search of the NewsBank database for what the database purports to be 3,253 U.S.-based media sources for the period March 3 – 10, 2014.

My search parameters were: sniper* and (Ashton or Paet or Estonia*).

Obviously, I’m interested in learning which U.S.-based media (though I’m sure that blogs and alternative radio programs and the like are underrepresented in the sample) have mentioned the story that came out on March 5 about a YouTube audio of the leaked recorded phone conversation between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the Estonia minister of foreign affairs Urmas Paet in which Paet told Ashton: “There is now a stronger and stronger understanding (in Kiev) that behind the snipers, it was not [ousted president Viktor] Yanukovich, but it was somebody from the new coalition.” [1]

For the results of this NewsBank search, see the Appendix, below.

NewsBank was able to find a total of 16 items in the U.S.-based media that mentioned this revelation—one of which happened to be the Targeted News Service’s transcript of the U.S. Department of State press briefing on March 5 in which a reporter from Estonia asked spokesperson Jen Psaki if the U.S. government has “any reason to believe that the people who were doing the shooting in Kyiv were not doing so under the orders of the president and, in fact, were doing so under orders of people affiliated, at least, with the opposition?”  And Psaki replied: “[T]hat’s not a discussion that I’m aware of internally here being had.” [2]

Conspicuous by their silence are of course the establishment staples such as the New York Times and Washington Post, the network news channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, and over cable, Fox News, CNN (the one CNN item listed below derives from the website), MSNBC, and Bloomberg), and a litany of others.   A stunning example not only of non-coverage of an important revelation (the truth of which requires verification, of course).  But of suppression of an important revelation, plain and simple.

The corporate-controlled information system of the United States does a magnificent job of creating the illusion that we are awash with news about the world. [3]  No wonder Liz Wahl fled from her job as a presenter over the RT-USA cable TV channel on March 5, justifying her resignation on grounds that she’s “proud to be an American” and doesn’t like the nasty things that RT-USA reports about her favorite regime. [4]


David Peterson
Chicago, USA


[1] For the relevant passage in the Paet – Ashton phone conversation, listen here, picking-up their remarks around the 8:25 mark.
[2] Jen Psaki, Daily Press Briefing,
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, March 5, 2014.
[3] See Robert Parry, “The ‘We-Hate-Putin’ Group Think,” ConsoriumNews.com, March 7, 2014.  Also see
 David Cromwell and David Edwards, “The ‘Professorial President’ And The ‘Small, Strutting Hard Man’,” Media Lens, March 10, 2014.
[4] For RT’s editor-in-chief’s commentary on Liz Wahl’s resignation, see Margarita Simonyan, “And here’s what I have to say about it,” March 5, 2014.

—- Appendix: Results of the NewsBank Database Search —-

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Leaked call raises questions about who was behind sniper attacks in Ukraine
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CNN Wire-March 5, 2014
Author: Dana Ford CNN

Leaked call raises questions about who was behind sniper attacks in Ukraine – Don’t read too much into the conversation.
Section: WORLD/europe
Index Terms: InternationalDateline: (CNN)Record Number: 1394072576Copyright (c) 2014 CNN Wire. All rights reserved

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Is hacked phone call of Ukraine sniper attacks evidence of exopolitics conflict?
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Honolulu Examiner (HI)-March 5, 2014

Is hacked phone call of Ukraine sniper attacks evidence of exopolitics conflict? – A hacked phone call between the Estonian Foreign Minister and EU Foreign Affairs chief, Catherine Ashton, reveals that snipers responsible for the death of protesters were not from the deposed Ukrainian government. The hacked phone call was made available to the RT news service and today was the subject of a number of news reports. The hacked call reveals that the snipers targeted both protesters and police. According to the call, there was a need to investigate, but there was no incentive among the new Euromaidan approved Ukrainian transition government to do so. The hacked call reveals that a mysterious third force was operating to destabilize the previous Ukrainian government run by President Yanukovych by making it appear responsible for the sniper attacks.
Section: Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
Record Number: 5756c0557d42b4b983d25128e988ef57c11f35Source: Examiner.com. Copyright held by author. 2014 All Rights Reserved.

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The Bizarre Story of the ‘Kidnapped’ UN Envoy in Crimea
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Mashable.com-March 5, 2014
Author: Brian Ries

The Bizarre Story of the ‘Kidnapped’ UN Envoy in Crimea – UNITED NATIONS – News that United Nations envoy Robert Serry had been kidnapped or detained in Crimea spread through the UN press briefing room in New York on Wednesday morning, minutes before a previously scheduled telephone question and answer session with UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson from Kiev.
Section: Russia
Index Terms: United Nations,    Us World,    Us,    WorldRecord Number: b7de46c88f3172bda9b9cec7a3a3e7e5f78ae4e6Copyright (c) 2005-2014 Mashable, Inc., All rights reserved

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Ukraine Crisis News Roundup: March 5
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New Republic, The: Web Edition Articles-March 5, 2014
Author: LINDA KINSTLER

Ukraine Crisis News Roundup: March 5 – UPDATED [11:15 a.m.]
Section: UKRAINE
Record Number: 5e5c257c97466376aca537b03af8626c819e4bdfCopyright 2014 The New Republic, The New Republic LLC

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Propaganda Rules The News – The Obama regime and its presstitutes will continue to lie about everything.
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Salem-News.com (OR)-March 5, 2014
Author: Article by Paul Craig Roberts

Propaganda Rules The News – (WASHINGTON, DC) – Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.
Section: News
Record Number: a5b69a55c0bbbd4262a39b549266e66d4b439b73Copyright (c) 2014, Salem-news.com, All Rights Reserved

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How a ‘New Low’ in Spycraft Changed the Ukraine Sniper Conversation
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Mashable.com-March 6, 2014
Author: Brian Ries

How a ‘New Low’ in Spycraft Changed the Ukraine Sniper Conversation – UNITED NATIONS — Were those Ukrainians killed by snipers in Kiev last month victims of then-President Viktor Yanukovych? Hopes of finding an answer to this question were complicated today when leaked audio of a 10-minute conversation between the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet was put on YouTube.
Section: State Department
Index Terms: United Nations,    Youtube,    Us World,    UsRecord Number: a6789e31cc1b56475545c5899c2def66af277975Copyright (c) 2005-2014 Mashable, Inc., All rights reserved.

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Ukraine Interim Government Faces Urgent Calls to Probe Links to Maidan Gunmen
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PR Newswire (USA)-March 6, 2014
Author: Ukraine Monitor

Ukraine Interim Government Faces Urgent Calls to Probe Links to Maidan Gunmen – KIEV, Ukraine, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Company Name: Ukraine MonitorLocation(s): United States of AmericaDateline: KIEV, Ukraine, March 6, 2014Record Number: enUK201403062392Copyright (c) 2014 PR Newswire Association LLC. All Rights Reserved

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Recorded call reveals Ukraine opposition snipers, not Yanukovych, fired on protestors in Kiev
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PRNewsChannel (USA)-March 6, 2014

Recorded call reveals Ukraine opposition snipers, not Yanukovych, fired on protestors in Kiev – Leaked phone call between Estonian foreign minister and EU foreign affairs chiefs sheds light on Ukrainian conflict
Section: NEWS
Record Number: 34945631Copyright © Selig Multimedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Who Were the Kiev Snipers? – The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation which emerged online.
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Salem-News.com (OR)-March 6, 2014
Author: Michael Munk Salem-News.com

Who Were the Kiev Snipers? – (PORTLAND) – This leaked 11-minute phone conversation of Feb 25, confirmed by the Estonian foreign ministry, is not getting the attention in the western media that the leaked phone call between Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador in Kiev got. Ashton refuses to comment so far.
Section: News
Record Number: 569f75939b5da720935977e885e9f76a87b5f2cCopyright (c) 2014, Salem-news.com, All Rights Reserved

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State Department Conducts Daily Press Briefing,  March 5
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Targeted News Service (USA)-March 6, 2014

State Department Conducts Daily Press Briefing,  March 5 – WASHINGTON, March 5 — The U.S. Department of State issued the following transcript of the daily press briefing by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson:
Section: U.S. Executive Branch (Administration)
Index Terms: U.S. State Dept.; Press ReleasesDateline: WASHINGTONRecord Number: 4658230Copyright (c) 2014 Targeted News Service. All rights reserved.

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Bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers – Estonian foreign minister cites claim opposition provocateurs were behind killings
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WorldNetDaily (USA)-March 6, 2014

Bugged call reveals conspiracy theory about Kiev snipers – (London Guardian) A leaked phone call between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet has revealed that the two discussed a conspiracy theory that blamed the killing of civilian protesters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on the opposition rather than the ousted government.
Section: World
Record Number: caefa2787a7ddab421d161a818dbd66e7258615Copyright © 2014 WorldNetDaily, Inc., All rights reserved.

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Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage
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Associated Press News Service, The-March 7, 2014
Author: MIKE ECKEL Associated Press

Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage – KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — One of the biggest mysteries hanging over the protest mayhem that drove Ukraine’s president from power: Who was behind the snipers who sowed death and terror in Kiev?
Section: International
Index Terms: FullStory; EU-Ukraine-Sniper-Mystery

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Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage
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Valley Independent, The (Monessen, PA)-March 8, 2014
Author: Associated press

Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage – KIEV, Ukraine — One of the biggest mysteries hanging over the protest mayhem that drove Ukraine’s president from power: Who was behind the snipers who sowed death and terror in Kiev?

Record Number: DTI21169399Copyright (c) 2014, Tribune-Review Publishing Co.

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Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage
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San Mateo Daily Journal, The (CA)-March 8, 2014

Russia, Ukraine feud over sniper carnage – KIEV, Ukraine — One of the biggest mysteries hanging over the protest mayhem that drove Ukraine’s president from power: Who was behind the snipers who sowed death and terror in Kiev?
Section: State/National/World
Record Number: ff623bac5f24641bff91b305c3be132e3f39dbCopyright 2014, The San Mateo Daily Journal. All Rights Reserved.

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Russia, Ukraine feud over snipers
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Free Lance-Star, The (Fredericksburg, VA)-March 8, 2014
Author: MIKE ECKEL

Russia, Ukraine feud over snipers – ASSOCIATED PRESS

Record Number: 824870Copyright, 2014, The Free Lance-Star

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Did U.S. actually prompt Putin’s revenge? – Falling dominoes in Ukraine may trace back to Western intervention
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WorldNetDaily (USA)-March 9, 2014
Author: F. Michael Maloof

Did U.S. actually prompt Putin’s revenge? – WASHINGTON – There is growing concern the United States may have been instrumental in financing the Ukrainian opposition – many of whom are ultra-nationalists with neo-Nazi connections.
Section: WND EXCLUSIVE
Record Number: ce1f6d9ec616e642fe33b026d02aafd7e92bf94Copyright © 2014 WorldNetDaily, Inc., All rights reserved.

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