NY Times declares Putin-Assad “chilly” relationship “by all accounts;” Ignores Russian & Arabic media, quotes only US-EU figures opposed to both Assad & Putin
Of course, this New York Times story may be true. The core problem is that the reader is given no evidence to back up the core claim that somehow the personal relationship is awful between Assad and Putin. Only a Carnegie expert opposed to both and WINEP’s Andrew Tabler are quoted directly…. NO RUSSIANS, NO SYRIANS…. no excerpts from the Arabic media and/or the russian media where we are translating or have translated quite different takes.
The essential problem is this opening graf:
“By all accounts, the two leaders remain distant and wary of each other. The Kremlin in particular has been frustrated by what it sees as Mr. Assad’s arrogance and, at least until recently, his unwillingness to bend to Russia’s wishes, on issues like jump-starting peace talks in Moscow this year and freeing dissidents who might play a role in any political solution.
“It’s not personal, this whole thing,” said Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, referring to Mr. Putin’s intervention…”