Guardian’s glowing write-up of neo-nazi Aidar Battalion in stark contrast to its mockery of separatist volunteers

by BlackCatte

Interesting to compare Shaun Walker’s sneering piece in today’s Guardian on the foreign volunteers fighting for the”separatists”, with the grotesque and shameful fan write-up the same newspaper gave the neo-nazi “Women of the Aidar Battalion” back in March.

That article proved to be a PR disaster for the Guardian, as it features this photo:

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…of a van bearing avowedly and unambiguously nazi symbolism. Within minutes of it appearing the Guardian’s comments section erupted in indignation that this supposedly liberal paper was running a sentimental sympathy piece about a collection of openly Hitler-worshipping racists.

The moderators initially tried to stem the tide with extreme censorship,scything down any mention of what the numbers on that van actually meant. But in the end the sheer press of people posting proved too much. The paper conceded defeat, and changed the caption of the offending photo from

“Anaconda says she is being treated well by the men in her battalion, but is hoping that the war will end soon.”

to

“Anaconda alongside a van displaying the neo-Nazi symbol 1488. The volunteer brigade is known for its far-right links.”

It was a small victory. Though the Graun didn’t alter or take down their glowing endorsement of the female fascists of Aidar, which stands today as it did then.

Note in today’s article Walker still feels able to put the word “fascists” in those obligatory quotes.

You be the judge of the ethical standards and human values on display here.


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Eric_B
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Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Just visited Shaun Walker’s (new!) “sneering piece,” and once again, The Graun has the comboxes turned off.

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Louise
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Louise

Does anyone know for sure Shaun Walker is a real person, and not just a pseudonym? The reason I ask is there seems incredibly little information about him out there given he works for the Guardian. No Wikipedia page, no biography I can find, and only about three or four photos.

Compare that with the amount of information there is on Luke Harding, Jonathan Freedland etcetera. It seems quite odd. So it got me thinking maybe “Shaun Walker” is a pen name or something.

Has anyone ever seen him in person or on TV?

Dani
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Dani

Just another idiotic Shaun Lard Walker drivel for his <75 IQ audience that proves he was rightfully not on the list of hundreds banned journalists in Ukraine. Faithful propagandist

Michaelk
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Michaelk

For some inexplicable reason, the Guardian has got the hots for foreign fascists, as long as they are fighting Russians. This reminds me of their love affair with Islamic extremists fighting against the secular military regime in Afghanistan and their Russians allies. The Islamists were presented as heroic freedom fighters, and we all know how well Afghanistan turned out.

JA
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JA

Walker is pathetic. I love this claim of his in the above piece:
“the introduction of regular Russian forces at key moments is widely seen as a decisive factor in the military outcome, despite continued Kremlin denials of their presence”.

So Shaun, when are you actually going to provide some proof of these regular Russian forces you always state (not claim) are fighting?
I remember in one piece his source was some old Ukrainian peasant woman milking her cows.
Walker is always quick to insert “fascists” in quote marks, but never “Russian forces”. A complete joke of a ‘reporter’.

Seamus Padraig
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Seamus Padraig

Yeah, when mentioning the name Shaun Walker, we should always be careful to put “reporter” in quotation marks!

Francis
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Francis

Currently banned from CIF for providing links to proof of American and Ukrainian use of chemical weapons, and for drawing attention to Nougayrède’s attendance of Bilderberg in conjunction with Richard Perle and Co.

Jennifer Hor
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Jennifer Hor

You’ll like this about Nougayrède from The Independent: “Female editors of Le Monde and the New York times spiked in a single day” Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times newspaper, and Natalie Nougayrède, editor-in-chief of the French title Le Monde, are both leaving their posts, it has emerged. Both were the first women to take the top editorial roles at their respective papers. In a surprise announcement, the New York Times said Dean Baquet, 57, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been managing editor since September 2011, would succeed Ms Abramson immediately, becoming the first African-American… Read more »

BlackCatte
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“Putin-like” what delicious irony 🙂

Orion
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Orion

Wear your scars with pride. Can you post those links here?

Gyalist
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Gyalist