Seeing through News Bias: Bringing a Christian Perspective
CALEB FROELICH AND JOLYON MITCHELL
Early morning reports of Russian missiles striking Kyiv, Odessa, and the Donbas region on 24 February 2022 not only marked a new phase of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, but also a global information war. In the days following the attack, Vladimir Putin repeated his description of the West as an ‘Empire of Lies’ (Reuters, 2022). He claimed that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was to ‘de-Nazify’ the country (Treisman, 2022), declaring that Ukraine is not a state in its own right (Perrigo, 2022). This full-scale invasion has been portrayed elsewhere in Russian media as a ‘special operation’ defending Russiky Mir (Russian World or Russian Peace), reuniting Holy Rus, fighting against Nato expansionism and resisting the ravages of Western liberal values. This anti-Ukrainian, anti-Western rhetoric has since been picked up by farright Western media sources and promoted further by Russian-state media outlets on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Twitter (Scott, 2022).