09/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Russia Claims Western Media Biased Towards Georgia

Russian deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin has accused Western media orgs of bias in their coverage of the Georgia fighting, but U.S. and U.K. TV execs are unfazed, saying that claims of bias are "bananas."

Within Russia, TV and newspaper reports of the conflict have overshadowed coverage of the Olympics, with patriotic and emotional reportage on the conflict that Russia blames on the Georgians.

Russians with access to the Internet or international cable news, however, are able to piece together a fairly thorough picture of the conflict. Citizens in Georgia are not able to do that, since their government shut down broadcasts of Russian TV and has blocked websites in the .ru domain.

On Tuesday, the two sides agreed to a truce brokered by French prexy Nicolas Sarkozy after five days of air and ground attacks. But Georgian officials said bombs were still dropping hours after Russia declared the cease-fire, according to the Associated Press.

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