Biases in Coverage of the War in Ukraine—Too Much Reliance on Pundits?

From CJR’s The Media Today by Jon Allsop:

IN THE DAYS SINCE RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE, writers at a number of major outlets have criticized Western media coverage of the war as racist. They have often pointed to examples of journalists characterizing the invasion as the sort of thing that happens in poor countries, but not in Europe: a CBS correspondent calling Kyiv a “relatively civilized” city; a reporter for Britain’s ITV saying that Ukraine is not “a developing third world nation”; an anchor on Al Jazeera describing refugees as “prosperous, middle-class people,” not “people trying to get away from areas in North Africa.” In a BBC interview, a Ukrainian politician spoke of his “emotion” at seeing “European people with blue eyes and blond hair being killed.” His interviewer did not try to set him straight.