The explosion of a Russian airliner over the Black Sea on Oct. 4, which was not reported in the media here, raises an interesting question relating to the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island five years ago. Both planes exploded from what looked like friendly fire and crashed into the sea. Did the Ukraine, where the October event occurred, use media spin and disinformation to keep the cause of the crash secret?the way the U.S. military did? Reed Irvine is the chairman of Accuracy in Media (AIM), a media watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. To read his provocative Insight piece about another TWA 800-type explosion, click here.

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