How the Belarus oil story has grown
I picked up some incoming traffic from Matthew Yglesias’ blog today. Wondering what was going on, I wondered over to his site, to find the following story about the Russian decision to shut down the flow of oil through Belarus:
All of Europe gets cut off from crude oil supplies, apparently.
His source is the New York Times, of all places, which has run a story with the headline:
Russian crude oil stopped flowing to Western Europe through a major pipeline across Belarus, officials here and in Europe said.
It isn’t until the fourth paragraph until the NY Times even mention the fact that only Germany, Poland and Ukraine are actually affected by the cutoff. And even then, it’s only in passing.
This isn’t really a criticism of Matthew – the NY Times story is incredibly misleading. But I found it fascinating to see how a little regional spat has turned into a public perception that big, bad Russia is turning off the lights all over Europe.
Update: Now Instapundit has picked up the meme.