The indiscriminate destruction created by the Russian behemoth as it overran the Georgian democracy showed that more than protecting "Russian" citizens in the breakaway province was on the Russians minds.
If the US fought a war with as little concern for civilians as the Russians just did the NY Times, and the rest of the major media, would be screaming for blood. But since it's the Russians the media will accuse the man they really hate, Bush. Of course when Stalin was starving 17 million Ukranians to death the NY Times was reporting that everything over there was going just fine.
The media tend to identify with left wing dictatorships because they believe the they, the media, are superior to the rest of us. They're smarter, more cultured, more sophisticated than the rest of us. They believe that the superior people, another resonance with Hitler, should be in charge. So they tend to like governments were the smart people, those without religion or morals, run things. Sure the media don't like the excesses committed by these regimes but they're a small price to pay to keep those fundamentalists out of power.
I wonder how the media would have reacted if Georgia had been a Muslim or atheist state rather than a Christian one. The media hates Christianity because it says that a persons quality depends on their love for their neighbors not their IQ or their sophistication. A religion that says the widows mite is more than the rich mans gold is anathema to the liberal elites.