Tag: Mainstream Media

Propaganda In the Eyes of the Beholder

Promoted at Johnson’s Russia List, Paul Goble’s piece of this past January 20 «US Appears to Have Accepted Donbas Model Not Only for Ukraine but for Other Conflicts, Russian Analyst Says», refers to Russia Today contributor and Russian Academy of Sciences researcher Pyotr Iskenderov as a Kremlin propagandist. This characterization is pretty […]

The Price of Indifference and Self-deception

My Russian friends periodically ask me what Americans think about Russia. Recent developments have given rise to a new round of questions: Putin’s interview for CBS News’ “60 Minutes”, his UN speech, and the start of air support for the beleaguered Syrians. I can best address by referring to the […]

I read Russia Today, and so should you

Several years ago, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, complained to Congress that the U.S. was losing the information war to Russia Today (RT), as well as other English-language news sources owned by foreign governments. Arguably, however, what truly bothered Ms. Clinton wasn’t the idea that the U.S. has been […]

Is tolerance of dishonesty the fundamental problem in our culture?

NBC-TV’s star news-anchor (America’s most popular) Brian Williams got caught repeatedly lying and fabricating his fake-‘courageous’ personal involvement in news stories that he had ‘reported.’ At LinkedIn, Rob Wyse headlined recently, “Brian Williams Essentially Lied on His Resume, Or Exaggerated The Truth,” and he noted there: “Whether you call it a lie, or an exaggeration — […]

German sociologists on Crimea’s choice

A few days ago an interesting study, “The Socio-Political Sentiments in Crimea,” was released by the Ukrainian branch of GfK, the well-known German social research organization, as part of the Free Crimea initiative. Intriguingly, the primary objectives of this project, launched with the support of the governmental Canada Fund for […]

“Enigmatic Russia” And Its Detractors

Periodically, some have engaged in what can be best described as “PoliSport”. (Years ago, I recall New York metropolitan area radio talk show host Steve Malzberg, using this term.) Such a route can prove to be faulty. This is especially true when some preferred Western mass media types do this against Russia. These instances can say […]