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    This excellent corrective by professor Cohen is long overdue. MHG


    Distorting Russia

    How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine.


    By Stephen F. Cohen

    February 13 2014 "Information Clearing House - "The Nation" -
    The degradation of mainstream American press coverage of Russia, a country still vital to US national security, has been under way for many years. If the recent tsunami of shamefully unprofessional and politically inflammatory articles in leading newspapers and magazines—particularly about the Sochi Olympics, Ukraine and, unfailingly, President Vladimir Putin—is an indication, this media malpractice is now pervasive and the new norm.

    There are notable exceptions, but a general pattern has developed. Even in the venerable New York Times and Washington Post, news reports, editorials and commentaries no longer adhere rigorously to traditional journalistic standards, often failing to provide essential facts and context; to make a clear distinction between reporting and analysis; to require at least two different political or “expert” views on major developments; or to publish opposing opinions on their op-ed pages. As a result, American media on Russia today are less objective, less balanced, more conformist and scarcely less ideological than when they covered Soviet Russia during the Cold War.

    The history of this degradation is also clear. It began in the early 1990s, following the end of the Soviet Union, when the US media adopted Washington’s narrative that almost everything President Boris Yeltsin did was a “transition from communism to democracy” and thus in America’s best interests. This included his economic “shock therapy” and oligarchic looting of essential state assets, which destroyed tens of millions of Russian lives; armed destruction of a popularly elected Parliament and imposition of a “presidential” Constitution, which dealt a crippling blow to democratization and now empowers Putin; brutal war in tiny Chechnya, which gave rise to terrorists in Russia’s North Caucasus; rigging of his own re-election in 1996; and leaving behind, in 1999, his approval ratings in single digits, a disintegrating country laden with weapons of mass destruction. Indeed, most American journalists still give the impression that Yeltsin was an ideal Russian leader.

    for the full piece
    http://www.informationclearinghouse....ticle37635.htm


    Stephen F. Cohen is a professor emeritus at New York University and Princteon University. His Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War and his The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin are now in paperback.

  • #2
    gaffe will orgasm now...

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    • #3
      Yeah because sending a heroin dealer to Asia with bags full of cash used to bribe olympic officials to vote for Sochi is so mainstream.

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      • #4
        Not to mention how he cut off adoptions just because he is pissed at Obama. Like Putin really feels Americans abuse adoptive Russians as a practice.

        Screw Putin and his Soviet Union. They are still our biggest threat.

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        • #5
          Putin is a thug.

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          • #6
            It's just too easy to laugh at them
            Attached Files

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            • #7
              The Soviet Union is alive and well.

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              • #8
                He let a person who made a racist tweet about our President light the olympic flame. **** Russia.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cutthemdown View Post
                  He let a person who made a racist tweet about our President light the olympic flame. **** Russia.
                  Which the liberal media decided to pretty much ignore since the need to push Obama the unifier takes precedent. Just more proof racism is about politics, not protecting rights.

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                  • #10
                    We have plenty of racists right here in the good ol US off A. No need for a Russian.

                    FYI, the Cold War ended in 1991. There is no more USSR.

                    You clowns are in no position (of high moral ground) to point fingers. You need to own up to the frightening corruption right here at home.

                    It was your government that forced the defeated Japanese to accept a fatally flawed US nuclear reactor design -- simply to help the US nuclear industry to get rich --

                    and to deploy it on a major earthquake fault zone.

                    Those ***ushima reactors are now in process of poisoning the entire Pacific Ocean -- destroying the world's greatest fishery -- and much of the world's economy.

                    Wake up to your own government's crimes and follies. MHG

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                    • #11
                      Sorry Gaff I'm a nationalist. All races under our flag kick ass and the Soviet Union can suck my balls. Putin can go **** himself. The Japanese? Hell they have been able to change those reactors since then. I'm not even saying your story is true, just saying they had money, power, and the chance since then to make those reactors safer.

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                      • #12
                        I hope we exploit some more countries and solidify our power forever. Make the rest of the world work to maintain our dollar and way of life.

                        Sorry i don't want to bring America down to some lower level of power so you can feel warm and fuzzy.

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                        • #13
                          gaffe sucks off anyone the US views as a threat.

                          gaffe is anti-America to the core.

                          He utterly hates and detests anything and everything about this country, and would love to see America broken and destroyed.

                          gaffe, move to Iran, where the government is chock-full of ****heads just like you.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by W*GS View Post
                            gaffe sucks off anyone the US views as a threat.

                            gaffe is anti-America to the core.

                            He utterly hates and detests anything and everything about this country, and would love to see America broken and destroyed.

                            gaffe, move to Iran, where the government is chock-full of ****heads just like you.
                            Lies.

                            Your pseudo patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mhgaffney View Post
                              Lies.

                              Your pseudo patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.
                              Pointing out that you hate America doesn't make me a jingoist.

                              Move to Tehran and become the bukkake boy for the mullahs.

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