Anna Applebaum had a very interesting piece on the Russian Plutocracy and Kleptocracy, in the New York Review. In it Putin's forays in to Western Media which are very sophisticated as befits a season effective brilliant operative of the Russian Soviet Intellgence Service, the KGB. The idea broadly is to broadcast critical accounts of the American National Government largely a plutocracy so as to do its best to undrmine the legitimacy of the U.S. government. With Larry King, Thom Hartman, and Abbey Martin, this is largely a success. RT of course has other coverage without this focus otherwise it would be seen as a propaganda effort. Radical detailed analysis that undermines the legitimacy of the American regime as any progressive muckracking Journalist account is likely to do is of course consistent with other goals than weakening the strength of the U.S.

This is why generally speaking quality broadcast media today, largely state media, is often so good. Each country tries to point out the faults of other competitors and pockets are deep to the point where foreign correspondents talk to people involved unlike the moribund American Commerical Broadcast Media, largely useless on international affairs. Along as one doesn't expect this media to report accurately on the problems in its own country and areas it controls and accepts it as a limitation, state media is far better than commerical media as it has the right axe to grind i.e. deligitimize the foreign government, while saying little about ones own problems. It also has the taxpayers wallet to pay where necessary for this journalism//propaganda.

This is a big improvement on the Hearstian press long dominant in the U.S.


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Roland de Brabant 4 years 46 weeks ago

It is the U.S. government that has undermined its own legitimacy by continuosly promoting lies quickly shown to be lies. Note that all materials relating to the CIA murder of Charles Horman are still classified for "national security".


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