Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New York Times Buries The Real Story; Russia Our Enemy

NYT's Headline:
50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio

Just a small sample of the focus of the article...
At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”[snip]

How would they know what constituted positive news?

“When we talk of death, violence or poverty, for example, this is not positive,” said one editor at the station who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution. “If the stock market is up, that is positive. The weather can also be positive.”[snip]

With this new campaign, seemingly aimed at tying up the loose ends before a parliamentary election in the fall that is being carefully stage-managed by the Kremlin, censorship rules in Russia have reached their most restrictive since the breakup of the Soviet Union, media watchdog groups say.

“This is not the U.S.S.R., when every print or broadcasting outlet was preliminarily censored,” Masha Lipman, a researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a telephone interview.

Instead, the tactic has been to impose state ownership on media companies and replace editors with those who are supporters of Mr. Putin — or offer a generally more upbeat report on developments in Russia these days.
On and on it goes, but how did the reporter miss the importance of this little tidbit?

Now, I was watching Glenn Beck on the Communist News Network, or the Caliphate News Network if you will, and he showed the front page of the NYT and there was no mention of the following quote from their article. Instead it was buried pages back into the paper.
In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.
[emphasis mine]

Yeah, the real story is the government taking control of the media again. Not that Russia states the USA is their enemy and must be portrayed as such in the news.

As I keep saying, Russia is not our friend; it is our enemy. That, is in their own words people, Do you believe me now?


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