FAST FIVE: Western Media Coverage Of Russia As An Exercise In Propaganda
What has been exceptional and unacceptable has come in the second category of violations listed above – lack of context.
The tone of the reporting was sympathetic to Russians' hardships and it was good that their side of the story from the ground up was given the microphone.
And thanks to the efforts of their remarkably hardworking Ministry of Foreign Affairs, most of the world welcomes Russian travelers without a visa requirement.
The issue appears in the news now because, as the FT explains, “Andrej Plenkovic, the Croatian prime minister, has decided to elevate population decline to the top of his agenda as Zagreb assumes the EU's rotating presidency.” Good for him.
I draw your attention to an event that occurred in the past week about which you probably know nothing, or perhaps a wee bit from the odd man out reporting in the Wall Street Journal and a few other outlets.