Sunday, December 21, 2014

'freedom of the press'

An AP article about independent journalism in Russia points out:
During Putin's 15 years in office, the Russian television landscape has been sanitized to the point where news coverage on all channels is almost identical. State channels toe the Kremlin line and private channels, most of which are owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarchs or state-controlled conglomerates like Gazprom, are just as obedient.
The next time some talking head in the U.S. begins waxing poetic about "freedom of the press," I think it would be wise to note how much America emulates Russia and perhaps, in the end, Mr. Goebbels' Germany. Think twice if you think this is an extreme observation.