[FPSPACE] Russia and the American Media on The Connection for Oct. 2
Mon, 02 Oct 2000 09:51:34 -0400
Russia and the American Media
October 2, 2000
Can you believe what you read about Russia? Despite the sinking subs,
burning TV towers, and subway bombings of recent months, most Western
news coverage still pictures Russia wending is slow stoical way
toward a market democracy something like ours.
All wrong, says the NYU historian Stephen Cohen, who sees a human
catastrophe in Russia going almost unnoticed in the Western press.
In the decade since the bad old Soviet Union died, Cohen says, our
professional Russia-watchers have committed malpractice. Instead
of revealing epidemic poverty, pain, emigration, big dips in life
expectancy, dire deficits and a riot of corruption, our media have
passed along the Yeltsin myths of shock therapy that works,
entrepreneurship and a burgeoning civil society.
Cohen names names and indicts the best in journalism: the New York
Times on down, for a party-line betrayal of reality.
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