The mainstream media has a long history of sucking up to socialist regimes.
Just look back to journalist Lincoln Steffens, who said of Stalin’s Russia: “I have been to the future and it works.”1 The Nation Editor Oswald Garrison Villard wrote an article entitled “Russia from a Car Window,” in which he praised the same administration as “the most stupendous governmental feat ever undertaken.”2 And famed New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was just as bad, writing that “there is no famine or actual starvation [in Russia] nor is there likely to be.”
Of course history shows a very different picture today, one filled with the government-ordered deprivation of more than just food. Yet the mainstream media apparently still hasn’t learned its lesson.
It's still in the tank for Russia, despite protests in the streets from citizens demanding the right to assemble in 2010, unnecessarily hostile negotiations with the U.S. in 2011, and continuing weapons deals with Syria this year, even when the latter was terrorizing and massacring its own people.
But knowing that Russia is far from the up-and-up, that it curtails its people’s free speech, plays dirty in international negotiations and doesn’t care about arming disgusting tyrants, doesn’t dissuade today’s media at all. ProPublica.org released the following information the other day:
“Several opinion columns praising Russia and published in the last two years on CNBC’s web site and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but were placed on behalf of the Russian government by its public-relations firm, Ketchum.
“The columns, written by two businessmen, a lawyer, and an academic, heap praise on the Russian government for its ‘ambitious modernization strategy’ and ‘enforcement of laws designed to better protect business and reduce corruption.’ One of the CNBC pieces, authored by an executive at a Moscow-based investment bank, concludes that ‘Russia may well be the most dynamic place on the continent.’”
I suppose it makes sense though that such liberal outlets would care so much about making Russia look good.
Because they certainly don’t care about the U.S.