The Russian opposition to autocrat Vladimir Putin was recently trounced in elections. The reason given was the Russian media. Record high levels of anti-Americanism in Russia are also attributed to the state-controlled media. We’ll talk with Yan Matusevich, a freelance journalist and blogger. He grew up in Russia for part of his life. In his latest article, “Toxic TV: How Russians Learned to Hate the News”, Matusevich details why Russians, especially the young, are so weary of propaganda, that they no longer consume any news and refuse to seek alternative sources.
PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen during the live broadcast of a press conference, in a Moscow shop on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008. (AP Photo/ Sergey Ponomarev )