by Locker Room contributor
… consider yourself lucky.
The following passage suggests Russians would rather consume the state’s propaganda than sort through alternative viewpoints.
And at the heart of this taming of the Fourth Estate, argues
[former independent magazine editor Sergei] Parkhomenko, is a phenomenon running much deeper than Putin’s urge to
control. “The most important thing is that society doesn’t support the
journalists,” he says. “Society doesn’t demand information. We got
freedom of speech as a gift in the 1990s. It just fell from the sky.
But people quietly let it go, and now they struggle to remember they
ever needed it.”
It’s a view ratified by Nikolai Svanidze, a leading anchor on
Rossiya, who said in June that viewers were “tired of pluralism.” “Our
guests from the United States and European countries may not understand
what I’m talking about,” Svanidze said, “but the classic Soviet viewer
is not used to alternatives. It’s tiring to have a choice because you
have to think.”
This article offers more details about Vladimir Putin’s efforts to tame the Russian media.