The Bias of Media: Russian-American Relations

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Russian-American relations are at an all-time low since the conclusion of the Cold War. It doesn’t help that the McCarthyism history witnessed in the 1950s has potentially returned, with Russian experts and writers now fearful of career suicide if they speak up in the mainstream media.funny-baracky-iv-obama-vs-putin-boxe-01

These experts, according to journalist James Carden, are by no means pro-Russian. They just offer a balance to the argument of Russian-American relations from an educated viewpoint, he explains as he justifies his own article on the subject in The Nation. The variety of voices on Russia can no longer be easily found within the U.S. mainstream media. The Cold War mentality is alive and well circulated within the U.S., and is continuing to dominate the media discussions.[1]

The atmosphere is a dangerous one. It’s a campaign to demonize those who raise reasonable questions about America’s role in the crisis; who risk being called extremists. [2] The Daily Beast labels these people as Anti-Semites. Other media outlets have followed alike, across the months of Russian-US tensions.

Having a well-balanced debate, and feeling ‘free’ enough to speak opinions out loud is crucial to the evolution of the topic. Carden has received overwhelming positive feedback from professional Russia-watchers, according to an article in Russia Direct, but he’s waiting for the unleashing of the usual suspects to invigorate a lash back against his latest article.[3]


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[1] Carden, J. (May 2015). Neo-McCarthyism and the US Media: The crusade to ban Russia policy critics. Retrieved from [The Nation]. http://www.thenation.com/article/207689/neo-mccarthyism-and-us-media#

[2] Kirchick, J. (June 2014). Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree. Retrieved from [The Daily Beast]. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/17/meet-the-anti-semites-truthers-and-alaska-pols-at-d-c-s-pro-putin-soiree.html

[3] Basulto, D. (May 2015). Why it’s crucial for the US to have a balanced debate about Russia. Retrieved from [Russia Direct]. http://www.russia-direct.org/qa/why-its-crucial-us-have-balanced-debate-about-russia


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  1. This is just some comments on some of the things I have dug up in my reading . . .

    Search “USA: 5 Billion to Ukraine Recently” and you will find Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the United States Department of State, admitting what the USA has been doing. Note the Chevron symbol in the background of the video. John McCain (Senator Lovewar himself) and Victoria Nuland were in Ukraine in December 2013 amid the mass anti-government protests. During the visit, McCain met with Ukrainian opposition leaders in the country’s capital of Kiev, voicing his support for the protests, adding that he saw Ukraine’s future with Europe. The USA did this type of thing in Syria by the way, too, CBS did an article on it before the civil war started there.
    Biden’s youngest son, Hunter Biden was hired to the board of Burisma Holdings, Ukraine’s largest private gas producer.
    The proxy Ukraine war is all about energy. The Eastern part of Ukraine is the major oil and gas producing region of Ukraine accounting for approximately 90 per cent of Ukrainian production and according to EIA (The American Energy Information Administration) may have 42 tcf (trillion cubic feet) of shale gas resources technically recoverable from 197 tcf of risked shale gas in place.

    George Soros is heavily invested in Ukraine . . . . to the tune of about one billion dollars.

    The Russia Sanctions bill that was railroaded through the House of Representatives by three members late at night, with no scheduled debate on Dec. 11, 2014, includes:
    1. Provisions for privatization of Ukrainian infrastructure, electricity, oil, gas and renewables, with the help of the World Bank and USAID.
    2. Fifty million dollars to assist in a corporate takeover of Ukraine’s oil and gas sectors.
    3. Three hundred and fifty million dollars for military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank, anti-armor, optical, and guidance and control equipment, as well as drones.
    4. Thirty million dollars for an intensive radio, television and Internet propaganda campaign throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union.
    5. Twenty million dollars for “democratic organizing” in Ukraine.
    6. Sixty million dollars, spent through groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, “to improve democratic governance, and transparency, accountability, and, rule of law” in Russia. What brilliant hyperbole to pass such a provision the same week the Senate’s CIA torture report was released.

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